AS Roma Narrowly Qualifies for Coppa Italia Quarterfinals
When AS Roma was matched up against Empoli for the Coppa Italia 2014 – 2015 round of 16, it looked as if the odds were definitely in favor of the Wolves. After all, AS Roma is the reigning runner-up in Italy’s top Serie A division, while Empoli was just promoted into the league this season. Furthermore, Rome has historically had the advantage when the two teams have gone head-to-head, and Empoli hasn’t beaten AS since 2007! For all these reasons and more, fans in the Roma jersey felt pretty good about their soccer team’s chances of reaching the quarterfinals of the prestigious Italian Cup.
But even with the round of 16 fixture taking place at Roma’s home ground, Stadio Olimpico, the Empoli Blues put up more of a fight than was expected. The Wolves did clinch a slot in the next stage of the Coppa Italia, but they had to fight hard to do so. In any case, you can celebrate their success today with a new AS Roma away shirt 2014 – 2015 from Soccer Box. We also have the football team’s home jersey, third shirt, and several training jersey designs in stock.
The Blues haven’t played in the Serie A division since 2008 – 2009, and haven’t performed particularly well in the division this season. Indeed, the club is currently in 16th place on the 2014 – 2015 league standings table, with only three wins. For good reason, then, fans in the Roma jersey weren’t expecting a huge challenge out of the recently promoted Serie B soccer team.
As the round of 16 fixture began, it looked like things were going to be as simple and seamless for the Wolves as had been expected. Charging onto the football pitch in the 2014 – 2015 AS Roma home shirt, the squad took the lead early with a goal at the five-minute mark from Argentine forward, Juan Iturbe.
For much of the game, it looked like a foregone conclusion that fans would be seeing the AS Roma away shirt in this year’s Coppa Italia quarterfinals. The rest of the first half remained scoreless, and the second half was similarly uneventful for more than a half hour of its runtime. At the 79-minute mark, though, the away team finally broke through Roma’s defenses.
A goal from midfielder Simone Verdi tied the game 1-1 and brought the Blues roaring back into the contest in the dwindling moments of the match. And since the round of 16 does not have multiple legs, this particular soccer match couldn’t end in a draw.
So it was that the match barreled straight into extra time. And the question was, which football team would mess up first? Would the wearers of the Roma jersey make an error that would cost them a slot in the next stage? Or would Empoli miss out on the golden opportunity that they had worked so hard to create late in the second half?
Ultimately, it was the Blues that made a mistake first—or maybe they didn’t? The club’s Piotr Zielinski was flagged with a penalty for allegedly tripping Roma’s Leandro Paredes. Zelinski had slid in an effort to steal the ball from Paredes, and many viewers think his play was a clean one. In any case, the incident earned a penalty goal for the Wolves, and Danielle De Rossi converted it into a 2-1 lead for his team. AS managed to hold the lead until the end of extra time, earning a controversial win and a slot in the Coppa Italia 2014 – 2015 quarterfinals.
So what’s next for the players in the AS Roma away shirt 2014 – 2015? They will head on to the next quarterfinal of the Coppa Italia 2014 – 2015, where they will face fellow Serie A squad Fiorentina. It’s not yet clear when those matches will take place, though, as round of 16 action is still going on with other teams. It’s also not clear whether the game will be at home or away for the Roma squad.
While you wait for the date of the fixture to be announced, you can show your support for the Wolves with a new Roma jersey. Soccer Box has a range of different football shirt designs in stock, from standard home and away kits to training jersey and goalkeeper shirt designs. Use the coupon code “BLOG5” to save 5% on all of your desired football merchandise!