Fiorentina managed to reach the semi-finals of the Coppa Italia by knocking out hosts Atalanta with a 3-2 win on Thursday after a crazy game to hit a date with Juventus, who narrowly beat Sassuolo 2-1.
Fiorentina took the lead by Poland’s Krzysztof Piatek from a penalty. Atalanta led 2-1 thanks to Davide Zappacosta (30) and Ivorian Jeremie Boga, who was playing his first game in charge after moving to Bergamo last month from Sassuolo (56).
But Piatek struck again and equalized for the visitors from a second penalty, this time failing to scoreafter being repelled by Argentine goalkeeper Juan Musso, but the ball returned to the Polish and he followed it into the net (71).
Atalanta appeared to be tipped in favor after Argentina defender Lucas Martinez Quarta was sent off in the 79th minute for a second warning, but Serbian substitute Nikola Milenkovic shocked the hosts by snatching the win and qualifying Fiorentina in the final third minute of stoppage time with a superb shot from the edge of the area to the right of Argentina goalkeeper Musso (3+90).
This shocking exit adds to the problems of Atalanta, who reached the final last season before losing to Juventus and thus failed to win their first title since 1963, as Jean-Piero Gasperini’s team did not taste the taste of winning a fourth successive game in all competitions.
Late win for Juventus
As for Fiorentina, they will face Juventus and former striker Vlahovic in the semi-finals after the defending champions beat hosts Sassuolo 2-1 in the last quarter-final match.
Argentine Dybala led Juventus early (3) before Ivorian Traore equalized (24).
Juventus waited until the 88th minute to take the lead with a killer goal after Vlahovic struck a smart ball that hit Brazilian defender Ruan and turned into the net.
Champions and league leaders Inter were the first semi-finalists in Tuesday’s 2-0 win over Roma, to face arch-rivals Milan, who scored a crushing victory on Wednesday over the capital’s other pole Lazio 4-Zero.