Final score

15 June 2005 20:45

7' (2nd half) Mihajlovic
Referee: Matteo Trefoloni / Linesmen: Ivaldi, Maggiani / Fourth official: Preschern
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46' Favalli sends a long-range cross into the box. It sails over Cruz's head and into the hands of Curci.
46' Free kick to Inter on the right side of the Inter area. But Trefoloni blows for half time. Inter 0-0 Roma (aggregate: 2-0).
45' 1 minute of added time to play.
44' The Inter defenders complain to the match officials after a blatant push by Totti on Favalli.
42' Simone Perrotta's late challenge on Kily Gonzalez on the left wing wins Inter a free kick about 45 yards out.
41' Ivan Cordoba makes a headed clearance and Roma win a left-wing corner. Mancini takes, Cruz clears as far as Perrotta, and the Giallorossi midfielder blasts over.
40' Applause for Toldo, who comes to the edge of his area to deny Mancini.
39' Sinisa Mihajlovic's curling free kick is just over the right post.
37' Julio Cruz is brought down just outside Roma box by Philippe Mexes. Free kick to Inter, but no yellow card for the Frenchman.
35' Another free kick to Inter on the right flank. Mihajlovic delivers the cross, Martins connects, but Roma clear.
34' Antonio Cassano is booked for protesting as Inter win a free kick 40 yards out on the right.
33' Incredible!!!! Obafemi Martins dribbles the entire Roma defence then is brought down by Curci inside the Roma box. But Trefoloni gives no penalty.
32' Totti is offside as he fails to pull off what would have been an acrobatic shot from a Dacourt pass into the Inter box.
30' The Argentine defender tackles Martins again, this time in the Roma box, and clears.
30' Yellow card to Stankovic for a foul on Totti.
29' Cufre' tackles Martins after the Nigerian receives from Kily. Attacking throw-in to Inter.
28' Kily beats Panucci on the left then crosses in for Cruz, who has his back to goal and is forced to pass back to Stankovic. Dejan's shot hits Cruz and Roma clear.
27' A Julio Cruz grasscutter from the distance is saved at the left post by Curci.
26' Giuseppe Favalli receives from Stankovic on the left wing then dribbles two Giallorossi players. But he can't stop the ball from going out for a Roma goal kick.
25' Oba Martins races on to a Cruz through ball but Roma block and clear as far as Kily. The Argentine winger's shot is over the bar.
23' Cristiano Zanetti plays an excellent ball over the Roma defence. But Mexes beats Cruz to the ball and concedes a corner.
22' Francesco Totti's free kick hits the Inter wall. Chivu pounces on the loose ball and takes it to the by-line. Martins tackles the Romanian and Inter win a goal kick.
20' Mihajlovic is cautioned for a foul from behind on Cassano. The free kick is in a central position 30 yards out.
20' But we'll have to wait a few moments for the free kick as the Roma forward requires medical attention.
19' Kily cuts out a vivacious Roma move and breaks down the left. Cruz mis-reads his pass forward and Roma win a goal kick.
17' Marco Materazzi wins the ball off Mancini then plays forward to Martins. The Nigerian's run is ended by Panucci, who is booked for the foul.
17' Ze Maria's cross in from the right is caught by Curci.
15' Free kick to Inter on the right wing for a dangerous foul by De Rossi on Ze Maria.
15' The young Azzurri midfielder makes amends with a headed clearance from Mihajlovic's cross.
14' Inter attack back and Kily's diagonal shot from the left channel is wide of the near post.
13' Favalli tries a one-two with Kily on the left flank but Panucci cuts out the return pass.
13' Cassano is offside as he runs on to a Panucci ball forward but Cordoba is taking no chances and athletically heads to safety.
11' Trefoloni awards Roma a free kick just inside their own half for a Stankovic body check on Perrotta.
10' Roma win a free kick just over forty yards out for a C.Zanetti foul from behind on Totti.
10' At full stretch Stankovic blocks the Roma captain's cross into the Inter area.
9' But Inter win the ball back and then a free kick 30 yards out as Cruz is fouled by De Rossi.
9' Mihajlovic bends his free kick round the Roma wall but Curci is well positioned and collects at the far post.
8' Stankovic picks out Ze Maria on the right wing with a long-range crossfield pass. But the Brazilian fails to control and Roma win a throw-in.
