Manchester United loanee Anderson made his first appearance in Serie A for Fiorentina, coming off the bench for the final 14 minutes against Genoa.
It was however a former Liverpool attacker who he replaced who was the game's star turn.
Alberto Aquilani, a failed signing of Rafa Benitez, earned Fiorentina a point by scoring a hat-trick in a pulsating 3-3 draw.
Aquilani had only scored one goal before the game this season in Serie A, netting his third of the game from the penalty spot.
The Italian's rejuvenation in Florence is one which his new teammate Anderson will be trying to emulate, and there were positive signs.
In just 14 minutes, Anderson provided two key passes for his side, from which they were unfortunately unable to score a late winner.
By contrast for Manchester United this season in 155 minutes of action he provided four key passes, or one every 38.7 minutes.
He'll have to perform at some rate to keep up his early ratio, but the signs of a talented footballer hoping to break out of his shell were there, showing signs they could yet emerge.
United fans on the other hand have seen several false dawns with Anderson, and the challenge for the Brazilian will be producing the glimmer of his early cameo on a week-in week-out basis.
At least now he has a chance to do so.
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