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Fiorentina and Juventus: the denouement

Published: Saturday 15 March 2014, 20.08CET
ACF Fiorentina hit back to earn a 1-1 draw at Juventus in the first leg of the UEFA Europa League round of 16, leaving the tie in the balance as the focus shifts to Florence.
Fiorentina and Juventus: the denouement
Viola coach Vincenzo Montella watches the first leg in Turin ©Getty Images

Tournament statistics

FiorentinaJuventus

Goals scored17
 
10
Possession (%)57
 
43
Total attempts143
 
124
on target53
 
55
off target61
 
46
blocked29
 
23
against woodwork2
 
3
Corners45
 
49
Offsides34
 
33
Yellow cards25
 
8
Red Cards2
 
1
Fouls committed119
 
105
Fouls suffered142
 
104
Passes5042
 
4219
completed4297
 
3554

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Published: Saturday 15 March 2014, 20.08CET

Fiorentina and Juventus: the denouement

ACF Fiorentina hit back to earn a 1-1 draw at Juventus in the first leg of the UEFA Europa League round of 16, leaving the tie in the balance as the focus shifts to Florence.

ACF Fiorentina have the chance to avenge a 1990 UEFA Cup final defeat and dash Juventus's hopes of playing in the 2013/14 UEFA Europa League final at their own stadium as their round of 16 tie concludes.

• The first leg more than lived up to its billing, Arturo Vidal (3) putting Juventus in front then heading against the bar before the break. However, substitute Mario Gomez struck a potentially crucial away goal for the Viola on 79 minutes.

Previous meetings
• The sides know each other well from Serie A – where they met on 9 March, the Bianconeri triumphing 1-0 – and also contested the final of the 1990 UEFA Cup. Dino Zoff's Juventus prevailed 3-1 on aggregate against Francesco Graziani's Viola, winning 3-1 in Turin before a 0-0 draw in the return, staged on neutral territory in Avellino.

• The teams for that second leg on 16 May 1990, in which Juve's Pasquale Bruno was sent off in the 63rd minute, were:
Fiorentina: Landucci, Dell'Oglio, Volpecina, Dunga, Pin, Battistini, Nappi (Zironelli 72), Kubík, Buso, R Baggio, Di Chiara.
Juventus: Tacconi, Napoli, De Agostini, Galia, Bruno, Alessio, Aleinikov, Rui Barros (Avallone 72), Casiraghi (Rosa 78), Marocchi, Schillachi.

• This is the 30th all-Italian match in UEFA competition; the previous 29 fixtures have yielded 15 home wins and five away victories.

Match background
• The finals against Juventus were Fiorentina's only previous encounters with Serie A opponents in European competition.

• Juventus have met Italian opponents in 12 previous UEFA games with the record W3 D5 L4 (W0 D2 L3 away from home). These results also include a 0-0 draw against AC Milan in the 2002/03 UEFA Champions League final at Old Trafford – Milan won 3-2 on penalties.

• Fiorentina came through the group stage unbeaten (W5 D1), having eliminated Grasshopper Club on away goals in the play-offs. They are one of four qualifiers from the group stage who remain unbeaten after nine games, along with FC Salzburg, Olympique Lyonnais and AZ Alkmaar. They are unbeaten in four European home fixtures (W3 D1).

• Fiorentina last reached the round of 16 in this competition in 2007/08, beating Everton FC on penalties en route to a semi-final exit, also on spot kicks, against Rangers FC.

• Despite prevailing in the 1961 European Cup Winners' Cup final, Fiorentina share with FC Barcelona and Hamburger SV the unusual distinction of having lost finals in all three major UEFA club competitions: the European Cup (1957, v Real Madrid CF), European Cup Winners' Cup (1962, v Club Atlético de Madrid) and UEFA Cup (1990, v Juventus).

• Juventus are unbeaten in their last six away games in this competition (W3 D3), a run which stretches back to a 4-1 loss at Fulham FC in the second leg of 2009/10 round of 16 – the last time they reached this stage of the competition.

Team facts
• Fiorentina midfielder Alberto Aquilani – who spent 2010/11 on loan from Liverpool FC at Juventus – made his 50th UEFA club competition appearance in the first leg in Turin. Aquilani and Fiorentina team-mate David Pizarro played alongside injured Juventus striker Mirko Vučinić at AS Roma from 2006 to 2009.

