Josh's Brillante Viola Debut

Josh Brillante was one of the standouts in his Fiorentina debut as La Viola defeated Estudiantes 1-0 in Buenos Aires in the Copa EuroAmericana on Saturday.

Mario Gomez' goal on the half-hour sealed the win for the Serie A side in their first of three games in South America.

Brillante played the full 90 minutes in his first game for his new club after signing from Newcastle Jets earlier this month.

According to, Brillant played the defensive midfield position in a 3-5-2 formation.

"Despite his yellow card, however, the 21-year-old Australian was again impressive stationed in front of the Fiorentina defense," said the report.

"Brillante demonstrated himself to be disciplined, calm on the ball, and tireless as he played the full 90 minutes."

Renowned Argentinean journalist Juan Pablo Varsky was impressed with the youngster, calling him a "gem" of a player. 

Fiorentina coach Vincenzo Montella was also full of praise for the 21-year-old during the week.

"Josh Brillante is ready physically and I consider him to be a nice surprise," he said at a press conference.

Fiorentina will play Brazilian outfit Palmeiras before facing Peruvian side Universitario in their final games in South America.