Tuesday, 26 January 2010

[Coppa Italia] Roma advance to semi-finals

Roma advanced to the semi-finals of the Coppa Italia after a battling 1-0 success at home over nine-man Catania.

Roma 1-0 CataniaThe visitors sought to hang on at the Stadio Olimpico after having two men sent off, but were knocked out by Daniele De Rossi's 74th-minute goal.

De Rossi had come close to opening the scoring just before half-time, while John Arne Riise's powerful effort had earlier been kept out by Catania goalkeeper Andrea Campagnolo.

The Sicilians had Giuseppe Bellusci sent off for a second bookable offence on the hour mark and he was joined for an early bath by team-mate Blazej Augustyn on 72 minutes.

Just two minutes later, Roma struck decisively as De Rossi smashed home a shot from the edge of the area.

Claudio Ranieri's in-form side will now meet either AC Milan or Udinese, who square up on Wednesday night, in the two-legged last four ties next month.

Fiorentina are already in the semi-finals after a 3-2 win over holders Lazio last week. The Viola await the winners of Thursday's big clash between Inter and Juventus.

Quarter-Final Results
Wednesday 20 January 2010
Fiorentina 3-2 Lazio
Tuesday 26 January 2010
Roma 1-0 Catania

Quarter-Final Fixtures
Wednesday 27 January 2010
Milan v Udinese (2000)
Thursday 28 January 2010
Inter v Juventus (1945)

Semi-Final Draw
First Legs: 2/3/4 February 2010
Second Legs: 9/10/11 February 2010
Fiorentina v Inter/Juventus
Milan/Udinese v Roma

* All kick-off times listed are UK time (+1 for Italy/CET). Times, dates and fixtures are subject to change.

Coppa Italia Quarter-Final Reviews
[20 Jan 2010] - [26 Jan 2010] - [27 Jan 2010] - [28 Jan 2010]

Source: Sky Sports

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