2014 Coppa Italia Final
|Event||2013–14 Coppa Italia|
|Date||3 May 2014|
|Venue||Stadio Olimpico, Rome|
The 2014 Coppa Italia Final decided the winner of the 2013–14 Coppa Italia, the 66th season of Italy's main football cup. It was played on 3 May 2014 at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, between Fiorentina and Napoli.
Napoli won the game 3-1, but as they qualified for the Champions League by their league position, Fiorentina as runners-up qualified for the Group Stage of the 2014–15 UEFA Europa League. This was the last season in which cup runners-up could qualify for the Europa League if the winner had already qualified for the Champions League. Napoli will also play in the 2014 Supercoppa Italiana against the 2013-14 Serie A champions Juventus.
The final was marred by pre-match violence, in which three Napoli fans were shot, one of whom died following a two-month coma.
Prior to the game, Napoli were in third place in Serie A and therefore in the last position to qualify for the Champions League, eight points ahead of Fiorentina with 9 points left to play for. Fiorentina manager Vincenzo Montella said before the game that his priority was to finish fourth and win the Coppa Italia. His Napoli counterpart, Rafael Benítez, warned his players not to expect to win solely based on their league position.
Road to the final
|Opponent||Result||2013–14 Coppa Italia||Opponent||Result|
|Chievo||2–0||Round of 16||Atalanta||3–1|
|Udinese||1–2, 2–0 (3–2 aggregate)||Semi-finals||Roma||2–3, 3–0 (5–3 aggregate)|
Fiorentina, of Serie A, entered the tournament in the Last 16 at home to Chievo, and won 2–0 with first-half goals from Joaquín and Ante Rebić, despite the dismissal of Massimo Ambrosini. In the quarter-final on 23 January, again at home, they beat Serie B Siena 2–1 with Josip Iličić opening the scoring and Marvin Compper scoring the winner. Fiorentina's semi-final against Udinese began with a 2–1 away defeat on 4 February, but the second leg on 12 February was a 2–0 home victory with goals from Manuel Pasqual and Juan Guillermo Cuadrado.
Napoli, also of Serie A, entered in the Last 16 on 15 January with a 3–1 home win over Atalanta, in which José Callejón scored twice and Lorenzo Insigne the other goal. Their quarter-final on 29 January was a 1–0 victory at home over cup holders Lazio, with a late goal from Gonzalo Higuaín. Like Fiorentina, Napoli began their semi-final with an away defeat (3–2 against Roma), but secured their place in the final with a 3–0 victory at home on 12 February, with goals from Callejón, Higuaín and Jorginho.
Fiorentina were without record signing Mario Gómez, the German striker having suffered with injury all season. Their top scorer of the season, Giuseppe Rossi, had been injured since January but was included as a substitute. Montella opined that Rossi would be ready to represent Italy at the World Cup in June. Goalkeeper Neto and midfielder Borja Valero had been doubts due to recent finger and knee injuries respectively, but made the starting line-up. Midfielder Juan Guillermo Cuadrado was suspended.
Three Napoli fans were shot outside the stadium before the match: two with arm injuries, and Ciro Esposito, who was in a critical state after being shot in the chest for almost two months before dying in hospital on 25 June.
Police, who found the gun, have stated that they do not believe that the shootings were related to wider clashes with projectiles by the two sets of fans. Kick-off was subsequently delayed as Napoli fans did not want the match to start without them knowing of the condition of the shot fans. When match organisers attempted to speak to the Napoli fans, accompanied by Marek Hamšík, they were "pelted with flares and smoke bombs".
Napoli winger Lorenzo Insigne opened the scoring in the 11th minute by cutting in from the left and curling a shot past Fiorentina goalkeeper Neto. He doubled the lead six minutes later by connecting to Gonzalo Higuaín's cross and forcing a deflection off Nenad Tomović, to match his Serie A tally of the whole season. Fiorentina responded in the 28th minute, when Josip Iličić chipped the defence and Juan Vargas volleyed the ball into the goal.
Fiorentina had chances to equalise in the second half, with a long shot from substitute Matías Fernández tipped over the crossbar by Napoli goalkeeper Pepe Reina, and Iličić missing a one-on-one. Despite being reduced to ten men for the last 10 minutes after a second booking for Gökhan Inler, Napoli extended their lead in injury time when substitute Dries Mertens scored a third after being set up by José Callejón.
3 May 2014
|Vargas 28'||Report||Insigne 11', 17'
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