Jovetic snatches 2-1 win for Fiorentina in Serie A

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MILAN (AP) -A last-minute strike from Stevan Jovetic saw Fiorentina come from behind to snatch a 2-1 win against Udinese.

Maicosuel scored in his first league game for Udinese to give it the lead on Saturday.

Jovetic leveled midway through the second period and snatched the winner in stoppage time.

Host Fiorentina was in complete control in the second half and Udinese clearly missed Kwadwo Asamoah, Mauricio Isla and goalkeeper Samir Handanovic, who were all sold in the offseason.

Udinese also had one eye on the return leg of its Champions League playoff against Braga. Udinese coach Francesco Guidolin opted to rest star striker and captain Antonio Di Natale.

Fiorentina struggled to break a resolute Udinese defence. Its best chance came in the 26th minute when Romulo's fierce right-footed shot was deflected just past the post by Udinese defender Danilo.

Udinese took the lead moments later. Maicosuel slipped but managed to collect Luis Muriel's through ball and fired past the advancing Fiorentina goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano.

Fiorentina almost leveled six minutes after the break when Zeljko Brkic dropped the ball and Jovetic was inches away from taking advantage of the Udinese goalkeeper's mistake. Shortly afterward Brkic pulled off a brilliant fingertip save to keep out Adem Ljajic's right-footed effort.

Fiorentina was back on level terms in the 68th when Jovetic collected Borja Valero's cross and swiveled before unleashing a shot which was deflected in by Danilo.

The home side upped the pressure and Udinese found itself trapped in its own half.

Fiorentina's hard work paid off in the third minute of stoppage time, when Jovetic beat the offside trap and slotted past Brkic.

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