Paulo Dybala scored twice as Juventus beat Udinese 4-0 on Wednesday to reach the Italian Cup quarterfinals.
Juventus, which has won the trophy a record 13 times — including four of the past five editions, will face either Roma or Parma.
The Bianconeri made a number of changes with Cristiano Ronaldo out with illness and Merih Demiral injured.
Dybala and Gonzalo Higuaín combined for the opening goal in the 16th minute, exchanging a series of passes before Higuaín finished it off.
Dybala got on the scoresheet himself 10 minutes later with a powerful penalty after Udinese goalkeeper Nicolas had tripped Federico Bernardeschi.
Higuaín thought he had doubled his tally early in the second half but it was ruled out for offside after a video review.
Instead it was Dybala who got his second minutes later with a shot into the top left corner.
Douglas Costa converted another penalty in the 61st following a handball from Udinese defender Bram Nuytinck.
Manchester United beat Wolverhampton 1-0 in an FA Cup third-round replay on Wednesday but lost Marcus Rashford to an injury that could force him out of a Premier League match against fierce rival Liverpool at the weekend.
Juan Mata illuminated a dull game by running through unchallenged and producing a deft chip over Wolves goalkeeper John Ruddy in the 67th minute for the only goal at Old Trafford.
The teams drew 0-0 in a match featuring few clear-cut chances at Wolves on Jan. 4, and the replay was hardly much better.
Rashford, who went off with a knock after 58 minutes of United's 4-0 win over Norwich in the league on Saturday, entered as a 64th-minute substitute but lasted only 16 minutes before hobbling off, appearing to hold the left side of his back.
The England striker, who is United's top scorer this season, tried to play on after getting hurt in a tackle by Matt Doherty but didn't look right and fell to the ground near the center circle before signaling to come off.
United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer acknowleged that his decision to play Rashford "backfired" - four days before his team plays Premier League leader Liverpool at Anfield in what is traditionally viewed as the biggest game on the English soccer calendar.
"You've got to take (chances) once in a while," Solskjaer said. "He'll be tested in the next few days - we have to see for Sunday. He couldn't run. He struggled a little bit with his back and got another knock. It didn't help."
Wolves thought they had scored in the 11th minute through Pedro Neto, only for the strike to be ruled by VAR for a handball against Raul Jimenez in the buildup.
"It's constant, all we are talking about is VAR. It's ridiculous, it's stupid," Wolves defender Conor Coady said.
"You can't celebrate. Raul Jimenez didn't even know he had handballed it. ... All of it is terrible, for me. It's not for me, it's not for a lot of players. But people higher up in the game are happy with it."
United will play either Watford or third-tier Tranmere in the fourth round. Their replay was postponed because of a waterlogged pitch and will be played next week.
Cardiff won 4-3 at Carlisle in the other replay on Wednesday.
Kylian Mbappé scored twice against his former club as Paris Saint-Germain won 4-1 at Monaco on Wednesday to move eight points clear at the top of the French league.
The sides drew 3-3 in Paris on Sunday night in arguably the season's most entertaining game, although this time PSG kept Monaco's attack quiet and exposed one of the worst defenses in the league.
Neymar, from the penalty spot, and winger Pablo Sarabia grabbed the other goals for PSG, while midfielder Tiemoué Bakayoko pulled a late goal back for ninth-place Monaco.
Neymar went close in the 18th minute when his extravagant flick from Mbappé's cross from the left was saved by goalkeeper Benjamin Lecomte.
Mbappé made no mistake with his chance in the 24th, latching onto Angel Di Maria's pass from the right flank, controlling the ball with one touch and then advancing at speed before drilling a low shot past Lecomte.
He made a point of not celebrating scoring against his former club, winning the title with Monaco and reaching the Champions League semifinals in 2017 before joining PSG in a deal worth 180 million euros ($200 million).
"You have to show respect. I was discovered here," the 21-year-old Mbappé said. "I experienced my first big moments here."
His goal was validated after several minutes of video review, seemingly to ascertain whether Mbappé was offside when making his run. However, a clear foul on Monaco forward Keita Baldé leading up to the goal was overlooked by VAR.
Moments later, PSG goalie Keylor Navas saved well from the lively Gelson Martins — one of Monaco's scorers Sunday. Lecomte kept out two further shots from the irrepressible Mbappé before Neymar's penalty in first-half injury time.
It seemed harsh on Monaco, however, with left back Layvin Kurzawa spinning and seemingly purposefully bumping into center half Kamil Glik, who was standing still. Neymar sent Lecomte the wrong way with casual ease after a staggered run-up, just as he did on Sunday.
PSG coach Thomas Tuchel was shown a yellow card after angrily remonstrating with the fourth match official during the second half.
It was a mixed night for the officials, with no VAR review used when Monaco striker Wissam Ben Yedder's arm was pulled back inside the area midway through the second half.
VAR then validated Sarabia's 72nd-minute goal after he volleyed home midfielder Marco Verratti's astute pass over the defense.
Neymar played Mbappé through down the left in the first minute of injury time and he clipped the ball confidently across Lecomte for his 13th league goal — one behind the league's top scorer Ben Yedder.
Although Mbappé celebrated that one, he said it was in response to some insults from the crowd.
The 2021 African Cup of Nations is moving back to a January-February slot in the congested global soccer calendar, a switch likely to be unpopular with European clubs.
