Ledesma plays lead role in Viola drama
Christian Ledesma went from villain to hero as he conceded a penalty before scoring an equaliser to help inspire Lazio to a second consecutive win at Fiorentina.
The hosts, still searching for their first league win, were ahead after 19 minutes when Ledesma brought down Alessio Cerci and Adem Ljajic converted the spot-kick. Ledesma redeemed himself 13 minutes later when he turned in Stefano Mauri's clever pass before Libor Kozak tucked home the winner with 69 minutes played.
Both sides threatened early with Lazio's Australia midfielder Mark Bresciano almost opening the scoring in fine style when he met Francelino Matuzalem's cross with a sweetly-hit volley that was just too high.
It was Fiorentina that got the game's opening goal, however, when Ledesma clumsily felled Cerci in the area. Teenage striker Ljajic was tasked with taking the spot-kick and he showed little sign of nerves as he stroked the ball low in at the right-hand post.
Frey had to react quickly on two occasions to preserve his side's lead to deny Cerci and Anderson Hernanes before Lorenzo De Silvestri had to clear a Mauri shot off the line. The visitors did equalise just after the half hour and it was Ledesma who made up for his earlier blunder as he turned in a low shot after Mauri had done well to pick him out.
Fiorentina thought they had regained the lead soon after but Alberto Gilardino's strike was ruled out for offside. After the break Matuzalem shot wide from long range but just as Fiorentina started to reassume control they fell behind for the first time in the match.
Frey made a good save to keep out Hernanes' 20-yard strike but the ball fell kindly for Kozak to bundle in the winning goal. Fiorentina's quest for an equaliser was denied by some good goalkeeping from Fernando Muslera who made a close-range block to thwart Khouma Babacar before tipping over a long-range De Silvestri effort.