Cup wins for City, Wigan & Blues
Sun, 17 Feb 2013 21:19:00
Napoli were held to a 0-0 draw by Sampdoria in Sunday's Serie A action, while Fiorentina beat Inter Milan 4-1.
The blank meant Napoli missed a golden opportunity to close the gap on Serie A leaders Juventus to just two points.
Goalkeeper Sergio Romero was in particularly inspired form as Delio Rossi's men claimed another valuable point in their mission to book a second season in the top flight, with Samp spurning several chances to win through young striker Mauro Icardi.
Napoli's forward line suffered from a rare lack of cutting edge and ended the day four points behind Juve, who were surprised by a 1-0 defeat to Roma.
In Sunday's late game, Fiorentina rejoined the hunt for a Champions League place with a resounding 4-1 win over Inter Milan at the Stadio Artemio Franchi.
Two goals apiece from Adem Ljajic and Stevan Jovetic earned the Viola all three points, although Antonio Cassano did restore some pride for Inter with a fine consolation goal in the 86th minute.
Catania, too, are back in contention for a European berth after edging a third consecutive home victory in downing struggling Bologna 1-0. Sergio Almiron broke the deadlock just before half-time and the Elefanti held on to wrest seventh place back from Roma.
Udinese, meanwhile, lost ground on their European rivals after two gilt-edged chances to force a draw went begging at the end of a 1-0 defeat at Genoa. Davide Ballardini earned his second win since replacing Luigi Del Neri as Genoa boss when Juraj Kucka nodded the hosts ahead in the first half.
Two goals from Marco Sau lifted Cagliari away from the relegation zone and left Pescara in real danger as the Sardinians won 2-0 at the Stadio Adriatico. Pescara ended the game with 10 men with Vladimir Weiss sent off in stoppage time as the home fans made their feelings heard.
Elsewhere, an 87th-minute goal by Valter Birsa guided Torino to a 2-1 victory as they won for the first time in four Serie A games. The Granata took the lead through Alessio Cerci just before half-time but German Denis equalised from the penalty spot, with Birsa slotting home Matteo Darmian's cross to win it.
Sergio Aguero struck twice as City kept their season alive by breezing into the quarter-finals with a 4-0 victory over Leeds.
The Championship side were no match for the Barclays Premier League champions, who responded to last week's title setback with a dominant display in the fifth-round tie at the Etihad Stadium.
Yaya Toure began the procession early on before Aguero added a penalty and a fine finish either side of a close-range Carlos Tevez effort.
Arouna Kone scored a goal towards the end of each half as Wigan hammered Huddersfield 4-1 at the John Smith's Stadium to reach the quarter-finals.
After a quiet opening, Wigan took the lead through Callum McManaman before Kone increased the advantage five minutes before the break.
James McArthur scored a stunning third for Wigan and, after Lee Novak had pulled a goal back for Huddersfield, Kone seized on a defensive error to score a late fourth.
In a fourth-round replay, Frank Lampard and John Terry both scored as holders Chelsea beat Brentford 4-0 in a replay at Stamford Bridge to set up a fifth-round clash with Middlesbrough.
Juan Mata fired a clinical opening goal after 54 minutes and Oscar, who hit the outside of a post in the first half, tucked in his second goal in four days after 68 minutes.
Mata was the provider for Lampard's 199th Chelsea goal before Terry headed in an 81st-minute fourth as last season's Champions League winners stayed on course for a fifth FA Cup triumph in seven seasons.