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Verratti backs Ventura for Italy success

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Marco Borriello's four goals carry Cagliari to Coppa Italia win

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Marco Borriello scored four times as Cagliari cruised to a 5-1 win over Serie B side Spal in the Coppa Italia third round on Monday.

Cagliari's marquee new signing shone in his first competitive game for his new club, scoring twice in the first half and providing an assist on Marco Sau's goal as the promoted club were in full control.

He completed his hat trick in the 65th minute before adding a fourth goal in the 82nd, before Mirko Antenucci got a consolation goal back for Spal.

Cagliari will...

 By PA Sport

Crotone fall to Hellas Verona as Sampdoria cruise in Coppa Italia

Newly promoted Serie A side Crotone fell to recently relegated Hellas Verona 2-1 in the Coppa Italia third round on Sunday.

Marco Fossati gave hosts Verona the lead in the 11th minute, and though Simmy Nwankwo was able to equalise after the hour mark, Franco Zuculini found the winner on 78 minutes.

Crotone join Udinese as Serie A sides falling out of the tournament at the early stage.

Sampdoria had an easier time over third-tier Bassano Virtus, cruising to a 3-0 win thanks to a brace from Luis Muriel,...

 By PA Sport

Spezia rally to eliminate top-flight Udinese from Coppa Italia

Thomas Vermaelen says he is delighted with the warm welcome he has received and is impressed by the quality of the team.
Spezia rallied to beat Udinese in the Coppa Italia.

Spezia caused an upset by knocking Udinese out of the Coppa Italia on Saturday.

The Serie B side came from behind to win 3-2 and make it the worst possible start for new Bianconeri Friuliani coach Beppe Iachini.

Rodrigo De Paul put Udinese ahead but goals from Nahuel Valentini and David Okereke turned the game on its head. Duvan Zapata squandered the chance to bring the Serie A side level when his penalty was saved and Nene punished them further by extending Spezia's lead.

Zapata did make amends...

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Genoa battle back to beat Lecce in Coppa Italia; Palermo squeak by Bari

Genoa recovered from 2-1 down to book their place in the fourth round of the Coppa Italia with a 3-2 win at home to Lecce.

Portuguese midfielder Miguel Veloso gave the Serie A side a 47th-minute lead but their Lega Pro opponents stormed back with goals from Franco Lepore and Giuseppe Torromino.

Macedonian forward Goran Pandev brought Genoa level after 70 minutes and Leonardo Pavoletti netted the winner with seven minutes to go.

Bologna progressed with a 2-0 win over Trapani as Ladislav Krejci and...

 By Mina Rzouki

Juventus can give Pogba support that Man Utd might not be able to provide

Juventus' Serie A win over AC Milan at the San Siro last April was important for a number of reasons. Not only did it demonstrate the team's experience, it made it 21 wins in 22 games and highlighted Paul Pogba's ability to frustrate as much as he can amaze.

According to reports, Manchester United are on the brink of the biggest transfer in football history: a £100 million move for Pogba. But there are many reasons behind Juventus' reluctance to let him go; Pogba is a player who has stunned...