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Mohamed Salah scores as Fiorentina eliminate Spurs

Fola Akintomide

Europa League last 32 second leg, Artemio Franchi – Fiorentina 2 (Gomez 54 Salah 71) Tottenham 0 (Fiorentina win 3-1 on aggregate)
Tottenham crashed out of the Europa League after a 2-0 defeat against Fiorentina.

Two costly defensive errors allowed Mario Gomez and Mohamed Salah to score and seal a 3-1 aggregate victory for the Italian side. In the 54th minute, Spurs’ Federico Fazio gave the ball away on the halfway line to Milan Badelj, who put Gomez through one-on-one to score past Hugo Lloris. Salah scored Fiorentina’s second, beating Jan Vertonghen to finish emphatically into the top corner.

The Egyptian, on loan from Chelsea, was a handful for Spurs all evening. Mauricio Pochettino made seven changes, with one eye on the League Cup final against Chelsea, as Roberto Soldado started up front in place of Harry Kane.

Soldado had a night to forget, misjudging an easy pass to Nacer Chadli after the pair were clean through on goal in the first half.