The 24-nation competition was originally planned to begin in June, but the Cameroonian soccer federation said Wednesday it will be held from Jan. 9-Feb. 6 to avoid the country's rainy season.
The new tournament dates will likely be unpopular with European soccer clubs, which have long objected to the mandatory release of their players in the middle of the domestic league seasons.
The current Liverpool squad would stand to lose star forwards Sadio Mane of Senegal and Mohamed Salah of Eqypt, the past two African players of the year.
The influential European Club Association has been part of talks with FIFA to move toward coordinating all continental championships in the European offseason. The 2019 Cup of Nations, hosted by Egypt as a late replacement for Cameroon, was the first in the new June slot.
FIFA's revamped Club World Cup competition also kicks off in June 2021, with a 24-team lineup including Liverpool set to play in China.
Moving the 2021 African Cup of Nations clears a competing tournament from the calendar and avoids a clash for African players at top European clubs.
Bangladesh made frustrating start in the six-team Bangabandhu International Gold Cup Football Tournament’2020 conceding 0-2 goals defeat against top seed and defending champions Palestine in the opening match at the Bangabandhu National Stadium here on Wednesday.
Forwards Khaled Salem and Layth Kharoub netted one goal each for the Palestine, in the Bangladesh’s first international sports events on the eve of the ‘Mujib Borsho’.
Law Minister M Anisul Huq inaugurated the meet prior to the day’s opening match. President of Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) Kazi Md Salahuddin, Chief Coordinator of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Birth Centenary Celebration National Implementation Committee Dr Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury and other BFF officials were present at the inaugural program.
Hosts started to play attacking football from the very beginning and created some good chances. But their forwards wasted all the opportunities near strong defense wall of the Palestine, especially the credit goes to their goalkeeper Tawfiq Abuhammad, who successfully saved the post brilliantly.
Tawfiq denied a direct close-range free-kick from Bangladesh’s experienced midfielder Mamunul Islam Mamun in the 9th minute while another midfielder Saad Uddin failed to find the net as his long-range shot missed the target in the 21st minute.
Palestine opened the account in the 29th minute by a counter-attack. Forward Khaled Salem easily sent the ball home by placing shot from left wing, utilizing a long pass from midfielder Oday Kharoub (1-0).
In the 32nd minute, defender Topu Barman, who returned in the squad after a long gap, missed a golden opportunity to level the margin from a goal mouth melee. A close-range header from the defender went outside edging the left post, off a Rayhan Hasan long throw-in.
In the first half, Palestine got another chance to widen their margin, but forward Layth Kharoub shot the target off in the 39th minute.
Bangladesh got another blow in the 57th minute while the defending champions doubled their margin netting second goal. This time, forward Layth made no mistake to bury the ball with a right-footer from danger zone while Bangladeshi defender Yeasin Khan failed to clear a direct free-kick from midfielder Mohamed Darwish (2-0).
In the 78th minute, a close-attempt of Saad Uddin was prevented by the Nepalese referee Sunfish Kumar Pandey due to off-side. The hosts haven’t got any other close chance in the second half.
The match saw Palestine defender Mohammed Khalil a yellow card.
With the day’s feat, Palestine have brightened their spot for the semifinal. They will play their second and last group match against Sri Lanka on Friday at 5 pm. On the other hand, hosts have to beat Sri Lanka in their last group match on January 19 to confirm their semifinal berth.
On Thursday, Burundi will play against Mauritius in the first match of Group B.
Two top teams from each of the group will play in the semifinals. The Group A champions will play Group B runners-up in the first semifinal on January 22 while Group B champions will face Group A runners-up in the other semis on January 23, both at 5:pm at the same venue.
The title deciding final match will be held on January 25, also at 5 pm at the same venue.
In his post match reaction, Bangladesh Head Coach Jamie Day said, “Palestine are strong side. They have good players. We gave them chances and they scored.”
Bangladesh never clinched title of the Bangabandhu Gold Cup. They finished runners-up in 2015 conceding 3-2 goals defeat against Malaysia in the final, which is their highest achievement.
On the other hand, Palestine emerged unbeaten champions in the last edition of the meet in 2018 beating Tajikistan by 4-3 goals in the tie-breaker.
Ahead of the tournament, BFF President Kazi Mohammad Salahuddin at a function on Sunday announced a bonus of US $100,000 if the Bangladesh team clinch the Bangabandhu Gold Cup title. If they end up as runners-up, Bangladesh team will get US $50,000.
Bangladesh: Ashraful Islam Rana (GK), Topu Barman, Rahmat Mia, Rayhan Hasan, Yeasin Khan, Jamal Bhuiyan (C), Mamunul Islam Mamun (Mahbubur Rahman Sufil), Motin Miah (Rabiul Hasan), Saad Uddin (Arifur Rahaman), Sohel Rana and Mohammad Ibrahim
Palestine: Tawfiq Abu Hammad (GK), Mousa Salim, Mohammed Khalil, Oday Kharoub, Mohmoud Abu Warda, Mohamed Darwish (Dawoud Iraqi), Khaled Salem (Reebal Dahamshi), Sameh Maraaba (C), Layth Kharoub (Rami Almasalma), Radwan Abukarash and Yazan Iwaiwi.
Referee: Sunfish Kumar Pandey (Nepal).