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U19s see off Torino in shootout after frenzied cup clash


U19s see off Torino in shootout after frenzied cup clash

Sampdoria Primavera finally got the better of Torino and advanced to the last 16 of the U19 Coppa Italia at the end of a highly eventful encounter. After four goals, four red cards, 10 penalties and a nine-man fightback, the Blucerchiati eventually succeeded in setting up a meeting with Juventus in the next round.

Following a goalless first 45 minutes, Doria broke the deadlock on the hour mark when Riccardo Bellucci finished off a lovely team move.

Unfortunately, the lead lasted just five minutes before Samuele Vianni levelled for the visitors.

With 12 minutes remaining, Torino coach Marcello Cottafava – in the Samp dugout last year – was sent off for dissent. There were no further goals in the 90 minutes so the game went to extra time.

This is when things really started kicking off. Doria defender Antony Angileri saw red eight minutes into the first half and a minute later Samuele Lovaglio put Torino in front.

Samp’s chances were left hanging by a thread when Marco Somma was dismissed in the 111th minute but the nine-man Blucerchiati did find an equaliser three minutes later when Simone Trimboli converted from the spot.

There was still time for Torino’s Altin Kryeziu to be given his marching orders before the contest went to penalties.

Doria goalie Petar Zovko proved to be the man of the hour as he saved Vianni’s and Rosario Cancello’s spot-kicks to send Felice Tufano’s side through.

Sampdoria 2-2 Torino (Samp win 4-2 on penalties)
Scorers: Bellucci 59, Vianni 64, Lovaglio 99, Trimboli 114 (pen).
Penalties: Trimboli scores, Greco scores, Canovi scores, Vianni saved, Aquino scores, Cancello saved, Sepe saved, Portanova scores, Krawczyk scores.

Sampdoria (3-5-2): Zovko; Aquino, Angileri, Napoli; Somma, Francofonte (Trimboli 86), Brentan (Sepe 70), Siatounis (Yepes Laut 86), Canovi; Bellucci, Marrale (Krawczyk 70).
Subs not used: Saio, Doda, Pedicillo, Paoletti, Miceli, Gaggero, Ercolano, Montevago.
Coach: Tufano.

Torino (4-3-3): Sava Razvan; Siniega, Aceto (Lovaglio 90+3), Portanova, Celesia; Tesio (La Rotonda 60), Kryeziu, Greco; Favale (Fimognari 91), Ibrahimi (Cancello 60), Horvath (Vianni 60).
Subs not used: Pirola, Dellavalle, Juricic, Fimognari, Guerini, Anyimah, Edo.
Coach: Cottafava.

Referee: Baratta (Rossano).
Assistants: Dicosta (Novara), Zanellati (Seregno).
Booked: Tesio 39, Celesia 44, Aquino 74, Sepe 87.
Sent off: Cottafava 78, Angileri 98, Somma 111, Kryeziu 115.
Added time: 0+4+5+1 minutes.
Pitch: artificial.

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