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Napoli wins violence-marred Italian Cup final

May 3, 2014

ROME (AP) — In a final that started 40 minutes late because of pregame violence, Lorenzo Insigne scored in the 11th and 17th minutes, and Napoli defeated Fiorentina 3-1 Saturday night to win the Italian Cup.

A fan was in serious condition following a shooting on the outskirts of Rome before the match.

An off-duty police officer also was reportedly injured, and there were scenes of violence inside Stadio Olimpico. A firefighter injured by fireworks thrown from the stands by Napoli supporters.′

“I hear that the fan who was shot has been operated on and, hopefully, is out of danger, so we dedicate this cup to him,” Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis said.

Inside the stadium, Napoli captain Marek Hamsik talked with the fans before kickoff in an effort to calm them.

Napoli fans invaded the field after the final whistle to celebrate, although they were quickly brought under control to allow the trophy ceremony to go forward.

“It certainly wasn’t a great scene, what we displayed today alongside football,” said Demetrio Albertini, vice president of Italian soccer’s governing body. “For a football lover like me, it was an ugly display.”

New Jersey-born forward Giuseppe Rossi entered in the 72nd minute for Fiorentina, his first game appearance since injuring his right knee on Jan. 5. Rossi plays for Italy’s national team and hopes to make the Azzurri World Cup roster.

Juan Vargas scored for Fiorentina in the 28th, and substitute Dries Mertens got Napoli’s final goal in the second minute of second-half stoppage time.

Napoli’s Gokhan Inler was ejected in the 79th minute for his second yellow card, a foul from behind on Josip Ilicic.

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