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When Cesare Prandelli ascended to the Italian national job, he envisaged an attack-minded Azzurri led by two outstanding strikers. One, of course, was Mario Balotelli.
The other is Giuseppe Rossi.
2010-11 saw the New Jersey-born star take La Liga by storm. As part of a fluent Villarreal side Rossi claimed 32 goals in all competitions throughout the season.
The two years since have been hellacious, with Rossi spending practically all his time on the treatment table after a series of potentially career-ending injuries.
Nonetheless, in January Vincenzo Montella and Fiorentina were brave and jumped in to sign Rossi in a cut-price deal from Villarreal, following their relegation to Spain's second tier. Rossi made just one substitute appearance for the Viola last season as he worked his way back.
This season, with a full pre-season behind him, signs of the old Rossi have been emerging. He netted five goals in seven Serie A matches ahead of the match against Juventus.
And against Juventus, he penned his name in Viola folklore.
Two goals down against Antonio Conte's side midway through the second period, the Viola appeared out of it. Obviously someone hadn't told Rossi.
A clumsy challenge on Mati Fernandez sent him to the floor and a penalty to the home side; cue Rossi, who fired into the bottom corner past Gianluigi Buffon with aplomb.
Ten minutes later, a marvelous piece of individual brilliance had them level. Rossi controlled, pirouetted and shrugged off Paul Pogba before firing into the far corner from 25 yards.
The Viola went 3-2 ahead less than 120 seconds later. Joaquin fired home from the edge of the box after an excellent team move. In the 81st minute, a lightning-quick counter saw Juan Cuadrado tee up Rossi, who coolly planted his shot past Buffon for his hat-trick.
It was an outstanding treble, earning Rossi a Twitterverse full of plaudits and taking him to the top of the Serie A scoring charts with eight.
Rossi endured two years of painful rehabilitation for moments like this.