The Fiorentina fan was rescued by the entire stadium. And then the players gave it a miracle ending
Nikita Paglazov May 19, 2023 01:15 UTC Audio version: Your browser does not support the audio element.
Incredibly dramatic plot of the match in Switzerland. “Basel” went out in 120+9 minutes!
In Switzerland, the second leg semifinal of the Conference League was played between Basel and Fiorentina. At the first meeting in Italy, the guests turned out to be stronger – 2:1. In the second leg with the same score in regulation time, Fiorentina won. The match went into extra time, where there was a terrifying episode.
At the start of the second overtime, the match was suspended by referee José Sánchez Martínez. In the guest stand of the Fiorentina fans, one of the fans fell ill. Next to the guest sector in St. Jakob Park there is a warm-up area for the players.
Probably, the fans were yelling at the players, they have already reported the situation to the benches and team officials. And then the players from Fiorentina and Basel rushed to the guest stand. A medical team with a stretcher and special equipment arrived on time. In general, one person was saved for the entire stadium.
The session was adjourned for 10 minutes. During this time, the official TV broadcast showed the faces of players, coaches and other fans in the stands. Periodically, the sound of applause made its way, setting it up in a positive way. Even the teams’ head coaches Vincenzo Italiano and Heiko Vogel joined in. The specialists were talking animatedly about something, standing next to each other. As a result, the administrative officials resolved the situation. Judging by the emotions of the Fiorentina players, everything is fine with the fan, nothing endangers his life. According to Blick, the fan went to the hospital. The referee resumed the match, and the charges from the Basel and Violetas fans sounded again in the stands.
Due to an extraordinary situation, the referee added another 11 minutes to extra time. And in the 120+9 minute, the Czech midfielder from Fiorentina Antonin Barak scored the ball against Basel! He was left alone in the penalty area and dealt a well-aimed blow to the Swede. A wonderful ending for Fiorentina and a true tragedy for Basel.
Antonin Barak after the goal
Photo: Sebastian Widmann/Getty Images
It was this goal that took the Violets to the Conference League final. The team will play in the decisive match of European competition for the first time since 1990. Fiorentina will face West Ham in the Champions League final. An excellent poster for the third European tournament in terms of status!
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