Sampdoria swept past Zdenek Zeman’s Pescara with a Dawid Kownacki brace, plus an assist, to set up a Coppa Italia meeting with Fiorentina on December 13.
It had been a rough day for Serie A sides in this tournament, as Cagliari were knocked out by Serie C side Pordenone and SPAL fell to Cittadella.
Samp were determined not to follow the same path and took a 2-0 lead within 10 minutes thanks to 20-year-old Poland international Kownacki.
He scored the first, tapping in from close range, then set up the second for Gaston Ramirez’s header.
Gianluca Caprari exchanged passes with Ramirez to burst into the box and score against his former club.
Cristian Puggioni kept out Ahmad Benali and Zampano, but was finally beaten by a Benali angled drive that took a deflection off Matias Silvestre.
Kownacki completed the rout and his brace with a precise angled drive.
It should by rights have been 4-2 in the end, but Puggioni parried a Simone Andrea Ganz effort and Benali blasted the follow-up over the bar.
Sampdoria 4-1 Pescara
Kownacki 2, 74 (S), Ramirez 9 (S), Caprari 31 (S), Benali 53 (P)