Fiorentina have comfortably defeated Reggina 3-0 in their Coppa Italia meeting this evening.
Khouma Babacar opened the scoring before Marco Marchionni made it 2-0 prior to the end of the first-half. Alessio Cerci extended the margin only a few minutes into the restart.
The Viola started the more positively with Babacar the first to react to Marchionni's thunderbolt from the edge of the area after only 30 seconds, almost looping his shot over the advancing Pietro Marino.
The visitors had two chances on 16 minutes when Simone Rizzato combined with Dominic Adiyiah on the left, who then squared a pass for Domenico Danti, but his shot fizzled across goal. But the Amaranti were on the attack again a minute later, as Avramov's goal kick was poor, falling to Danti, who whipped in a ball for Adiyiah in the box, but he could not turn and shoot on target, flashing just wide.
Babacar put the home side up after 28 minutes, as a simple pass from Federico Carraro reached the Senegalese, and unmarked, he slotted home to make it 1-0.
Cristiano Zanetti wanted to get on the scoresheet himself, and his chance came just after the half-hour, as he was allowed some space in front of goal, but he blasted his attempt wide of the right post.
Marchionni extended the Viola's lead with two minutes left in the first-half, as he was left unmarked at the back-post from a Carraro corner-kick, and from only a yard out, blasted the ball into the roof of the net to make it 2-0.
Only two minutes after the restart was the score 3-0, as Alessio Cerci took on Dani Verruschi. Holding up the ball for long enough and then launching an attack, he found enough space in the box to place his attempt past the advancing goalkeeper.
Haris Seferovic came close to further extending the lead when the substitute turned and fired his attempt just wide.
Reggina's best effort came from an Ivan Castiglia free-kick from 30 yards out on 73 minutes. Aiming for the top right-hand corner and curling wickedly, Avramov tipped it away, outstretched to his left.
Giacomo Tedesco was shown a straight red card for his late sliding challenge on Gianluca Comotto with seven minutes to go, meaning the Serie B side would be forced down to 10 men for the remainder of the match.
A fourth goal was almost added as Zanetti's flick-over found Seferovic, who chipped the advancing 'keeper, but Verruschi booted the bouncing ball off the line.
La Viola will now take on Parma in the Round of 16 whilst Reggina exit the tournament.
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