Fiorentina made it two wins from as many games to take control of Group K in the Europa League after brushing aside Dinamo Minsk 3-0. La Viola, who had beaten French side Guingamp by the same margin in their opener, were confronted with a side that had won all of their European matches at the Traktor Stadium this season but which were beaten 6-1 at PAOK Salonika last time out. Yet the Italian side were rarely troubled and goals from Alberto Aquilani, Josip Ilicic and Federico Bernardeschi helped them to a deserved victory and one that took them three points clear in the group, following Guingamp's victory over Salonika. The visitors started with plenty of intent and could have been ahead in the opening minutes as Bernardeschi's volley was superbly pushed over by Dinamo goalkeeper Syarhey Ignatovich. Dinamo had a rare sight at goal as Igor Stasevich's strike was blocked by Nenad Tomovic while at the other end Ilicic's long range effort had to be tipped round the post by Ignatovich. Fiorentina were almost caught out as Nenad Adamovic's shot from distance was parried over by shot-stopper Ciprian Tatarusanu, but the visitors weathered the storm and took the lead after 33 minutes. Ignatovich failed to deal with Manuel Pasqual's cross from the left and Sergey Kontsevoi's headed clearance fell as far as far as Aquilani, who drilled home with the goal gaping. The Dinamo keeper made amends shortly after by saving well from another Ilicic sighter, while Fiorentina's joy at taking the lead may have been tempered when full-back Micah Richards limped off before half-time with an apparent hamstring injury. Despite being overmatched for much of the first half, the hosts almost levelled matters as Hernan Figueredo fired over from an excellent position. It was a wasted opportunity as Fiorentina quickly reasserted themselves and two goals in the space of six minutes ended the game as a contest. Once again, Dinamo failed to clear their lines and Andrea Lazzari, who had only been on the pitch for a minute after replacing Borja Valero, put in an angled pass from the left to allow Ilicic to tuck home from the back post just after the hour mark. The two then combined after 67 minutes to end any remaining hopes Dinamo had of becoming the first Belarusian team to beat a club from Serie A as their passes allowed Bernardeschi to slot in from a tight angle. Fiorentina kept control of the tempo and appeared content to simply coast to victory although Tatarusanu had to make another good stop from a Nemanja Nikolic drive in the closing stages as Dinamo attempted to add some respectability to the scoreline to no avail.
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