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Roma beat Sampdoria 1-0 in the last 16 of the Italian Cup on Thursday to set up a quarter-final meeting with Juventus.

Greek international full-back Vasilis Torosidis scored the only goal of the game with just six minutes played at the Stadio Olimpico as Roma bounced back from a 3-0 Serie A drubbing at the hands of Juve last weekend. Roma will now get the chance to gain revenge on Juve after beating Samp following coach Rudi Garcia's decision to make several changes to his starting line-up.

Belgian international midfielder Radja Nainggolan was handed his debut for the Giallorossi just days after signing for the capital club from Cagliari. Roma, whose form has been patchy since they started the season with 10 consecutive league wins, could have won by more but for a fine performance from visiting goalkeeper Vincenzo Fiorillo.

They will now face Juve in a tie due to be played on January 21. Later on Thursday, Udinese were due to host Inter Milan, with the remaining four ties, including holders Lazio against Parma, all to be played next week.


Serie A title-chasers Roma beat a number of rival clubs in the race to sign Radja Nainggolan from Cagliari, the Italian capital's club said in a statement on Tuesday.

Roma will pay three million euros ($4.1 million) for Nainggolan to play the rest of the season on a temporary basis and six million euros from the 2014/2015 season when he will be hired permanently. The contract runs out in 2018.

After a series of reported bids and counter-bids from Juventus, Milan and Napoli, the Belgian international put pen to paper with Roma.

Roma enjoyed a cracking start to the season under new coach Rudi Garcia, setting a Serie A record of 10 opening wins to underline their title credentials before a series of draws saw them slip behind leaders Juventus.

Champions Juventus currently have an eight-point lead over Roma with Napoli a further two points off the pace.

Nainggolan, born in Belgium to an Indonesian father and Belgian mother, has played four times for his national side and is scheduled to make his World Cup debut at Brazil 2014 in June.


It looks as though Cagliari's coveted Belgian midfielder Radja Nainggolan will be on the move in January. Although it is still unsure where he will go, Milan do lead the race for his signature at the moment, with Roma and Juventus also monitoring the player.  Cagliari have sold some of their biggest stars in the past, including Alessandro Matri, and would sell Nainggolan if the price were right.

Milan are looking to upgrade their midfield as the likes of Nocerino and Muntari have not been getting it done. Nainggolan would be a significant upgrade and would help shore up some issues that the Rossineri have been having.  However, Nainggolan won't come cheap and MIlan could end up spending up to 15 million Euros for the player.

Roma and Juventus have also expressed interest in the player, although Roma much more so than Juventus. Rumors of a move out for Michael Bradley would open space in the midfield for the Belgian, but even if the American stays, Nainggolan could help add some depth to the squad for the second half of the season. Interesingly, Roma will meet Juventus on Sunday in a huge top of the table clash between the two teams. Juventus have been linked with Nainggolan as well but with Andrea Pirlo set to renew with the Bianconeri, don't expect the Belgian to be playing in Turin anytime soon.

Nainggolan has said in the past that he is quite content at Cagliari but has expressed interest in a move to a bigger club. The player would love nothing more than to make Belgium's World Cup squad and he has said in the past that it's tough to make the team playing for a smaller club like Cagliari. He believes he would be on the team if he played for a bigger side, and maybe he is right.  

January could be his chance to prove his worth on a bigger scale. Cagliari currently sit in 12th and look relatively safe from the relegation zone. The fact that Cagliari have already earned 20 points and should not find themselves slipping too far down the table, may encourage Owner Massimo Cellino to cash in on Nainggolan in January when he could get more money.