by LIAM RICHNER
Heavy rain in Florence further dampened the gloomy start to Crotone’s season as they went 10 without a win after their 1-1 draw with Fiorentina.
After a half-hour delay, the Pitagorici were in dreamland on 24 minutes when Diego Falcinelli capitalised on Romanian goalkeeper Ciprian Tatarusanu’s error.
Josip Ilicic’s free kick in the second half for the hosts caused panic in the Crotone defence, but the strugglers somehow managed to clear the danger.
Fiorentina forward Khouma Babacar forced a good save by Alex Cordaz but from the resulting corner the Viola finally broke through.
Davide Astori was the home sides unlikely hero, as he poked home from three yards.
But the result continues the inconsistent form that Fiorentina have showed all season. Paulo Sousa’s men had 24 attempts compared to Crotone’s four. Astori had the most shots on goal for the hosts, a worrying stat considering the 29-year old is a centre half.
The Viola also enjoyed 63% of the possession, so the draw was not a good result for a team aiming to finish in the Champions League places.
Crotone remain winless in the league and sit bottom of the pile with just two points.
Atalanta’s rise up the league continued as they won at Pescara 1-0. However, the match was suspended temporarily after an earthquake.
Mattia Caldara headed in Remo Freuler’s corner on 60 minutes to make it five league matches unbeaten.
Gian Piero Gasperini’s men are now sixth the league, an outstanding achievement considering they were in the relegation zone at the start of the month.
For Pescara, the poor start continues. Their only win of the campaign was handed to them by the Disciplinary Commission after Sassuolo fielded an irregular player.
They sit just a point clear of the relegation zone and travel to the San Siro to face AC Milan on Sunday.
Milan, who people are now tipping to seriously challenge Juventus following their win over the Champions last weekend, fell to a heavy 3-0 defeat to Genoa.
The Rossoblu took the lead after 11 minutes when Tomas Rincon’s cross was converted by Nikola Ninkovic, who scored on his first Serie A start for the club.
The game remained edgy until a moment of madness from Gabriel Paletta saw the Milan defender see red. The 30-year old hacked down Luca Rigoni down the left side of the pitch.
With the extra man, Genoa killed the game off in the last ten minutes. Juraj Kucka scored past his own keeper before Leonardo Pavoletti lashed home for the hosts.
Sassuolo 1-3 Roma
Juventus 4-1 Sampdoria
Lazio 4-1 Cagliari
Napoli 2-0 Empoli
Inter Milan 2-1 Torino
Palermo 1-3 Udinese
Chievo 1-1 Bologna