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