Roma set up derby cup final

Roma set up a Coppa Italia final with city rivals Lazio as they defeated Inter Milan 3-2 in an entertaining semi-final second leg at the San Siro, going through 5-3 on aggregate.

Last Updated: 17/04/13 at 22:31 Post Comment

Mattia Destro: Netted a double to seal place in final for Roma

Mattia Destro: Netted a double to seal place in final for Roma

Holding a 2-1 lead from the first match, Roma went behind to a superb Jonathan goal before former Inter trainee Mattia Destro scored twice in 14 second-half minutes to put the tie firmly in Roma's hands.

Vassilis Torosidis hit a wonderful third for the visitors and Ricardo Alvarez rounded out the scoring with an 80th-minute consolation for an Inter side missing several first-choice names.

Roma started brightly, working Samir Handanovic twice in the first five minutes - once when he pawed away Alessandro Florenzi cross-shot and moments later when he read Francesco Totti's free-kick.

But it was Inter who went ahead after 22 minutes, Jonathan carrying the ball from midfield and exchanging silky one touch passes with Tommaso Rocchi and Alvarez before sweeping the ball into the bottom corner.

Marquinho went close to an equaliser 10 minutes later but his deflected effort squirmed wide.

Handanovic made two fine saves to keep Roma out before half-time, bravely blocking a Destro shot at his near post and then denying Florenzi.

Roma had their leveler in the 55th minute, Marquinho springing the offside trap, Destro timing his run to perfection and then delicately lifting over Handanovic to leave Walter Samuel attempting a goalline clearance in vain.

Inter almost found the ideal response but Rocchi just failed to pick his run at the end of a neat counter-attack in the 68th minute.

Instead, Roma broke and clinically made it 2-1, as Daniele de Rossi and Federico Balzaretti combined to tee up Destro, who provided a simple finishing touch from close range.

What followed five minutes later was a stunning solo effort from Torosidies, from a seemingly innocuous, position the full-back hooked the ball over his shoulder, spun his marker and took a touch on his chest before lashing into the top corner.

It was a goal worthy of having the final say but Inter had one final moment to cheer as Alvarez cut in from the right and wrong-footed Maarten Stekelenburg at his near post.

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worry about these types of conclusions on a teams brilliance when it was very clear that Argentina had 4 chances where they really should have scored and on chances alone then it would have been the more pragmatic Argentinians who would be the best in the world. I like the Germany team but this just shows that even with planning it relies on a great deal of luck and finding your opponents at just the right time.

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Reward At Last For Years Of Careful Planning

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e all know the British public don't have the patience to plan for 14 years. No chance. As soon as our young players don't win the world cup they get harrassed and abused to the point of mental breakdown. No, England likes to react to failure by sacking the manager and tearing up their best laid plans in favour of something shiny and new to keep the knee jerkers happy.

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lad Messi was player of the tournament, there was no-one more deserving. Except Robben. And James Rodriguez. Or Muller and half the Germany team etc etc

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