Giuseppe Rossi┬áwas back on the scoresheet as┬áFiorentina┬árecorded a comfortable 3-0 win overPacos de Ferreira┬áin their opening Europa League clash.
The Italian struck in the final 15 minutes after Gonzalo Rodriguez and Ryder Matos had put┬ála Viola┬áin control against their Portuguese visitors, who failed to unsettle the hosts unduly throughout the encounter.
With the injured Mario Gomez watching on from the stands, Fiorentina struggled to create many meaningful chances in the early exchanges, with Rossi and Gonzalo producing the early efforts of note early on.┬áIndeed, it was the visitors who came closest in the opening half an hour, with Manchester United loanee Bebe drawing a firm save from Neto.
However, right on the 30-minute mark, Fiorentina broke the deadlock, with Rossi’s devilish in-swinging corner meeting the head of┬áRodriguez, who glanced his effort past Matias Degra.
The tie remained in the balance after the break as Bebe and Irobiso came closest to levelling matters, but substitute┬áRyder Matos┬ádoubled the advantage just seconds after entering the field as he turned home Borja Valero’s cross at the near post.
Vincenzo Montella’s side began to slip into cruise control and┬áRossi┬ásoon made certain of the points, picking his spot superbly from inside the area to put a seal on another impressive showing.┬áThe win moves Fiorentina to the top of Group E after the first round of fixtures.