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Salah fires Fiorentina past Tottenham in Europa League

Karim Farouk , Thursday 26 Feb 2015
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Fiorentina's Mohamed Salah celebrates after scoring during a Uefa Europa League, round of 32 second leg soccer match between Fiorentina and Tottenham at the Artemio Franchi stadium in Florence, Italy, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015.(Photo: AP)
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Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah has maintained his flying start with Fiorentina, after scoring in his team's 2-0 victory against Tottenham on Thursday in the Europe League.

After securing a 1-1 away draw last week, the Viola needed at least a draw in Florence to reach round 16 of Europe's second most important clubs' competition.

German striker Mario Gomez 54 and Mohamed Salah 71 scored two second-half goals to qualify on a 3-1 aggregate.

The English visitors wasted their chances in the first half, where they dominated the games in terms of possession and opportunities.

They pressed the hosts back in their half, but couldn't yet find the nets in the first 45 minutes.

After the interval, Fiorentina leveled their game, relying on a solid and well-organised defence then launching counters with Salah providing the needed spark.

Milan Baledj unleashed Gomez from more than 35 yards to go on a one-on-one with keeper Hugo Lloris, and the German easily slot the ball past him.

At the hour mark, Salah had a clear cut chance to kill the game as he was sent clear in the area but his effort was denied by Lloris.

Finally he was rewarded for his efforts as he pressed the Spurs' backline to clinch the ball in the area, and fired  home from close range.

The crowds roared. Salah removed his shirt in celebration, which cost him a booking.

It is his third goal in five games in all competitions.

He then produced his masterclass showing all his dribbling skills with a maze run through most of Tottenham's defence before being stopped just before firing the third.

The remaining minutes were a typical Salah show, as he kept the rivals on their toes and leading the fans in the stands to rejoice.

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