Tomorrow’s Coppa Italia quarter-final match-up between Roma and Juventus will be the seventh time both teams have locked horns in Italy’s domestic cup competition in the capital.
If history is anything to go by, the encounter between Antonio Conte and Rudi Garcia’s men looks set to be an evenly-poised affair, as both sides have won, drawn and lost twice from the six previous games contested in Rome.
Here’s a look back at those meetings:
1981 – Travelling to the capital with a goal’s deficit from the semi-final first leg to reverse, Juventus, under the stewardship of Giovanni Trapattoni, began brightly and gained a foothold in the game when Cabrini silenced the Stadio Olimpico with a strong finish. But Nis Liedhom’s men, backed by a vociferous crowd, eventually booked their place in the final, Agostino Di Bartolomei converting from the spot to kick off the celebrations in the capital.
1983 – A determined Juventus side, keen to avenge the last-minute European Cup defeat suffered in Athens, travelled to face defending Scudetto champions Roma. But fortune was in the favour of Trapattoni when it came to clashes with the Giallorossi during that particular season, and prompted the legendary coach to guide his charges to two clear triumphs in an exciting quarter-final tussle. Having recorded a 3-0 win on home soil, Juventus completed the job courtesy of Marco Tardelli and Zbigniew Boniek.
1990 – With a 2-0 lead from the semi-final first leg under their belts, Juventus ended up on the wrong end of a 3-2 defeat after a below par first-half left them fearing the worst. Fabrizio Di Mauro and Dario Bonetti’s own goal brought the hosts back on level pegging, but a vastly improved Bianconeri regained control of their destiny with strikes from Angelo Alessio and Salvatori Schillaci, rendering Antonio Tempistelli’s late winner a mere consolation.
1991 - In a closely-fought quarter-final first leg encounter, Dario Bonetti once again turned through his own net before Pierluigi Casiraghi secured a share of the spoils. The Giallorossi, however, would eventually go on to seal their place in the last four with a 2-0 triumph in Turin.
1995 – Juventus approached the quarter-final return fixture with a comfortable 3-0 lead from the first leg. All appeared to be going to plan when Fabrizio Ravanelli responded to Marocchi’s own goal to restore the visitors’ three-goal advantage, only for Francesco Totti and Massimiliano Cappioli to make it 3-1 and ensure a nervy finale as the Giallorossi pushed for the upset. Fabio Capello’s men held firm though and sealed their spot in the semi-finals.
2006 – After stumbling to a 3-2 defeat in the first leg, Juventus headed south to Rome safe in the knowledge that two clear goals would book their place in the next round. Adrian Mutu’s successfully converted penalty saw the Bianconeri throw bodies forward in search of a second, but Luciano Spalletti’s men held on and progressed through on the away goals rule.