Fiorentina creep into the Coppa Italia last 16 with win over Empoli

Fiorentina join Genoa in the last 16 of the Coppa Italia after a hard fought 1-0 derby win over Tuscan rivals Empoli at the Artemio Franchi.
Senegalese striker Khouma Babacar grabbed his side’s winner just two minutes before the end of the second period of extra time. An extra 30 minutes was not what coach Sinisa Mihajlovic would have wanted with a difficult trip to Sicily to face Catania on the horizon but it was important to continue a winning mentality following on from last weekend’s home win against Bari.
La Viola now takes on the winner of Frosinone v Reggina in the last 16 of the tournament. Other Serie A sides in action this week in the Coppa Italia are Udinese, who play host to Padova. Cesena who host Serie B leaders Novara, Bologna who entertain Modena, Brescia welcome Cittadella, Cagliari host Piacenza, Catania take on Varese, Lecce play Siena, Lazio welcome Portogruaro to the capital, Chievo entertain Sassuolo and Bari host crisis club Torino.

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