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April 17, 2013
• Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milano
Referee: M. Bergonzi
• Attendance: 52634
R. Álvarez 80'
Roma win Aggregate 5 - 3
M. Destro 55', 69'
V. Torosidis 74'
So, Roma march on to their 17th Coppa Italia final and will look to build on tonight's cup victory with a win at home to relegation strugglers Pescara on Sunday. As for Inter, surely things can only get better and Stramaccioni will hope to end the Nerazzurri's miserable record of four consecutive home defeats to domestic opposition when they host Parma. Thanks for joining me, Max Bentley, on this wonderful evening of Italian football. Make sure to check out the match report, ratings and reaction. Until next time, goodbye.
Andreazzoli has breathed new life into this Roma side since the departure of Zeman and if he can manage to inspire the Giallorossi to a Coppa Italia victory over fierce-rivals Lazio, he will surely be set for a permanent role at the capital club.
Does that signal the end for Andrea Stramaccioni? With their Coppa Italia dream over and a Champions League place seemingly out of reach, will the 37-year-old be given the boot?
INTER 2-3 ROMA: After Jonathan's wonderful team goal gave Inter a first-half lead, the Giallorossi fought back in the second period in some fashion, scoring three goals in a 19-minute spell. Mattia Destro scored his fourth and fifth goals in the competition before a superb individual effort from Vasilis Torosidis all but secured Roma their final berth. Ricardo Alvarez pulled one back for the Nerazzurri late on, but it is Aurelio Andreazzoli's team who march on to the Coppa Italia final, in search of a record tenth title.
FULL TIME: INTER 2-3 ROMA. Roma will play Lazio in an all-Rome final on May 26.
90' + 3'
Inter attempt to look for some form of redemption when Alvarez slips Belloni in on the right side of the box, but the teenager's shot from a narrow angle flashes wide of Stekelenburg's goal.
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Totti pings a neat ball out to the right for Marquinho and the Brazilian does wonderfully to flick the ball over the head of Juan but cannot get the ball back under control, allowing Samuel to make the tackle.
Alvarez looks to play an inch-perfect pass in behind the Roma defence for Rocchi, but Castan is there again to make a timely interception.
Roma look to regain their cushion when De Rossi floats a ball over the Inter defence for Dodo, but the Brazilian's touch lets him down and Handanovic claims.
If this result stays the same, it will signal Inter's fourth consecutive defeat to Italian opposition at home.
Inter switch off from the freekick and Totti plays it quickly to Dodo, but the Brazilian's shot strikes the shins of Handanovic and the Nerazzurri finally clear their lines.
Yellow Card Jonathan
Jonathan started the night off in style for Inter but it seems his night is going to come to a sad end and he joins Juan Jesus in the Bergonzi's notebook for hauling down Dodo.
TOTTI GOES CLOSE! With a two-on-one situation, Dodo finds the Giallorossi captain just outside the box, but the 36-year-old delays getting his shot away before eventually sending an effort through the legs of Ranocchia and inches wide of the goal.
Mateo Kovacic has shown glimpses of his talent this evening and the Croatian nearly snatches another when he unleashes a swerving effort which bends narrowly wide of Stekelenburg's left-hand post.
Inter have nine minutes to score three goals. Can they produce one of the finest comebacks in Coppa Italia history?
Assist Marco Benassi
Goal Ricardo Álvarez
ALVAREZ PULLS ONE BACK! The Argentine cuts inside the challenge of Balzaretti on the right flank and drills a low shot through the legs of Marquinhos into the bottom corner. That's five in seven for him!
What ramifications will this result have for both managers? Will Inter continue to endure with Stramaccioni or will the board finally lose patience? And will Roma interim coach Andreazzoli be offered the job on a permanent basis following the Giallorossi revival?
Inter look to pull one back when Kovacic swings a ball to the back post, but it is too long for debutant Forte and it runs out for a goalkick.
Roma are full of confidence here and they look for a fourth when Dodo finds space on the left corner of the box, but his left-footed drive drags wide of the post.
Goal Vasilis Torosidis
3-1 ROMA! And that surely signals an all-Rome final as Torosidis flicks the ball over the head of substitute Francesco Forte before sending a looping shot over the head of Handanovic and into the back of the net. Fantastic goal from the Greek defender.
