Federico Chiesa scored his first career hat trick as Fiorentina routed 10-man Roma 7-1 on Wednesday to advance to the Italian Cup semifinals.

By Associated Press
January 30, 2019

Fiorentina forward Federico Chiesa scored his first career hat trick against Roma, which was already 4-1 down when Dzeko was shown a straight red card in the 72nd minute after arguing with referee Gianluca Manganiello and then appearing to spit at him.

Dzeko could be facing a lengthy ban if Manganiello confirms he was spit at in his official match report.

Roma has struggled this campaign after selling the backbone of its squad in the offseason, but had won four of its past five matches.

However, it started badly and Chiesa netted twice in the opening 18 minutes and also hit the post.

Aleksandar Kolarov got one back for Roma in the 28th but Luis Muriel restored Fiorentina’s two-goal advantage shortly after.

Roma was better at the start of the second half but its defense let it down again and Marco Benassi extended Fiorentina’s tally before Dzeko lost his head.

Chiesa completed his hat trick in the 74th before going off minutes later to a standing ovation.

There was still time for substitute Giovanni Simeone to score twice.

It was the first time Roma had conceded six goals or more in an Italian Cup match since May 1961, also against Fiorentina.

However, Roma coach Eusebio Di Francesco said he will not resign.

“In my head there is never that thought,” he said.

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