Sampdoria made a giant step towards the Coppa Italia final with a stunning 3-0 win in the home leg of their semi-final tie against Serie A leaders Inter.
Samp have slowly improved after a poor start to the season and they went into the clash full of confidence after a six-game unbeaten run in the league.
It took just nine minutes for the Blucerchiati to open the scoring through Antonio Cassano and Giampaolo Pazzini then made it 2-0 on the half-hour mark. Pazzini struck again three minutes before half-time to further stun Jose Mourinho's side.
Daniele Gastaldello was sent off for a second bookable offence on the hour mark but Walter Mazzarri's side held on with ten men to secure a commanding victory.
Inter will now have to mount a magnificent comeback in the second leg next month to advance to the final.
Lazio came from behind to beat Juventus 2-1 in the first leg of their semi-final on Tuesday evening.
First Leg: Tuesday 3 March
Lazio 2-1 Juventus
First Leg: Wednesday 4 March
Sampdoria 3-0 Inter
Second Legs: Wednesday 22 April
Juventus v Lazio (1945)
Second Legs: Thursday 23 April
Inter v Sampdoria (1945)
Wednesday 13 May
[Coppa Italia 2008-09 Draw]
Coppa Italia Semi-Final First Leg Review:
[Tuesday 3 March] – [Wednesday 4 March]
Source: Sky Sports / Lega Calcio