ROME - Roma beat Empoli 2-1 after extra time to reach the Italian Cup quarterfinals on Tuesday thanks to a very contentious penalty. Shayne Corson Jersey .Daniele De Rossi converted the spot kick five minutes from time, sending Empoli goalkeeper Davide Bassi the wrong way, after Piotr Zielinski was harshly adjudged to have brought down Leandro Paredes.You can see that he takes his legs away, but its difficult to tell whether it was before or after he got the ball, Roma coach Rudi Garcia said. I think the referee was in a great position to judge.Empoli almost equalized right at the end, but Roma goalkeeper Lukasz Skorupski pulled off a great save to deny Francesco Tavano.Roma was jeered off the pitch by its own fans after a lacklustre performance against a team struggling at the wrong end of the Serie A table, 22 points behind the capital club.Im upset above all for my players, Empoli coach Maurizio Sarri said. What did I think about the penalty? What everyone in the stadium thought, but the club has asked me not to comment on anything, although the pictures speak for themselves.Garcia may say it could have been a penalty, but not according to his players. I spoke to two Roma players and they said it wasnt a penalty.Roma got off to the perfect start as it took the lead with less than five minutes on the clock after Douglas Maicons cross was flicked on to Juan Manuel Iturbe.Empoli levelled 10 minutes from the end of normal time when Simone Verdi beat the offside trap to race past Davide Astori and round Roma goalkeeper Lukasz Skorupski before firing into the far corner.Ashley Cole made his first appearance for Roma in nearly two months — after poor form had seen him dropped to the bench. But his return lasted barely 23 minutes before he was carted off following an accidental kick to his chin from Matias Vecino.Roma will next face either Fiorentina or Atalanta. Scott Campbell Jersey . -- Michigan coach John Beilein is willing to give Nik Stauskas a little leeway when it comes to shot selection. Ryan OReilly Jersey . The Professional Referee Organization, which manages game officials for the U.S. Soccer Federation and MLS, notified the Professional Soccer Referee Association of the lockout and said replacement officials will be used. https://www.cheapblues.com/114z-adam-oates-jersey-blues.html .Commissioner Adam Silver said Wednesday it is inevitable that the league will one day take after European sports and have sponsor names on team jerseys.FRANKFURT, Germany -- Hakan Calhanoglu crowned an outstanding performance by scoring the opening goal in a 2-1 victory for Hamburger SV over fellow Bundesliga straggler Nuremberg on Sunday. In the late match, Freiburg won 4-1 in Frankfurt, executing a counter-attacking game plan to perfection for an important victory against relegation. Calhanoglu, a 20-year-old midfielder, had several attempts foiled by Raphael Schaefer but the Nuremberg goalkeeper was helpless when Calhanoglus shot was slightly deflected into the roof of the net in 80th. An own goal by Mike Frantz, who also deflected Calhanoglus shot, sealed Nurembergs fate in the 86th despite a strike in injury time by Josip Drmic. Hamburg goalkeeper Rene Adler saved the victory by turning away Jose Campanas free kick, the last shot of the lively match. "I think I aged three years, the ball just didnt want to go into their net," Adler said. Both teams had plenty of chances and hit the woodwork, and both goalkeepers produced superb saves. Javier Pinola cleared on the line a header from Jacques Zoua in the 71st to save Nuremberg from falling behind, but Hamburgs pressure paid off when Calhanoglu buried his ninth goal of the season. Hamburg escaped from the relegation zone and jumped over Nuremberg into 14th place, both on 23 points. Frankfurt stayed three points above Hamburg but failed to create a bigger gap to the danger zone. Marek Schwarz Jersey. Freiburg moved past Stuttgart into 16th, which means a playoff for a place in the top division. Frankfurt wasted nearly a dozen chances, especially in the first half, while Freiburg made the most out of its few. Freiburgs goalkeeper Oliver Baumann made a series of fine saves and his teams speedy forwards created havoc on the opposite side. Julian Schusters superb overhead kick - the visiting sides first attempt on target, gave Freiburg the lead in the 34th and Karim Guede doubled the advantage in the 54th with a clinical finish after another fast break. Eintracht got back into the match briefly after Joselu pulled one back in the 59th. Baumann blocked his first attempt but Joselu followed through with a header, only to see Felix Klaus restore the two-goal cushion in the 70th. Guede completed the victory in injury time with his second, after another counter-attack. On Saturday, Bayern extended its league record unbeaten run to 50 games and moved 23 points clear of Borussia Dortmund with nine games remaining by beating Bayer Leverkusen 2-1. Borussia Dortmund lost 2-1 to Borussia Moenchengladbach, meaning Bayern can secure the title at Mainz next week if Dortmund and Schalke, 24 points behind in third, both fail to win. ' ' '