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Mar 9, 2014 at 11.30am UK at Juventus Stadium
Juventus
1-0
Fiorentina
Asamoah (43')
FT(HT: 1-0)

Result: Juventus scrape past Fiorentina

A first-half Kwadwo Asamoah goal gives Juventus a 1-0 victory over Fiorentina in this afternoon's Serie A encounter.

A first-half goal from Kwadwo Asamoah was just enough for Juventus to secure a 1-0 victory over Fiorentina in this afternoon's Serie A clash.

Juventus' Kwadwo Asamoah celebrates with teammates after scoring the opening goal against Fiorentina during their Serie A match on March 9, 2014© AFP

Fiorentina kept possession in the opening stages, but the home side began to push forward in search of an early goal.

After 15 minutes, Juve had the first real chance when Arturo Vidal set up Stephan Lichtsteiner, but the full-back's left-footed strike went wide of the mark.

Soon after, Carlos Tevez had an speculative effort from the edge of the area, but his strike didn't trouble goalkeeper Neto and went well over the bar.

Claudio Marchisio found Tevez again on 24 minutes with an intelligent pass, the Argentine connected with the cross, but the finish was poor.

Juve continued to press the away side and came close again through Asamoah, who latched onto a pass and saw his powerful strike saved by Neto.

Fiorentina worked an opening for Juan Vargas, but his strike from distance was blocked well by an alert defence.

Juve eventually took the lead on 43 minutes when Asamoah cut inside and burst into the box before firing a shot that looped into the net.

The intensity of the game seemed to drop in the second half as both sides struggled to keep hold of the ball.

The away side had a chance on the hour mark when Manuel Pasqual picked out Mario Gomez, but the striker fired his shot high over the bar.

Paul Pogba created himself some space on 70 minutes, but his strike was straight at Neto and easily kept out.

Juve struggled to create anything going forward as the tempo of the game continued to stutter.

Fiorentina had a good chance to equalise on 80 minutes when Matos sent a header towards goal and hit the crossbar.

The away side began to push for a late equaliser, but Antonio Conte's men held on and stood firm in defence to secure the points.

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Juventus' Kwadwo Asamoah celebrates with teammate Stephan Lichtsteiner after scoring the opening goal against Chievo Verona during their Serie A match on February 16, 2014
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