Football: Juventus rout Torino in Italian Cup to keep double on track

Simone Zaza of Juventus celebrates scoring the 2-0 lead.
Simone Zaza of Juventus celebrates scoring the 2-0 lead.PHOTO: EPA

MILAN (AFP) - Simone Zaza struck twice while Paulo Dybala and Paul Pogba added late goals as holders Juventus cruised into the Italian Cup quarter finals with a 4-0 rout of Torino on Wednesday.

After a poor start to the season, last year's double winners Juve have enjoyed a Serie A revival to move within six points of leaders Inter Milan with one game remaining before the festive break.

And Massimiliano Allegri's men provided some early Christmas cheer with a comprehensive victory over their bitter city rivals to maintain their chances of a second successive double.

Zaza, making a rare appearance amid reports of a January move to the English Premier League, put the hosts ahead with a cracking first-time strike on the half hour after great work on the left wing by Alvaro Morata.

The 24-year-old doubled Juve's lead six minutes after the restart when he guided a low shot beyond Salvador Ichazo and into the far corner.

Dybala has scored in Juve's past two league wins and made if three matches in a row with a well-taken strike in the 73rd minute.

Pogba wrapped up the win with a superb freekick eight minutes from time to set up a quarter-final clash with the winner of the Lazio-Udinese tie on Thursday.

Earlier, Napoli secured an exciting last eight tie with Inter after a 3-0 win over Serie A basement side Verona at the San Paolo, where Omar El Kaddouri, Dries Mertens and Jose Callejon got on the scoresheet.

The quarter-finals will be without two leading Serie A sides, however, as Roma and Fiorentina fell to unheralded opposition.

Serie A title hopefuls Roma fell 4-2 on penalties to Spezia after failing to find a way past the second division side after two periods of extra time at the Stadio Olimpico.

Fiorentina, who sit four points behind Serie A leaders Inter, suffered a 1-0 upset to second-from-bottom Carpi, for whom Antonio Di Gaudio scored a 76th minute winner.

Spezia will now meet third division Alessandria, who beat top-flight Palermo a fortnight ago and stopped Genoa's progress on Tuesday with a 2-1 win.

Carpi will now meet the winner of Sampdoria and AC Milan, who play in Genoa on Thursday.

Inter Milan progressed to the quarters on Tuesday with a 3-0 home win over Cagliari.