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    20.01.2014 18:25 - in: Coppa Italia S

    Road to the quarter-finals

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    Juventus.com traces the Bianconeri and Giallorossi's path to the Coppa Italia last eight ahead of their meeting at the Stadio Olimpico

    Juventus

    An assured display enabled the Bianconeri to ease into the last eight of this season’s Coppa Italia competition with a solid 3-0 victory, wrapped up inside the opening 34 minutes of play, over Serie B outfit Avellino on Wednesday 18 December. 

    Sebastian Giovinco got matters off and running with a well-taken goal from the fringes of the penalty area on seven minutes, before turning provider for Martin Caceres to touch past Giuseppe Di Masi soon afterwards.

    The hosts’ third came courtesy of Fabio Quagliarella, the only player to score in all three of this season’s competitions contested, who beat the Avellino goalkeeper at his near post with a glancing header 11 minutes shy of the interval. 

    The game will also be remembered for the return to action of Simone Pepe, who brought an end to his injury nightmare with an "emotional" appearance from the substitutes' bench midway through the second half.

    Roma

    Roma’s only previous match on the way to the quarter-finals was a last-16 clash against Sampdoria on Thursday 9 January, an interesting indication of the challenge ahead given Juventus’ 4-2 Serie A win over the Blucerchiati on Saturday.

    While there were goals aplenty at Juventus Stadium, the Giallorossi’s Vasilis Torosidis scored what proved to be the only strike of the game with six minutes gone at the Stadio Olimpico, pouncing on a cross fumbled by Vincenzo Fiorillo.

    Roma fashioned multiple chances to make it two but the Sampdoria goalkeeper manage to put his early lapse to one side and turn in a formidable performance.

    New signing Radja Nainggolan was in the starting line-up on the right-hand side of a three-man midfield just two days after his arrival from Cagliari, while a number of regular starters including Francesco Totti were rested on the bench.

    Rudi Garcia’s men enjoyed 54 per cent of the possession, as well as 15 attempts on goal to Sampdoria’s seven, but the Blucerchiati were without top goalscorer Eder, captain Angelo Palombo and star talent Manolo Gabbiadini.

    After the final whistle Garcia expressed his satisfaction at reaching the next stage of this season’s Coppa Italia competition.  

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