Dybala, Bernardeschi shine in Italian Cup

January 12, 2017
Juventus' Paulo Dybala celebrates after scoring during an Italian Cup round of 16 match at the Juventus Stadium in Turin, Italy yesterday.

ROME (AP) — Two of Serie A's brightest young talents were on full display when Juventus and Fiorentina each advanced to the Italian Cup quarterfinals yesterday.

Paulo Dybala scored one goal and set up another as Juventus beat in-form Atalanta 3-2, while Federico Bernardeschi converted a penalty in stoppage time and hit the crossbar as Fiorentina defeated Chievo Verona 1-0.

Defending champions Juventus will next face AC Milan or Torino, who play today.

Six-time champions Fiorentina's next opponents are Napoli, who beat Serie B side Spezia 3-1 on Tuesday.

At the Juventus Stadium, Dybala's exploits made coach Massimiliano Allegri's decision to rest Gonzalo Higuain pay off.

Mario Mandzukic nearly broke the deadlock in the early stages when he met a cross with his chest and the ball struck the post. Juventus then protested for an apparent penalty when Dybala was taken down a few minutes later.

Midway through the first half, the 23-year-old Dybala scored with a volley from outside the area following a touch from Mandzukic.

Twelve minutes later, Dybala threaded a pass through to Mandzukic, who made it 2-0 with an angled shot.

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