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Mutu earns Viola victory in Norway

Published: Friday 15 February 2008, 0.57CET
Rosenborg BK 0-1 ACF Fiorentina
Adrian Mutu earned the Viola a narrow first-leg victory but the visitors may regret a string of missed chances.
Mutu earns Viola victory in Norway
Adrian Mutu celebrates his goal with Franco Semioli ©Getty Images

Match statistics

RosenborgFiorentina

Goals scored0
1
Attempts on target2
 
2
Attempts off target1
 
7
Corners5
 
3
Offsides2
 
4
Fouls committed12
 
13
Yellow cards0
1
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Friday 15 February 2008, 0.57CET

Mutu earns Viola victory in Norway

Rosenborg BK 0-1 ACF Fiorentina
Adrian Mutu earned the Viola a narrow first-leg victory but the visitors may regret a string of missed chances.

Adrian Mutu earned ACF Fiorentina a slender advantage over Rosenborg BK in the UEFA Cup Round of 32 as his first-half strike secured a 1-0 win to take back to Florence for the second leg in a week's time.

Lively start
If much of the pre-match talk had surrounded the in-form Giampaolo Pazzini, celebrating his 100th game for the Viola, strike partner Mutu was not to be eclipsed. Back from a knee injury, the Romanian international struck the only goal on 16 minutes, dispatching the loose ball after Rune Almenning Jarstein had saved a Massimo Gobbi shot. It was reward for a vibrant start by the visitors, but they could not find a second as Rosenborg escaped with a narrow deficit.

Mutu delivers
Fiorentina may yet rue their inability to kill the tie off although coach Cesare Prandelli could not fault his side's endeavour. The match was less than a minute old when Franco Semioli's dangerous corner forced Vadim Demidov to clear off his line, then it took a brave block from Andreas Nordvik to deny Martin Jørgensen. The pressure soon told, however, as Mutu made it 1-0. Pazzini may be making the headlines but the former Juventus man has hardly lost his touch either – this his ninth goal in his last nine games in all competitions for the Viola.

Missed chances
Mutu might have doubled the advantage two minutes later when he sent a free-kick the wrong side of the upright, before he blazed another effort over the bar. Zdravko Kuzmanović was similarly impressive for the Serie A outfit, if equally profligate, and the visitors had reason to be grateful to goalkeeper Sébastien Frey who twice denied Marek Sapara with notable stops.

Late drama
Although Fiorentina continued to dominate, aside from a long-range Mutu attempt they struggled to fashion clear chances and were almost left to regret their wastefulness. Substitute Didier Konan Ya shot narrowly wide for the Norwegian club, while Sapara saw his strike saved. Then, with eight minutes left, Konan Ya came within a whisker of equalising, rattling the post as Fiorentina resisted the late rally.

Last updated: 15/02/08 12.07CET

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Lineups

rosenborg

Rosenborg

fiorentina

Fiorentina

12
JarsteinRune Jarstein (GK)
1
FreySébastien Frey (GK)
4
StoorFredrik Stoor
21
UjfalušiTomáš Ujfaluši (C)
26
KvarmeBjørn Tore Kvarme
2
KrøldrupPer Krøldrup
30
DemidovVadim Demidov
5
GamberiniAlessandro Gamberini
22
NordvikAndreas Nordvik
19
GobbiMassimo Gobbi
Substitution47
15
SkjelbredPer Ciljan Skjelbred
7
SemioliFranco Semioli
6
StrandRoar Strand (C)
Substitution81
18
MontolivoRiccardo Montolivo
Yellow Card45
27
SaparaMarek Sapara
20
JørgensenMartin Jørgensen
20
TraoréAbdou Traoré
22
KuzmanovićZdravko Kuzmanović
Substitution85
14
IversenSteffen Iversen
Substitution47
10
MutuAdrian Mutu
Goal16
7
Y. KonéYssouf Koné
29
PazziniGiampaolo Pazzini
Substitution72

Substitutes

28
HansenAlexander Hansen (GK)
25
AvramovVlada Avramov (GK)
5
BasmaChrister Basma
3
DainelliDario Dainelli
8
Ya KonanDidier Ya Konan
Substitution47
6
PotenzaAlessandro Potenza
17
StorflorØyvind Storflor
Substitution81
23
PasqualManuel Pasqual
Substitution47
18
LagoAlejandro Lago
24
SantanaMario Santana
Substitution85
29
PeluJohn Pelu
27
Di CarmineSamuel Di Carmine
11
AasJo Sondre Aas
99
CaciaDaniele Cacia
Substitution72

Coach

Trond Henriksen (NOR) Cesare Prandelli (ITA)

Referee

Mark Clattenburg (ENG)

Assistant referees

Peter Kirkup (ENG), David Richardson (ENG)

Fourth official

Mike Dean (ENG)

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