Lacklustre Fiorentina blow chance to go fourth

MILAN - A lacklustre Fiorentina wasted the chance to climb into the fourth Champions League qualifying spot when they were beaten 3-1 at Udinese in Serie A on Sunday. Fourth-placed Genoa's 1-0 defeat by Lazio on Saturday had opened the door for the Florence club but Udinese, knocked out of the UEFA Cup on Thursday, secured a comfortable victory. Kwadwo Asamoah (pictured) fired in the opener before Gaetano D'Agostino converted a second-half penalty after Fiorentina's Alessandro Gamberini was harshly adjudged to have handled. Dario Dainelli's header gave the visitors hope but midfielder D'Agostino netted a splendid free kick to wrap up victory for mid-table Udinese. Fiorentina in fifth stay two points adrift of Genoa with six games left. Sixth-placed AS Roma moved five behind Genoa after beating second-bottom Lecce 3-2 thanks to Francesco Totti's brace. Visitors Lecce had fought back from 2-0 down to equalise but a contentious Totti penalty settled matters. Bologna remain third-bottom, two above Lecce, after succumbing 4-1 at Europa League hopefuls Palermo in a poor first game in charge for Giuseppe Papadopulo. Bottom side Reggina though boosted their outside hopes of survival with a deserved 1-0 win at home specialists Atalanta. Fabio Ceravolo struck in the first half with the visitors also hitting the woodwork twice in the second period.


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