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On-song Viola leave Slavia standing

Published: Wednesday 13 August 2008, 0.30CET
ACF Fiorentina 2-0 SK Slavia Praha
Adrian Mutu's early free-kick set the hosts on their way as their Czech visitors were overwhelmed in Florence.
by Roberta Radaelli
On-song Viola leave Slavia standing
Adrian Mutu set the home side on their way ©Getty Images

Match statistics

FiorentinaSlavia Praha

Goals scored2
 
0
Attempts on target2
 
0
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards0
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Wednesday 13 August 2008, 0.30CET

On-song Viola leave Slavia standing

ACF Fiorentina 2-0 SK Slavia Praha
Adrian Mutu's early free-kick set the hosts on their way as their Czech visitors were overwhelmed in Florence.

ACF Fiorentina took a significant step towards the UEFA Champions League group stage as goals in either half from Adrian Mutu and Alberto Gilardino earned the Italian side a 2-0 home victory against SK Slavia Praha.

Dream start
Viola fans came out in droves to the Stadio Artemio Franchi and their team responded by taking a firm grip on this third qualifying round tie. Cesare Prandelli's side attacked from the off and the crowd had to wait just three minutes for a goal as Mutu fired a spectacular free-kick into the top corner. It was the worst of starts for Slavia, who were grateful for some fine Martin Vaniak saves for keeping them in the game before Gilardino broke his resolve 12 minutes after half-time, heading in goal on his competitive debut to leave Fiorentina well placed ahead of the return in Prague on 27 August.

Kuzmanović lively
In truth, the hosts' margin of victory could have been greater. Mutu may have done the early damage with his set-piece but it was Zdravko Kuzmanović that was causing all the problems. His shots from distance kept Vaniak on his toes and how the keeper needed to be when the Serbian international drifted out to the flank just before the interval. He delivered a perfect cross only for Gilardino to put his header wide of the far post, though Vaniak was soon in action after the restart, astutely keeping out Juan Manuel Vargas's free-kick.

Gilardino goal
An equaliser appeared far removed, and instead Fiorentina continued to press and got their reward when Gilardino rose to atone for his earlier miss in fine fashion. It was a memorable way to mark his competitive debut following his summer switch from AC Milan and but for more brilliance from Slavia's second-choice keeper Vaniak he could have had another soon after. Mario Alberto Santana was also denied as the Viola refused to relent their attacking bent, though having limited their dominant opponents to a 2-0 victory Slavia will feel there is all to play for in a fortnight.

Last updated: 13/08/08 12.49CET

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Lineups

fiorentina

Fiorentina

slavia praha

Slavia Praha

1
FreySébastien Frey (GK)
28
VaniakMartin Vaniak (GK)
2
KrøldrupPer Krøldrup
2
TavaresMickaël Tavares
3
DainelliDario Dainelli (C)
3
BrabecErich Brabec (C)
6
Vargas Juan Vargas
Substitution64
4
HubáčekDavid Hubáček
10
MutuAdrian Mutu
Goal3
Substitution76
6
LatkaMartin Latka
11
GilardinoAlberto Gilardino
Goal57
Substitution76
8
JandaPetr Janda
Substitution73
14
ZauriLuciano Zauri
10
M. JarolímMarek Jarolím
Substitution60
19
GobbiMassimo Gobbi
14
ŠenkeříkZdeněk Šenkeřík
22
KuzmanovićZdravko Kuzmanović
17
SuchýMarek Suchý
24
SantanaMario Santana
18
ŠventoDušan Švento
88
Felipe MeloFelipe Melo
32
Gebre SelassieTheodor Gebre Selassie
Substitution53

Substitutes

13
StorariMarco Storari (GK)
22
DivišJakub Diviš (GK)
4
DonadelMarco Donadel
9
ToleskiGoce Toleski
8
JovetićStevan Jovetić
16
JablonskýTomáš Jablonský
9
Osvaldo Pablo Osvaldo
Substitution76
19
KrajčíkMatěj Krajčík
Substitution73
23
PasqualManuel Pasqual
21
BelaidTijani Belaid
Substitution53
Yellow Card62
29
PazziniGiampaolo Pazzini
Substitution76
24
NecidTomáš Necid
Substitution60
30
Sergio AlmirónSergio Almirón
Substitution64
26
J. ČernýJaroslav Černý

Coach

Cesare Prandelli (ITA) Karel Jarolím (CZE)

Referee

Howard Webb (ENG)

Assistant referees

Darren Cann (ENG), Michael Mullarkey (ENG)

Fourth official

Martin Atkinson (ENG)

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