Mattia Destro has been the inspiration behind Roma's Coppa Italia run and the striker is replaced by Dodo. It's been an impressive comeback from the 22-year-old.
Assist Federico Balzaretti
Goal Mattia Destro
2-1 ROMA! Moments after Inter have a golden opportunity to retake the lead when Rocchi fails to anticipate Jonathan's neat backflick, Roma punish them down the other end. De Rossi threads a neat ball through the Nerazzurri defence and Balzaretti is allowed to coolly roll the ball across goal for Destro to tap in unmarked at the back post. Juan was sleeping, Inter frailties exposed again. Tie over?
Vasilis Torosidis is enjoying some freedom down this right wing but his cross into the box is easily cut out by Ranocchia. Both sides lacking that cutting edge in the final third.
Juan needs to be careful here as the Brazilian becomes embroiled in an off-the-ball incident with Lamela. However, Bergonzi does not spot the infringement and play continues.
Marco Benassi is the first substitution that Stramaccioni opts to make, replacing Ezequiel Schelotto. The 18-year-old has only racked up eight appearances for the Nerazzurri this season but he did start the first leg against Roma and scored his first goal against Cluj in the Europa League.
Totti whips in the freekick and after it is cleared to the edge of the box by the head of Schelotto, Marquinhos blazes an ambitious drive high over the crossbar.
Yellow Card Juan Jesus
Juan Jesus picks up the first caution of the game for a mistimed challenge on Destro. That's his 14th booking of the season.
Inter have really struggled to get going in this second half and they are truly on the backfoot here. Destro looks to get in behind Samuel once again, but this time the Argentine stays strong to block off the striker.
In truth, Roma have been good value for that equaliser. With the half-time words of Andreazzoli fresh in their minds, they have really taken control of this second half. Will we see more twists in this semi-final?
Assist Erik Lamela
Goal Mattia Destro
GOOOALLL ROMA! Mattia Destro has been out with injury for three months but he returns in spectacular fashion, dinking the ball over the advancing Handanovic after being played through by Lamela. That's four goals in four Coppa Italia games for Destro this season, the highest in the competition. Advantage Roma!
SAMUEL TO THE RESCUE! The Argentine keeps his side's lead intact by throwing his body in the way of Torosidis' shot after the Greek defender had found space at the back post to latch onto Lamela's chipped pass. Brave defending.
Tempers beginning to boil over a little here as Alvarez and De Rossi become involved in a spot of handbags. Both players need to keep their cool here.
Tommaso Rocchi made just nine touches in that first half, the lowest of any player on the pitch, yet ultimately he managed to make the most important with that sublime backheel assist.
Good opportunity for Inter when Kuzmanovic finds space behind Torosidis. However, the Serbian cannot pick out Schelotto with his cutback and Marquinhos makes a crucial interception.
Promising start from Andreazzoli's side at the beginning of the half and De Rossi is the next to try his luck from the edge of the area, but can only drag his effort well wide of the left post.
Destro does well to draw Inter defenders towards him before slipping a pass to Totti on the edge of the box, and the 36-year-old goes within inches of restoring Roma's cup lead but watches his fizzing effort flash narrowly wide.
Early stoppage in play after Schelotto goes down under a challenge from Castan. Stramaccioni will be hopeful the Argentine gets back to his feet, he cannot deal with another injury.
Half-time substitution for Roma as Federico Balzaretti replaces Alessandro Florenzi. That means Marquinho will push forward from left-back into the midfield.
Here's a stat for you: Club captains Francesco Totti and Javier Zanetti have now made 119 Coppa Italia appearances between them. Totti has 17 goals in 49 matches, whilst the Argentine has three goals in 70.
What did you make of that first half? Can Roma find the away goal or will Handanovic keep his clean sheet? Let me know your predictions via Twitter @MaxBentley1.
HALF TIME: INTER 1-0 ROMA. Andrea Stramaccioni's injury-plagued side hold a slender advantage after the break after a fantastic team move that was finished off with aplomb by Jonathan for his first goal in Nerazzurri colours. Roma have had chances of their own however and Samir Handanovic has produced two magnificent saves to deny Mattia Destro and Alessandro Florenzi, to prevent the Giallorossi from snatching that elusive away goal. 45 minutes away from the final, can Inter hang on?
