Juventus 1-2 Fiorentina
Scorers: Salah 11, 56 (F), Llorente 23 (J)
Coppa Italia – Semi-Final First leg [Thursday, 5th March – 19:45 GMT] – Juventus Stadium
Mohamed Salah scored a superb brace to give Fiorentina a deserved 2-1 victory while ending Juve’s unbeaten home record.
The Tuscans extended their own undefeated-streak to 13 games in all competitions at the expense of Juve’s 42 match unbeaten home record, a run which stretched back to a April 2013 when the Bianconeri lost to Bayern Munch.
Juve were missing Andrea Pirlo, Romulo and Kwadwo Asamoah to injury, but Paul Pogba returned to the starting lineup having recovered from a thigh problem. Khouma Babacar, Stefan Savic, Nenad Tomovic, David Pizarro, Giuseppe Rossi, Ciprian Tatarusanu and Federico Bernardeschi didn’t make the trip to Turin.
Arturo Vidal started brightly for the hosts, but both his efforts were off target, while Jasmin Kurtic volleyed his effort wide of Storari’s far post.
Juve looked sluggish and a off the pace and it was Fiorentina who capitalised through a superb solo effort from Mohamed Salah. Juve’s corner was cleared and the Egyptian pushed forward on the counter-attack from inside his own half, leaving Simone Padoin in his wake, to fire into the top corner.
Juve responded almost immediately when Simone Pepe fired in a perfect cross from the right for Fernando Llorenteto head home off the upright.
Fiorentina continued to test Juve and Marco Storari palmed a Mati Fernandez strike out from under the bar before Jose Maria Basanta diving header hit the post.
Kingsley Coman suffered an early knock after a nasty tackle from Kurtic and eventually limped off to be replaced by Carlos Tevez.
Fiorentina picked up where they left off as they dominated the early minutes of the second half. Sure enough, the pressure paid off as Salah completed his brace to take his tally to six goals in seven games for the Viola, slotting past Storari with the inside of his left foot.
Gomez wasted another fine chance for Fiorentina before Norberto Neto performed a stunning reaction save to deny Tevez from point-blank range. Neto was called into action again just minutes later as he fingertipped a Pogba cross-shot over the bar, smashing into the upright as he did so.
Juve pushed forward in the dying minutes but the pressure came to nothing, leaving the Bianconeri with everything to do in the away leg in Florence on 7th April.
Man of the Match: Fernando Llorente
Flop of the Match: Claudio Marchiso/Simone Padoin
Pass Accuracy: 86%
Shots on Target: 4
Total Shots: 18
Ball Possession: 56%
Juventus: Storari; Caceres, Bonucci, Ogbonna, Padoin; Vidal, Marchisio, Pogba; Pepe (Pereyra 72), Llorente (Morata 58), Coman (Tevez 36)
Fiorentina: Neto; Richards, Gonzalo Rodriguez, Basanta, Alonso; Kurtic, Badelj (Aquilani 77), Mati Fernandez; Joaquin, Mario Gomez (Ilicic 62), Salah (Diamanti 75)