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Played
October 3, 2013 3:05 PM EDT
Dnipro Arena — Dnipropetrovs'k
Referee:‬ S. Marciniak‎
Attendance:‬ 25837‎
 
57′ (PG) Yevhen Seleznyov
Gonzalo Rodríguez 53′ (PG)
 
Top of the Match
Massimo Ambrosini
Massimo Ambrosini
Fiorentina
Massimo Ambrosini
Massimo Ambrosini
Fiorentina
Flop of the Match
Marko Bakić
Marko Bakić
Fiorentina
David Pizarro
David Pizarro
Fiorentina

Dnipro 1-2 Fiorentina: 10-man Viola move top of Group E

Vincenzo Montella's side came through a stern test in terrible conditions in Ukraine to clinch a valuable three points

By Alec Fenn

Gonzalo Rodriguez Fiorentina Europa League
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Fiorentina earned a 2-1 win away to Dnipro on Wednesday to go top of Europa League Group E - despite ending the game with 10 men.

The visitors took the lead through Gonzalo Rodriguez's penalty on 53 minutes but the lead only lasted a matter of minutes, with Yevhen Seleznyov equalizing with a spot-kick for the hosts.

Falling snow marred much of the encounter, but Massimo Ambrosini clinched victory for the Serie A side with 17 minutes remaining and even David Pizarro's late red card couldn't stop the Viola from claiming the win.

The result means Fiorentina leads its group, and the team answered Vincenzo Montella's pre-match cry for improvement from his side.

Dnipro created the first opportunity of note through Seleznyov but Norberto Neto pulled off a diving save low to his right.

The visitors soon responded. Matos Ryder got on the end of Marcos Alonso's pass inside the box but he failed to force goalkeeper Denys Boyko into a save.

Two goals shortly after the interval sparked the game into life as Rodriguez stepped up to put Fiorentina 1-0 in front after Matos Ryder was felled in the box, only for Seleznyov to reply from the spot moments later following Pizarro's hand ball.

Montella's side continued to push for the win, though, and was rewarded for its endeavors when Ambrosini nodded home a Borja Valero cross on 73 minutes to make it 2-1.

Pizarro was given his marching orders when he picked up a second booking late on, but it mattered little with Fiorentina sealing the win and moving to the Group E summit.

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Dnipro

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Denis Boyko
Goalkeeper
3.00
3
Ondrej Mazuch
Defender
3.50
14
3.00
17
Ivan Strinic
Defender
2.50
44
Artem Fedetskiy
Defender
58′
3.00
6
Jaba Kankava
Midfielder
2.50
10
3.50
29
Ruslan Rotan
Midfielder
3.00
21
3.50
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Roman Zozulya
Striker
2.50

Fiorentina

3.00
1
Neto
Goalkeeper
4.00
2
3.50
28
2.50
4
3.50
5
2.50
7
David Pizarro
Midfielder
56′ 86′
2.00
8
Marko Bakić
Midfielder
15′ 54′
3.00
11
Juan Cuadrado
Midfielder
54′ 77′
2.50
14
4.50
21
3.50
30

Substitutes

16
Jan Lastuvka
Goalkeeper
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Douglas
Defender
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-
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-
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16
Bruno Gama
Striker
79′
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Substitutes

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Gustavo Munúa
Goalkeeper
 - 
15
 - 
40
 - 
-
 - 
17
Joaquín
Midfielder
77′
3.50
20
Borja Valero
Midfielder
54′ 73′
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Axel Gulin
Striker

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Results
Group A Matchday 2
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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