Fri, Dec 14, 2012 - Page 19 News List

Juve edge Cagliari to make quarter-finals

AP, TURIN, Italy

Juventus advanced to the Coppa Italia quarter-finals by beating Cagliari 1-0 on Wednesday, but the Serie A leaders lost two players to injury.

Sebastian Giovinco put Juve ahead in the 57th minute from the edge of the box after Cagliari had failed to clear at Juventus Stadium in Turin.

Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal limped off with an apparent right-knee injury in the 16th minute and forward Nicklas Bendtner was carried off on a stretcher in the 43rd with a muscle problem.

It was Giovinco’s eighth goal this season, having scored five in Serie A and two in the UEFA Champions League.

Andrea Pirlo was warming up when Giovinco scored, but then coach Antonio Conte called the midfield maestro back to the bench.

It was Conte’s first home match since returning from a four-month ban for match-fixing, stemming from when he coached AC Siena two seasons ago.

“It’s very emotional,” Conte said.

“It’s always special to feel the fans’ emotion,” he said.

Last season, Juve lost the final to SSC Napoli for their only loss of the entire 2011-2012 season.

Juventus next face either AC Milan or Reggina, who were scheduled to play yesterday.

Earlier, Catania beat Parma 4-3 on penalties following a 1-1 draw and will next face either SS Lazio or AC Siena, who are scheduled to play next week.

Colombian striker Dorlan Pabon gave Parma the lead in the 12th minute and Francesco Lodi equalized seven minutes later for Catania from the penalty spot.

With the draw lasting through all the way through extra-time, Catania defender Giovanni Marchese scored the decisive penalty in the shootout.

Only 2,601 fans attended the match at Parma’s Stadio Ennio Tardini.

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