Frey revels in Viola success

La Viola goalkeeper hails Lyon win

Frey: Revelling in La Viola's progression

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Sebastien Frey expressed his delight as Fiorentina secured their place in the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League.

Fiorentina's French goalkeeper played a significant part in the Italians' progression to the last 16 phase of Europe's elite competition as he kept Lyon at bay with several crucial saves en route to La Viola's 1-0 win on Tuesday.

The Serie A outfit now sit top of Group E, two points ahead of Lyon while five-time European kings Liverpool will go no further in the Champions League and face demotion to the Europa League.

Fiorentina march onto the knockout stages for the first time in a decade, when they qualified at the expense of another English club Arsenal, and Frey revealed Tuesday's result means everything to those in Florence.

Huge emotion

"I am French but I'm just so happy about this qualification, we were so motivated today, this is a huge emotion," he said.

"We've grown, we've matured, we've changed a few players, however at home we've always managed to impose our game.

"Away from home all the other teams are very good but at home we've played exceptionally."

Frey, whose two fine saves at the death ensured Juan Vargas' penalty kick guaranteed their spot in the next phase, hoped his performance against French opposition served a handy reminder to those back in his homeland of what he is capable of.

"It's true that when I play French teams I do want to prove a point but I don't think of it as an injustice (that France coach Raymond Domenech continues to overlook him), although it does hurt."