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Gladbach mounts second-half fightback to oust Fiorentina

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Borussia Monchengladbach triumphed against Serie A strongmen Fiorentina in one goal-laden second-half, scoring 3 goals in 13 second-half minutes to oust the Italian club by 4-2 (4-3 on aggregate).

But it was the Bundesliga team who started meekly, with sloppy defending allowing easy chances to the hosts, as they began with a charging run through the middle, and Federico Bernadeshchi finished a wonderful pass into his path perfectly.

Borussia looked all but out when Valero pounced on a comical mistake by Jannick Vestergaard to give the Serie A side a 3-0 advantage.

The mood was telling for Borussia; there was little enthusiasm amongst the visitors when Max Olivera pulled down his opponent in the box for team captain Lars Stindl to score from the spot.

However, they began to realise that they were onto something as just moments into the second half, Moenchengladbach quickly got a second when Stindl stabbed home at the back post from a corner.

By the 53rd minute, Stindl made his career’s first hat-trick and his side’s third by firing home Jonas Hoffman’s clever free-kick.

Fiorentina, attempting to find a way back into the game, found themselves in an unbelievable situation as Andreas Christensen headed in from close range to put Gladbach clearly in the lead, summing up a night to remember for the Bundesliga team.

Roma thrashes Fiorentina with Dzeko brace

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Edin Dzeko scored twice for Roma as the capital club devastated a visiting Fiorentina to set a new club record.

Roma has now their last 14 home games in Serie A, breaking their previous record of 13 which had stood since 1930.

Radja Nainggolan and Federico Fazio scored the other two goals as the latter also proved crucial at the other end with a goalline clearance to deny Federico Chiesa in the 14th minute.

Chiesa’s effort was also Fiorentina’s only realistic attempt on goal — and after that Roma began to take full control of the game.

They took the lead at with 6 minutes left before half-time following a brilliant Daniele De Rossi cross which Dzeko chested, before turning and driving into the bottom left corner.

It was the first time Dzeko has scored in five successive matches since 2009, when he was playing for Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga.

His teammate De Rossi then produced a second contribution shortly before the hour, with a free kick which Fazio headed in for his first Serie A goal.

But thirsting for more, Roma continued to surge forward and they tripled their lead in the 75th with a wonderful team move. From a counterattack, Dzeko found De Rossi, who passed to Kevin Strootman on the left. The Dutchman took one touch, looked up and picked out Nainggolan, who controlled the ball and calmly finished it off.

Dzeko doubled his tally seven minutes from time. Catching Fiorentina defender Davide Astori off-guard, Dzeko dispossessed the hapless defender and fired past Ciprian Tatarusanu.

With full three points at the final whistle, Roma ascends up to second place ahead of Napoli. They are now four points behind leaders Juventus, although they have played a game more than the champions.

Serie A: Roma gives chase as Fiorentina trumps Juventus

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Roma shortened the gap on top of the Serie A table, as Fiorentina defeated Juventus in an ill-tempered match.

Roma, who defeated Udinese by 1-0 a few hours before the Italian Champions started their match at Stadio Artemio Franchi, shortened the gap on top of the league table to a single point.

Belgian midfielder Radja Nainggolan scored the only goal in the match with a half-volley, scoring on the turn after being fed by Kevin Strootman.

Roma’s striker and top scorer Edin Dzeko then fired a penalty over the crossbar, and was spared the embarrassment by his teammate Wojciech Szczesny. The keeper produced two vital saves to keep out Felipe dal Belo’s close range header and turn away Rodrigo de Paul’s shot, ensuring Roma’s victory and three points in the Italian top flight.

Another notable moment in Roma’s match was the introduction of Francesco Totti as a substitute, meaning that he has now played in 25 calendar years for Roma since his debut for the club in 1993.

On the other hand, Juventus suffered a small setback in their bid to retain the Serie A trophy after losing to Fiorentina by 2-1 on the road.

Juventus had been typically clinical this season, and had produced performances that often threatened to elevate them to a runaway victory for the Scudetto – a sixth consecutive Serie A title.

But Fiorentina, troubled by inconsistent performances this season, took a surprise lead at the 37th minute when forward Nikola Kalinic found the far corner of the net after being set-up by Federico Bernardeschi – who won possession off Alex Sandro.

Milan Badelj added to Fiorentina’s lead in the 54th minute with a cross that found the net, as the Juve defence were caught distracted by Federico Chiesa’s lunge at the ball.

Juventus’s top signing, Gonzalo Higuain managed to pull one back with a typically opportunistic strike four minutes later. His goal lead to tense final thirty minutes – play was repeatedly interrupted by late tackles and at the final whistle, the match finished with 38 fouls and eight yellow cards.

Regardless, Juve, looking to rally from their defeat could face a stern test ahead of them as they host fourth-placed Lazio next week – who are also just five points behind the champions. Roma, meanwhile, hosts mid-table club Caligari.

Higuain scores winner in Juventus debut

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Gonzalo Higuain scored the match winner in his debut for Juventus as the Serie A champions defeated Fiorentina by 2-1.

Higuain, 28, did not start for Juventus in the match following his £75.3m transfer from Napoli. Massimilano Allegri had left him out of Juventus’s starting XI, alongside Higuain’s fellow arrival Miralem Pjanic.

Missing chances despite a good tempo, Juventus managed to get a goal from Sami Khedira, who leapt high to head home Giorgio Chiellini’s cross.

But just as Higuain was subbed in at the 66th minute, Fiorentina equalized through Nikola Kalinic’s brilliant header past Gianluigi Buffon just 4 minutes later.

Higuain himself then pounced on a loose ball in the 75th minute to slot home, winning cheers from the home crowd.

MILAN, ITALY - AUGUST 21:  Carlos Bacca of AC Milan scores his third goal from the penalty spot during the Serie A match between AC Milan and FC Torino at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on August 21, 2016 in Milan, Italy.  (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)

AC Milan also got to a winning start after Colombian striker Carlos Bacca nets a hat-trick for the hosts to gain a dramatic 3-2 victory over Torino.

Bacca scored three times between the 38th and 62nd minutes while Andrea Belotti briefly pulled Torino level three minutes after half-time.

Milan led 3-1 into stoppage time, but was in a precarious position as Daniele Baselli pulled one back, and had Belotti fouled inside the area by defender Gabriel Paletta.

Paletta was sent off after being awarded a second yellow card.

Milan keeper Gianluigi Donnarumma then vitally saved Andrea Belotti’s penalty in the 96th minute to give new coach Vincenzo Montella a winning start.

Montella was the sixth man to take the job in the last two-and-a-half years, and he faced Sinisa Mihajlovic, the coach Milan bosses sacked in April who incidentally gave Donnarumma his professional debut as a 16-year-old last season.