HANDANOVIC TO THE RESCUE! Roma cut the Inter defence open when Destro diverts De Rossi's pass into the path of Florenzi six yards out, and the 22-year-old thinks he has scored but is somehow denied by a wonderful fingertipped save from the Slovenian goalkeeper. How crucial could that save prove to be?
That ball over the top just is not working for Roma at the moment and Marquinho is the next culprit as his overhit cross evades Destro in the middle. Andreazzoli will certainly need a word with his attackers at the break.
Alvarez switches the ball to the left flank for Rocchi and the former-Lazio man looks to inflict further damage on Roma, but his fierce effort from distance is well charged down by Torosidis.
Remember that away goals do count this evening so as things stand at 2-2, Inter will be progressing as they scored in the Stadio Olimpico. Can Roma find an away goal before the half-time whistle? Five minutes remaining.
Mattia Destro has only recently returned from injury and the competition's joint-leading goalscorer has certainly looked rusty so far. On several occasions, his first touch has let him down.
Inter come forward in search of a second and with defenders backing off, Juan Jesus opts to take a pop from distance but watches his left-footed effort skid wide of the right post.
WHAT A SAVE FROM HANDANOVIC! Inter are at sixes and sevens from Totti's inswinging corner and with Destro alone at the back post, the 22-year-old seems set to level the tie but his instinctive shot is somehow palmed away by the Slovenian goalkeeper. Let-off for the Nerazzurri.
ROMA GO CLOSE! After Totti's header is half-cleared to the edge of the box by Samuel, Marquinhos fizzes in a stunning drive which takes a flick off Samuel again and deflects inches past the left post of the flat-footed Handanovic. He was not going to get to that one!
Are the Nerazzurri going to break Roma hearts again? Remember that Inter defeated Roma 1-0 in the 2009-10 Coppa Italia final and also eliminated the Giallorossi the following season 2-1 on aggregate in the semi-finals.
Vasilis Torosidis plays an incise pass in to the feet of Destro on the edge of the box, but the Italian's first touch is too heavy and he has the ball stolen off his toes by Samuel.
It is just not clicking for Roma at the moment and they continue to look for the ball over the top of the Inter defence. No luck so far.
That goal has really lifted Inter's spirits and Jonathan nearly scores a second in quick succession when he cuts inside Marquinho, but his left-footed effort takes a deflection and is cleared to safety.
INTER NEARLY MAKE IT TWO! With their tails up, Inter nearly snatch a 3-2 aggregate lead when Schelotto whips a ball towards the front post, but Rocchi cannot make firm contact and Stekelenburg saves.
Assist Tommaso Rocchi
WHAT A WONDERFUL GOAL FROM JONATHAN! You won't see too many better goals than that in the Coppa Italia! Jonathan plays a neat one-two with Alvarez before feeding a pass in to Rocchi who backheels the ball back towards the Brazilian and he caps a splendid team move by rifling the ball home first-time into the bottom corner. That's his first goal for Inter and what a game to get it in!
Alvarez has looked the most lively player for Inter so far and he jinks past Bradley with a neat drop of the shoulder before Marquinho is forced to divert the ball behind for a corner. From the resulting set-piece, Roma head clear.
Many people have identified Erik Lamela as the dangerman for Roma tonight but the Giallorossi's top goalscorer with 14 goals, has yet to see much of the ball.
Francesco Totti slips a wonderful pass in behind Juan Jesus but Destro is denied a shot on goal by the linesman's flag. The 22-year-old has scored in each of his last four Coppa Italia ties. Can he make it five in five this evening?
Alvarez looks to break the deadlock with a strike from the edge of the box, but the Argentine can only drag his shot wide of the right post.
Schelotto does well to find Rocchi with a low cross into the box, but with his back to goal, the 35-year-old cannot get his shot away and his cross is headed clear by Marquinhos.
Kovacic is looking to impress in the absence of Guarin and the Croatian attempts to slip a cute pass into the path of Rocchi, but Castan reads the danger expertly and makes a crucial interception. Roma's defence has been leaky at times this season, can they keep Inter quiet this evening?
Alvarez has looked lively in the opening ten minutes for Inter and the Argentine is denied a route to goal by a strong challenge from Marquinhos. Who can break the deadlock here?
