Gomez inspires Fiorentina


Mario Gomez scored twice as Fiorentina cruised into the quarterfinals with a 3-1 victory over Atalanta. Gomez, who has been struggling with injury and form, had only scored once in the previous 10 months. But he got Fiorentina off to the perfect start with a deflected shot in the sixth minute. Juan Cuadrado doubled Fiorentina's lead from the spot in the 12th minute after Guglielmo Stendardo was harshly adjudged to have fouled Gomez, sparking fierce Atalanta protests. Gomez added Fiorentina's third in the 28th minute before Rolando Bianchi scored a consolation goal just before half-time with a curler into the bottom right corner. Fiorentina defender Marcos Alonso was then sent off in the 84th after two bookings in three minutes. Fiorentina will next face Roma in the next round.