In an almost empty Stadio Diego Armando Maradona, Napoli failed to qualify for the quarter-finals of the Coppa Italia. In a duel marred by red cards, Fiorentina was too strong after extra time with 5-2

In an unspectacular first half, the devil was in the tail. Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic opened the scoring for his team, not for the first time this season. The 21-year-old Serbian striker is on many a list of European top clubs and showed why by playing well and finishing well.

A few minutes later it was Dries Mertens who placed the ball beautifully in the far corner and thus put the equalizer on the scoreboard. Even before halftime, Fiorentina had to continue with ten men. Lorenzo Venuti headed the ball back incorrectly after which Eljif Elmas had free passage to the goal. Goalkeeper Bartlomiej Dragowski knocked him down and was able to leave.

With ten men, it was Fiorentina that took the lead again in the second half. After his free kick initially ended up in the wall, Cristiano Biraghi’s second attempt was a hit.

Napoli then went full on attack in pursuit of the equalizer. Former PSV player Hirving Lozano was closest with a shot that hit the post. However, the Mexican did his team a disservice ten minutes before the end. After a hard tackle, he was immediately sent off on a VAR request.

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Napoli was then no longer able to force anything. But even with nine men (after a second yellow card for Fabián Ruiz), the Southern Italians managed to score the equalizer in the 95th minute, via Andrea Petagna.

In extra time, Fiorentina made the most of the surplus situation by easily running out to 5-2 after goals from Lorenzo Venuti, Krzystof Piatek and Youssef Maleh.

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