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Europa League: Fiorentina Player Ratings V Borussia Moenchengladbach

In the first leg of their Europa League tie away to Borussia Mönchengladbach, La Viola came away with a 1-0 win thanks to a sensational free-kick by Federico Bernardeschi. Here are the player ratings.

Goalkeeper:

Ciprian Tatarusanu (7.0): A good match from the Romanian. Was tested early in the match and came up with a couple of big saves.

Defenders:

Carlos Sanchez (6.5): The former Aston Villa did what was asked from him and handled the Germans’ threat nicely in his new role.

Gonzalo Rodriguez (7.0): The Argentine was steady throughout the match. Sitting back after scoring the opener, Borussia Mönchengladbach put the pressure on but he continued to be steady.

Davide Astori (7.0): The Italian defender was a rock. Playing with three at the back, he continued to shut down Drmic and Hazard, who are dangerous attackers. A solid outing from Davide.

Midfielders:

Maximilano Olivera (7.0): Playing on the flank in the 3-4-2-1 formation, Olivera played a good game. Covered a lot of ground running up the left flank, and was good.

Matias Vecino (6.5): Distributed the ball well and man marked well in the midfield. Kept calm under pressure in the final moments of the match, a good game from Uruguayan.

Milan Badelj (8.0 MOTM): A classic away performance from the experienced Croatian midfielder. On the ball often, he distributed the ball well, defended well and was cool under pressure. MOTM.

Christian Tello (6.0): Wasn’t on the ball as often as he wanted to be but he wasn’t a negative factor on the pitch by all means. The Spaniard also covered a lot of space on the right flank.

Attackers:

Borja Valero (6.5): The experienced Spaniard was very good on the ball. In the 2nd half, he tracked back extremely well and helped on the defensive side of the pitch.

Federico Bernardeschi (7.5): An extraordinary free-kick from Italian starlet gave Fiorentina the lead in the match and a huge advantage going back to Italy for the 2nd leg. On the ball often, he took on defenders before being subbed off.

Nikola Kalinic (6.5): The Croatian did well to hold up the ball but the final touch was lacking tonight. Not his best performance, however, it was far from his worst.

Substitutions:

Sebastian Cristoforo (6.0): Subbed on for Bernardeschi, didn’t have a massive impact in the match but that was because they were defending almost the entire time.

Khouma Babacar (N/A): Only came on in the final 10 minutes, didn’t contribute enough for a rating.

Nenad Tomovic (N/A): Only came on for the final 5 minutes, didn’t contribute enough for a rating.