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Napoli's Coppa Italia triumph marred by shooting and crowd violence

Updated: Sunday, 04 May 2014 00:02 | Comments

Coppa Italia final had kick off delayed due to crowd unrest Supporter shot in clashes ahead of the final
Coppa Italia final had kick off delayed due to crowd unrest Supporter shot in clashes ahead of the final

Napoli clinched the Coppa Italia with a 3-1 win over Fiorentina in Rome, although the game was overshadowed by a fan being shot during crowd disturbances which forced a 45-minute delay to kick-off.

There were doubts it would even commence at all after news of the supporter being shot and seriously hurt near the stadium reached those who were inside the ground.

Rival supporters clashed outside and inside the stadium throwing firecrackers and other objects at each other and Napoli captain Marek Hamsik was required to speak to his club's supporters to calm them down before the teams emerged at the Stadio Olimpico.

A Lorenzo Insigne brace inside the first 20 minutes and a late Dries Mertens goal earned Rafael Benitez his first trophy as coach of Napoli, with Juan Vargas on target for the Viola.

Napoli ended the game with only 10 men after Gokhan Inler was given his marching orders, but the Azzurri held on to win the Coppa Italia for the fifth time.

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