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The Frenchman is joined by Leonardo Bonucci in hailing the veteran midfielder, whose free kick saw the Bianconeri progress in the Europa League at Fiorentina's expense

Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba hailed the "golden foot" of Andrea Pirlo after the Bianconeri marched past Fiorentina into the Europa League quarter-finals.

The Italian fired home a free kick from the edge of the area to give Juve a 1-0 win at the Stadio Artemio Franchi on Thursday, sealing a 2-1 aggregate victory and progression to the last eight.

Following the Bianconeri's win, the Frenchman was quick to pay tribute to the veteran's impact on the side.

"Pirlo's got a golden foot! I need to train for many years if I'm going to be able to shoot like him," the 21-year-old told Mediaset.

"We're very happy. We still remember the 4-2 defeat here [in Serie A] and it was important for us to overturn that result.

"We said before the match that if we stuck to our usual game plan, the goal would eventually come."

Echoing his team-mate's sentiments, defender Leonardo Bonucci had his own words of praise for the decorated Italy international.

"Pirlo is a champion – he can turn any match around," he enthused. "We knew it was going to be a tough game. [Fiorentina], too, wanted to keep going in this competition.

"We played with the awareness that we are a great team and the humility allowed us to deal with the pressure. Those who step on to the field put themselves at the disposal of the side and sacrifice [themselves] for their team-mates."

Victory keeps alive Antonio Conte's side's hopes of competing in the final, which will be held at their home stadium in Turin on May 14.

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