Fiorentina beat Napoli in Italian Cup thriller


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Fiorentina noticed off nine-man Napoli 5-2 in additional time on Thursday to reach the Italian Cup quarter-finals, whereas AC Milan additionally wanted 30 added minutes to get previous Genoa.

It is the eighth time in 10 seasons that Fiorentina has made the Cup quarters.

Dusan Vlahovic, who has been closely linked with a move away from Florence, put the guests forward together with his 19th aim of the season 4 minutes earlier than half-time, as the sport burst into life.

Napoli winger Dries Mertens levelled simply three minutes later, earlier than Fiorentina goalkeeper Bartlomiej Dragowski was despatched off for a cynical block on Elif Elmas because the Macedonian regarded to reap the benefits of a defensive mix-up.

But the 10 males restored their lead within the 58th minute as Italy left-back Cristiano Biraghi pounced on a rebound contained in the field to attain.

Napoli additionally had a person dismissed, as substitute Hirving Lozano was proven a straight purple card after a VAR assessment.

The hosts’ tempers boiled over additional in stoppage time, with one other sub, Fabian Ruiz, given his marching orders for a second reserving.

But simply seconds later, Napoli’s Andrea Petagna slotted in a outstanding equaliser to pressure additional time.

Fiorentina made their man benefit rely, although, as Lorenzo Venuti and Krzysztof Piatek netted both aspect of half-time in additional time.

Moroccan Youssef Maleh added a fifth as his aspect eased right into a last-eight conflict with Atalanta, who beat Venezia 2-Zero on Wednesday.

Milan, who sit second in Serie A behind metropolis rivals Inter, got here from behind to beat Genoa 3-1 after additional time on the San Siro.

Genoa led for almost an hour after Leo Ostigard’s 17th-minute opener, however Olivier Giroud struck 16 minutes from time to attract the home aspect degree.

Rafael Leao, with a mishit cross which flew straight in, and Alexis Saelemaekers each discovered the online within the additional half-hour as Stefano Pioli’s Milan arrange a quarter-final in opposition to both Lazio or Udinese.

The different 5 last-16 ties can be performed subsequent week.

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