ROME - Torino defied their miserable league form to qualify for the Italian Cup quarter-finals with a 1-0 win at Fiorentina on Wednesday.
Striker Rolando Bianchi fired home a Tommaso Vailatti cross in the 19th minute to give coach Walter Novellino his first victory since replacing Gianni De Biasi last week.
Fiorentina, fifth in Serie A, came close to equalising on several occasions and defender Manuel Pasqual headed over with the goal gaping at the end of the first half.
Torino, third from bottom in the league after Saturday's 5-2 defeat at Bologna, will meet Lazio in January's quarter-finals.
Holders AS Roma entertain Bologna later on Wednesday in another of the last-16 ties which have been spread over three months because of fixture clashes. Napoli, Udinese and Sampdoria are already through.
Serie A leaders Inter Milan challenge Genoa at the San Siro on January 13 for the right to take on Roma or Bologna.
Juventus complete the round with a home tie against Catania on January 14, the winners meeting Napoli.comments