Florentia v Roma Women preview: Coppa Italia knockout stage begins

Roma Women travel to face Florentia on Sunday in the first leg of their Coppa Italia quarter-final.

After winning their group ahead of Roma CF and Tavagnacco, Roma go into the knockout stages looking to match their progress of recent years.

In their two previous attempts in this competition, Roma have reached the semi-final. To make it three times out of three, they will have to navigate a two-legged last-eight tie against Florentia.

Sunday’s first leg will be the fifth ever meeting between the two sides, but the first time they have faced off in the Coppa Italia. Roma have won two, lost one, and – most recently – drawn one of their previous encounters.

Just three points separate the sides in Serie A this season – with Roma one place above their opponents. Even though this match obviously does not count towards those standings, it is a sign of how close it could be.

Roma will be looking to continue their recent momentum, which has seen them win their last three games in a row. Andressa Alves has scored in all of those and like her team as a whole, will be hoping to extend her positive spell.

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Roma face a dilemma in midfield for this game, with the in-form Claudia Ciccotti ruled out with injury. She adds to the list of absentees in that position, with Giada Greggi and Andrine Hegerberg both dealing with long-term setbacks.

Therefore, the midfield will almost certainly consist of Manuela Giugliano, Vanessa Bernauer and Andressa. However, there is still a chance that Betty Bavagnoli could use some of her younger players, such as Emma Severini, like she did in the group stage.

This two-legged tie will be a clear step up in quality, though, meaning Roma will have to put in strong performances to advance.

They get the first chance to do so in the away leg on Sunday, which kicks off at 1:30pm UK time. The return leg will take place two weeks later.

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