Primavera: Fiorentina battle back to beat Genoa in Coppa Italia



Fiorentina Primavera are into the quarter-finals of the Coppa Italia after a 3-1 extra-time win over Genoa on Wednesday.

Salvatore Buonavoglia stroked Genoa into a 1-0 lead on 16 minutes, with the visitors preserving their advantage right through until the third minute of second-half stoppage time, when Niccolo Pierozzi lashed home from a tight angle to force extra time.

It was Samuele Spalluto that stole the show after that, as the young striker stabbed Fiorentina in front with a poacher’s finish after five minutes, before wrapping up the result with a measured finish from the edge of the box after the break.

“We’re the reigning champions and that’s something I tried to underline to my players,” said Viola coach Emiliano Bigica after the game. “It was a laudable performance from them today – they played incredibly. We weren’t under pressure much but when we were they never lost their unity. They kept believing right until the end and when we got the equaliser at the death I could feel that the game was turning our way and that we could get the win.”

Bigica’s men are now unbeaten in three games in all competitions – and the coach insisted that he never lost faith in his side despite a difficult run of results in recent months.

“I’m not surprised because the performances have always been there,” he said. “We’ve always tried to draw a line between the performance and the result – that’s what you have to do at Primavera level. Finally, our efforts are paying off and we’re getting the results.”

Two-goal hero Samuele Spalluto was full of praise for his team-mates after their battling performance in the cup win.

“We’re in good form at the moment and we’ve shown that with some of our performances in the league, too,” he said. “We went behind but we stayed in the game and then we did what we did – and we deserved it.”

Spallutto went on to play down the importance of his goals, instead talking up the contribution of the team as a whole.

“I’m really pleased, especially for the team, because as I’ve said before I try to give everything I have to help the team,” he said. “Of course, strikers live for goals so scoring two goals gives you a big boost, but my first job is to help the team. I want to thank them and the coach for their confidence in me.”

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