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Fiorentina ease past Esbjerg and into last 16

Published: Thursday 27 February 2014, 22.58CET
ACF Fiorentina 1-1 Esbjerg fB (agg: 4-2)
Mikkel Vestergaard struck late to cancel out Josip Iličić's free-kick, but the damage was done in the first leg as the Viola advance.
Fiorentina ease past Esbjerg and into last 16
Esbjerg's Ryan Laursen vies with Manuel Pasqual ©AFP/Getty Images
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Published: Thursday 27 February 2014, 22.58CET

Fiorentina ease past Esbjerg and into last 16

ACF Fiorentina 1-1 Esbjerg fB (agg: 4-2)
Mikkel Vestergaard struck late to cancel out Josip Iličić's free-kick, but the damage was done in the first leg as the Viola advance.

ACF Fiorentina eased through to a UEFA Europa League round of 16 meeting with Juventus after completing a 4-2 aggregate victory over Esbjerg fB.

Josip Iličić's free-kick two minutes into the second half all but sealed the Italian side's progress, and while Esbjerg never looked likely to halt a run of five successive away defeats in all competitions, substitute Mikkel Vestergaard's late equaliser meant they bowed out on a high. The Viola will now meet a Juve team that beat them 3-1 on aggregate in the 1989/90 UEFA Cup final.

Leading 3-1 from last week's round of 32 first leg, the Viola waltzed through the first period, barely breaking sweat as they passed the ball around in their opponents' half. Esbjerg were defending so deep, though, that Fiorentina were restricted to crosses and set pieces, creating danger – not least when Marvin Compper headed wide at the far post – if not a constant threat.

The approach was all about doing just enough though, preserving the energy coach Vincenzo Montella said Fiorentina were so lacking in the build-up to the game. And it brought the opening goal moments after the restart as they won a free-kick in a central position and Iličić stepped up to bend it over the wall and beyond Martin Dúbravka's outstretched left arm.

At the other end, Antonio Rosati had yet to make a meaningful contribution in his first outing this season and while Vestergaard did test him as Esbjerg briefly rallied, the match soon resorted to type. Dúbravka denied Manuel Pasqual and Borja Valero, only for Vestergaard to strike in the dying moments, slipping the ball through Compper's legs and curving it around the keeper. Esbjerg's longest-ever European campaign ends on a high but it is Fiorentina who go on.

Last updated: 01/03/14 0.03CET

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Lineups

fiorentina

Fiorentina

esbjerg

Esbjerg

25
RosatiAntonio Rosati (GK)
40
DúbravkaMartin Dúbravka (GK)
2
Gonzalo RodríguezGonzalo Rodríguez
Substitution60
4
Drobo-AmpemDavidson Drobo-Ampem
4
RoncagliaFacundo Roncaglia
5
BergvoldMartin Bergvold (C)
5
CompperMarvin Compper
8
J. AndersenJeppe Andersen
Substitution68
7
PizarroDavid Pizarro
9
Van BurenMick Van Buren
20
Borja ValeroBorja Valero
15
LaursenRyan Laursen
21
AmbrosiniMassimo Ambrosini
Substitution65
17
NielsenCasper Nielsen
23
PasqualManuel Pasqual (C)
Substitution79
21
LucenaJerry Lucena
30
Ryder MatosRyder Matos
23
KnudsenJonas Knudsen
Yellow Card38
33
GomezMario Gomez
31
RasmussenJesper Rasmussen
Substitution42
72
IličićJosip Iličić
Goal47
32
PušićMartin Pušić
Substitution57

Substitutes

1
NetoNeto (GK)
16
HøjbjergJeppe Højbjerg (GK)
8
BakićMarko Bakić
Substitution65
3
P. AnkersenPeter Ankersen
14
FernándezMatías Fernández
6
LekvenMagnus Lekven
Substitution68
17
JoaquínJoaquín
7
VestergaardMikkel Vestergaard
Substitution42
Goal90+1
19
MatriAlessandro Matri
11
BakengaMushaga Bakenga
40
TomovićNenad Tomović
Substitution60
19
AnkersenJakob Ankersen
Substitution57
66
Vargas Juan Vargas
Substitution79
27
JakobsenMichael Jakobsen

Coach

Vincenzo Montella (ITA) Niels Frederiksen (DEN)

Referee

Marijo Strahonja (CRO)

Assistant referees

Siniša Premužaj (CRO), Goran Pataki (CRO)

Fourth official

Ivica Modrić (CRO)

Additional assistant referees

Ante Vučemilović (CRO), Fran Jović (CRO)

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