Gilardino lifts Fiorentina from bottom
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Fiorentina managed only their second win of the season today when they beat Bari 2-1. The win lifts them out of last place of a Serie A. Marco Donadel's superb lob and a clincher from Alberto Gilardino.

Donadel clipped home brilliantly on 34 minutes to spark the Viola as he left keeper Jean-Francois Gillet grasping at thin air and Gilardino was on hand to fire in after Adem Ljalic had a shot blocked. Alessandro Parisi netted a consolation for Bari in injury-time but they slip into the bottom six as one of a clutch of sides on eight points. Fiorentina top that mini grouping of sides by virtue of a better goal difference than their immediate rivals.

Sunday sees leaders Lazio seek to consolidate their status with a win at home to struggling Cagliari. Lazio currently lead both the Milan clubs by two opints.

Reigning champions Inter, who almost surrendered a four-goal lead against Tottenham in midweek, host seventh-placed Sampdoria while AC Milan - beaten at Real Madrid in midweek - have a Monday tussle with fourth-placed Napoli.

AS Roma, with just two wins to date, need a win at bottom side Parma while fifth-placed Juventus will be out to stay in touch with the leading group by winning at third-bottom Bologna.