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Spezia beats 9-man Roma 4-2 to reach Italian Cup quarters

Spezia advanced to the quarterfinals of the Italian Cup with a 4-2 win against nine-man Roma after extra time on Tuesday.

Former Roma winger Daniele Verde and Riccardo Saponara scored in extra time for Spezia, which next plays Napoli.

The match changed two minutes into extra time as Roma defender Gianluca Mancini and goalkeeper Pau López were sent off within 30 seconds of each other, in separate incidents.

Spezia's Andrej Galabinov celebrates scoring with teammates during the Italian Cup, round of 16 soccer match between Roma and Spezia at the Olympic stadium in Rome, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021. (Alfredo FalconeLaPresse via AP)

Mancini was dismissed following a second yellow card while López received a straight red for clattering into Spezia forward Roberto Piccoli.

Spezia had been 2-0 up after 15 minutes, following Andrey Galabinov's penalty and Saponara’s first goal of the night.

However, Roma got back into the match when Lorenzo Pellegrini converted a penalty two minutes before halftime and Henrikh Mkhitaryan leveled in the 73rd.

Referee Davide Ghersini, right, shows the red card against Roma's goalkeeper Pau Lopez, center, during the Italian Cup, round of 16 soccer match between Roma and Spezia at the Olympic stadium in Rome, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021. (Alfredo FalconeLaPresse via AP)

It was more misery for Roma, just a few days after an embarrassing 3-0 league loss to Lazio in the capital derby.

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Roma's goalkeeper Pau Lopez, second right, and Spezia's Roberto Piccoli, right, in action during the Italian Cup, round of 16 soccer match between Roma and Spezia at the Olympic stadium in Rome, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021. (Alfredo FalconeLaPresse via AP)

Roma's coach Paulo Fonseca reacts during the Italian Cup, round of 16 soccer match between Roma and Spezia at the Olympic stadium in Rome, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021. (Alfredo FalconeLaPresse via AP)

Spezia's Riccardo Saponara, left, scores during the Italian Cup, round of 16 soccer match between Roma and Spezia at the Olympic stadium in Rome, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021. (Alfredo FalconeLaPresse via AP)

Spezia's Riccardo Saponara, right, celebrates scoring during the Italian Cup, round of 16 soccer match between Roma and Spezia at the Olympic stadium in Rome, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021. (Alfredo FalconeLaPresse via AP)

Roma players celebrate with Henrikh Mkhitaryan, second right, his scoring a second goal during the Italian Cup, round of 16 soccer match between Roma and Spezia at the Olympic stadium in Rome, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021. (Luciano RossiLaPresse via AP)

Roma's Henrikh Mkhitaryan, left, celebrates scoring a goal with teammate Borja Mayoral, right, during the Italian Cup, round of 16 soccer match between Roma and Spezia at the Olympic stadium in Rome, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021. (Alfredo FalconeLaPresse via AP)