Sampdoria wins ahead of Italian Cup final

MILAN: Sampdoria recorded a morale-boosting 5-0 win over Reggina on Saturday ahead of its Italian Cup final against Lazio on Wednesday.

Lazio, meanwhile, lost 3-1 at home to Udinese and finished with 10 men after midfielder Cristian Brocchi was sent off with three minutes left.

Daniele Dessena scored two early goals from long range to quickly put Sampdoria in control, and Gennaro Delvecchio added a third before halftime.

In the second half, defender Guido Marilungo scored a fourth before striker Giampaolo Pazzini continued his good form by netting his 11th of the season.

The result puts Reggina on the brink of relegation. The southern club is in last place, four points from saftey with only three matches remaining, and having played one match more than its rivals.

Lazio was uninspired against an Udinese side that once again has its sights set on a place in Europe.

Striker Tommaso Rocchi gave the home side the lead, but Antonio Flore Flores equalized minutes later and Udinese controlled the match the rest of the way.

Gaetano D'Agostino curled a freekick past Lazio goalkeeper Fernando Muslera in the 69th, and Fabio Quagliarella slotted home a penalty in the 86th to put the result beyond doubt.