After quite a bit of speculation that they'd send out strong XIs, both Paulo Sousa and Mauricio Pochettino fielded heavily rotated sides, with Tino Costa and Jakub Błaszczykowski in midfield, with Federico Bernardeschi in an attacking role and Mauro Zárate surprisingly started over Khouma Babacar. Spurs didn't start Harry Winks.
The half started positively, with both teams looking lively. Federico Bernardeschi missed a sitter, but things were pretty even, albeit a bit chippier than we might have expected. The breakthrough came when Nenad Tomović slid in needlessly on leftback Ben Davies in the box. Nacer Chadli sent Ciprian Tătăruşanu the wrong way, putting Tottenham 0-1 up in the 37th minute.
The rest of the half continued without any clear chances for either side, and Spurs went in with an away goal lead.
The second half opened much as the first had ended, but it was Bernardeschi who fired Fiorentina ahead with a deflected shot from 30 yards out in the 59th minute, with Jakub Błaszczykowski providing the "assist."
Paulo Sousa brought on Milan Badelj (who's fit, apparently) and Nikola Kalinić to really press for the win, but neither team really looked like conceding, and the whole thing wrapped up at 1-1.
A good game for the neutrals, although fans of both teams will come away frustrated, thinking their squads could have done better. Fiorentina travel to White Hart Lane next week for a return leg that's certainly set up for a dramatic finish.