• Pablo Osvaldo – who scored the 2,600th UEFA Europa League goal in Juve's 2-0 win at Trabzonspor AŞ in the round of 32 – played for Fiorentina from 2007 to 2009. The forward was sent off for an over-exuberant celebration after scoring a late winner for the Viola against Juventus in March 2008.

• Giorgio Chiellini joined Juventus in 2005 following a season at Fiorentina.

• On loan from AC Milan, Fiorentina forward Alessandro Matri is up against his old side having left Juventus in the summer after two and a half seasons in Turin.

• Juventus forward Fabio Quagliarella played for Fiorentina in Serie C2 at the start of his career, scoring his first league goal while on loan from Torino FC in autumn 2002.

• Juventus reserve goalkeeper Marco Storari played for Fiorentina on loan from AC Milan in 2008/09, though he played in just one league game and another in the Coppa Italia; both ended in 1-0 defeats.

• Spain and Italy are the best represented nations in the round of 16 with three clubs apiece.

• Fiorentina have never lost a UEFA Europa League match (excluding qualifying), the only one of the competition's 156 participants to lay claim to that distinction.

• Juventus's Andrea Pirlo has made 124 UEFA club competition appearances, more than any other outfield player in the round of 32.

• Juventus Stadium will stage this season's UEFA Europa League final. Juventus can thus become the third side since the UEFA Cup was first decided with a one-off match in 1997/98 to compete in the showpiece at their home arena. Feyenoord triumphed in Rotterdam in 2002/03, but Sporting Clube de Portugal lost the 2004/05 final in Lisbon.

• Juventus (1977, 1990, 1993) are one of six former UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League winners in the round of 16, along with Tottenham Hotspur FC (1972, 1984), Sevilla FC (2006, 2007), Valencia CF (2004), SSC Napoli (1989) and FC Porto (2003, 2011).

• Juventus are one of three sides who have won the competition three times, along with FC Internazionale Milano (1990/91, 1993/94, 1997/98) and Liverpool FC (1972/73, 1975/76, 2000/01).

Coach information
• Fiorentina coach since June 2012, Vincenzo Montella is best remembered as a striker for AS Roma, where he was known as L'Aeroplanino (the Little Aeroplane) because of his modest stature and trademark goal celebration. He won the 2000/01 Serie A title and two Coppa Italias with Roma before moving on to coach their youth team. After holding the reins at the Giallorossi and Calcio Catania, he led Fiorentina to fourth place in his first term in charge.

• Antonio Conte has led Juventus to back-to-back Italian titles since taking charge at his old club in 2011. The 44-year-old started out as a midfielder at home-town team US Lecce, then represented Juventus from 1991 to 2004, winning five Serie A titles, the 1992/93 UEFA Cup and the 1995/96 UEFA Champions League among a host of other trophies. He returned as a coach after spells in charge of US Arezzo, AS Bari, Atalanta BC and AC Siena.

• Conte is the only coach left in the competition who won the UEFA Cup as a player.

Shoot-out record
• Fiorentina's record in five UEFA penalty shoot-outs is W3 L2:
2-4 (home) v Rangers FC, 2007/08 UEFA Cup semi-finals
4-2 (away) v Everton FC, 2007/08 UEFA Cup round of 16
4-3 (home) v FC Groningen, 2007/08 UEFA Cup first round
3-1 (home) v Club Atlético de Madrid, 1989/90 UEFA Cup first round
1-3 (away) v Boavista FC, 1986/87 UEFA Cup first round

• Juventus's record in six UEFA club competition shoot-outs is W4 L2:
2-3 (neutral) v AC Milan, 2002/03 UEFA Champions League final
4-2 (neutral) v AFC Ajax, 1995/96 UEFA Champions League final
3-1 (home) v Real Madrid CF, 1986/87 European Champion Clubs' Cup second round
4-2 (neutral) v AA Argentinos Juniors, 1985 European/South American Cup final
1-4 (home) v Widzew Łódź, 1980/81 UEFA Cup second round
3-0 (home) v AFC Ajax, 1977/78 European Champion Clubs' Cup quarter-finals

Last updated: 17/03/14 14.06CET

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