ACF Fiorentina vs Borussia Mönchengladbach

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UEFA Europa League

Round of 32, Second-leg

February 23rd

Stadio Artemio Franchi, Firenze, Italy


Aggregate: (3-4)

15′ Kalinić

28′ Valero

43′ Stindl (P)

46′ Stindl

54′ Stindl

59′ Christensen

Thanks for joining us.

FT: The result means that Borussia Mönchengladbach will progress into the Last-16 of the tournament and will await their opponents whilst Fiorentina bow out of the competition.

FT: Fiorentina can count themselves unfortunate with the penalty decision however their poor defending in the second-half cannot be excused. Fiorentina conceded all three second-half goals from three set-pieces and were lucky not to concede when the Germans hit the post following a corner in the sixth minute of the match. Despite leading on aggregate when Stindl levelled the scores on the night, the hosts couldn’t put the tie to bed. First Kalinić hesitated to get a shot away when played through on-goal by Bernardeschi before the visitors turned the game on its head. Iličić very nearly brought the Italians back into the match with a freekick that Sommer tipped onto the bar before he fired wide from-range on two separate occasions. Babacar then had a header cleared off the line before Rodríguez’s effort from-range was saved by Sommer.

FT: The visitors showed great character and determination to come back and overturn the 3-0 deficit at one point although the penalty on the stroke of half-time changed the game in the German side’s favour, which was evident with the early-goal in the second-half by Stindl. Stindl then curled home following a freekick to level the scores on aggregate before Christensen following a corner.

FT: So Borussia Mönchengladbach complete an emphatic comeback to defeat Fiorentina and progress into the last-16.

90’+4′ The referee blows his whistle to bring the match to an end.

90+2′ Chiesa is penalised for a foul.

90′ There will be four additional minutes.

89′ Close!! Rodríguez fires a powerful effort from-range that Sommer saves well.

89′ Chance!! Iličić heads a cross-field pass down into the path of Babacar but his effort is cleared off the line.

87′ Play comes to a halt as Christensen is down after a clash of heads. The defender is receiving treatment.

84′ The freekick is cleared.

84′ Strobl is penalised for a foul.

81′ Close!! Iličić surges forward before slicing an effort wide of the target.

80′ Drmić fires an effort wide from-range.

80′ Close!! The corner is taken short before Iličić fires an effort just wide from-range.

79′ Wendt concedes a corner.

79′ Final Borussia Mönchengladbach change sees Dahoud replaced by Tobias Strobl.

75′ Stindl receives a yellow card for a foul on Chiesa.

73′ Kalinić is caught offside.

72′ Second Borussia Mönchengladbach change sees Hofmann replaced by Fabian Johnson.

71′ Valero’s delivery is punched clear by Sommer, who wins a freekick.

70′ Iličić wins a freekick in a good position.

68′ Dahoud is penalised for a foul.

68′ The delivery is cleared before Iličić wins another freekick.

67′ Olivera wins a corner.

67′ So close!! Iličić curls the freekick over the wall but Sommer tips the ball onto the crossbar.

66′ Kramer is booked for a foul on Chiesa and will miss the next match. Fiorentine have a freekick in a good position.

63′ Double substitution for Fiorentina sees Bernardeschi and Badelj replaced by Josip Iličić and Khouma Babacar.

61′ Play resumes.

60′ Badelj is down after being caught by the flailing arm of Dahoud and is receiving treatment.

59′ Goal!! The corner is taken short to Hofmann, whose delivery is headed home by Christensen.

58′ Close!! Christensen surges forward before firing a deflected effort that flies just over the bar.

54′ Goal!! The delivery is pulled back to Stindl, who curls home from outside the area. What a comeback!

53′ Bernardeschi concedes a freekick in a dangerous position.

52′ The delivery is cleared.

51′ Vecino wins a corner.

49′ Chance!! Bernardeschi plays Kalinić through on-goal, the striker manages to stay on his feet but he cannot get a shot away as the visitors scramble the ball clear. Had Kalinić gone to ground, he may well have got a penalty.

49′ Valero wins a freekick.

48′ Bernardeschi wins a freekick.

46′ Goal!! The delivery is met by Christensen, who heads the ball into the path of Drmić, whose effort is smothered by Tătărușanu but the loose ball falls to Stindl, who fires home the loose ball.

46′ Drmić wins a corner after his strike is blocked by Rodríguez.

45′ Fiorentina get the second-half underway.

