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Vieri fires Fiorentina through

Published: Thursday 20 December 2007, 23.30CET
ACF Fiorentina 2-1 FK Mladá Boleslav
Christian Vieri came off the bench to score a lovely winner which the runners-up spot for the Viola.
Vieri fires Fiorentina through
Christian Vieri was on target for Fiorentina ©Getty Images

Match statistics

FiorentinaMladá Boleslav

Goals scored2
 
1
Attempts on target4
 
1
Attempts off target6
 
2
Corners5
 
3
Offsides3
 
2
Fouls committed6
 
14
Yellow cards1
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 20 December 2007, 23.30CET

Vieri fires Fiorentina through

ACF Fiorentina 2-1 FK Mladá Boleslav
Christian Vieri came off the bench to score a lovely winner which the runners-up spot for the Viola.

Veteran striker Christian Vieri came off the bench to fire a second-half goal which secured ACF Fiorentina maximum points against FK Mladá Boleslav and a place in the last 32 of the UEFA Cup.

Mutu opener
Adrian Mutu had put Fiorentina ahead from the penalty spot a minute before half-time, and the Czech club equalised on the hour mark through Jan Rajnoch's terrific drive. However, Vieri scored with an excellent volley just five minutes after coming on to send Fiorentina through in second spot in Group C behind Villarreal CF and end Mladá Boleslav's challenge.

Pazzini efforts
The visitors may have struck the first meaningful effort on goal, Rajnoch's shot being blocked by defender Dario Dainelli, but it was the Viola who looked the more threatening early on as Giampaolo Pazzini sent a shot wide before getting on the end of a Manuel Pasqual cross and flashing a left-footed effort just over. Moments later Fiorentina squandered another decent chance as Fabio Liverani's free-kick found the head of Mutu and the Romanian headed wide.

Penalty
Just as Mladá Boleslav looked like they would go in level at the break, Václav Procházka brought down Pazzini in the area and Mutu smashed in the resulting penalty. Fiorentina played with urgency after the break without adding to their tally, and were caught with a sucker-punch as Rajnoch beat Cristiano Lupatelli with a fierce drive from range with half an hour to play.

Instant impact
Fiorentina coach Cesare Prandelli responded by bringing Pazzini off and his replacement Vieri made an immediate impact, getting on the end of Liverani's pass and volleying in to put the Italian side back in front. Vieri almost made the game safe soon after, but the veteran striker sent another volley from the edge of the box just over the bar.

Last updated: 21/12/07 10.11CET

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Lineups

fiorentina

Fiorentina

mladá boleslav

Mladá Boleslav

12
LupatelliCristiano Lupatelli (GK)
1
PižanowskiPetr Pižanowski (GK)
21
UjfalušiTomáš Ujfaluši
15
VoříšekPetr Voříšek
3
DainelliDario Dainelli (C)
26
ProcházkaVáclav Procházka
Yellow Card85
2
KrøldrupPer Krøldrup
9
KopicMilan Kopic
Yellow Card45+1
23
PasqualManuel Pasqual
23
HrdličkaTomáš Hrdlička
Substitution80
4
DonadelMarco Donadel
Yellow Card40
Substitution48
11
SedláčekTomáš Sedláček
11
LiveraniFabio Liverani
4
RolkoAdrian Rolko
19
GobbiMassimo Gobbi
17
RajnochJan Rajnoch (C)
Yellow Card56
Goal60
7
SemioliFranco Semioli
20
KyselaJan Kysela
Substitution46
29
PazziniGiampaolo Pazzini
Substitution62
18
MendyAlexandre Mendy
10
MutuAdrian Mutu
Goal44
Substitution76
6
KalinaVáclav Kalina
Substitution65

Substitutes

25
AvramovVlada Avramov (GK)
12
ŠedaJan Šeda (GK)
5
GamberiniAlessandro Gamberini
7
HolubRadim Holub
Substitution65
17
BalzarettiFederico Balzaretti
10
TáborskýIvo Táborský
Substitution46
8
PazienzaMichele Pazienza
Substitution48
16
ŘezníčekJakub Řezníček
9
Osvaldo Pablo Osvaldo
Substitution76
14
SchubertJiri Schubert
22
KuzmanovićZdravko Kuzmanović
22
D. BrunclíkDavid Brunclík
32
VieriChristian Vieri
Substitution62
Goal67
28
VaněčekDavid Vaněček
Substitution80

Coach

Cesare Prandelli (ITA) Zdenek Scasny (CZE)

Referee

João Ferreira (POR)

Assistant referees

José Ramalho (POR), Sérgio Serrão (POR)

Fourth official

Vasco Santos (POR)

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