Final score

12 June 2005 21:30

Roma
Inter
36' Adriano
30' Adriano
referee Pierluigi Collina / linesmen Stagnoli, Contini / 4th man Brighi
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MinutesText commentary
46'Inter lead Roma 2-0 after the first half thanks to Adriano's brace.
45'1 minute of added time.
43'Perrotta fouls Stankovic from behind then kicks the Serb-Montenegrin midfielder. Collina doesn't book the Roma player, but does award Inter a free kick.
42'Adriano wins Inter a left-wing corner.
42'Ze Maria delivers the cross, Ferrari outjumps the Nerazzurri players in the Roma box and heads out for an Inter throw-in.
41'Ze Maria crosses to the near post, Dacourt heads to safety.
40'Stankovic's shot is deflected out for a left-wing corner.
39'Panucci fouls Kily from behind and it's another Inter free kick, this time 20 yards out on the left.
39'Ze Maria's inswinging free kick is headed clear.
39'Free kick to Inter right on the edge of the Giallorossi box for a Virga foul on Ze Maria.
36'Chivu fouls Javier Zanetti on the right-wing by-line. The Romanian defender is booked and Inter win a free kick.
36'GOOOAAALLLL!!!!!! Adriano powers home a header from Ze Maria's outswinging free kick.
35'Sinisa Mihajlovic beats Cassano to a long ball forward then sets up Kily on a run down the left. Kily plays to Martins, who is fouled by the already booked Ferrari. Free kick to Inter.
33'Adriano is tackled by Dacourt as he looks for space on the left side of the Roma box.
30'GOOOAAAALLL!!!!! Adriano beats Curci with a blistering left-foot shot from 40 yards.
29'Free kick to Inter and a yellow card for Ferrari for elbowing Adriano.
28'Inter attack back and win a corner after Adriano's left-wing cross-shot is blocked by Chivu.
28'Curci palms clear Mihajlovic's corner but Collina blows for a Nerazzurri foul in the box.
27'Mancini intercepts a Favalli cross and Roma break. The ball is played to Totti on the edge of the Inter box. The Roma captain shoots, Favalli blocks and it's a Giallorossi corner.
25'Oba Martins tries to dribble two Giallorossi players on the right-wing by-line but concedes a goal kick.
24'Christian Chivu's shot is on target, but Toldo makes a comfortable save.
23'Totti combines with Cassano then serves Virga, who is brought down by Mihajlovic and Roma win a free kick in an extremely dangerous position.
22'Cufre's cross-shot from the distance is collected by Francesco Toldo.
21'Giuseppe Favalli blocks Virga's right-wing cross and Roma win an attacking throw-in.
20'Kily is brought down by Panucci and it's another Inter free kick, this time 25 yards out on the left.
20'Cambiasso fails to make aerial contact with Mihajlovic's outswinger and the Giallorossi win a goal kick.
19'Inter win a free kick on the halfway line for a horrendous foul by Ferrari on Stankovic.
18'Adriano fools two Giallorossi players on the left then plays into the middle. Stankovic's shot from the distance is disappointing and Roma win a goal kick.
17'Mihajlovic's curling, left-foot effort is high and wide of the left post.
16'Chivu smashes clear to deny Martins a shot after some good approach play by the Nerazzurri.
16'Cufre' brings down Adriano in a central position 20 yards out. Free kick.
14'Totti receives just inside the Inter box then chests into the path of Cassano, whose overhead kick is saved by Toldo.
13'Dejan Stankovic plays a ball over the Roma defence but it's too long for Martins and Curci collects.
11'Roma win another corner as Materazzi tackles Cassano.
11'Favalli heads Mancini's corner across the face of the goal and it's another Giallorossi corner on the opposite flank.
10'Virga intercepts and ball in midfield and serves Cassano. The Roma forward's shot is deflected out for a right-wing corner.
10'The corner is cleared as far as Simone Perrotta, whose long-range shot loops over the bar.
9'Roma break and Ze Maria makes a superb sliding tackle on Totti.
8'Adriano wins Inter a right-wing corner after his cross comes off Chivu.
8'Mihajlovic's inswinger is cleared by Mancini at the far post.
7'Roma come straight back and Cassano hits the left post with a low shot from Totti's right-wing cross.
6'Ferrari cuts out a Kily pass to Favalli as Inter build a move down the left.
5'Inter win a left-wing corner. Mihajlovic delivers the cross and Adriano heads home. But Collina disallows the goal for a foul by the Brazilian on Ferrari.
4'Roma attack back and Totti looks for Mancini with a pass to the left flank, but Javier Zanetti has read the move and intercepts.
3'Adriano runs down the middle then plays wide to Kily Gonzalez. The Argentine's left-wing cross finds the side-netting.
