And it was the former Palermo man who opened the scoring after just 19 minutes – breaking through on goal before smashing the ball past goalkeeper Simone Farelli.
It was a comfortable first 45 for the Viola, but they perhaps should have doubled the lead, if only Joaquin and Alberto Aquilani had their shooting boots on.
And they were made to pay for that profligacy in the second half, as with an hour gone Guillermo Giacomazzi flicked a header past Neto for the equaliser.
It looked as if the Serie B side may just hold out for extra time, but the top flight club’s class eventually showed, as Marvin Compper headed home from six yards to restore Fiorentina’s lead and book their place in the last four.
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