HT: So will Fiorentina hold onto their lead and add to their tally or will Borussia Mönchengladbach produce a surprise come-back? Join us again for the second-half.

HT: The complexion of the match could have been very different had the visitors taken their chances. They will need to be more clinical in the second-half if they are to claw their way back in the match. Fiorentina cannot afford to concede any more cheap goals as the German side will be hoping two more away goals will put them through. The hosts just need to make sure that they defend better than they have done in the first-half and they will progress into the next round.

HT: The visitors started well and created a few good chances. They nearly took the lead when Wendt headed a cross against the post following a corner before the hosts took the lead. Then Dahoud fired over the bar after a fine pull-back from Hermmann minutes before Fiorentina’s second. Drmić then forced Tătărușanu into a fine save after beating Sánchez. The visitors were handed a golden opportunity to get back into the tie when they were awarded a contentious penalty after Olivera was adjudged to have fouled Herrmann and Stindl capitalised, slotting home to pull a goal back.

HT: The hosts started slowly and took the lead against the run of play when Kalinić slotted home after good play from Bernardeschi. Sommer then produced a fine double-save to deny first, Chiesa and then Bernardeschi to prevent the Italian side from doubling their lead. However a poor error from Vestergaard allowed Valero to make it two.

HT: So Fiorentina lead at the break.

45’+3′ The referee blows his whistle to bring the first 45 minutes to an end.

45’+2′ Drmić is penalised for a foul.

45′ There will be three additional minutes.

43′ Goal!! Stindl sends Tătărușanu the wrong way to reduce the aggregate deficit.

42′ Penalty!! Olivera is adjudged to have fouled Herrmann in the area as the midfielder attempted to get onto the end of a cross and the referee points to the spot. It was a very harsh and contentious decision but the Germans have a lifeline.

41′ Chance!! Drmić gets the better of Sánchez and has just Tătărușanu to beat but his effort is palmed away.

35′ Dahoud finds Drmić, who fires an effort over the bar from a tight-angle.

32′ Christensen is penalised for a foul.

31′ The delivery is cleared.

31′ Bernardeschi has to leave the field to receive the all-clear.

30′ Hermann is penalised for a foul on Bernardeschi, who wins a freekick in a good position. The Italian is down and is receiving treatment.

28′ Goal!! Vestergaard miscues his clearance completely and Valero seizes onto the loose-ball before slotting home.

27′ First Borussia Mönchengladbach change sees Josip Drmić replace the injured Hazard.

25′ Hazard is down with an injury and is receiving treatment although it looks as though he’s going to have to be replaced.

24′ Chance!! Herrmann pulls the ball back to Dahoud, who fires the ball over the bar when he should have at least hit the target.

22′ Vecino is booked for a late challenge on Hazard.

22′ Chance!! A Valero cross is nodded back into the path of Chiesa, whose effort is palmed away by Sommer into the path of Bernardeschi, whose rebound is smothered by the keeper.

18′ Bernardeschi is caught offside.

15′ Goal!! Bernardeschi surges forward before finding the onside-Kalinić, who slots home past Sommer.

14′ Bernardeschi wins a freekick.

12′ Chiesa fires an effort harmlessly over the bar from just outside the area.

8′ Close!! Hazard’s freekick hits the wall before Wendt’s effort from-range is saved easily by Tătărușanu.

7′ Stindl wins a freekick in a good position.

6′ So close!! The initial move is blocked before a teasing cross by Wendt is headed against the post by Vestergaard with the loose ball falling kindly to Tătărușanu.

6′ Rodríguez concedes a corner.

5′ The corner comes to nothing as the referee spots an infringement.

4′ Christensen concedes a corner.

3′ Chance!! Hofmann cuts-inside before firing an effort at-goal that Tătărușanu saves with ease.

0′ Borussia Mönchengladbach get the game underway.

Team news:

ACF Fiorentina: Ciprian Tătărușanu (GK), Davide Astori, Gonzalo Rodríguez, Carlos Sánchez, Maximiliano Olivera, Matías Vecino, Milan Badelj,Federico Chiesa, Borja Valero, Federico Bernardeschi, Nikola Kalinić

Borussia Mönchengladbach: Yann Sommer (GK), Oscar Wendt, Jannik Vestergaard, Andreas Christensen, Tony Jantschke, Jonas Hofmann, Mahmoud Dahoud, Christoph Kramer, Patrick Herrmann, Lars Stindl, Thorgan Hazard


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