Coppa: Ata­lanta cruise to quar­ter-fi­nals

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Ata­lanta set up a Quar­ter Fi­nal with Ju­ven­tus, eas­ing to a 3-0 win over Pescara in the Coppa Italia.

Goals from Cris­tian Rai­mondi and Al­berto Grassi quickly put the Berga­m­aschi in con­trol, be­fore a late clincher from Alek­san­dar Pesic.

Coach Gian Piero Gasperini looked to be on the verge of the sack af­ter a 1-0 de­feat at home to Palermo on Septem­ber 21, but the Oro­bici haven’t lost since.

Gasperini made a raft of changes for the match, with a League trip to Juve loom­ing on Satur­day night.

It was ap­par­ent early on that their fine form would con­tinue, with Rai­mondi putting the hosts ahead af­ter just seven min­utes.

Grassi dou­bled the lead just be­fore the half-hour mark, vir­tu­ally se­cur­ing Ata­lanta’s place in the Quar­ter Fi­nals.

Both sides made changes in a largely flat sec­ond half, be­fore Ser­bian for­ward Pesic sealed the re­sult at the death.

Palermo sack De Zerbi

Last night’s Coppa Italia de­feat to Spezia was the last straw for Palermo Coach Roberto De Zerbi, with Eu­ge­nio Corini re­plac­ing him.

The Rosanero have lost ev­ery Serie A game at the Bar­bera this sea­son, and were knocked out of the Coppa Italia at home to the Serie B side this af­ter­noon.

Hav­ing been given a stay of ex­e­cu­tion ear­lier this week, Pres­i­dent Mau­r­izio Zam­par­ini has fi­nally lost pa­tience with his Coach.

"Hav­ing as­sessed the sit­u­a­tion of the first team, the club feels com­pelled to change Coach and has en­trusted the first team to Eu­ge­nio Corini," a state­ment from Palermo con­firmed.

It's the third change of the sea­son, with Da­vide Bal­lar­dini sacked af­ter two games to make way for De Zerbi.

Zamp: ‘De Zerbi wanted the sack!’

Palermo Pres­i­dent Mau­r­izio Zam­par­ini claims Roberto De Zerbi wanted to be sacked, so he’ll try to break his con­tract for “gross mis­con­duct”.

The Coach was given the back­ing of the club ear­lier this week, but was sacked this evening fol­low­ing elim­i­na­tion from the Coppa Italia at the hands of Spezia.

“A piti­ful match,” Zam­par­ini told re­porters.

“A piti­ful squad and a piti­ful Coach. The day be­fore the match I sent him a mes­sage on his mo­bile phone telling him that I didn’t care about the Fiorentina match, but that the Spezia one was a very del­i­cate one from a psy­cho­log­i­cal per­spec­tive.

“That’s why I asked him to play all the starters. He put out a team with a load of re­serves. I’m sure he did it to get sacked, and there­fore I’ll seek ter­mi­na­tion of his con­tract for gross mis­con­duct.

“I’m dis­ap­pointed by this, be­cause rather than be­ing an in­sult to me, it’s an in­sult to Palermo fans and their pas­sion.”

Zam­par­ini pre­vi­ously re­vealed that De Zerbi would be due "a lot of money" if sacked, but a gross mis­con­duct charge would waive any com­pen­sa­tion.

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