1'180 minutes of Italian Cup final action starts here as Roma and Inter take to the pitch for tonight's final first leg at the Stadio Olimpico.
1'The Giallorossi kick off.
1'Roma attack Inter from the outset and Francesco Toldo saves a Cassano shot with his feet after the Bari-born striker plays a one-two with Totti.
MinutesText commentary
48'Full time. Inter beat Roma 2-0. See you at 20:45CET on Wednesday for the return leg at the Giuseppe Meazza.
47'Inter win a right-wing corner.
47'Adriano heads Ze Maria's corner back to van der Meyde, who sets up Favalli. The left-back's shot takes a deflection and Inter win another corner.
46'Totti's curling free kick is a yard wide of the left post.
45'Free kick to Roma in a dangerous position 25 yards out for a handball by Cambiasso.
45'3 minutes of added time to play.
43'Curci smothers the ball on the edge of the Giallorossi box as Ferrari shields from Adriano.
41'Adriano's cross from the left is cleared by Chivu at the far side.
40'Inter bring on van der Meyde for Kily Gonzalez.
39'Roma attack back and Montella has a shot parried by Toldo.
38'Cassano's flicked header from Montella is caught by Toldo.
38'At the other end Adriano's pass for Stankovic is too long and Curci collects.
36'Cruz wins Inter a left-wing corner as his cross is blocked by Ferrari.
36'Roma keeper Curci collects Ze Maria's inswinger.
35'Roma make their third switch. Scurto replaces Cufre'.
30'Oba Martins has a header saved by Curci.
30'Inter bring on Julio Cruz for Martins.
29'Adriano is shoved off the ball and Roma break. Cassano's ball forward is intercepted by Zanetti.
28'Perrotta fouls Kily Gonzalez on the left wing and is deservedly booked.
26'Cassano dribbles Mihajlovic then shoots at the near post. Toldo saves.
26'Roma bring on Greco for Mancini, who cannot continue.
25'Vincenzo Montella receives from Mancini then crosses into the box. Materazzi clears.
24'Roma win a left-wing corner. Mancini's cross is blocked by Favalli.
24'Montella is in an offside position when he pokes home Mancini's cross and Collina disallows the goal.
23'Mancini's shot from Totti's pass is blocked by Cambiasso as Roma look to claw their way back into this first leg.
22'Totti's cross from the right takes a slight deflection off Favalli and is caught by Toldo.
19'But Inter attack back immediately. Martins plays to the feet of Adriano, whose shot from the distance is blocked.
18'Adriano storms down the left, takes on Perrotta then is tackled by Panucci. The Brazilian then wins the ball back but is intercepted by Totti and Roma break.
17'Inter are momentarily down to ten men as Stankovic requires medical attention for a cut nose.
16'Marco Materazzi fouls Totti just outside the Inter area. Free kick to the Giallorossi.
16'Chivu's effort hits the Nerazzurri wall.
15'Montella creates space for a low, 20-yard shot. Toldo saves.
14'Perrotta weaves his way into the Inter box then squares for Totti. Dejan Stankovic intercepts and Inter counter attack.
12'At the other end Adriano's long-range shot is blocked by Ferrari.
12'But the Brazilian bomber continues to cause problems for the Roma defence and wins Inter a left-wing corner.
12'Roma bring on Montella for Virga.
11'Roma counter and hit the Nerazzurri with a sweeping move involving Mancini, Totti, Cassano and Panucci. The latter's right-wing cross is cleared by Inter captain Zanetti.
11'Totti's first time pass for Cassano is too long and Toldo collects.
10'Stankovic finds Ze Maria in space on the right. The Brazilian's cross into the box is headed out for a left-wing corner by Panucci.
8'Ferrari fouls Martins. Inter win a free kick and the Roma defender is lucky to stay on the pitch.
7'Ze Maria is intercepted on the right wing and Roma build up a move. It ends as Mihajlovic brings down Cassano and Roma win a free kick.
5'Javier Zanetti goes on one of his trademark runs then lays off to Martins. The Nigerian takes the ball to the by-line but can't find space for a cross.
4'Adriano receives from Ze Maria as Inter attack down the right but the Emperor is immediately surrounded by three Roma players and loses possession.
2'Cufre' combines with Cassano and Mancini then sends a low shot on target from the edge of the Inter box. Toldo makes an easy save.
1'Inter get the second half under way.
Zanetti
7.8
7.8
Materazzi
7.18
7.18
Toldo
8.07
8.07
Adriano
9.33
9.33
Martins
6.89
6.89
Van Der Meyde
6.73
6.73
Kily Gonzalez
6.81
6.81
Cruz
6.64
6.64
Stankovic
6.51
6.51
Favalli
6.44
6.44
Cambiasso
7.94
7.94
Mihajlovic
6.81
6.81
Ze Maria
7.36
7.36
Average rating7.27
9shots on target3
0shots off target0
17fouls committed17
5corners10
4offsides0
26:37ball possession30:52
Disciplinary situation

