Coppa Italia round-up
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Hernan Crespo was on the scoresheet as Milan beat Palermo 2-1 in the Coppa Italia.Hernan Crespo boosted his morale with the opening goal as Milan beat Palermo 2-1 in the Coppa Italia.
Argentine striker Crespo has struggled since linking up with the Serie A champions on a season-long loan from Chelsea.
But he took a step nearer to silencing his critics by grabbing Milan's first goal on 55 minutes in their first leg tussle at Palermo.
Clarence Seedorf added to that lead on 69 minutes before Luca Toni gave Palermo hope for the second leg with a late consolation.
Lecce chucked away a three-goal lead to crash 5-4 at home to Udinese in the Coppa Italia as both sides finished the last 16 encounter with ten men.
The hosts appeared to be en route to building a commanding first leg advantage after Cristian Ledesma opened the scoring from the penalty spot after 11 minutes.
Sam Dalla Bona and Valeri Bojinov then scored within two minutes of each other but Udinese pulled one back on 34 minutes through Felipe.
David Di Michele reduced the arrears on the stroke of half time and Antonio Di Natale levelled the tie in the 57th minute.
Bulgarian starlet Bojinov restored Lecce's lead midway through the second half before the hosts had Massimo Paci sent off on 72 minutes.
Di Michele netted his second of the game on 78 minutes and Di Natale completed his brace with the winner for Udinese two minutes from time.
Udinese then had goalkeeper Samir Handanovic sent off in the final minute for conceding a penalty which presented Mirko Vucinic with the chance to level matters but his spot kick was dramatically saved by visiting striker Di Michele.
Fiorentina inched towards the quarter finals of the competition after a 2-0 success at home to Parma.
Javier Portillo's header broke the deadlock on 27 minutes and Jaime Valdes wrapped up the win in the 79th minute.