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Fiorentina books Conference League final place with a draw in Bruges

BRUGES, Belgium – Lucas Beltran scored a late penalty as Fiorentina secured a 1-1 second-leg draw against Club Brugge on Wednesday, winning the semi-final 4-3 and securing back-to-back appearances in the Europa Conference asked Final of the competition.

The Italians led 3-2 from the first leg in Florence, but Hans Vanaken leveled the score with an early opener for Belgian side Bruges.

However, Fiorentina looked all the more likely to score and after Christian Kouame twice hit the frame of the goal they were awarded a penalty when Brandon Mechele’s high boot hit M’Bala Nzola’s face and Beltran that evening with five minutes left going equalized.

Fiorentina, who lost to West Ham United in the Conference League final last season, will now face the winner of the second semi-final between Olympiacos and Aston Villa in Athens on Thursday. The Greek team led 4-2 from the first leg. REUTERS