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Fiorentina pull the rug from under Pandurii

Published: Thursday 7 November 2013, 20.45CET
CS Pandurii Târgu Jiu 1-2 ACF Fiorentina
Ryder Matos and Borja Valero struck late on to propel the Viola into the round of 32 and eliminate their Romanian hosts.
Fiorentina pull the rug from under Pandurii
Borja Valero (left) and Ryder Matos celebrate Fiorentina's victory in Romania ©AFP/Getty Images
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Published: Thursday 7 November 2013, 20.45CET

Fiorentina pull the rug from under Pandurii

CS Pandurii Târgu Jiu 1-2 ACF Fiorentina
Ryder Matos and Borja Valero struck late on to propel the Viola into the round of 32 and eliminate their Romanian hosts.

Juan Cuadrado laid on goals for Ryder Matos and Borja Valero late on as ACF Fiorentina confirmed their place in the UEFA Europa League round of 32 and brought an end to CS Pandurii Târgu Jiu's hopes of getting through Group E.

Matos had the simple task of directing the ball into the net on 85 minutes after Cuadrado's ball from the right took a telling nudge into his path, with Borja Valero's trundling strike in added time adding insult to injury. It was a cruel double blow for European debutants Pandurii, after Eric Pereira's extraordinary 32nd-minute opener had given them some hope of having something to play for on matchday five.

The first notable incident of the game came on 24 minutes, when injured Pandurii goalkeeper Răzvan Stanca had to make way for Pedro Mingote, but that was soon forgotten when Eric Pereira met Alin Buleică's cross from the left with an enthusiastic scissor kick, and the ball looped into Gustavo Munúa's net. It was a significant deviation from the script, and had he showed more composure when Pandurii surged forward four minutes later, the Brazilian might have made it 2-0.

Shaken but not overly rattled, Fiorentina roared back into the game after the break, Alberto Aquilani sending a dipping shot over the crossbar before substitute Valero missed the target with only the goalkeeper to beat after a ball dropped invitingly at his feet. Nonetheless, salvation seemed to be in sight for Pandurii until Matos intervened, and while Mingote made a brilliant save to fend away a powerful Valero shot soon afterwards, the Spaniard's added-time strike gave him the last word.

Last updated: 09/11/13 0.06CET

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Lineups

pandurii

Pandurii

fiorentina

Fiorentina

33
StancaRăzvan Stanca (GK)
Substitution24
78
MunúaGustavo Munúa (GK)
4
MomčilovićMarko Momčilović
Yellow Card55
2
Gonzalo RodríguezGonzalo Rodríguez (C)
Yellow Card69
5
ChristouParaskevas Christou (C)
3
AlonsoMarcos Alonso
7
BuleicăAlin Buleică
4
RoncagliaFacundo Roncaglia
Substitution80
9
Alex dos SantosAlex dos Santos
5
CompperMarvin Compper
18
UngurușanBogdan Ungurușan
10
AquilaniAlberto Aquilani
19
AntonPaul Anton
Yellow Card79
11
CuadradoJuan Cuadrado
21
EricoErico
Yellow Card23
Substitution42
14
FernándezMatías Fernández
Substitution65
22
DistéfanoDavid Distéfano
Substitution86
17
JoaquínJoaquín
24
Eric PereiraEric Pereira
Goal32
30
Ryder MatosRyder Matos
Goal86
28
BreeveldNicandro Breeveld
77
YakovenkoOlexandr Yakovenko
Substitution46

Substitutes

80
Pedro MingotePedro Mingote (GK)
Substitution24
Yellow Card89
1
NetoNeto (GK)
3
SipoSipo
Substitution86
15
SavićStefan Savić
6
MameleIulian Mamele
Substitution42
20
Borja ValeroBorja Valero
Substitution46
Yellow Card79
Goal90+2
8
CristeaVirgil Cristea
23
PasqualManuel Pasqual
11
AdrovićAdmir Adrović
31
CapezziLeonardo Capezzi
Substitution80
26
NicoarăViorel Nicoară
40
TomovićNenad Tomović
90
CiucurAlexandru Ciucur
72
IličićJosip Iličić
Substitution65

Coach

Cristian Pustai (ROU) Vincenzo Montella (ITA)

Referee

Tasos Sidiropoulos (GRE)

Assistant referees

Christos Akrivos (GRE), Damianos Efthimiadis (GRE)

Fourth official

Gagas Dimitrios (GRE)

Additional assistant referees

Stavros Tritsonis (GRE), Ilias Spathas (GRE)

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