The Italian Cup sparked an interesting matches this Wednesday as As Roma and Sampdoria successfully get through into the next round after both teams managed to beat their opponents after a hard fought game.
In Olympico, Roma once again won the Derby game against their fierce city rival, Lazio, after goals from Marco Borriello and Fabricio Simplicio only had one reply by Hernanes. Meanwhile, Federico Macheda got his first goal in his new experience in Italy that helped the Blucerchiati ousting Udinese in a penalty shoot out drama.
Roma’s Derby Success
Despite playing in the Italian Cup, the Derby between Roma and Lazio still sparked a blistering sparks between the two capital clubs as the match was played in a heated manner just as it was an important league game. The fiery encounter didn’t materialize in a goal fest in the first half as the period ended in a goalless draw but things went sparkling in the second half especially after the Giallorossi took an early lead through Marco Borriello’s penalty in the 53rd minute after Stephan Lichsteiner handled John Arne Risse’s cross.
The lead doesn’t last that long as few minutes later Lazio got their equalizer from the same situation as Hernanes successfully converted from the penalty spot right after Mauro Zarate got hacked down by Juan. The 1-1 scoreline made the game more interesting as both teams keeps on getting plenty goal scoring chances but it was Roma that got the breakthrough as in the 77th minute, Fabricio Simplicio scored the winning goal after capitalizing on the slight defensive error made by Stefan Radu.
10 Man Sampdoria Escaped Udinese’s threat
In the other game, Sampdoria have to give out all they had including their sheer of good luck in beating Udinese as the home team needed a penalty shoot out before clinching a place in the next round of the competition. Newly signing from Manchester United, Federico Macheda, scored his first goal for the club to put the Blucerchiati on the lead in the first half. Just as the goal could be the match decider, the away team managed to equalize right at the end of the 90 minutes normal time through Mauricio Isla’s goal.
The 1-1 scoreline brought the game into extra time where things seemed to get harder for the home team after they concede a goal through German Denis’ header in the early minute of the extra time’s first period. Few minutes later, things got more worse for Sampdoria after the home team were forced to play with 10 men after Danielle Dessena received a red card for sarcastically applauding the referee. However, just as it seems that Udinese are going to clinch a place in the next round, Giampaolo Pazzini wiped away the potential glory after the striker equalized from the penalty spot.
The 2-2 scoreline didn’t change until the end of the extra time period which means that the winner will be decided by the penalty shoot out, which ended in a dramatic win for Sampdoria as they only had one kicker, Reto Ziegler, that missed. Meanwhile, Udinese, that almost had the victory in the shoot out after Ziegler failed to do his job tragically went out after Denis and Islas’ penalties were saved by Sampd’s keeper, Da Costa.
As Roma v Lazio 2-1
Goals: Marco Borriello, Fabricio Simplicio (Roma); Hernanes (Lazio)
Roma: Julio Sergio; N Burdisso, Mexes, Juan, Riise; Brighi, De Rossi, Simplicio; Greco (Menez 46); Adriano (Vucinic 46), Borriello
Lazio: Berni; Lichtsteiner, Biava, Dias, Radu; Brocchi (Bresciano 81), Hernanes, Ledesma, Gonzalez (Mauri 86); Kozak (Floccari 75), Zarate
Sampdoria v Udinese 2-2( 7-6 on pens)
Goals: 32 (S), Isla 90 (U), Denis 92 (U), Pazzini pen 109 (S)
Sampdoria: Da Costa; Dessena, Lucchini, Gastaldello (Volta 52), Ziegler; Mannini, Poli, Palombo (Pozzi 93), Guberti; Macheda (Tissone 73), Pazzini
Udinese: Belardi, Angella (Armero 39), Zapata, Coda, Cuadrado; Badu (Isla 76), Inler, Abdi, Pasquale; Di Natale (Sanchez 46), Denis
Sanchez (Udine, goal), Mannini (Sampd, goal), Abdi (Udine, goal), Pozzi (Sampd, goal), Inler (Udine, goal), Guberti (Sampd, goal), Armero (Udine, goal), Ziegler (Sampd, miss), Denis (Udine, saved), Pazzini (Sampd, goal), Isla (Udine, saved), Tissone (Sampd, goal)