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Crotone fall to Hellas Verona as Sampdoria cruise in Coppa Italia

Newly promoted Serie A side Crotone fell to recently relegated Hellas Verona 2-1 in the Coppa Italia third round on Sunday.

Marco Fossati gave hosts Verona the lead in the 11th minute, and though Simmy Nwankwo was able to equalise after the hour mark, Franco Zuculini found the winner on 78 minutes.

Crotone join Udinese as Serie A sides falling out of the tournament at the early stage.

Sampdoria had an easier time over third-tier Bassano Virtus, cruising to a 3-0 win thanks to a brace from Luis Muriel,...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Aston Villa sign goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini from Hellas Verona

Pierluigi Gollini spent two years with Manchester United between 2012 and 2014.

Aston Villa have signed goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini from Hellas Verona on a four-year contract.

Gollini, 21, was linked with a move to Everton in May after impressing despite Verona's relegation to Serie B.

Villa boss Roberto Di Matteo told the club's official website: "I am very pleased to have brought in Pierluigi. We have managed to sign him despite the fact he was being chased by a number of top sides and that is a great sign.

"He's a young man but has plenty of experience and I'm sure he'll...

 By Ben Gladwell

Serie A games could face match-fixing investigation - report

An investigation into match-fixing in Italy may be expanded to include fixtures from Serie A, according to a report in La Repubblica on Wednesday.

Earlier this week, it was revealed how anti-mafia police in Italy had made 10 arrests in relation to a suspected manipulation of two Avellino fixtures in Serie B in 2014.

According to La Repubblica, a consortium of Italian bookmakers has prepared a dossier evidencing anomalous betting behaviour on five Serie A matches from the 2015-16 season.

Each of the...

 By Ben Gladwell

Hellas Verona president: I stopped paying players because I was angry

Maurizio Setti said he had the funds to pay the Hellas Verona players but decided not to.

Hellas Verona president Maurizio Setti has confirmed reports he stopped paying his players in the final few months of the season.

Hellas were relegated to Serie B and Setti has said he blocked the payment of wages since the turn of the year because he was "very angry" with the way his players were performing.

All arrears have now been paid, however, with Setti insisting it was not a cash-flow problem but rather a personal decision.

"It's true, it was my decision in January to block all the salary...

Everton interested in signing Pierluigi Gollini from Hellas Verona - source

Everton are lining up a move for former Manchester United youngster Pierluigi Gollini as they eye a replacement for Tim Howard, a source has told ESPN FC.

Everton are in the market for goalkeeping reinforcements after Howard played his final game for the club against Norwich City last weekend. He is joining MLS side Colorado Rapids this summer following a 10-year spell at Goodison Park.

Gollini, 21, is currently in Serie A with Hellas Verona and has emerged as a target for the Toffees after impressing...