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With a brace from Nico Gonzalez, Fiorentina beats Basel and is a finalist in the Conference League

Grand Finale ticket. Fiorentina beat Basel 3–1 in the second leg of the UEFA Conference League semi-finals in Switzerland and secured the long-awaited pass. After trailing 2–1 on the hour in the first leg, the Italian team finished 4–3 on aggregate thanks to two goals from Argentine striker Nico González and a late goal in extra time.

The Italian team, after their defeat at home, started winning with González’s first goal on Swiss soil. He scored a header after 35 minutes, but tied the game 20 later through Mohamed Zeki Amdouni. Once again Argentina, on 72 minutes, took advantage of a rebound in the area after a left-footed shot, to convert it 2–1, leaving the series 3–3.

The final winning goal was scored by Czech Antonin Barak, who was already close, when it looked as though the duel would be resolved through shots from the penalty spot. But no, it was a victory for the Viola group and a special celebration in Switzerland.

The Fiorentina match at St. Jakob Park was stopped in extra time at 109 minutes of total time due to a health issue. The players were concussed, but managed to dislodge the fan and were taken to hospital.

Fiorentina had not reached a final since 1990, losing to UEFA in an all-Italian crossroad with Juventus. Thus, he would play for the first time in a European competition after 33 years.

Thus, Italy has three representative finalists in three European tournaments. Inter will decide the Champions League with Manchester City, Rome will settle the Europa League against Sevilla and Fiorentina will seek the Conference League crown against West Ham.

In the final, in Prague, the opponent would be West Ham, who would thus be playing their third European final. Their only continental title was the Cup Winners’ Cup in 1965. The English team, which had Argentine Manuel Lanzini as a substitute in the rematch, beat Dutch AZ Alkmaar 1–0 and finished the semi-finals with a 3–1 aggregate.

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