Date:11th December 2014 at 11:11pm
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Fiorentina failed to take their chances and were defeated 2-1 by Dinamo Minsk at the Stadio Artemio Franchi in Europa League action on Thursday night.

With the Viola having secured top spot in Group K and Minsk already out of the competition both sides came into this match with only pride to play for and it was the Belorussian’s who impressed with a disciplined performance.

Goals either side of half time from Sergey Kontsevoy and Nemanja Nikolic were enough as it took Fiorentina until the 88th minute through Marko Marin before they finally put the ball in the net.

Dinamo Minsk by no means sat back and as the first half progressed it developed into quite an open contest with both teams creating chances to score.

Fiorentina squandered several opportunities to get off the mark with German forwards Marin and Mario Gomez showing a particular profligacy in front of the Belorussian goal.

In the 24th minute Minsk almost shocked the Viola when they broke up field quickly and although Ciprian Tatarusanu saved Nemanja Nikolic’s initial rasping effort, it took a goal line clearance from Nenad Tomovic to stop Nenad Adamovic from scoring with the follow up.

The Viola continued to be wasteful in front of goal and Simone Minelli blow a golden opportunity after coming on for Juan Cuadrado.

The youngster beat the offside trap to latch on to a high lob over the visitor’s defence, but the ball got trapped too close too his feet and when he managed to get a shot off it lacked any power and rolled into the hands of Aleksandr Gutor.

Minsk made the Viola pay for their missed opportunities in the 35th minute when Igor Stasevich’s inswinging cross found Sergey Kontsevoy unmarked in the box.

As the Fiorentina players called for offside the Belorussian controlled the ball with his chest before volleying it low into the bottom right hand corner to make it 1-0.

Fiorentina emerged from half time and immediately set about trying to control the play but they were caught out in the 54th minute by another quick counter attack.

Franck Dja Djedje flew down the right wing and thread the ball through to Adamovic in the box who in turn squared it back across goal for Nikolic to knock under Tatarusanu and score his and Dinamo Minsk’s second.

As the second half progressed, the Viola huffed and puffed but they struggled to break down a stubborn Belorussian defence.

Having shown themselves to be extremely dangerous on the counter and with a two goal advantage, Minsk were happy to sit deep and concede possession to their hosts.

Josip Ilicic, in what could be his final match for Fiorentina, worked hard to carve out a few chances but Gutor was never really in any danger of conceding.

The home team eventually made the break through five minutes from the end. Minelli moved down the left and jinked pass an opposition defender before playing the ball across the box for Marin to slot home.

Oleg Veretilo was sent off in injury time for a second yellow however it was too little too late and Minsk held on to secure a famous 2-1 victory.