Dec 12, 2013 at 6pm UK at ​Stadio Artemio Franchi
Fiorentina
2-1
Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk
Joaquin (42'), Guillermo Cuadrado (77')
Ambrosini (22'), Fernandez (25'), Roncaglia (40')
FT(HT: 1-1)
Konoplyanka (13')
Kulakov (65'), Seleznyov (85')

Result: Fiorentina beat Dnipro to secure first place in Group E

Fiorentina finish top in Group E with a 2-1 win against Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk in the Europa League.

Fiorentina have beaten Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk to confirm top spot in Group E of the Europa League.

The Italian side had the first chance of the evening when Manuel Pasqual's cross found Massimo Ambrosini, but his header went over the bar.

Dnipro responded to that with Artem Fedetskiy blazing over from inside the box, but the Ukrainian side soon had the lead. Yevhen Konoplyanka ran with the ball on the left, exchanged passes with Ruslan Rotan, and then bent a shot into the bottom corner.

Dnipro's Yevhen Konoplyanka celebrates after scoring the opening goal against Fiorentina during their Europa League group match on December 12, 2013© AFP

After the goal, Dnipro seemed content to play on the counter, allowing the home side the majority of possession.

Juan Guillermo Cuadrado then latched onto a cross at the back post, but his low drive was kept out by the goalkeeper.

Neto was called into action to save Sergiy Politylo's effort, and Fiorentina took full advantage, equalising through Joaquin's back-post header.

Fiorentina's Joaquin celebrates after scoring his team's opening goal against Dnipro during their Europa League group match on December 12, 2013© Getty Images

The first chance of the second half was for the visitors, but Konoplyanka's free kick was saved by Neto.

However, it was Fiorentina who had control of possession and then went close to taking the lead when Matias Fernandez tested the goalkeeper from distance after he had worked the space.

Even though they had large periods with the ball, the hosts failed to test the Dnipro defence on a regular basis.

However, when they did they made it count. Cuadrado collected the ball just outside the box and drove a shot beyond the reach of the goalkeeper to secure the win and top spot in the group.

Fiorentina's Massimo Ambrosini in action against Team Trentino on July 20, 2013
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