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Fiorentina defeat Atalanta in last 16

AP, MILAN, Italy

Mario Gomez scored twice as ACF Fiorentina cruised into the quarter-finals of the Italian Cup with a 3-1 victory over Atalanta BC on Wednesday, while Inter also progressed after beating nine-man Sampdoria 2-0.

Gomez, who has been struggling with injury and form, had scored only once in the previous 10 months. However, he got Fiorentina off to the perfect start with a deflected shot in the sixth minute.

Juan Cuadrado doubled Fiorentina’s lead from the spot in the 12th minute after Guglielmo Stendardo was adjudged to have fouled Gomez, sparking fierce Atalanta protests.

Gomez added Fiorentina’s third in the 28th minute, before Rolando Bianchi scored a consolation goal just before halftime.

Fiorentina next face AS Roma, while Inter play either SSC Napoli or Udinese after the club’s two new signings — Lukas Podolski and Xherdan Shaqiri — combined to set them on their way to victory.

Inter struggled to break down UC Sampdoria, despite playing most of the match with a numerical advantage. Nenad Krsticic was sent off in the 12th minute after he brought down Mauro Icardi.

Icardi could have given Inter the lead shortly before halftime, but Sampdoria ’keeper Sergio Romero saved his penalty after Pawel Wszolek had bundled over Dodo.

The deadlock was finally broken in the 71st minute. Podolski did well to hold up the ball in the area before slotting it through to Shaqiri for his first Inter goal on his first start for the club since joining from Bayern Munich.

Any hope Sampdoria had of taking the match to extra-time all but evaporated six minutes later when Wszolek was sent off for a second booking.

Icardi atoned for his earlier penalty failure by sealing the match two minutes from time, firing into an empty net after a poor back pass left Romero in trouble and forced him out of his area.

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