Daniele De Rossi is the only player suspended for the first leg. Aquilani, Cufrè, Mexes, Montella and Panucci (Roma) and Carini, Kily Gonzalez, Martins, Materazzi and C.Zanetti (Inter) are those on cautions.

Bruno Conti story

Bruno Conti was born in Nettuno (Rome) on 13 March 1955. He spent most of his playing career at Roma, wearing the Giallorossi shirt from 1972/73 to 1974/75, 1976/77 to 1977/78 and 1979/80 to 1989/90. In his two seasons away from the capital (1975/76 and 1978/79), Conti played for Genoa in the Serie B. Conti played 283 Serie A matches for Roma and scored 35 goals, winning a Scudetto in 1982/83 and 4 Italian Cups in 1979/80, 1980/81, 1983/84 and 1985/86. At international level, Conti played 47 matches and scored 5 goals for Italy, and was a World Cup winner at Spain '82. Before replacing Luigi Del Neri as Roma coach, Conti was in charge of the Giallorossi youth academy. He has coached Roma in three Coppa Italia matches (1 victory, 1 draw and 1 defeat).

Mancini & the Coppa Italia

No player has played more Coppa Italia finals than Roberto Mancini (15 appearances from AC Milan 0-1 Sampdoria on 30 May 1985 to Inter 0-0 Lazio on 18 May 2000). Mancini has also lifted more Italian Cups than any other player, (four times with Sampdoria in 1984/85, 1987/88, 1988/89 and 1993/94, and twice with Lazio in 1997/98 and 1999/00). And since he has become a coach, Mancini has added two more domestic cups, one with Fiorentina in 2001 (Parma 0-1 Fiorentina, Fiorentina 1-1 Parma) and the other with Lazio last season (Lazio 2-0 Juventus, Juventus 2-2 Lazio).

Conti v Mancini

The current Roma coach faces Inter coach Mancini and the Nerazzurri for the first time.

Mancini set for 200th match as coach

The final first leg at the Olimpico is Roberto Mancini's 200th match as a coach. Mancini, who has coached Fiorentina, Lazio and Inter, has totalled 136 Serie A matches, 24 Coppa Italia matches, 38 European games and 1 other fixture, with 89 victories, 64 draws and 46 defeats. He has won 2 Italian Cups (with Fiorentina in 2000/01 and with Lazio in 2003/04). Mancini, who was fired by Fiorentina in 2001/02 after taking over at the Tuscan club during the 2000/01 season, made his coaching debut on 11 March 2001 (Perugia 2-2 Fiorentina in Serie A).

