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Coppa Italia Preview: Roma v Napoli

3 February 2014 18:27

Roma's quest for a 10th Coppa Italia title continues on Wednesday with a semi-final first-leg clash against Napoli.

Rudi Garcia's charges have lost just one match in all competitions this season - to Serie A leaders and champions Juventus - giving them cause for confidence as they look to book their place in a second successive final.

Roma's efficient displays have seen them eliminate Sampdoria and Juve with consecutive 1-0 home victories, while Napoli have dumped out Atalanta and holders Lazio.

The men from the capital last won this competition in 2008, when they picked up a 2-1 victory over Inter in the final, while Napoli's latest success came four years later when they triumphed 2-0 against Juventus in what was their first final appearance since 1997.

Roma's aforementioned strong form sees them occupy second spot in the Italian top flight, nine points behind Juve with a game in hand, and they will be well rested after their fixture against Parma was abandoned due to adverse weather conditions on Sunday.

Third-placed Napoli wasted a chance to close the gap on Roma at the weekend, though, as they suffered a 3-0 defeat at Atalanta.

The hosts have not lost at home to Napoli since February 2011, when Edinson Cavani scored two second-half goals to complete a season league double over Roma.

Miralem Pjanic found the net twice as Roma claimed a 2-0 victory when the sides met in the league earlier this campaign.

Federico Balzaretti is nearing a return from injury for Roma, but is unlikely to feature on Wednesday, while Napoli are likely to be without long-term absentees Valon Behrami and Giandomenico Mesto.

New signing Jorginho, who made his debut in last week's quarter-final win over Lazio, will be keen to prove his worth to the team having been omitted from Napoli's UEFA Europa League squad.

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Roma

W L W L L

3 - 2

Competition
Coppa Italia
Date
5 February 2014
Kick-off
20:45
Half-time
2 - 0
Full-time
3 - 2
On aggregate
3 - 5
Venue
Stadio Olimpico (Roma)
Attendance
30000

Goals

Y. Gervinho 13'
(assist by F. Totti) 
1 - 0
K. Strootman 32'
(assist by R. Nainggolan) 
2 - 0
2 - 1
47' M. De Sanctis (OG)
2 - 2
Y. Gervinho 88'
(assist by A. Florenzi) 
3 - 2

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