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Montella ´suffering´ in the closing stages of cup clash

12 February 2014 11:53

Fiorentina head coach Vincenzo Montella has revealed how he was "suffering" in the closing stages of his side's Coppa Italia semi-final win.

The Florence outfit booked their place in the final with a 3-2 aggregate victory over Udinese, but came agonisingly close to seeing Tuesday's second leg go to extra time deep into stoppage time.

Goalkeeper Neto made a heroic one-handed save to deny Luis Muriel and Nico Lopez failed to convert the rebound, much to the relief of Montella.

"You suffer more as a coach," he said. "You don’t suffer that much when you are a player, or even not at all, because you have the chance to take part to the game physically.

"I suffered a lot in the last minute of the game, I would hardly have accepted to let Udinese score a goal at the 96th minute of play and from a goalkeeper’s punt.

"We weren’t enough careful there and that was the hardest moment for me."

And the 39-year-old to quick to praise his goalkeeper's display late on.

"I saw great qualities in Neto," he added. "Obviously he still needs to grow and improve as a goalkeeper, but luckily for him and for Fiorentina there’s still a lot he can give.

"Sometimes life gives you immense joys, like it happened to Neto tonight, making him the star of the night in such a special night for Fiorentina and for us all, and he well deserved that."

Fiorentina now face a final against either Roma or Napoli, who meet on Wednesday, with the men from the capital holding a 3-2 advantage from the first leg.

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2 - 0

Competition
Coppa Italia
Date
11 February 2014
Kick-off
21:00
Half-time
1 - 0
Full-time
2 - 0
On aggregate
3 - 2
Venue
Stadio Artemio Franchi (Firenze)
Attendance
30000

Goals

M. Pasqual 14'
(assist by Joaquín) 
1 - 0
J. Cuadrado 61'
(assist by D. Pizarro) 
2 - 0

Lineups

# Player Bookings
1
2
23 14'
3
15
17
7
10 58'
14
11 61' 90+2'
32
Coach: V. Montella

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
9 90+5'
17
20
4
6
7 90+4'
8
18
21
30
70
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