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Football: AS Roma unveil plans for new, multi-purpose stadium

AS Roma on Wednesday officially announced plans for a new, purpose-built 52,000-seater stadium that would end the Serie A club's shared tenancy of the Olympic Stadium with city rivals Lazio. Under American chairman James Pallotta, Roma, currently second in the league 11 points behind champions Juventus, are bidding to become "one of the world's most successful football clubs", according to the club.

Football: Florenzi's late goal shores up Roma's European bid

Roma had an injury-time goal from Alessandro Florenzi to thank for a 2-1 Serie A victory over Torino on Tuesday in what was Roma captain Francesco Totti's 700th game for the club. The win cemented Roma's hold on second place in Serie A, which brings with it a place in next season's Champions League. Roma are on 67 points, 11 behind leaders Juventus but nine clear of third-placed Napoli, who are away to bottom side Catania on Wednesday. Set up by Gervinho, Florenzi ignited the Stadio Olimpico with a powerful shot in the first minute of time added on.

Football: Doctors to face trial over player's death

Three doctors will be tried for negligent homicide after the death of Livorno midfielder Piermario Morosini in a game in April 2012, a court in the city of Pescara announced on Tuesday. Pescara doctor Ernesto Sabatini, Livorno's Manlio Porcellini and Vito Molfese of the emergency services will go on trial, starting on December 1. According to a commission of experts interviewed as part of the investigation, the use of the defibrillator available at the stadium on the day of Morosini's death could have saved his life.

Football: Tevez winner restores Juve's 14-point cushion

Carlos Tevez scored a league-tying 16th goal of the campaign to secure a 1-0 win away to 10-man Catania and help restore Juventus's 14-point lead at the top of Serie A on Sunday. Roma had reduced the arrears to Antonio Conte's pacesetters with a 2-0 win away to Chievo on Saturday when Torino striker Ciro Immobile had gone top of the scorers' charts thanks to a hat-trick in a 3-1 win against Livorno.

Football: Joaquin header snatches late Viola win at Napoli

A late header by Spanish forward Joaquin helped Fiorentina snatch a precious 1-0 win away at 10-man Napoli which dented the Partenopei's hopes of a second-place finish in Italy's Serie A on Sunday. Leaders Juventus face Catania away in one of two late matches looking to restore their 14-point lead on Roma, who reduced arrears with a 2-0 win away to Chievo on Saturday and still have a game in hand.

Football: Italy schedule Ireland friendly at Craven Cottage

World Cup hopefuls Italy will face Ireland at Fulham's Craven Cottage ground as the Azzurri finalise preparations for this summer's tournament in Brazil, the Italian football federation (FIGC) said Thursday. Italy, the beaten Euro 2012 finalists, recently suffered a 1-0 defeat to world and European champions Spain in a friendly which gave Cesare Prandelli the chance to gauge his side against quality opposition. The Azzurri will open their World Cup campaign against England before taking on fellow group D opponents Costa Rica and Uruguay.

Football: Pirlo strike sends Juve into Europa League quarters

A stroke of free-kick brilliance from Andrea Pirlo secured Juventus's ticket to the Europa League quarter-finals after a 1-0 win over 10-man Fiorentina on Thursday as Napoli were sent crashing out by FC Porto. Fiorentina had high hopes of making the last eight of Europe's second tier club competition after a 1-1 draw in Turin last week when Mario Gomez levelled late for La Viola following Arturo Vidal's third-minute strike.

Football: Benfica survive Spurs fright, Juve edge Fiorentina

Tottenham crashed out of the Europa League on Thursday but not before giving Benfica a huge scare as English interest in the continent's second-tier tournament ended. Benfica survived a dramatic late onslaught in Lisbon to reach the quarter-finals with a 2-2 draw having won the first leg 3-1 at White Hart Lane last week. Jorge Jesus's team appeared to be cruising towards the last eight when Ezequiel Garay scored in the first half at the Estadio da Luz.

Football: Benfica survive Spurs fright, Juve edge Fiorentina

Tottenham crashed out of the Europa League on Thursday but not before giving Benfica a huge scare as English interest in the continent's second-tier tournament ended. Benfica survived a dramatic late onslaught in Lisbon to reach the quarter-finals with a 2-2 draw having won the first leg 3-1 at White Hart Lane last week. Jorge Jesus's team appeared to be cruising towards the last eight when Ezequiel Garay scored in the first half at the Estadio da Luz.

Football: Pirlo strike sends Juve into Europa League quarters

A stroke of free-kick brilliance from Andrea Pirlo secured Juventus's ticket to the Europa League quarter-finals after a 1-0 win over 10-man Fiorentina on Thursday. Fiorentina had high hopes of making the last eight of Europe's second tier club competition after a 1-1 draw in Turin last week when Mario Gomez levelled late for La Viola following Arturo Vidal's third-minute strike. The Florence-based side are also the only team to have beaten Juventus in Serie A this season (4-2) and last season held the Old Lady to a draw at the Artemio Franchi.
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