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Fiorentina Stars Shine at Euro 2016

Mario Gomez, Jakub Błaszczykowski and Nikola Kalinic were all on the scoresheet for their respective nations.

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The final matches in Groups C and D of Euro 2016 were dominated by the success of Fiorentina players, with Mario Gomez and Jakub Błaszczykowski weighing in with goals for Germany and Poland, while Nikola Kalinić provided a goal and an assist in Croatia's 2-1 win over reigning champions Spain.

Regular viewers of Serie A reacted to this in numbers on Twitter, as the events were dubbed #FiorentinaDay

Kalinić stood in for Mario Mandžukić of Juventus, and his performance was akin to his early season form for the Viola. His confidence seemingly restored, he took on Spain's defence and looked more like the player who scored a hat-trick against Inter in late September. His goal was the first that La Roja had conceded in 735 minutes of football.

Milan Badelj - whose Fiorentina future is the subject of much speculation - also played a pivotal role in Croatia's remarkable victory. Taking on Spain's legendary midfield of Cesc Fabregas, Sergio Busquets and Andrés Iniesta, the Zagreb-native completed 40/49 passes, won 4/4 tackles, made 3 interceptions, 3 blocks and committed no fouls in the process. He recovered the ball no less than 12 times, the highest of any player on both sides.


With Federico Bernardeschi likely to start in Italy's fixture against Ireland, Fiorentina fans will be hoping for consecutive nights of success for their players.