Fiorentina vs. Juventus: Live Player Ratings for the Bianconeri

Juventus' Andrea Pirlo, center, celebrates with teammates Martin Caceres, right, and Fernando Llorente after scoring during an Europa League, round of 16, return-leg soccer match between Fiorentina and Juventus, at the Artemio Franchi stadium in Florence, Italy, Thursday, March 20,, 2014. (AP Photo/Massimo Pinca)
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Jerrad PetersWorld Football Staff WriterMarch 20, 2014

A stunning Andrea Pirlo free kick was enough to send Juventus through to the quarterfinals of the Europa League at the expense of Fiorentina, Thursdsay.

Moments after Gonzalo Rodriguez had been sent off for his tackle on Fernando Llorente, Pirlo stepped up and released an unstoppable drive that bulged the top-right corner of the goal.

The Bianconeri, enjoying a numerical advantage, were able to hang onto the lead for the final 20 minutes of the second leg and progress into the next round on 2-1 aggregate.

Following are ratings and analysis for all the Juventus players.

Juventus Player Ratings

Half-Time analysis for Juventus

Buffon: Didn’t have a single save to make in the first half.

Caceres: Keeping Gomez under pressure.

Bonucci: Has so far won all his aerial battles.

Chiellini: Committed a handful of uncharacteristic give-aways.

Isla: Delivered a nice cross to Llorente for Juve’s first chance of the night.

Vidal: Has already executed five tackles on the defensive side of the ball.

Pirlo: Distribution has been considerably sub-par.

Pogba: Attempted an audacious shot with the outside of his right foot that missed the target.

Asamoah: Has yet to really involve himself.

Llorente: Only 12 touches of the ball in the opening period.

Tevez: With three shots already he looks his side’s most likely player to score.

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Full-Time analysis for Juventus

Buffon: Made a spectacular save on Cuadrado midway through the second half.

Caceres: Was the best of the Juventus defenders on Thursday.

Bonucci: Completed the 90 minutes with a 100% record in the air.

Chiellini: Gave the ball away far too often but also made a vital intervention on Valero late on.

Isla: Was replaced by Lichtsteiner shortly after his side took the lead.

Vidal: A combative performance as per usual, but he missed at least two sitters.

Pirlo: Delivered one of the best free-kick goals of the season to date.

Pogba: Didn’t touch the ball all that often but successfully executed five tackles.

Asamoah: Conceded possession late on, capping off an unimpressive performance.

Llorente: Earned the free-kick that Pirlo turned into goal.

Tevez: He was the Bianconeri’s most active attacking player on the night.

Lichtsteiner: Had only 19 touches after coming on to replace Isla.

Osvaldo: Was essentially a time-wasting substitution in the 88th minute.

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