The only previous meeting between Juventus and Fiorentina in Europe was an occasion befitting of the historic rivalry shared by the two teams: the 1990 UEFA Cup final.
To reach the final stage of the previous incarnation of the Europa League, Juventus and Fiorentina had both been required to overcome German challengers: Cologne and Werder Bremen respectively.
What’s more, there was another link in that the two managers Dino Zoff and Francesco Graziani had been World Cup-winning team-mates in the 1982 Azzurri side as well as starring in many a Juve v Fiorentina clash during their time.
The home game of what was then a two-legged affair began with a bang in Turin on 2 May, Salvatore Schillaci crossing in for Roberto Galia to sweep home and send the Stadio Comunale’s Curva Filadelfia wild.
However, not long afterwards – with just 10 minutes played - the Viola managed to equalise thanks to ex-Juve man Renato Buso.
During the half-time break, Zoff inspired his men to seize their chance to make history, and followed it up with a pivotal tactical change.
He brought Antonio Conte’s current right-hand man Angelo Alessio on for Sergio Brio, and the substitution reaped instant rewards.
So much so that Juve eventually rose to a 3-1 win, with Pierluigi Casiraghi and Luigi De Agostini on the scoresheet in the second half.
Those two goals proved decisive, with a goalless shutout in the return leg enabling the Bianconeri to guarantee their second UEFA Cup trophy.