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Salah scores brace as Fiorentina shock Juventus in Coppa Italia semi-final
Juventus, who started the game with a great victory at Roma, fielded a weakened team without top scorer Carlos Tevez, who entered in the first half due to injury to Kingsley Coman.
It was Fiorentina who started the game perfectly and soon got their reward when Fernandez’s clearance fell to Mohamed Salah in his own half, and the in-form Egyptian outpaced all three Juventus players and smashed it in the top corner.
Juventus were rattled and Fiorentina seemed to control the game well. However, Juventus pulled one back out of the blue when Pepe’s beautifully measured cross found Fernando Llorente, who headed right in the corner. Fiorentina continued to surprisingly attack Juventus and they nearly were back in front. Salah started the move with a great burst before he passed it back to Kurtic, who shot just wide. The half ended all square.
Fiorentina started the second half like they ended the first – constantly in control of the ball – and the champions found it hard to dispossess the visitors. The Viola were soon in front again, some sloppy passing from Marchisio was cut off by Joaquin and Salah took over to calmly slot past Storari. Montella’s side were flying.
Salah was substituted with 15 minutes remaining after a truly breathtaking performance, leaving his valiant teammates to see the result out after Juventus pushed on for a goal.
Salah's brace at the Juventus Stadium ended Juve's two-year unbeaten record at home (47 games). pic.twitter.com/PGQPqwWZK1
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This result puts this fixture wide open in the return leg in Florence on the 7th of April. Fiorentina will now look to the league in their continued drive towards a Champions League spot when they face a tricky game against Lazio on Monday.