Fiorentina and Verona draw with one penalty apiece

Struggling Fiorentina and visiting Verona drew 1-1 in a highly tactical clash Saturday in the opener of Italy’s Serie A weekend. Verona midfielder Miguel Veloso converted a penalty awarded after lengthy video review and striker Dusan Vlahovic levelled, also from the spot, in the 19th minute. After the break, a blocked break by Verona’s Darko Lazovic and a wide header from home defender Nikola Milenkovic were the only telling chances as the guests stayed in seventh place and the fourth-last Florentines moved four points clear of the three-team drop zone. Sampdoria welcome Crotone and champions …

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