Three red cards and seven goals: Fiorentina beat Napoli in the Coppa Italia

Fiorentina surprisingly defeated Napoli in the eighth Italian Cup Final. An extension is needed to determine the winner. After more than 120 minutes with seven goals and three red cards, referee Giovanni Airoldi blew up Fiorentina’s 2-5 advantage.

There is no shortage of sights at Diego Armando Maradona’s stadium. While the two teams seemed out of the woods for a while in the initial phase, the match was completely off before the break. Dusan Vlahovic gave Fiorentina the lead, but three minutes later Dries Mertens equalized.

Shortly before the end of the first half, the match appeared to have turned in Napoli’s favour. Fiorentina goalkeeper Bartholomew Dragowski had to go in for a straight red card after a misunderstanding in the away team’s defense. Dragowski blocked Elgif Elmas’ free pass into the goal and Ayroldi sent the closing post.

However, Fiorentina did not give up and took the lead after penetrating Cristiano Biraghi. Napoli then went in search of 2-2 with a man more, but Napoli were unsuccessful in passing Pietro Terracciano – who replaced Dragovsky. To make matters worse, substitute Hirving Lozano was forced to clear the field with a red card after a foul on Nicolas Gonzalez.

In added time of the match, the Napoli midfielder was also shown a red card, but the home team still managed to make it 2-2. Andrea Pettagna succeeded in extending in Naples in the 95th minute.

But in this extra time, there was no stopping Napoli. Fiorentina made the difference with just one other player on the pitch, scoring goals for Lorenzo Vinotti, Krzysztof Piatek (on his debut) and Youssef Elmaleh to secure a 2-5 victory. As a result, Fiorentina secured a place in the Italian Cup quarter-finals.

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