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  • February 11, 2014
  • • 3:00 PM
  • • Stadio Artemio Franchi, Firenze
  • Referee: D. Massa
  • • Attendance: 30000
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Fiorentina win Aggregate 3 - 2

Fiorentina 2-0 Udinese (3-2 agg): Pasqual & Cuadrado screamers sends Viola into final

Fiorentina 2-0 Udinese (3-2 agg): Pasqual & Cuadrado screamers sends Viola into final

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The home side turned around a first-lege deficit and is headed to the Coppa Italia final against Roma or Napoli thanks to two superb goals.

Manuel Pasqual and Juan Cuadrado wonder goals helped Fiorentina overturn a 2-1 deficit to seal its place in the Coppa Italia final at the expense of Udinese, which was reduced to nine men late.

Pasqual leveled the tie on aggregate with a superb close-range finish in the opening stages.

Udinese dictated tempo for long periods in the first half but spurned a number of opportunities to reassume command of the tie at the Stadio Artemio Franchi.

Francesco Guidolin's side was made to pay for its profligacy early in the second half, though, as Colombian midfielder Juan Cuadrado put Fiorentina in complete control of the tie with an excellent individual goal.

And there proved to be no way back for Udinese, which slipped to a 3-2 aggregate defeat.

Fiorentina took the lead with the first real chance of the game after 13 minutes as Pasqual volleyed home in emphatic fashion from Joaquin's knock back.

Udinese responded well to going behind, and would have leveled if not for two fine saves from Neto, who denied Gabriel Silva from close range before keeping out Maurizio Domizzi's header from the resulting corner.

The visitors continued to push for an equalizer and were denied by the woodwork on 32 minutes as veteran striker Antonio Di Natale's header crashed against the post.

However, Vincenzo Montella's hosts remained a threat going forward, with Joaquin testing the reflexes of Simone Scuffet with a fine curling effort shortly before the break.

The same player was involved once again as the attacking midfielder's deflected effort forced another strong stop from Scuffet in the early stages of the second half.

Fiorentina's second goal arrived in spectacular fashion a minute after the hour mark when Cuadrado capped a quick counter attack by thumping an effort in off the crossbar from the edge of the area.

Udinese almost responded immediately but Silvan Widmer fired well wide at the far post from Domizzi's left-wing cross.

The closing stages were marred by ill-discipline, as first Cuadrado received a booking that will see him miss the final, before unused Udinese substitute Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu was dismissed for dissent.

But Udinese would have forced extra time if not for another excellent save from Neto, who produced a flying stop to deny Luis Muriel and then kept out Nico Lopez's header from the rebound.

Domizzi became the second visiting player to see red for dissent moments later, and Fiorentina stood firm to set up a final clash with Roma or Napoli.

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