Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Roma 2 - 0 Sampdoria

Today Roma and Sampdoria got around to making up that postponed match from October, and Roma picked up another crucial three points in their effort to land in the top four despite their slow start to the season. Today's victory was thanks a brace from Julio Baptista. The Beast found the back of the net in the 21st and 53rd minutes. With Sunday's 2-2 draw against Milan and today's victory, Roma is showing signs that it can have success while Totti recovers from his soft tissue injury, sustained just prior to the winter break.

Meanwhile, both Inter and Juventus got favorable results in their Coppa Italia ties this week. On Tuesday, Inter beat Genoa 3-1, thanks to goals from Adriano (who Mourinho wants to lose weight), Cambiasso, and Ibrahimovic. On Wednesday, Juventus demolished Catania, 3-nil. Juve's goals came from Marchionni, Giovinco, and Del Piero.

Inter's victory means that they'll be facing Roma in the quarterfinals on January 21, a team they have dueled with in recent Coppa finals, as well as the SuperCoppa. Other quarterfinal matches will feature Sampdoria - Udinese on January 21, Lazio - Torino on January 22, and Juventus - Napoli on February 4.

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