Fiorentina 1-2 Basel: Amdouni's last-gasp goal secures dramatic win
Fiorentina 1-2 Basel: Zeki Amdouni’s last-gasp goal secures dramatic win for the Swiss side in first leg of Europa Conference League semi-final after Andy Diouf’s sensational solo effort cancelled out Arthur Cabral’s opener for the hosts
- Fiorentina hosted Basel in the Europa Conference League semi-final first leg
- Arthur Cabral’s early opener was pegged back by a fine goal from Andy Diouf
- Zeki Amdouni scored a last-gasp winner to put the Swiss side in the driving seat
Zeki Amdouni’s last-gasp goal secured a dramatic 2-1 win for Basel to hand them the initiative in their Europa Conference League semi-final clash with Fiorentina.
Brazilian forward Arthur Cabral had put the Serie A outfit ahead in the first leg with a header after 27 minutes as he netted his seventh goal of this season’s competition.
Fiorentina then went onto dominate much of the match at a vociferous Stadio Artemio Franchi in Florence.
However, Basel kept themselves in the game and hit back when Diouf scored a superb solo effort on 71 minutes.
The 19-year-old Frenchman picked the ball up in his own half and drove towards the Fiorentina goal before finishing with aplomb from just outside the box.
Basel beat Fiorentina 2-1 in the first leg of their Europa Conference League semi-final
Zeki Amdouni showed great composure to score a last-gasp goal to earn his side a huge win
Brazilian forward Arthur Cabral had earlier opened the scoring for the Italian side midway through the first half
Andy Diouf hit back with a fine solo goal after he carried the ball from deep before slotting home
There was then late drama in stoppage time as Amdouni showed great composure to slot home to spark wild celebrations among his side and silence the home fans.
It leaves the tie well poised ahead of the second leg back in Switzerland next Thursday.
FIORENTINA (4-3-3): Terracciano; Dodo, Martinez, Ranieri, Biraghi; Amrabat (Castrovilli 73), Mandragora, Bonaventura (Barak 86); Ikone (Kouame 82), Cabral (Jovic 82), Gonzalez (Brekalo 73)
Substitutes not used: Cerofolini, Bianco, Duncan, Igor, Saponara, Terzic, Venuti
Manager: Vincenzo Italiano
Scorer: Cabral 25
BASEL (3-5-2): Hitz; Lang, Adams, Pelmard; Ndoye, Diouf, Xhaka, Burger (Males 86), Calafiori (Millar 63); Augustin (Zeqiri 77), Amdouni
Substitutes not used: De Mol, Essiam, Fink, Frei, Kade, Novoa, Salvi, Vogel
Manager: Heiko Vogel
Scorer: Diouf 71, Amdouni 90+2
Booked: Adams, Vogel, Burger, Ndoye
Referee: F Letexier
It was a raucous atmosphere at the Stadio Artemio Franchi with both sets of fans fired up
Fiorentina had the best chances in the game, but were guilty of being profligate in front of goal
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