Google translate > Italian to English > ‘magic of the cup’
The Premier League’s midweek fixtures provided plenty of entertainment but Man City’s stumble and Chelsea’s humiliation had nothing on the Coppa Italia quarter-finals.
Serie A’s finest treated us to three days of drama in what can only be described as cup football at its very best.
Rather neatly, last season’s top four were matched up against those who finished 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th…
THE NEW KID ON THE BLOCK
Krysztof Piatek kicked things off on Tuesday night.
The much-hyped Polish forward scored a stunning first-half brace on his debut for Milan to justify the headlines.
Gonzalo Higuain’s £30million replacement exhibited clinical finishing as his new side brushed past Napoli at the San Siro.
Piatek could well be the realest of deals.
Few teams are as entertaining to watch as Atalanta.
The Nerazzurri aren’t too bothered by their porous defence with Papu Gomez providing the ingenuity and Duvan Zapata in prolific goalscoring form.
The latter bagged twice to upset heavy favourites Juventus 3-0, who started with Paulo Dybala and Cristiano Ronaldo up front.
Massimiliano Allegri did not take his second loss of the season well — he was sent to the stands for throwing his coat onto the pitch in an act of petulance.
THE NEXT GENERATION’S WARNING
Fiorentina thrashed Roma 7-1 on Wednesday night.
Federico Chiesa looked more like his old man than ever as he swaggered to an impressive hat-trick.
Chiesa junior wasn’t the only second-generation player to enjoy himself.
Giovanni Simeone, son of Diego, came off the bench to score the final two goals in what was a disastrous night for the visitors.
Edin Dzeko’s reaction to the defeat made Allegri’s coat throw look composed.
The former Man City target man was sent off for spitting at the referee — the Bosnian now faces a lengthy ban.
Roma’s official Twitter account even stopped tweeting the score after the fifth goal, that’s when you know it’s a proper caning.
THE TWIST IN THE TAIL
Inter and Lazio finished us off on Thursday night in fitting style.
The deadlock wasn’t broken until the 108th minute when Ciro Immobile’s deflected finish completed a neat team move.
Mauro Icardi equalised from the penalty spot in the 125th minute to take the tie to a shootout.
Lazio rallied to win 4-3 on penalties after Radja Nainggolan blasted his effort over the bar and none other than Lucas Leiva converted the winning spot-kick.
In summary, last season’s top four Italian clubs were all eliminated in the quarter-finals with sub-plots aplenty.
Fiorentina play Atalanta later this month while Milan face Lazio with two spots in the final up for grabs.
Juve have won the cup the last four years so we’re already guaranteed a winner who will appreciate it fully.
Coppa Italia > FA Cup, confirmed.