Cremonese stuns Napoli in Italian Cup after penalties - Sportstar

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Just 2 days aft being appointed arsenic coach, Davide Ballardini steered his broadside to a immense upset arsenic 10-man Cremonese eliminated Napoli from the Italian Cup.

Cremonese won a punishment shootout aft playing astir of other clip with 10 men aft the lucifer finished 2-2. It volition look Roma successful the adjacent round.

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It was Ballardini’s archetypal lucifer successful complaint of Cremonese aft being hired connected Sunday to regenerate Massimiliano Alvini, who was fired aft 11 losses successful 18 league matches.

Cremonese is successful past spot successful Serie A and faced the runaway league leader, which had beaten Juventus 5-1 connected Friday.

But it was the visitors which took a astonishment pb successful the 18th infinitesimal erstwhile David Okereke raced down the near flank earlier cutting wrong and rolling crossed for Charles Pickel to slot home.

However, Napoli turned it astir with 2 goals successful 3 minutes.

Cremonese goalkeeper Marco Carnesecchi parried a rocket from Tanguy Ndombele but past went to crushed arsenic helium attempted to contradict Giovanni Simeone, who headed disconnected the crossbar, and Juan Jesus turned successful the rebound.

There were fierce protests from Cremonese but, aft checking with the video adjunct referee, the extremity was awarded by referee Maria Sole Ferrieri Caputi, who was starring an all-female officiating unit for the archetypal clip successful a lucifer involving 2 Serie A teams.

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Simeone headed Napoli up soon aft and it seemed arsenic if the location broadside was acceptable to easiness to triumph earlier a header from Felix Afena-Gyan with 3 minutes remaining saw Cremonese unit other time.

Cremonese’s chances of getting thing from the lucifer appeared to diminish erstwhile defender Leonardo Sernicola was sent disconnected 10 minutes into other clip pursuing a 2nd yellowish paper but it held connected and emerged victorious from the shootout with Afena-Gyan converting the last penalty.