Parma beats Fiorentina 2-1 in Italian Cup

Hernan Crespo came off the bench to score twice in extra time as

Parma beat Fiorentina 2-1 on Tuesday to reach the Italian Cup


Mario Santana put Fiorentina ahead in the 114th minute, but

Crespo equalized a minute later and the 35-year-old Argentine

striker hit the winner in the 117th.

Both sides had chances to finish the game inside 90 minutes. In

the first half, Sebastien Giovinco and Valeri Bojinov hit the post

for Parma, while Fiorentina’s Khouma Babacar hit the bar.

After the break, Fiorentina’s Alessio Cerci and Marco Marchionni

both went close while Parma’s Giovinco was denied by Fiorentina

goalkeeper Vlada Avramov. Parma keeper Nicola Pavarini then made a

double save from Adem Llajic and Babacar in the closing stages.