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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

L W L L W

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

Lineups

Substitutes

Saturday 1 August

Friday 31 July

23:52
23:23
22:46
19:39
19:27
19:03
19:02
18:33
18:21
17:34
17:20
17:01
16:31
15:56
15:35
15:27
13:06
12:59
12:47
12:38
12:16
11:46
11:00
09:28
07:40
07:18
07:02
05:23
05:14
05:00
04:33
04:27
03:50
03:46
02:13
01:18
01:10
00:53

Thursday 30 July

23:57
23:49
23:26
23:03
22:56
22:47
22:44
21:51
19:30
19:11
19:00
18:43
18:19
18:10
17:47
17:09
16:29
14:52
14:32
13:29
12:54
12:31
12:14
11:04
10:57
10:39
10:17
09:38
09:31
08:55
08:44
08:27
07:53
06:54
06:52
06:51
05:14
04:59
04:58
04:35
03:56
03:54
03:03
02:58
02:35
01:12
01:10
01:07
01:04
00:14
00:10

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