Collina set for fourth final

Bologna-born referee Pierluigi Collina (Viareggio section) has been a professional Serie A & B referee since the 1991/92 season. He has officiated in 31 Coppa Italia matches (19 home wins, 7 away wins and 54 draws), and made his domestic cup 'debut' in Ancona 1-0 Barletta on 21 August 1991. Collina has refereed just one cup match this season - Genoa's 3-3 draw at home to Torino in the group phase last 29 August. On Sunday he will officiate in his fourth Coppa Italia final after Parma 0- 2 Juventus (1994/95), Juventus 2-1 Parma (2001/02) and Lazio 2-0 Juventus (2003/04).

Sixth Roma-Inter clash for Collina

At the Olimpico on Sunday Collina referees Roma-Inter for the sixth time.

Details of previous five matches:

2000/01 Serie A: Roma 3-2 Inter
1993/94 Serie A: Roma 1-1 Inter
2002/03 Serie A: Inter 3-3 Roma
2003/04 Serie A: Inter 0-0 Roma
1998/99 Serie A: Roma 4-5 Inter

Mancini close to Eriksson record

Sven Goran Eriksson has won more Italian Cups than any other coach, and is the only person to have done so with three different teams (Roma in 1985/86, Sampdoria in 1993/94 and Lazio in 1997/98 and 1999/00). If Inter win the cup this season Roberto Mancini will equal Eriksson's record, having already won the competition with Fiorentina in 2000/01 and Lazio in 2003/04.

Roma chasing Juve cup record

Roma-Inter is the 57th Coppa Italia final. The competition was founded in 1922 and Vado were the first winners with a 1-0 victory over Udinese after extra time. Sixteen different teams have won the tournament. Juventus are out in front with 9 cup wins, followed by Roma (7), Fiorentina (6), AC Milan and Torino (5 each), Lazio and Sampdoria (4 each), Inter, Napoli and Parma (3 each), Bologna (2) and Atalanta, Genoa, Vado, Venezia and Vicenza (1 each).

Two-legged final number 29

The Coppa Italia final format has not always been the same. In 28 cases there have been two-legged finals to decide the winners (in 1937/38, 1940/41, 1941/42, 1963/64 and 1980/81 to the present day). There has been a final group phase 3 times, and a one-match final played on a neutral ground on 25 occasions. According to the 28 two- legged final statistics, the team at home in the first leg has gone on to lift the cup on 13 occasions.

No Inter win in Rome since 1998/99

The two teams have played 77 competitive matches in the capital, with 33 Roma wins (most recent one a 4-1 victory in 2003/04 Serie A), 20 draws (last one a 3-3 stalemate in 2004/05) and 24 Inter wins (last one a 5-4 victory in 1998/99 Serie A). Inter are therefore without a win against Roma at the Olimpico in six matches, with 4 draws and 2 defeats.

Roma unbeaten at home to Inter in cup

Roma have won 3, drawn 1 and lost 4 of their 8 Italian Cup matches against Inter, but have never lost at home, with 2 wins and a draw.

Roma v Inter in Coppa Italia:

1936/37 semi-final Roma-Inter ---- 2-0
1938/39 quarter-final Roma-Inter ---- 0-1
1964/65 semi-final Roma-Inter 2-2 ----
1981/82 quarter-final Roma-Inter 4-1 0-3
1985/86 quarter-final Roma-Inter 2-0 1-2
1989/90 quarter-final group Roma-Inter ---- 1-3

Totti among 13 Coppa final top scorers

Thirteen players top the list of scorers in Coppa Italia finals, with three goals each: Amadei, Batistuta, Bellini, Cerezo, Charles, Domenghini, Fiore, Giannini, Lushta, Mancini, Savoldi, Totti and Vialli. Three of those have scored a hat-trick in one final: Amadei (Roma 3-3 Venezia in 1941), Lushta (Juventus 4-1 AC Milan in 1942), Domenghini (Atalanta 3- 1 Torino in 1963) and Giannini (Roma 5-2 Torino in 1993).

