Sampdoria pushed past Verona 4-1 to reach the Coppa Italia Round of 16, where they will face Roma.
This was the first victory under Coach Sinisa Mihajlovic after two Serie A draws against Lazio and Inter.
The Blucerchiati got off to a very strong start and were already 2-0 up by the 20th minute. Simon Poulsen’s cross was not cleared effectively and Gianluca Sansone got the final touch, then Ezequiel Cirigliano’s misplaced backpass was intercepted by Andrea Petagna. Nikolaj Mihaylov parried the shot, but only into the path of the unmarked Birkir Bjarnason.
Verona got back into it with Inter-owned striker Samuele Longo, who turned in a Raphael Martinho cross from the left.
However, they shot themselves in the foot again late on. Nenad Krsticic dispossessed Massimo Donati to surge forward and score, then Renan finished off a team move.
Sampdoria 4-1 Verona
Scorers: Sansone 15 (S), Bjarnason 20 (S), Longo 64 (V), Krsticic 83 (S), Renan 89 (S)