Group stage - Group J - Matchday 4
Thursday, 03 November 2016 - 21:05 CET
Stadio Artemio Franchi, Florence
ACF FIORENTINA – FC Slovan Liberec 3:0 (2:0)
Scorer : 1:0 J. ILIČIĆ 30' (11m); 2:0 Kalinič 43'; 3:0 Cristoforo 73'
After sweeping Slovan Liberec aside with a convincing 3-0 victory, Fiorentina is ever closer to the Europe League knockout phase. And our very own Josip Iličić plays a vital role in his team's success! In the match against the Slovak team, he first demonstrated his devastating attacking skills by rattling the woodwork, but after Sukennik's mistimed tackle, he seized the opportunity and added another point to his statistics. He then teamed up with Nikola Kalinić and provided an intelligent assist that enabled the Croatian to deposit the ball into the empty Slovak net. Describing the missed opportunity, Iličić jokingly remarked that he felt that the goals had been made smaller, thus making a reference to the fact that he has already hit the crossbar many times this season. All this only adds to the fear of his opponents, but so does the fact that he and Kalinić form a great team together as they understand each other perfectly and therefore get along very well!