Coppa Italia: Fiorentina eliminates Siena, joins Roma, Udinese in semifinals

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Fiorentina continue to survive without their top two scoring threads, setbacks that haven’t kept la Viola from this year’s Coppa Italia semifinals. With goals from Josip Ilicic and Marvin Compper, Serie A’s fourth place team overcame the continued absences of Giuseppe Rossi and Mario Gomez, moving into Coppa’s final four after their 2-1 victory over second-tier Siena.

Vincenzo Montella’s team will now face Udinese in the tournament’s penultimate round, the Zebras having eliminated Milan on Wednesday. On the other half of the bracket, a Roma team that beat Juventus on Tuesday awaits the winner of Napoli and Lazio, with Coppa’s last quarterfinal set to kickoff next Wednesday in Naples.

Ilicic got Fiorentina on the board early, beating Siena keeper Simone Farelli in the 19th minute to give the favorites a 1-0 lead they should have built on before halftime. Siena, however, made it to intermission with their one-goal deficit in tact, allowing Guillermo Giacomazzi to equalize for the visitors in the 59th minute. At the quarter-hour mark, however, Fiorentina ended their Serie B opponent’s dream, with Compper’s header from six yards out giving the hosts their 2-1 win.

It was the third one-goal game this week, with Roma becoming the first team to book their semifinal spot with Tuesday’s 1-0 win over Juventus. Gervinho’s 79th minute goal allowed the Giallorossi to advance in a match where the Serie A-leading Bianconeri failed to register a shot on target.

One Wednesday, Udinese made Clarence Seedorf’s second match as Milan’s head coach a losing one. Though Mario Balotelli gave the Rossoneri a sixth minute lead, goals from Luis Muriel and Nico Lopez made the home team pay for their inability to convert possession into goals.

The final semifinalist will be decided next week when winners of the last two cups meet at the San Paolo. Napoli, winners of Coppa in 2011-12, will host Lazio, who defeated rival Roma in last May’s final.

Coppa Italia Quarterfinal results

Roma 1, Juventus 0
Milan 1, Udinese 2
Fiorentina 2, Siena 1
Napoli vs. Lazio

How can Man United qualify for last 16 of Champions League?

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Heading into the their final UEFA Champions League Group B game, Manchester United hold their destiny in their own hands, but any slip-up could mean it’s Europa League on Thursday nights for Louis Van Gaal‘s men.

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The Red Devils would have advanced to the knockout stage with a victory over third-place PSV Eindhoven on Wednesday, but slumped to an ugly 0-0 draw instead.

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So, here’s all of the scenarios for the final matchday of the group stage, away to Wolfsburg, in which United would advance to the round of 16 advance:

  • A Man United win will see Man United finish top of Group B
  • A Man United draw, coupled with a PSV draw or loss (vs. CSKA Moscow), will see Man United finish second in Group B
  • A Man United draw, coupled with a PSV victory, will see Man United finish third in Group B
  • A Man United loss, coupled with a PSV loss, will see Man United finish second in Group B
  • A Man United loss by more than one goal, coupled with a PSV draw, would see Man United finish third in Group B
  • A Man United loss, coupled with a PSV win, would see Man United finish third in Group B

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There are your scenarios for Man United as it’s pretty simple to break it down: Win, and they go through. Fail to win, and their fate is completely in the hands of PSV.

VIDEO: Can Leicester stun the world? Man United title favorites?

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The Foxes are top of the Premier League and are led by a surging Jamie Vardy but how long can they keep shocking the world?

With six tough games coming up between now and the start of 2016, Claudio Ranieri‘s men will be pushed to their limit but so far this season they’ve been sensational and Vardy has equaled Manchester United legend Ruud van Nistlerooy’s record of scoring in 10-straight PL games.

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Can he make it 11 in a row on Saturday (Watch live, 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC and online via Live Extra) when United visit the King Power Stadium? As for the Red Devils, they sit in second place and are just one point behind the flying Foxes’. Louis Van Gaal‘s men have certainly flown under the radar so far and our churning out wins at an impressive rate.

Jenna Corrado and I discuss that and more in the latest edition of PST Extra. Click play on the video above to see our chat in full.

Men in Blazers podcast: The Leicester fairytale goes on

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Rog and Davo revel in another chapter of the Leicester City fairytale, break down Liverpool’s shock dismantling of Manchester City and discuss Arsenal’s slip against West Brom.

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Pellegrini updates status of Joe Hart’s hamstring injury

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Joe Hart was forced to leave Manchester City’s 1-0 defeat to Juventus in UEFA Champions League play on Wednesday due to a hamstring injury, which he seemed to incur while making a spectacular one-on-one kick-save late in the second half.

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Man City manager Manuel Pellegrini confirmed after the game that Hart’s injury is indeed a hamstring issue, and went on to say that he would need further tests once the team arrives back in Manchester to determine the severity and how long, if at all, City and England’s no. 1 would be out of action.

Man City, currently third in the Premier League on 26 points, will host eighth-place Southampton at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday (Watch live at 10 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via Live Extra).