Juventus vs. Fiorentina: Winners and Losers from 2014/15 TIM Coppa Italia Game
Fiorentina have one foot in the door to the Coppa Italia final after Thursday's semi-final first-leg win away to Juventus.
On-loan Chelsea winger Mohamed Salah scored both goals for La Viola in their victory, and Fernando Llorente replied with a headed tally for the Bianconeri.
Away-goals are taken into consideration in the competition, and the return match will be held April 7 in Florence.
Following are some of the individual winners and losers from the encounter.
Winner: Jose Basanta, Who Was Solid in Defense for Fiorentina
With an hour played in Turin, Juventus had placed just a single shot on target—the Llorente header that temporarily restored level terms.
They'd generate a few half-chances over the final 30 minutes, but in general, Fiorentina defenders Gonzalo Rodriguez and Jose Basanta would keep them at bay.
Basanta, in particular, had a strong night, closing down the likes of Carlos Tevez and Arturo Vidal and completing 97 percent of his passes out of the back, according to WhoScored.com.
Loser: Claudio Marchisio, Who Was Surprisingly Substandard
You typically know what you'll get with Claudio Marchisio, but on Thursday, the Juventus midfielder barely resembled his energetic, industrious and efficient self.
In the 56th minute, the Italy international was stripped of the ball by Mohamed Salah, who proceeded to score what proved to be the winning goal.
Then, with 13 minutes remaining, he gave up the ball to Milan Badelj and, out of frustration, hacked Alessandro Diamanti to ground and was shown a yellow card.
Winner: Fernando Llorente, Who Has Now Scored in Successive Matches
As WhoScored pointed out on their Twitter account during Thursday's match, Fernando Llorente's 24th-minute equaliser represented the first time he had scored in successive matches since January 2014.
It was a fine goal as well.
Simone Pepe, who used his speed to cause one or two problems down the right-hand side for the Bianconeri, picked out the Spaniard with an inch-perfect cross that the former Athletic Bilbao striker nodded into the back of the net.
"Great Pepe cross, typical Llorente goal. Simple as A-B-C!" tweeted Four Four Two's Adam Digby.
Winner: Milan Badelj, Who Put in a Strong Shift in the Fiorentina Midfield
Milan Badelj contributed crisp passing and defensive conscience to the Fiorentina midfield on Thursday, and he did it despite picking up a yellow card in the first half.
At times the 26-year-old almost looked part of the visiting defense, and he wasn't afraid to use his body to both block shots and muscle attackers out of meaningful space.
Going forward he completed 92 percent of his passes, according to WhoScored, and touched the ball 78 times before being withdrawn in the 77th minute.
Loser: Arturo Vidal, Whose Poor Night Summed Up Juve's Performance
Arturo Vidal at times looked frustrated and at others disinterested on Thursday.
In other words, he looked as he has much of this season for Juventus.
None of the Chile international's five shots tested Fiorentina goalkeeper Neto in Turin, and in the fourth minute of second-half stoppage time, his foul throw actually found an opposing player.
It was his match in a nutshell.
Winner: Mohamed Salah, Who Was La Viola's Difference-Maker
Mohamed Salah scored both Fiorentina goals on Thursday and has now found the back of the net six times since joining from Chelsea on loan.
In the 11th minute, he took advantage of a poor Pepe corner to burst downfield, hold off Simone Padoin and beat Marco Storari to the far post, and in the 56th, he stripped Claudio Marchisio of the ball before finding the back of the net once again.
Tancredi Palmeri of beIN Sports was especially enthusiastic about the Egyptian's opener.
"Stunning 70 metres coast to coast goal for Salah," he tweeted, all in capital letters.