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Friday April 8 2011
Zapata eyes Roma KO

Udinese's Cristian Zapata is hoping to end Roma's Champions League hopes this weekend when they meet in Serie A.

Udinese currently occupy the last qualification spot for Europe's premier club competition, two places above and six points clear of the Giallorossi.

Although a draw would be a decent result at the Friuli, the Colombian wants to move a massive nine points clear of the capital side.

"I wouldn't settle for a draw now," he stated. "We'll step on to the pitch with the intention of playing our game and taking home all of the points available.

"Roma are a direct rival for the Champions League. We know what difficulties we will face and the strengths of our opponents.

"However, we are also aware that we can take them out of the qualifying equation with a victory."

Udinese have been in great form lately, but lost their first game of 2011 last week when they fell to a 2-0 defeat against Lecce.

"We didn't turn up at Lecce," he added. "We looked like a tired side without any ideas.

"I think we paid the price for having so many players away on international duty. The Coach didn't have the time to get us ready."

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