Motivation is a tricky mistress. Big matches require a determined side willing to leave blood on the pitch, but excite the players too much and you risk sending them over the edge. With the Viola down to 10 men, Andrea Pirlo broke Florentine hearts with a masterful free-kick to snatch Juventus a quarter-final piece in the Europa League with a 1-0 victory.
Fiorentina started the game with hunger in their bellies. Attacking with pace and pressing vehemently. They possessed the ball beautifully and proved effective with both their passing and fluid interchange. The Bianconeri struggled to settle in. Every pass they attempted was well intercepted while their best players, including Pirlo and Paul Pogba were man-marked impeccably well.
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