Match Info – Fiorentina vs Sivasspor Highlights
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Fiorentina maintained their impressive run against Turkish teams, claiming a 1-0 win against Sivasspor in the first leg of their UEFA Europa Conference League (UECL) round of 16 tie, marking their sixth victory in seven encounters against teams from Turkey.
As the game wore on, Sivasspor managed to get a foothold in proceedings, and could have taken the lead themselves through Max Gradel, whose fizzing effort was well held by Pietro Terracciano. Despite that, Fiorentina kept pressing and finally made the breakthrough with just over 20 minutes remaining, when Dušan Vlahović tucked home from the penalty spot after a foul on González.
The tension in the match was palpable as Fiorentina failed to capitalize on their chances, with Sivasspor growing in confidence as the game went on, coming close to scoring themselves when they hit the woodwork late on through a powerful header from Serhiy Rybalka.
Fiorentina struggled to break down a resilient Sivasspor side until substitute Dusan Vlahovic scored in the dying minutes of the game, sealing a 1-0 victory for the home team. Sivasspor rarely threatened the Fiorentina goal, and the Italian side will be pleased with their clean sheet ahead of the second leg.
Fiorentina’s performance was dominant but they may feel like they missed an opportunity as they travel to Turkey with only a one-goal advantage, which was highlighted by Arthur Cabral’s embarrassing attempt to earn a penalty. Sivasspor will face an uphill battle in the second leg as they attempt to extend their record run in UEFA competition, especially after only winning one of their three home group games and with Max Gradel set to miss out after his late red card.