Stadio Artemio Franchi - Florence 27/02/2014 - 21:05CET (21:05 local time)

Round of 32, Second leg

Fiorentina - Esbjerg
1-1
Aggregate: 4-2
 

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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
 

Match statistics

Fiorentina
Esbjerg

1

Goals scored

1

63

Possession (%)

37

22

Total attempts

10

5

on target

2

12

off target

6

5

blocked

2

0

against woodwork

0

8

Corners

3

6

Offsides

1

0

Yellow cards

1

0

Red Cards

0

4

Fouls committed

16

14

Fouls suffered

4

528

Passes

309

445

completed

223

Lineups

fiorentina

Fiorentina

esbjerg

Esbjerg

25Rosati (GK)40Dúbravka (GK)
2Gonzalo Rodríguez
Substitution60
4Drobo-Ampem
4Roncaglia5Bergvold (C)
5Compper8J. Andersen
Substitution68
7Pizarro9Van Buren
20Borja Valero15Laursen
21Ambrosini
Substitution65
17Nielsen
23Pasqual (C)
Substitution79
21Lucena
30Ryder Matos23Knudsen
Yellow Card38
33Gomez31Rasmussen
Substitution42
72Iličić
Goal47
32Pušić
Substitution57

Substitutes

1Neto (GK)16Højbjerg (GK)
8Bakić
Substitution65
3P. Ankersen
14Fernández6Lekven
Substitution68
17Joaquín7Vestergaard
Substitution42
Goal90+1
19Matri11Bakenga
40Tomović
Substitution60
19J. Ankersen
Substitution57
66Vargas
Substitution79
27Jakobsen

Coaches

Vincenzo Montella (ITA) Niels Frederiksen (DEN)

Referee

Marijo Strahonja (CRO)

Press kits

Last updated: 27/02/2014 23:14 CET

Standings

 
  
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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