Italian Cup, Crotone surrenders to Cremonese only in extra time


By John

Cremonese-Crotone: 3-1 aet

MARKERS: 7’pt Tumminello (Cro), 30’pt Afena-Gyan (Cre), 15’pts Vazquez (Cre), 12’sts Pickel (Cre)
CREMONESE: Sarr 6.5, Collocolo (11’pts Pikel 7), Afena-Gyan 7 (14’st Buonaiuto 6.5), Bianchetti, Sernicola 6.5, Castagnetti 6 (1’st Tsadjout 6.5), Vazquez 7.5, Quagliata, Lochoshvili 5.5 (1′ st Ravanelli), Bertolacci 6 (49’st Sekulov 6), Zanimacchia 6 (32’st Milanese 6). Coaches: Ballardini 7
CROTONE: Dini 7.5; Spaltro 5,5 (14’st Giannotti), Papini 6, Bove 6,5(1’pts Gigliotti 6), Giron 6; Felippe 6 (29’st Awua 5.5), Vitale 6; Tribuzzi 6.5, Rojas 6 (14’st Bruzzaniti 5.5), D’Ursi 6 (1’sts Cantisani 6); Tumminello 7 (29’st Chiarella 6). Herds Zauli 7
REFEREE: Zufferli from Udine
NOTE: Ammonites: Spaltro, Collocolo, Bove, Bianchetti. Corners: 6-2. Recovery: 4′ pt, 7′ 2t.

It took extra time to allow the most popular Cremonese to overcome the Crotone obstacle and advance in the Italian Cup. After the 1-1 gained in the first half (guest advantage of Tumminello in the 7th minute and the hosts draw with Afena-Gyan in the half hour), the match reaches extra time. In the 105th minute a flash from Vazquez breaks the balance, on the left of which Dini (among the best of him) can do nothing. In the 117th minute Ballardini’s troop puts the arrow in and scores the 3-1 with Pickel, mortgaging the victory and the consequent passage of the round, where they will face the Cittadella. Cremonese, therefore, in the round of 32, but it was a courageous Crotone, with a strong identity and personality that gave a hard time to a team relegated from Serie A and which has every intention of returning immediately.