Napoli charge into the Coppa Italia final.

A perfect night for Napoli and their fans as they see off Roma and set up a final clash against Fiorentina. Napoli went into the game on back of a 3-1 victory against AC Milan in the league and they knew that a 1-0 victory would send them into the final. Roma had a slight lead going into the game and they were looking for a good result after being held to a goalless draw by their fierce rivals Lazio.  

Roma started the game very well and it took just two minutes for them to force Reina into action. Ljajić was played through down the right, his low cross managed to find Destro. Destro was denied by Reina who showed good reactions to deny Roma an early goal. Reina was hurt while making the save, however he managed to continue after receiving some treatment.

De Rossi then gave the ball away to Mertens and the Belgian was heading to goal with plenty of pace before he was brought down by Benatia. The defender received a yellow card and the Napoli players were keen for the referee to send him off.

Pjanić and Ljajić linked up well down the right, Pjanić played a lovely pass to Gervinho, his effort was blocked, the ball fell to Ljajić and his effort flew over from 13 yards out.

Napoli finally found a way past the Roma defence when Maggio produced a great cross which found Callejón and the former Real Madrid man took his chance and placed his header into the bottom corner.

That opening goal really put Napoli in the mood and Hamšík soon after tried an optimistic attempt when he saw De Sanctis off his line, his lobbed effort went just over. Napoli were dominating the game and Roma were hanging on. Then Gervinho did brilliantly down the left as he took the ball from his own half and took on a few players, but the Ivorian couldn’t produce the quality cross his run deserved.

Napoli quickly came out of the blocks in the second half. Callejón and Higuain linked up with a lovely one-two, Higuain returning the ball back to Callejón with a delightful back heel. Callejón’s shot was far less delightful, he didn’t strike the ball cleanly but it did force De Sanctis into a good stop and the ball was put out for a corner. That resulting corner was flicked on and found Higuain at the back post, the Argentine took his chance by heading Napoli into a 2 -0 lead. 

Not long after Napoli made it 3-0. Mertens came inside from the left and played a perfectly weighted ball through to Jorginho, who charged forward from deep. Jorginho deliciously chipped the ball over De Sanctis to grab his first goal for Napoli.

Roma did find the back of the net but sadly for them the goal was offside. Roma came close on the 60th minute, Strootman playing the ball out wide to Gervinho, he then laid the ball off for Maicon to deliver and Destro just missed the target with his header.

Maggio’s cross in the 73rd minute found Hamšík in plenty of space at the back post when Maicon failed to get back. Hamšík couldn’t keep the ball down and his header looped over the bar.

De Rossi picked out Destro with his ball over the top, Destro controlled the ball well with his chest but his shot was disappointing as he fired it over.

Strootman was sent off in the 79th minute. He pulled back Callejón before kicking the ball at him as he sat on the ground, this resulted in his first yellow. However while receiving this booking he sarcastically applauded the referee which resulted in a second booking and his marching orders.

There weren’t many chances after the sending off, Napoli had two attempts which went wide and they comfortably saw out the game. A disheartened Roma struggled to find a way back into the game and quickly became very frustrated. Napoli deserving the victory in the end and their fans along with Maradonna will be partying long into the night.


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