Coppa Italia wrap: Juve, Catania edge wins
By Football News
Sebastian Giovinco's goal was enough for Juventus to qualify for the quarter-finals of the Coppa Italia as they triumphed 1-0 over Cagliari.
Celebrations for the home team were muted, however, as they suffered injuries to Emanuele Giaccherini, Arturo Vidal and Nicklas Bendtner before and during the match that could stretch their squad to breaking point in the coming weeks.
Juventus coach Antonio Conte was given a rousing reception by home fans on Wednesday as he returned to the bench in Turin for the first time following his suspension, and the hosts wasting no time in piling the pressure onto Cagliari.
The first half was almost completely one-sided in terms of possession and territory, but the Sardinians were pardoned on more than one occasion by Juventus' inability to put the ball in the back of the net.
The home side had to wait until the 57th minute to finally break through Cagliari's defences with Giovinco picking up a loose ball to jink past a couple of opposition players and net the opening goal.
Juventus were in no mood to surrender their narrow advantage and held on to book a place in the next round, keeping their dreams of a third domestic double alive.
In the other round of 16 clash, Catania triumphed on penalties away to Parma after the game finished at 1-1.
Parma went ahead in the 12th minute through a goal from Dorlan Pabon but the home side's joy was short lived as Francesco Lodi equalised from the spot seven minutes later.
Despite having another 101 minutes of regular and extra time to score a winner, neither side troubled the scorers again, meaning penalties were required.
Catania won the shootout 4-3 with Parma's Marco Parolo and Gabriel Paletta the two players to miss from the spot.