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The story of the Parma Cup – the Italian Cup – has ended

The story of the Parma Cup – the Italian Cup – has ended

Parma Fiorentina faced a tough battle, but in the end the Serie A club had the upper hand. © ANSA / Claudio Giovannini

After Serie B club Parma eliminated a top-flight side, Fiorentina were threatened with the same fate. But Parma’s dream was shattered by penalties.

Until the 89th minute it looked as if Parma could continue their cup fairy tale. But then the favorite from Florence responded. Sutil converted a penalty kick to send Fiorentina into extra time. After this remained goalless, a penalty shootout decision had to be made. There the Tuscans got the better end with a score of 4:1.

The second division club had previously bravely faced the first division club. Thanks to goals from Bernabe and Bony (21st and 23rd), Parma led 2-0 at half-time. Fiorentina coach Italiano reacted angrily and made 4 changes (!). After the break, Fiorentina ran in vain for a long period before Nzola scored in the 83rd minute. The home team succeeded in equalizing in an exciting end. Parma had already eliminated another top-flight team, Lecce, in the second round.

Italian Cup: Round of 16

Fiorentina – Parma
0:1 Bernabe (21st), 0:2 Bony (23rd), 1:2 Down (83rd), 2:2 Sutil (89th minute penalty kick)

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