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Napoli Champions In Controversial Coppa Italia Final

Napoli were crowned the 2014 Coppa Italia Champions in tragic circumstances after claiming a 3-1 win over Fiorentina at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome on Saturday evening. 

Lorenzo Insigne scored twice for the Partenopei in a match that saw Vincenzo Montella’s men waste several crucial goalscoring opportunities. 

There were doubts over whether or not the game would be played due to incidents in Rome saw four people shot and one Napoli fan being sent to hospital with a gun-shot wound in his chest. 

Following a long deliberation between club officials, the Lega members and Napoli captain, Marek Hamsik’s, talks with the Azzurri Ultras, it as decided that the game would be played. 

Kick-off eventually took place 45 minutes after the initial scheduled time, and Napoli wasted no time in opening the scoring when Lorenzo Insigne struck a diagonal ball past Neto with just 11 minutes on the clock. 

Gonzalo Rodriguez risked an own goal when he slid onto a Jose Callejon ball to turn it inches wide despite being under pressure from Gonzalo Higuain. 

Napoli only had to wait until the 16th minute to have a two-goal cushion, when Fiorentina gave the ball away cheaply, resulting in Insigne slotting in his second goal of the encounter. 

Juan Vargas put Fiorentina back in the game when he struck hit Josip Ilicic’s looping ball over the Napoli defence on the half-volley to see it sail past Pepe Reina with 26 minutes on the clock. 

There was a great sense of hunger between the two teams as the game had an inspiring amount of ebb and flow to it. 

Alberto Aquilani thought he had drew level on the brink of the half time whistle when he stretched his leg and knocked in a free-kick, only for it to be ruled out for offside. 

The Viola were dominating the possession as Napoli looked content to sit back and work on the counter, while Giuseppe Rossi made his comeback after a long injury lay-off midway through the second 45.

Goran Pandev had a chance to wrap it up for the San Paolo outfit, but he fired straight at Neto, who held his ground.

Napoli had to finish the match with ten men after Gokhan Inler was given his marching orders for a second bookable offence ten minutes from time, before seeing Dries Mertens wrap up the match with a low drive on the counter attack deep inside stoppage time. 

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