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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 W L W 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

Friday 29 May

Thursday 28 May

23:21
23:06
22:38
22:10
21:43
20:23
20:04
19:41
19:31
19:24
19:12
19:09
18:48
18:35
18:31
17:54
17:52
17:32
17:29
17:21
16:47
15:58
15:58
15:39
15:33
15:15
15:09
14:58
14:27
14:03
13:07
12:37
12:34
11:56
11:52
11:46
11:17
11:13
10:04
09:54
08:22
07:09
07:02
05:33
05:32
05:05
05:03
03:47
03:29
02:38
01:45
01:17
00:41

Wednesday 27 May

23:58
23:52
23:32
23:21
22:44
22:21
22:16
21:55
20:18
20:15
19:29
19:00
18:49
18:38
18:18
18:16
17:15
17:07
17:04
16:22
16:04
15:43
14:57
14:53
14:03
13:50
13:08
12:56
12:52
12:25
12:06
11:28
11:03
10:58
10:52
10:14
09:38
09:26
09:08
09:05
06:53
06:51
05:18
03:49
03:38
02:14
01:45
01:33
01:01
01:00
00:22

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