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Ambrosini downs Dnipro as Viola take control

Published: Thursday 3 October 2013, 22.59CET
FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 1-2 ACF Fiorentina
Massimo Ambrosini snatched the winner in Ukraine to ensure the Viola earned a three-point lead in Group E to take control of the section.
Ambrosini downs Dnipro as Viola take control
Gonzalo Rodríguez takes the acclaim after his goal for Fiorentina ©AFP/Getty Images
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Published: Thursday 3 October 2013, 22.59CET

Ambrosini downs Dnipro as Viola take control

FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 1-2 ACF Fiorentina
Massimo Ambrosini snatched the winner in Ukraine to ensure the Viola earned a three-point lead in Group E to take control of the section.

ACF Fiorentina took the initiative in Group E by defeating FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk in a Ukrainian snowstorm to break clear in the section.

Both victors on matchday one, it appeared the duo would stay locked together at the top of the section after Gonzalo Rodríguez and Yevhen Seleznyov traded second-half penalties. However, Massimo Ambrosini timed his run perfectly to head in a 73rd-minute winner which took the Viola three points clear ahead of back-to-back games with CS Pandurii Târgu Jiu.

With sleet and snow blowing into the players' faces at kick-off, and standing water on the pitch, it was clear this game would not be littered with slick passing and flowing football. However, it was the hosts who adapted quicker to the climactic tumult and Viola goalkeeper Neto was the first victim, seeing a low cross slip out of his grasp and straight into the path of Yevhen Konoplyanka, only for Rodríguez's last-gasp intervention to save the visitors. A barnstorming run from Seleznyov then took the forward clear, but his low shot was denied by Neto.

Fiorentina offered very little before the break, yet their situation improved after the restart when Ruslan Rotan bundled over Ryder Matos in the area, allowing Rodríguez to score his second goal of the group stage. The lead lasted just four minutes as the referee pointed to the spot following David Pizarro's handball and Seleznyov made no mistake.

Only Denys Boyko's fingertips kept out Juan Cuadrado's spectacular effort from range, but Fiorentina were not to be denied as substitute Borja Valero picked out Ambrosini to bury the winner for Vincenzo Montella's men, who hung on for the success despite David Pizarro's late red card.

Last updated: 05/10/13 0.02CET

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Lineups

dnipro

Dnipro

fiorentina

Fiorentina

71
BoykoDenys Boyko (GK)
1
NetoNeto (GK)
3
MazuchOndřej Mazuch
2
Gonzalo RodríguezGonzalo Rodríguez
Goal53
5
MandzyukVitaliy Mandzyuk
Substitution79
3
AlonsoMarcos Alonso
6
KankavaJaba Kankava
4
RoncagliaFacundo Roncaglia
10
KonoplyankaYevhen Konoplyanka
5
CompperMarvin Compper
11
SeleznyovYevhen Seleznyov
Goal57
7
PizarroDavid Pizarro (C)
Yellow Card56
Red Card86
14
CheberyachkoYevhen Cheberyachko
8
BakićMarko Bakić
Yellow Card15
Substitution54
17
StrinićIvan Strinić
11
CuadradoJuan Cuadrado
Yellow Card54
Substitution77
18
ZozulyaRoman Zozulya
14
FernándezMatías Fernández
Substitution85
29
RotanRuslan Rotan (C)
21
AmbrosiniMassimo Ambrosini
Goal73
44
FedetskiyArtem Fedetskiy
Substitution58
30
Ryder MatosRyder Matos

Substitutes

16
LaštůvkaJan Laštůvka (GK)
78
MunúaGustavo Munúa (GK)
19
KobakhidzeAlexander Kobakhidze
15
SavićStefan Savić
20
Bruno GamaBruno Gama
Substitution79
17
JoaquínJoaquín
Substitution77
23
DouglasDouglas
20
Borja ValeroBorja Valero
Substitution54
28
ShakhovYevhen Shakhov
35
MadrigaliSaverio Madrigali
89
PolityloSerhiy Politylo
37
GulinAxel Gulin
99
MatheusMatheus
Substitution58
40
TomovićNenad Tomović
Substitution85

Coach

Juande Ramos (ESP) Vincenzo Montella (ITA)

Referee

Szymon Marciniak (POL)

Assistant referees

Paweł Sokolnicki (POL), Tomasz Listkiewicz (POL)

Fourth official

Radosław Siejka (POL)

Additional assistant referees

Paweł Raczkowski (POL), Tomasz Musiał (POL)

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