Inter unbeaten on road to final

Inter entered the competition at the round of sixteen stage and disposed of Bologna with two 3-1 victories over the Rossoblu to set up and quarter-final clash with Atalanta. The Bergamo Nerazzurri were beaten 1-0 at home then lost 3-0 at the Meazza as Inter marched on to the semis and a clash with Cagliari. After a 1-1 draw at the Sant'Elia Inter dominated the retun leg and won 3-1 to book their place in the final. Inter are therefore unbeaten in the Coppa Italia this season with 5 victories and 1 draw. Of Inter's 14 cup goals, Martins has scored 6, followed by Vieri (3), Cruz and Recoba (2 each) and Emre (1).

Inter unbeaten in 12 cup games

The Nerazzurri's last Coppa Italia defeat was the 2-1 loss at home to Bari on 19 December 2002. Inter have since registered 7 victories and 5 draws. Inter's longest unbeaten cup run is 20 matches between May 1986 and April 1988.

Inter unbeaten on road in Coppa since December 2002

The Nerazzurri's last Coppa Italia defeat away from home was on 5 December 2002 when they were beaten 1-0 by Bari. Since then Inter have won 2 and drawn 4 cup domestic matches played away from home.

Nerazzurri on target in 9 consecutive cup matches

Inter have scored at least one goal in each of their last Coppa Italia matches (total 21 goals). The last time they failed to score was on 13 January 2004 when they drew 0-0 at Udinese.

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ROME - A brace of goals from Brazilian centre-forward Adriano at the Olimpico gives Inter a 2-0 lead going into Wednesday's Coppa Italia final return leg against Roma.

The Giallorossi made the brighter start to the contest, Cassano's close-range shot in the opening minute saved by Toldo. Adriano then had a headed goal ruled out for a foul on Ferrari before Cassano struck the left post with a shot from a Totti cross.

Inter gained in composure as the match went on and broke the deadlock on the half-hour mark when Adriano beat Curci with a 40-yard screamer that the Giallorossi keeper got a hand to, but couldn't stop from hitting the back of the net. The Emperor's goal took the wind out of Roma's sails as Inter continued to push for a second. And it wasn't long in coming as five minutes later Adriano rose in the box to head home a Ze Maria corner.

The Nerazzurri defended their lead well after the restart, second-half substitute Montella going closest to a Roma reply when his near-range goal from a Mancini cross was disallowed for offside. Inter's best chance of the second forty-five fell to Obafemi Martins, who had a header saved by Curci.

ROMA 0-2 INTER (HT: 0-2)

Scorer: Adriano 31, 36

ROMA: 1 Curci, 2 Panucci, 8 Ferrari, 10 Totti, 13 Chivu, 15 Dacourt, 18 Cassano, 20 Perrotta, 25 Cufre' (19 Scurto 80), 28 Virga (9 Montella 57), 30 Mancini (29 Greco 71)
Subs not used: 33 Pipolo, 3 Abel Xavier, 5 Mexes, 11 Corvia
Coach: Bruno Conti

INTER: 1 Toldo, 4 J.Zanetti, 10 Adriano, 11 Mihajlovic, 13 Ze Maria, 16 Favalli, 18 Kily Gonzalez (7 van der Meyde 85), 19 Cambiasso, 23 Materazzi, 25 Stankovic, 30 Martins (9 Cruz 75)
Subs not used: 15 Carini, 2 Cordoba, 6 C.Zanetti, 24 Gamarra, 49 Andreolli
Coach Roberto Mancini

Referee: Pierluigi Collina (Viareggio)

Bookings: Ferrari 29, Chivu 36, Perrotta 73

starting lineups

Curci1 Toldo
Panucci4 Zanetti
Ferrari10 Adriano
Totti11 Mihajlovic
Chivu13 Ze Maria
Dacourt16 Favalli
Cassano18 Kily Gonzalez
Perrotta19 Cambiasso
Cufré23 Materazzi
Virga25 Stankovic
Mancini30 Martins

substitutes

Pipolo15 Carini
Abel Xavier2 Cordoba
Mexes6 Zanetti
Montella7 Van Der Meyde
Corvia9 Cruz
Scurto24 Gamarra
Greco49 Andreolli