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Fiorentina through to Italian Cup quarters

Fiorentina have reached the Italian Cup quarter-finals by beating Napoli 5-2 after extra time in a match that included three red cards and a stoppage-time equaliser.

Vincenzo Italiano’s side will next face Atalanta, who beat Venezia 2-0 on Wednesday.

AC Milan are taking on Genoa in another cup tie, with the winner set to face either Lazio or Udinese in the final eight.

The match in Naples burst into life shortly before half-time when Dusan Vlahovic broke the deadlock but Dries Mertens curled in an equaliser for Napoli moments later.

The match appeared to have swung in the home side’s favour when Fiorentina goalkeeper Bartlomiej Dragowski fouled Eljif Elmas outside his area and was sent off for a straight red card.

But 10-man Fiorentina restored their lead in the 57th minute when Cristiano Biraghi’s free kick went into the wall and back to him for a curled effort that went in off the inside of the post.

Napoli forward Hirving Lozano was then shown a straight red card six minutes from time for a foul on Nicolas Gonzalez and midfielder Fabian Ruiz was also sent off in stoppage-time following a second yellow card, leaving the home side with nine men.

Moments later Andrea Petagna swept home a cross to force extra time.

However, Lorenzo Venuti scored and set up another for debutant Krzysztof Piatek in extra time. Napoli then capitulated and conceded a fifth to Youssef Maleh at the end.

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