Fiorentina have a slight advantage following Thursday’s Europa League Round of 16 first leg thanks to a late Mario Gomez goal that allowed them to escape Juventus Stadium with a 1-1 draw.
Arturo Vidal had opened the scoring for Juventus inside three minutes, but the substitute Gomez did ever so well to control a Josip Ilicic cross before sliding the ball past Gianluigi Buffon with 11 minutes left to play
Following are player ratings and analysis for both sides.
|Juventus Player Ratings|
Half-Time analysis for Juventus
Buffon: Had to be alert to catch several cross-goal passes.
Caceres: Gifted the guests the ball in the moments after kickoff.
Chiellini: Bombed forward on a rare run into the attacking third with five minutes remaining in the first half.
Ogbonna: Made a vital deflection on Valero’s shot, which had Buffon beaten.
Isla: Is adding an attacking outlet from the right only in flashes.
Vidal: The box-to-boxer scored once and hit the crossbar twice in the opening period.
Pirlo: His sublime cross to Vidal midway through the first half would have been an assist had the Chilean not hit the woodwork.
Marchisio: Set up the Vidal goal with a lovely, improvised ball into the box.
Asamoah: Began the play that led to the goal when he passed inside to Marchisio.
Osvaldo: Showing some creativity but has touched the ball only 14 times so far.
Giovinco: Chested Marchisio’s ball to ground for Vidal to score.
Full-Time analysis for Juventus
Buffon: Sharply made a pair of late saves on Gomez and Vargas.
Caceres: Nearly scored an own-goal when he chested a Fiorentina cross back to Buffon.
Chiellini: The Italy international made several important interventions while occasionally bombing forward.
Ogbonna: His passing was excellent, but he sometimes looks rather nervous on the defensive side of the ball.
Isla: Didn’t add much and was replaced by Padoin.
Vidal: Fourteen of his 18 goals this season have come at home.
Pirlo: Made an absolutely vital defensive intervention on Ilicic midway through the second half.
Marchisio: Conceded possession in the buildup to the Gomez equaliser.
Asamoah: Played in several good crosses but didn’t touch the ball as much as he’d have liked.
Osvaldo: Substituted after touching the ball just 16 times in 75 minutes.
Giovinco: Picked up an assist and hit the side-netting in a solid day’s work.
Llorente: Is at his best alongside Tevez.
Pogba: Replaced Osvaldo with 15 minutes to play.
Padoin: Touched the ball just seven times in a brief cameo.
|Fiorentina Player Ratings|
Half-Time analysis for Fiorentina
Neto: Burst off his line to beat Giovinco to a loose ball.
Roncaglia: Struggling to contain the runs of Asamoah.
Rodriguez: Might have done better to disrupt Giovinco in the buildup to the goal.
Savic: His outlet passes have been useful.
Tomovic: Adding Fiorentina’s attacking wideth from the left.
Pizarro: Got involved in a shoving match with Vidal.
Valero: Would have equalised but for Ogbonna’s late block.
Aquilani: No one on either side has touched the ball more.
Fernandez: Had a chance to score when he burst in from the left, only to be denied by Buffon.
Ilicic: Distribution has been good, although he could link up better with Matri.
Matri: Just nine touches of the ball so far.
Full-Time analysis for Fiorentina
Neto: The 24-year-old made five important saves.
Roncaglia: Got the better of Asamoah in the second half.
Rodriguez: Made a pair of important tackles in the Fiorentina goalmouth.
Savic: Won all of his aerial battles.
Tomovic: Completely neutralised Isla.
Pizarro: Didn’t shy away from the wars.
Valero: His stunning drive from distance forced Buffon into the best save of the night.
Aquilani: He touched the ball 71 times but managed to create little.
Fernandez: Withdrawn shortly after the restart with an ankle injury.
Ilicic: Delivered the arching ball that found Gomez for the equaliser.
Matri: Touched the ball just 16 times before being substituted.
Ambrosini: Replaced Fernandez and put in a useful 39 minutes.
Gomez: Took his goal exceptionally well and would have had a second but for a superb Buffon save.
Vargas: Was introduced to stretch Juventus horizontally and helped accomplish just that.