Juventus, Lazio advance to Italian Cup quarterfinals
Defending champion Juventus reached the quarterfinals of the Italian Cup by beating Sampdoria 4-1 to keep alive at least one chance of winning silverware this season.Juan Cuadrado, Daniele Rugani, Paulo Dybala and lvaro Morata scored in a dominant performance by Juventus, which will face either Sassuolo or Cagliari in the next round.
Juan Cuadrado, Daniele Rugani, Paulo Dybala, and Álvaro Morata scored in a dominant performance by Juventus, which will face either Sassuolo or Cagliari in the next round. Andrea Conti had briefly gotten Sampdoria back into the match on Tuesday.
Lazio is also through to the final eight but needed extra time to beat Udinese 1-0.
"We are happy with the victory and to have scored many goals,'' Cuadrado said. ''It is important for our forwards to score, it is something that gives us the confidence to face what will happen from now on. We will have very difficult challenges, but we are finding the right path." Fifth in Serie A — nine points behind leader Inter Milan, having played a match more — the Italian Cup might be the only competition that Juventus has a legitimate chance at winning this season.
Juventus dominated from the start and could have been more than 1-0 up at halftime.
Juventus thought it had doubled its lead less than a minute later through Morata after a one-two with Cuadrado. But the referee went to review it on the pitchside monitor and disallowed it for a foul in the build-up.
Falcone pulled off a number of saves to keep an aggressive Juventus at bay but the home side finally doubled its lead seven minutes into the second half when Arthur whipped in a cross for a towering Rugani header into the bottom left corner.
Juventus appeared to be cruising into the quarterfinals but Sampdoria got back into the match in the 63rd as Tommaso Augello's cross from the left bypassed everyone and came to Conti, who allowed it to bounce before firing into the far bottom corner.
Morata also got on the scoresheet, from the penalty spot, after Augello fouled Marley Aké, who had come on moments earlier for his senior team debut.
Italy forward — who had been brought on in the 71st minute — ran onto a long ball over the top from fellow substitute Danilo Cataldi and chipped it over Silvestri.
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