Roma beats Juventus 1-0 in Italian Cup quarters

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 21, 2014 at 5:15 pm •  Published: January 21, 2014
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ROME (AP) — Gervinho scored a late winner as Roma beat league leader Juventus 1-0 in the Italian Cup quarterfinals on Tuesday.

The Ivory Coast forward acrobatically finished Kevin Strootman's cross after a well-worked move with substitute Miralem Pjanic to line up a two-legged semifinal with either Napoli or Lazio.

It was a match between the top two sides in Serie A. Roma lost 3-0 in the league to Juventus earlier this month to slip eight points behind the two-time reigning league champion.

"It was a win we wanted at all costs," Roma captain Francesco Totti said. "Today we showed that we are at the same level as a great Juve side.

"For me, there's not all this distance between us and them. But it's normal that everyone looks at the current table. We're doing really well, but they're going beyond the limits."

It was also a matchup between the two clubs which have won competition the most times, with both boasting nine Italian Cup victories.

Roma, which lost last year's final to bitter rival Lazio, started well and had two good opportunities inside the opening 11 minutes but first new signing Radja Nainggolan and then Alessandro Florenzi fired wide.

Juventus players and staff called furiously for a red card for Mehdi Benatia when he dragged down Sebastian Giovinco as the forward was attempting to race onto Andrea Pirlo's long ball. However, Benatia escaped with a booking.



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