Parma beats Empoli in Italian Cup

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:48 IST

Parma beat Empoli 7-6 in a penalty shootout Sunday to advance to the fourth round of the Italian Cup and a matchup with defending champion Inter Milan.

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Parma beat Empoli 7-6 in a penalty shootout Sunday to advance to the fourth round of the Italian Cup and a matchup with defending champion Inter Milan. The match between the two Serie A clubs went to extra time after regulation ended with the score level at 1-1. Empoli's Mirco Gasparetto got behind the defense in the 23rd and easily beat charging goalkeeper Cristiano Lupatelli. Brazilian midfielder Fabio Simplicio equalized with a penalty kick in the 44th after Empoli defender Andrea Coda deflected Bernardo Corradi's shot with a hand ball. Parma played the final 33 minutes with 10 men after Sebastiano Siviglia picked up his second yellow card in the 87th. On the 16th penalty kick of the shootout, Lupatelli blocked Coda's shot to seal the victory. "It's clear we still have some room to grow but we played pretty well with only 10 men the last half hour," Parma captain Giuseppe Cardone said. Also, Cittadella upset top-division Livorno 3-2; Cagliari eliminated Manfredonia 4-2 on penalties; second-division Atalanta won 4-0 at Serie A's Siena; Bari beat Pavia 6-5 on penalties; and third-division Napoli - still out to prove it belongs in Serie B - got a 90th-minute goal from Roberto Carlos Sosa in a 1-0 win over second-division Piacenza. Napoli will face AS Roma next. The top eight finishers in Serie A last season received byes to the fourth round, which includes home and away legs. On Saturday, Fiorentina beat Cesena 1-0 to advance into a fourth-round matchup with Juventus. The third round will be completed Monday when Chievo Verona plays at Brescia. The fourth round does not begin until Nov. 30. Italian league play begins next weekend. (AP)

Topics : Football Bayern Munchen
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