Napoli march on in Coppa Italia

Napoli booked their place in the quarter-finals of the Coppa Italia with a 3-1 victory over Spezia at Stadio San Paolo on Tuesday.

Maurizio Sarri's side got off to a flying start when Piotr Zielinski opened the scoring after just three minutes, but they were pegged back 10 minutes before half-time by Antonio Piccolo's equaliser.

However, two second-half goals in quick succession from Emanuele Giaccherini and Manolo Gabbiadini secured the Azzurri's passage into the next round.

The hosts were on the front foot early on against their Serie B counterparts as Zielinski surged through the middle before picking out the bottom-right corner of the net from 16 yards out.

It should have been 2-0 on 24 minutes when Giaccherini was played into space on right and he swung in a cross for Lorenzo Insigne, who somehow managed to hit the base of the right post from four yards out.

Leandro Chichizola then pulled off a fine save moments later to tip over Zielinski's header at the near post from a corner.

But the Aquilotti were level on 35 minutes when they broke away down the left flank and Rafael Cabral could only parry the cross into the path of Piccolo, whose first-time volley from the edge of the area took a deflection off Raul Albiol on its way into the back of the net.

The two teams went into the break all-square, although the Naples outfit were back in front 10 minutes into the second half. Insigne's clipped cross on the left was expertly volleyed home by Giaccherini from a narrow angle on the right seven yards out.

The cup-tie was settled just two minutes later when Marko Rog made a powerful run into the area on the right before lofting a cross into the six-yard box, where Gabbiadini chested home from a couple of yards out.