Fiorentina reach successive Europa Conference League finals after draw with Club Brugge

Fiorentina will be in the Europa Conference League final again after beating Club Brugge over two legs, with Olympiacos and Aston Villa fighting to join La Viola in Athens.

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Fiorentina will play in the Europa Conference League final for the second consecutive season after a 1-1 draw against Club Brugge that secured a 4-3 aggregate victory over the Belgian side on Wednesday night.

Vincenzo Italiano‘s side won the dramatic first leg 3-2 at the Stadio Artemio Franchi one week ago, where M’Bala Nzola scored the winning goal in stoppage time. In Belgium, it was the same man who won the crucial penalty in the 85th minute which Lucas Beltran dispatched to make it 1-1 on the night and 4-3 on aggregate.

Fiorentina had fallen behind in the first half to Maxim De Cuyper‘s header, with Brugge making a far stronger start to the contest. Having grown into proceedings, La Viola were deserved winners of the tie and will get a shot at redemption in Athens. They will face either Olympiacos or Aston Villa, with the Greek side leading 4-2 from the first leg.

A chance for Italiano to depart on a high

With coach Vincenzo Italiano expected to leave the club at the end of the season, there would be no better way for him to depart than by delivering a trophy that they missed out on in such a cruel fashion one year ago.

Fiorentina faced Premier League side West Ham United in the 2022/23 Europa Conference League final and after an incredibly tight affair, Jarrod Bowen broke through and scored the winner in the 90th minute.

This is the last chance for Italiano to win a trophy at Fiorentina. They lost the Conference League final last season, as well as the Coppa Italia final. They reached the Coppa Italia semi-final this season, so this is the last chance saloon for Italiano to write his name into Fiorentina folklore.

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