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Played
November 7, 2013 11:30 PM IST
Cluj Arena — Cluj-Napoca
Referee:‬ A. Sidiropoulos‎
Attendance:‬ 11750‎
 
Ryder Matos 86′
 
Borja Valero 90+2′

Pandurii Targu-Jiu 1-2 Fiorentina: Last-gasp Valero strike seals Viola's Europa League progression

A five-minute salvo at the death saw the Spaniard and Ryder Matos overturn proceedings after Eric Pereira's stunning opener and book the Italian side's place in the next round

By Rob Nichols

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Late goals from Ryder Matos and Borja Valero spared the blushes of  Fiorentina as they sealed qualification to the next stage of the Europa league with a 2-1 win over Pandurii Targu-Jiu on Thursday.

An astonishing goal from Brazilian Eric Pereira put the home side ahead on 32 minutes as he met a cross from the left with a looping overhead volley that dropped into the top corner.

Pandurii briefly pushed for a second, with Pereira coming close again in the first half, but although the visitors bossed the majority of proceedings they were continually thwarted by a rigid rearguard and substitute goalkeeper Pedro Mingote.

However, just as la Viola looked destined for a shock defeat against a side with only one point from their opening three matches, the game was turned on its head.

Juan Cuadrado, who had earlier spurned excellent chances for an equaliser, raced away down the right and fizzed in a cross allowing Ryder Matos to tap home from close range. Matos then thought he had stolen all three points, only for a dubious offside call to rob him of a second.

However, deep into injury time, Colombian Cuadrado once more supplied the telling ball from the right to find Valero unmakred in the area, and the Spaniard squeezed his effort over the line to put Vincenzo Montella's side into the next round, with four wins from their first four matches.



CS Pandurii Târgu Jiu

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3.00
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3.00
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2.50
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3.50
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2.50
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Erico
Defender
23′ 42′
2.50
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Paul Viorel Anton
Midfielder
79′
2.50
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David Distéfano
Midfielder
86′
2.00
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Eric de Oliveira
Midfielder
32′
4.00
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Nicandro Breeveld
Midfielder
2.50
25
Alex
Striker
3.00

Fiorentina

3.00
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Gustavo Munúa
Goalkeeper
3.50
2
3.00
28
2.50
4
3.00
5
3.00
10
4.50
11
Juan Cuadrado
Midfielder
86′ 92′
2.50
14
2.50
17
Joaquín
Midfielder
2.00
17
3.00
30

Substitutes

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Pedro Mingote
Goalkeeper
24′ 89′
3.50
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Sipo
Defender
86′
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2.50
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Substitutes

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1
Neto
Goalkeeper
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15
 - 
23
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40
4.50
20
Borja Valero
Midfielder
46′ 79′ 92′
3.00
72
Josip Iličič
Midfielder
65′
3.00
28

Coach/Manager

Coach/Manager

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  • Penalty Shootout Miss
  • Yellow Card / Red Card
  • Red Card
  • Substitution IN
  • Substitution OUT
  • Injury
  • Goal.com Rating
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Results
Group A Matchday 4
Times In IST
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Jonathan Jonathan
Striker
Salzburg
11 2
Jermain Defoe Jermain Defoe
Striker
Toronto FC
7 1
Alexander Meier Alexander Meier
Midfielder
Eintracht Frankfurt
7 1
Paco Alcácer Paco Alcácer
Striker
Valencia
7 0
Kevin Gameiro Kevin Gameiro
Striker
Sevilla
6 0