Rowdie: Mathematical football prediction and betting tips

2014 05 03 20:45 Fiorentina vs Napoli

On May 3, 2014, Fiorentina and Napoli clashed in a highly anticipated Coppa Italia final at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome. The match was notable for its high stakes, dramatic moments, and standout performances. Napoli emerged victorious with a 3-1 win, securing their fifth Coppa Italia title.

Match Overview

Final Score:

  • Fiorentina 1 – 3 Napoli

Napoli took the lead early on and managed to maintain their advantage throughout the game, despite a spirited performance from Fiorentina.

Key Match Events

Time Event
11′ Goal: Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli) – Assisted by Marek Hamšík
17′ Goal: Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli) – A brilliant solo effort
28′ Goal: Juan Vargas (Fiorentina) – A powerful strike from outside the box
79′ Red Card: Gökhan Inler (Napoli) – Second yellow card for a reckless challenge
90+2′ Goal: Dries Mertens (Napoli) – Clinched the win with a well-placed shot

Napoli started the game strongly, with Lorenzo Insigne scoring twice within the first 20 minutes. Fiorentina managed to pull one back through Juan Vargas but struggled to break down a resolute Napoli defense in the second half. Despite being reduced to ten men, Napoli sealed their victory with a late goal from Dries Mertens.

Player Performances

Fiorentina

Player Position Minutes Played Goals Assists Shots Pass Accuracy
Neto GK 90 0 0 0
Tomović DF 90 0 0 1 81%
Gonzalo Rodríguez DF 90 0 0 0 85%
Savic DF 90 0 0 0 78%
Pasqual DF 90 0 1 1 77%
Borja Valero MF 90 0 0 2 84%
Aquilani MF 82 0 0 2 86%
Vargas MF 90 1 0 3 80%
Joaquín FW 73 0 0 3 79%
Cuadrado FW 90 0 0 4 77%
Iličić FW 90 0 0 2 81%

Napoli

Player Position Minutes Played Goals Assists Shots Pass Accuracy
Reina GK 90 0 0 0
Maggio DF 90 0 0 0 75%
Albiol DF 90 0 0 1 82%
Henrique DF 90 0 0 0 83%
Ghoulam DF 90 0 0 1 80%
Inler MF 79 0 0 2 85%
Jorginho MF 90 0 0 1 89%
Callejón MF 90 0 0 3 76%
Hamšík MF 90 0 1 4 81%
Insigne FW 70 2 0 5 78%
Higuaín FW 90 0 0 4 74%

Tactical Analysis

Fiorentina’s Approach:

Fiorentina adopted an attacking 4-3-3 formation, looking to exploit the flanks with pace from Cuadrado and Joaquín. They aimed to maintain possession and build up play patiently but struggled to penetrate Napoli’s well-organized defense, particularly in the second half when they were chasing the game.

Napoli’s Strategy:

Napoli played a 4-2-3-1 system with a focus on quick transitions and exploiting space behind Fiorentina’s defense. Insigne’s early goals were a testament to their effective counter-attacking strategy. Even after being reduced to ten men, Napoli’s defensive resilience and clinical finishing ensured their victory.

Key Statistics

Statistic Fiorentina Napoli
Possession (%) 54 46
Shots on Target 6 8
Total Shots 16 15
Corners 7 5
Fouls 12 14
Offsides 3 2
Yellow Cards 3 4
Red Cards 0 1
Pass Accuracy (%) 80 82
Saves 5 5

Post-Match Reaction

Rafael Benítez, the Napoli manager, praised his team’s discipline and tactical execution, particularly their ability to withstand pressure and capitalize on counter-attacks. Fiorentina’s coach Vincenzo Montella highlighted his team’s fighting spirit but lamented their inability to convert chances into goals.

The victory ensured Napoli’s participation in the Supercoppa Italiana and secured them a spot in the Europa League for the following season. For Fiorentina, despite the disappointment, the performance offered a glimpse of their potential and promise for the next campaign.

This match was a showcase of Italian football’s tactical depth and Napoli’s prowess in knockout competitions, solidifying their status as one of Italy’s top teams.

Latest articles

P