Juventus fought back from a shock early goal to conquer Carpi 3-2 with a Mario Mandzukic brace, their seventh straight Serie A win.
The Bianconeri were fresh from a 4-0 Coppa Italia hammering of Torino, but Carpi also reached the quarter-finals with a 1-0 win away to Fiorentina. Roberto Pereyra, Mario Lemina, Igor Bubnjic, Matteo Fedele and Wallace missed out on this historic first ever meeting between the clubs.
Paulo Dybala blasted just over the bar, but it was Carpi who took a shock lead after 14 minutes. Veteran hitman Marco Borriello beat Leonardo Bonucci in a one-on-one situation to drill low at the near bottom corner. It was his fourth Serie A strike of the campaign and struck his former club.
It didn’t last long, as moments later Juventus got their equaliser in fairly chaotic fashion. Juan Cuadrado’s angled drive was parried at the near post, Dybala’s follow-up charged down until eventually Mario Mandzukic acrobatically hooked it back over his head to score from six yards.
Claudio Marchisio’s strike was fingertipped round the post and Giorgio Chiellini turned a free header over from the resulting corner. Sami Khedira’s strike stung Belec’s gloves and Mandzukic turned it all around by nodding in a Patrice Evra cross.
Paul Pogba extended the advantage after the restart, chesting down a Marchisio ball over the top and getting the flick in before Belec clattered into him.
Daniele Rugani was given his Serie A debut in a Juve jersey and thought he’d scored within six minutes, but the volley from a free kick was ruled offside.
Jerry Mbakogu tested Gigi Buffon and Gabriel Silva drilled wide, while nobody was there to meet a dangerous Gaetano Letizia ball across the face of goal.
Carpi did get a consolation strike in stoppages, as a seemingly harmless Luca Marrone cross was volleyed into his own net by Bonucci.
It was almost extremely costly, as moments later Gabriel Silva pulled back from the by-line for Lorenzo Lollo, who completely mis-kicked it from seven yards! Max Allegri was so angry on the touchline that he tore his coat off and threw it at the bench.