A brace from winger Gervinho and a 25-metre screamer from Kevin Strootman helped Roma edge closer to their second consecutive Coppa Italia final with a 3-2 home win over Napoli in the first leg.
Roma beat Verona 3-1 to close the gap on Italian Serie A leaders Juventus on Sunday, while AC Milan edged Cagliari due to two late strikes and Alberto Aquilani's hat-trick was only worth a point for Fiorentina as Genoa held La Viola 3-3.
A late goal from Gervinho helped Serie A title-challengers Roma book their ticket for the Coppa Italia semi-finals with a 1-0 win at a packed Olympic Stadium.
Despite Côte d'Ivoire's ability to regularly qualify for major international competitions over the last eight years, the Elephants' 'golden generation' - led by stars Didier Drogba, Salomon Kalou and Yaya Toure - haven't won a single title.
FIFA.com takes a look at the surprise leaders of the Italian Serie A, with Rudi Garcia's Roma topping the table with a record-equalling eight wins from eight games so far, thanks in part to new signing Gervinho and a stern defence.
The CAF nations that qualified for the 2010 FIFA World Cup stayed on course for Brazil 2014 with Côte d'Ivoire and Nigeria recording victories, while Burkina Faso also won and Cameroon earned a hard-fought draw.