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
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.