Biraghi scores from his own half in Fiorentina win

ROME -- — Fiorentina full back Cristiano Biraghi scored from a quick free kick in his own half that caught Hellas Verona goalkeeper Lorenzo Montipo off guard during the final minutes of a 3-0 Serie A win on Monday.

With teammate Rolando Mandragora still down on the grass after being fouled — and with a Verona player trying to help him up — Biraghi stepped up and unleashed a missile of a shot that flew in over the backtracking Montipo.

Measured at 57.91 meters (63 yards), no one in Serie A had scored from a longer distance since 2013 when Facundo Roncaglia scored from 61.48 meters (67 yards) — also for Fiorentina — against Napoli.

Antonin Barak and Arthur Cabral put Fiorentina ahead before halftime as the Tuscan club carried its momentum after qualifying for the Europa Conference League round of 16.

Fiorentina moved up to 12th while Verona remained 18th and in the drop zone. ------ More AP soccer: and