Roma beats Napoli in Italian Cup

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:39 IST

AS Roma beat third-division Napoli 2-1 behind closed doors Wednesday to advance to the Italian Cup quarterfinals and a matchup with Juventus.

Roma beats Napoli in Italian Cup

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AS Roma beat third-division Napoli 2-1 behind closed doors Wednesday to advance to the Italian Cup quarterfinals and a matchup with Juventus.The match was ordered played without fans at Stadio Olimpico after the first leg in Naples - won 3-0 by Roma - was marred by violence and riots."It was too bad there were no fans,'' Roma coach Luciano Spalletti said. "The majority of them would have behaved and enjoyed the game and Roma-Napoli is always a good game.''Also advancing Wednesday were AC Milan, Sampdoria and Udinese.Rebound convertedMidfielder Alberto Aquilani put Roma ahead in the 39th minute, converting a rebound from six meters. It was his fourth goal overall this season following his score in Roma's 1-0 league win over Treviso on Sunday - his first Serie A goal.Brazilian midfielder Alessandro Mancini gave Roma a two-goal lead before halftime, dribbling past two defenders before scoring.Napoli's Uruguayan midfielder Nicolas Amodio scored with an angled shot in second-half injury time to cut Roma's lead. Roma advanced on 5-1 aggregate.AC Milan beat second-division Brescia 4-3 following a 3-1 first-leg win.Manuel Rui Costa set up Milan's first two goals by Clarence Seedorf and Filippo Inzaghi, and then scored two himself.After Slovakian midfielder Marek Hamsyk made it 3-3 in the 71st, Inzaghi drew a penalty that Rui Costa converted in the 88th for the winner.Milan next will meet Palermo, which eliminated Bari on Tuesday. (AP)



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