Juventus and Lazio advance to Italian Cup
Reigning champions Juventus qualified for the Coppa Italia quarter-finals by beating Sampdoria 4-1 to maintain at least a chance of winning silverware this season.
Juan Cuadrado, Daniele Rugani, Paulo Dybala and Alvaro Morata scored in a dominating performance from Juve, who will face Sassuolo or Cagliari in the next round.
Andrea Conti had given Sampdoria hope when he scored to reduce the deficit to 2-1.
Lazio also qualified for the last eight, needing extra time to beat Udinese 1-0.
Fifth in Serie A – nine points behind leaders Inter Milan, having played one more game – the Italian Cup could be the only competition Juventus have a legitimate chance of winning this season.
Relegation-threatened Sampdoria recently sacked coach Roberto D’Aversa with youth team coach Felice Tufano in charge of the Cup tie in Turin.
Juventus dominated from the start and could have led more than 1-0 at halftime.
The Bianconeri took the lead in the 25th minute when Cuadrado’s low free-kick took a slight deflection and squirmed into the low corner.
The hosts doubled their lead seven minutes into the second half when Arthur whipped in a cross for an imposing Rugani header into the bottom left corner.
Sampdoria came back into the game in the 63rd when Conti struck but that hope was quickly extinguished.
Dybala almost sealed the game three minutes later after a weak pass from goalkeeper Wladimiro Falcone was intercepted by Manuel Locatelli, who dismissed it for his team-mate to break through at home.
Morata also got on the scoresheet, from the penalty spot, after Augello fouled Marley Ake, who had come on moments earlier on his senior debut.
Meanwhile, substitute Ciro Immobile scored in the 106th minute to help send Lazio to a showdown with AC Milan.