Italian soccer might have lived one of the best nights of the year in occasion of Roma‘s 3-2 victory over Napoli, valid for the first round of the Coppa Italia semifinal at the Stadio Olimpico of Rome.
Led by a stupendous Gervinho, author of two of the goals, the Giallorossi have taken a huge step toward the qualification to the final of the competition, despite having received two goals at home. For the 26 year old, today’s performance is just another proof of his great leadership qualities, which also helped the team beat Juventus in the quarterfinals.
The first half concluded with a deserved 2-0 for the home team, with goals of the former Arsenal forward and Kevin Strootman — a partial result that could have even increased in multiple occasions, wasted by Francesco Totti and the new arrival Radja Nainggolan.
On the other hand, the Partenopei had the merit of never giving up by always trying to possess the ball. After a couple of missed opportunities before half time, the first goal finally came in the beginning of the second period, thanks to an own goal of their former goalkeeper Morgan De Sanctis.
Back in the game with plenty of time ahead, Napoli showed a great sense of courage while hunting for the equalizer, which finally arrived by the hand of Dries Mertens, only five minutes after he had been substituted in the place of Marek Hamšík.
Paradoxically, however, Mertens’ goal resulted on a great reaction of Rudi Garcia‘s team, whose consistent attacking attempts prized them with Gervinho’s second goal in the 88th minute, greatly assisted by Alessandro Florenzi.
The qualification will now be determined next Wednesday with the second round at the San Paolo. For the home team, it will only be enough to win 1-0 to eliminate Roma. May this great spectacle continue, including for their respective Serie A matches of this weekend against AC Milan and Lazio, respectively.