Udinese traveled to Florence leading the Coppa Italia tie 2-1, thanks to a late goal from Luis Muriel. Fiorentina bounced back from defeat in the first leg with a 2-0 victory over Atalanta in the league, while Udinese continued their good form, entering the second leg after making it a third straight win in a row (all competitions) by defeating Chievo 3-0 on Saturday.
Udinese made two changes from the first leg, in came Danilo and Bruno Fernandes and out went Bubnjić and López. The hosts also made two changes, Cuadrado and Aquilani replacing Vargas and Borja Valero (suspended). Mario Gómez returned to the Fiorentina squad after he recovered from a lengthy spell out of action, this game came too soon for the striker as he sat on the bench for the full 90 minutes.
Fiorentina took an early lead after the game started at a great tempo. Pizarro played a beautiful ball over the top of the defence which found Joaquin, the Spaniard headed the ball back to Pasqual and the left back hammered a volley past Scuffet.
Pasqual gifted Udinese a chance when he failed to head the ball away three times. Widmer was then allowed to head the ball to Di Natale and the veteran tried his luck with an overhead kick, but could only direct it wide. Soon after that chance Di Natale was given another fantastic opportunity to put Udinese level when Pereyra went on a brilliant run, surprisingly Udinese’s number 10 fired just over the bar.
Udinese continued to push for an equalizer and they came close when Di Natale switched the play to Pinzi. Pinzi’s cross wasn’t cleared and Silva’s shot forced Neto into a great save. The resulting corner again forced Neto into action when Danilo directed the ball towards goal. This time Neto saved comfortably.
Di Natale couldn’t believe his luck when he came very very close with his free header, the striker’s header left Neto rooted to the spot and luckily for Fiorentina the header hit the woodwork before being cleared. Udinese applying plenty of pressure on Fiorentina after conceding and they should have easily gone into the break level.
The second half started the same way as the first, Fiorentina looking bright and the game playinbg at a quick tempo. The young Scuffet had to make a couple of saves to deny Fiorentina. Things quickly went back to Udinese having the most of the ball.
Fiorentina grabbed themselves a second goal in style. Pizarro showed his brilliant vision once again, this time playing a superb pass to Cuadrado, the Colombian took the ball forward and unleashed a bullet which flew past Scuffet. Once again the youngster in the Udinese goal couldn’t do much about the strike.
Udinese almost managed to get themselves back into the game straight away when Widmer found himself on the end of a cross, sadly his finish was woeful, the winger volleying his chance across goal and almost hitting the corner flag.
Udinese tried desperately to get back into the game, but despite having the chances they kept wasting them. If they did get a shot on target Neto was their to save.
There was 6 minutes injury time and this sparked chaos. Firstly Cuadrado was booked for a foul and time wasting, something the Udinese players weren’t happy about, Cuadrado now misses the final thanks to that booking. Soon after Agyemang-Badu was sent off from the bench, he was given his marching orders for dissent.
Udinese were denied late on when Neto produced a terrific one-handed save to deny a decent Muriel strike. The rebound fell to López but the youngster couldn’t put enough power on his header and Neto easily stopped the ball from crossing the line. Shortly after Neto claimed the ball but was fouled by Udinese captain Domizzi, the defender was sent off after receiving his second booking.
Late drama as Udinese pushed and pushed and became more and more frustrated, they’ll be wondering how their not heading to Rome instead of Fiorentina. This wasn’t the greatest of performances from Fiorentina but two outstanding goals are sending their fans to Rome. Udinese and their fans will now have to continue to wait for their first major trophy, but it’s party time in Florence.