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Beppe Iachini praised the spirit of his Fiorentina team after they struck in the sixth minute of second-half stoppage time to secure a 1-1 draw with Hellas Verona at the Stadio Artemio Franchi on Sunday evening.

“In terms of the spirit, the intensity, the character and the desire, they gave everything right until the end and tried everything to fight back,” said Iachini in his post-match press conference. “We’re disappointed because if we’d equalised earlier we would have been able to push for the win – and perhaps we would have deserved that.”

Iachini admitted that the Viola were off the pace in the opening exchanges of the game, but insisted that the team grew into the contest and could have taken all three points had they found the net sooner

“We wanted to win the game but weren’t able to,” he said. “In the first 20 minutes we didn’t play as we’d prepared – we’d planned to play with intensity and aggression and to go and press them high up the field. We misplaced a few passes when bringing the ball out and then we should have been more alert for their goal.

“But then in the second part of the first half we improved and played better, but we lacked the final ball or the finish. After the break, we pressed Verona high and looked tight. We created chances to draw level and we could have done so earlier than we did and it give us the chance to go on and win it.”

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