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Fiorentina prove too strong for Everton

Published: Thursday 6 March 2008, 23.40CET
ACF Fiorentina 2-0 Everton FC
Zdravko Kuzmanović and Riccardo Montolivo scored as the Viola took a big stride towards the quarter-finals.

Match statistics

FiorentinaEverton

Goals scored2
 
0
Attempts on target8
 
1
Attempts off target5
 
0
Corners5
 
5
Offsides4
 
3
Fouls committed17
 
24
Yellow cards2
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 6 March 2008, 23.40CET

Fiorentina prove too strong for Everton

ACF Fiorentina 2-0 Everton FC
Zdravko Kuzmanović and Riccardo Montolivo scored as the Viola took a big stride towards the quarter-finals.

ACF Fiorentina took a big stride towards the UEFA Cup quarter-finals after two second-half strikes earned a 2-0 victory against Everton FC, despite an excellent performance from Tim Howard.

Kuzmanović opener
Everton goalkeeper Howard was in inspired form, frustrating the Viola before Zdravko Kuzmanović finally ended his resistance with 20 minutes remaining, firing in from the edge of the area after being teed up by Tomáš Ujfaluši. It was little more than the Viola had merited after bossing the game at the Stadio Artemio Franchi, and Riccardo Montolivo doubled the advantage eleven minutes later to leave Everton with it all to do at Goodison Park next Wednesday.

Viola width
The English side had come into the game on the back of five consecutive victories but Fiorentina are hardly struggling for form themselves and quickly took the initiative. Leading the charge were Pablo Daniel Osvaldo and Martin Jørgensen, whose pace troubled the visiting defence, and barely nine minutes had gone when the former fashioned the first opening for Christian Vieri. The veteran scuffed horribly wide, however, and repeated the feat following an intricate free-kick soon after as the hosts failed to capitalise on their dominance.

Osvaldo finesse
Everton eventually settled, but were given more cause for alarm just before the interval when the excellent Osvaldo cushioned into the path of Vieri whose low shot was brilliantly kept out by the legs of Howard. The second half began in similar vein as Montolivo had an effort beaten away by the busy keeper, who came to his side's rescue again just before the hour with a fine double-stop from Vieri and then Kuzmanović.

Montolivo volley
A Fiorentina goal seemed only a matter of time, and even the introduction of Mikel Arteta failed to turn the tide for Everton. Kuzmanović eventually broke through the barricades with a fine finish, perhaps trumped by Montolivo soon after when he volleyed in Jørgensen's clever flick. There was still time for Mario Alberto Santana to put an exquisite effort just past the post with the outside of his boot, yet Everton held on to keep themselves in the tie.

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Lineups

fiorentina

Fiorentina

everton

Everton

1
FreySébastien Frey (GK)
24
HowardTim Howard (GK)
Yellow Card60
21
UjfalušiTomáš Ujfaluši
Yellow Card40
2
HibbertTony Hibbert
Substitution73
5
GamberiniAlessandro Gamberini
4
YoboJoseph Yobo
3
DainelliDario Dainelli (C)
16
JagielkaPhil Jagielka
23
PasqualManuel Pasqual
5
LescottJoleon Lescott
22
KuzmanovićZdravko Kuzmanović
Goal70
Substitution76
21
OsmanLeon Osman
Substitution56
4
DonadelMarco Donadel
18
P. NevillePhil Neville (C)
18
MontolivoRiccardo Montolivo
Goal81
26
CarsleyLee Carsley
20
JørgensenMartin Jørgensen
20
PienaarSteven Pienaar
Yellow Card40
32
VieriChristian Vieri
Substitution67
17
CahillTim Cahill
9
Osvaldo Pablo Osvaldo
Substitution74
22
YakubuAyegbeni Yakubu
Yellow Card36

Substitutes

25
AvramovVlada Avramov (GK)
33
WesselsStefan Wessels (GK)
2
KrøldrupPer Krøldrup
3
BainesLeighton Baines
6
PotenzaAlessandro Potenza
6
ArtetaMikel Arteta
Substitution56
19
GobbiMassimo Gobbi
Substitution76
Yellow Card90+3
8
JohnsonAndrew Johnson
Substitution73
24
SantanaMario Santana
Substitution74
10
GravesenThomas Gravesen
29
PazziniGiampaolo Pazzini
Substitution67
28
AnichebeVictor Anichebe
99
CaciaDaniele Cacia
32
GoslingDan Gosling

Coach

Cesare Prandelli (ITA) David Moyes (SCO)

Referee

Paul Allaerts (BEL)

Assistant referees

Joël De Bruyn (BEL), Vincent Despiegeleer (BEL)

Fourth official

Peter Vervecken (BEL)

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