Roma overcame Udinese 2-0 in the first leg of their Coppa Italia semi-final to take command of the tie.
Having slipped towards the drop zone in Serie A, Udinese had been hoping the clash would provide a distraction from their poor league campaign.
However, Roma have been in superb form and, seemingly inspired by the return from injury of captain Francesco Totti, were quickly into their stride at the Stadio Olimpico.
It took just 12 minutes for the Giallorossi to break the deadlock as Montenegrin forward Mirko Vucinic latched onto Daniele De Rossi's pass and struck past Samir Handanovic.
Philippe Mexes then doubled Roma's advantage with a header five minutes before half-time.
Claudio Ranieri's side cruised in the second half and Udinese's failure to make an impression on the score-sheet leaves them facing an uphill task in the return leg in Udine, which is scheduled to take place in April.
Inter beat Fiorentina 1-0 at the San Siro on Wednesday in the first leg of the other semi-final.
Semi-Final First Leg Results
Wednesday 3 February 2010
Inter 1-0 Fiorentina
Thursday 4 February 2010
Roma 2-0 Udinese
Semi-Final Second Leg Fixtures
Tuesday 13 April 2010
Fiorentina v Inter (1945)
Wednesday 21 April 2010
Udinese v Roma (1700)
Final (in Rome)
Wednesday 5 May 2010
Inter/Fiorentina v Roma/Udinese
* All kick-off times listed are UK time (+1 for Italy/CET). Times, dates and fixtures are subject to change.
Coppa Italia Semi-Final First Leg Reviews
[3 Feb 2010] - [4 Feb 2010]
Source: Sky Sports