Winners and Losers from the Coppa Italia Semi-Finals

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Winners and Losers from the Coppa Italia Semi-Finals
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Luis Muriel scored the winner against Fiorentina on Tuesday.

It was raining, and whole sides of the stadium were empty, huge sections of multi-coloured seats. Under the cover of the west stand were roughly 3,000 fans, one of them just outside, standing soaked without a shirt. He was leading a chant, arms outstretched and waving.

The sounds were full on TV, even if the rows were not. The peculiar thing about the Coppa Italia is the lack of attendance, but Napoli drew 42,131 people at the San Paolo for their quarter-final against Lazio, and they charged just €5 for family tickets.

The trophy is important. Napoli's Rafa Benitez started with striker Gonzalo Higuain, captain Marek Hamsik and homeboy Lorenzo Insigne in that quarter-final match-up, benched them in a 3-0 loss at Atalanta on the weekend, and opened the first leg of the semi-final against Roma with the trio.

Roma still won, 3-2, and coach Rudi Garcia played Francesco Totti, Daniele De Rossi and Gervinho despite the vicinity of the Derby della Capitale.

But there is little respite for Udinese, stuck in 15th in Serie A, and they have a chance to win a major trophy for the first time since 2000 after taking down Fiorentina 2-1 on Tuesday in the competition.

A week from now we shall know the true winners and losers of these ties. Let's examine, though, what is exactly at stake for these four clubs and what they have achieved—or not—thus far.

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