Both sides hitting a few passes astray in the early stages as they look to settle into their rhythms. Maybe a few early nerves here in the Giuseppe Meazza.
Mateo Kovacic shows his promise by charging through the midfield but the Croatian's lungbusting run is eventually brought to a halt by a strong challenge from Castan.
Roma win a freekick 30 yards from goal but Totti's well-struck effort is too central, forcing Handanovic into a comfortable stop. Positive start from the visitors.
Marquinho and Florenzi exchange neat passes down the left-hand side and the Italian midfielder forces Handanovic into a difficult spilled save. Fortunately for the Slovenian goalkeeper, Walter Samuel is on hand to prevent a Roma player from turning in the rebound.
Riccardo Alvarez has been in good goalscoring form recently and he produces some fantastic skill to get away from Florenzi and Marquinho, but overhits his through ball.
When Roma came to Inter back in August, the Giallorossi emerged 3-1 victors. Stramaccioni is yet to beat Roma as the Nerazzurri coach.
Mauro Bergonzi blows his whistle and Roma get the game underway. Who will face Lazio in the final? Let's find out...
There has been a late change to the Inter lineup as Esteban Cambiasso picked up an injury in the warmup and he is replaced by Jonathan. The Nerazzurri injury crisis continues...
Aurelio Andreazzoli's side are unbeaten in their last six matches against Inter, winning three and drawing three. Can they continue that run tonight and set up the first ever all-Roman final? Let me know your predictions via Twitter @MaxBentley1.
Aurelio Andreazzoli makes a staggering seven changes to the side which defeated Torino 2-1 at the weekend. Maarten Stekelenburg, Leandro Castan, Michael Bradley and Erik Lamela are the only players to retain their places. Vasilis Torosidis, Marquinhos, Marquinho and Francesco Totti return to the starting eleven after being rested. There is good news for the Giallorossi as Daniele De Rossi returns from injury but Miralem Pjanic is ruled out. Daniel Pablo Osvaldo's suspension means that competition top goalscorer Mattia Destro (3 goals) is handed a start up front.
Stramaccioni makes four changes to the side which were defeated by Cagliari at the weekend. Andrea Ranocchia and Walter Samuel are recalled into the heart of defence, whilst Ezequiel Schelotto and Zdravko Kuzmanovic are handed rare starts in the Nerazzurri midfield. Alvaro Pereira and Fredy Guarin are suspended whilst Rodrigo Palacio, Diego Milito and Antonio Cassano are all sidelined through injury, meaning veteran striker Tommaso Rocchi will continue to operate as the club's only fit senior forward.
ROMA (4-3-2-1): Stekelenburg; Torosidis, Marquinhos, Castan, Marquinho; Bradley, D Rossi, Florenzi; Lamela, Totti; Destro.
INTER (4-3-2-1): Handanovic; Zanetti, Ranocchia, Samuel, Juan Jesus; Kuzmanovic, Kovacic, Cambiasso; Schelotto, Alvarez; Rocchi.
Without any further ado, here are tonight's lineups, starting with Inter, whose preparations for the semi-final have been further hampered by the absences of Walter Gargano and Yuto Nagatomo after both sustained season-ending injuries in the 2-0 defeat to Cagliari at the weekend. They add their names to a growing injury list which has seen Andrea Stramaccioni's resources stretched to a bare minimum this evening.
Both sides have endured difficult Serie A campaigns and with their Champions League ambitions for next season fading, it is hoped that the Coppa Italia can restore smiles and success back to the respective clubs. There is currently only a solitary point separating Roma and Inter in sixth and seventh places with six matches remaining.
Tonight's Coppa Italia semi-final pits two of the tournament's most successful sides against each other as seven-times winners Inter take on nine-times winners Roma in the second leg. With Lazio having already secured a place in the final, there is a possibility for another Derby della Capitale showdown on May 26, and the Giallorossi hold a slender 2-1 advantage after winning in the Stadio Olimpico in the first leg back in January. However, Inter have a good recent record against Roma in the Coppa Italia and despite a host of injuries to first-team players, Andrea Stramaccioni will be hopeful that his side can secure a trophy for the Nerazzurri faithful. It promises to be a cracker! Bringing you all the action from the Giuseppe Meazza, my name is Max Bentley. Feel free to let me know your thoughts and predictions on the game via Twitter @MaxBentley1.
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