7' Dacourt's long ball forward finishes in no man's land from a Roma point of view and Favalli wins possession.
6' Antonio Cassano runs into a Nerazzurri sandwich after a Roma move down the left involving De Rossi and Totti.
6' Good defending by Cordoba, who cuts out a Cassano pass wide for Mancini.
5' Sinisa Mihajlovic's effort is on target. Curci saves.
5' There's loads of space on the left wing as Kily plays wide to Favalli. But Roma reorganise quickly and win possession.
4' Inter win a free kick in a central position 40 yards out for a Panucci foul on Kily.
3' It's an end-to-end start as Roma attack back. Mancini and De Rossi (back from suspension) combine and Materazzi heads out for a corner.
2' The Giallorossi win a free kick 20 yards out on the right wing. Totti's cross is cleared by Ze Maria and Martins combines with Cruz before taking the ball to the left-wing by-line. The Nigerian plays into the box but Cruz is intercepted.
1' Welcome to the Giuseppe Meazza Stadium, where we have a full house for tonight's Coppa Italia final return leg. The teams are on the pitch warming up and for Inter it's Cruz and Martins in attack, with Cordoba and C.Zanetti back in defence and midfield.
1' We're under way as the Giallorossi kick off. FORZA RAGAZZZIIIII!!!!!!!!
1' On the right wing Ze Maria intercepts a Cufre' ball out of defence then plays forward to Cruz. But the Argentine wins the ball back and Roma move forward.
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48' Mancini brings on young Fabrizio Biava for Dejan Stankovic.
48' Full time. Inter beat Roma 1-0 (aggregate 3-0) and lift the Coppa Italia!!!!!!!!
46' Inter on the attack. Veron to Stankovic, Stankovic to Cruz. The Argentine shoots from an angled position on the right side of the box, and Curci saves at the near post.
45' Three minutes of additional time.
44' Carlos Alberto Gamarra replaces Giuseppe Favalli.
43' Totti and Cassano look for a way through the Nerazzurri defence but.... there's no way through.
42' Inter bring on Juan Sebastian Veron for Ze Maria.
41' Adriano's not here tonight, but the stadium chants his name as thanks for what he did in the first leg.
39' Cordoba is booked for fouling Cassano from behind. The free kick is over 40 yards out.
39' With six minutes of normal time remaining, Roma don't look like they're going to do a Liverpool and the Nerazzurri are content to play the ball around.
37' Roma come back at Inter and Totti has a weak shot saved by Toldo.
36' The Giallorossi win a right-wing corner. Totti takes, Materazzi heads clear at the far post.
36' Mancini has two shots in quick succession blocked by Kily and Mihajlovic, then C.Zanetti makes the final clearance.
36' Mihajlovic clears a Cassano ball into the middle, and Roma are forced to retreat into their own half to retrieve the ball.
35' Back on the pitch and Obafemi Martins has a shot blocked by Panucci. The ball falls to Kily Gonzalez who plays back to the Nigerian, whose header is cleared.
35' Bruno Conti makes his third substitution: Ferrari comes on for Chivu.
32' Nerazzurri haven't forgotten the Champions League final in Istanbul as the Curva Nord chants 'Liverpool, Liverpool, Liverpool'.
30' Cassano controls the ball on the right wing then crosses to the far side. But there's no Roma player on hand and Inter win a throw-in.
28' Favalli times his tackle on Mancini to perfection and Roma win a right-wing corner kick.
28' Roma bring on Daniele Corvia for Vincenzo Montella.
28' Simone Perrotta shoots over after receiving square from Totti.
27' Inter close to a second. At the far post Julio Cruz heads Ze Maria's cross into the side-netting.
27' Oba is okay and back on the pitch.
26' Oba remains on the ground on the left wing after a terrible challenge by Chivu.
25' Zanetti is back on.
24' The free kick is about 30 yards out on the right channel.
24' Ze Maria delivers an outswinging cross, Marco Materazzi heads over.
23' Cristiano Zanetti remains on the ground after being fouled from behind by Totti.
22' In an Argentine combination Cruz heads a Kily cross over the bar.
21' The crowd stats have just come through. There are 72,034 spectators here tonight, for gate receipts of 1,703,317 euros.
20' Roma are down to ten men as Cufre' is shown his second yellow for handling the ball.
19' Good chance for Roma. Cassano plays to Totti, who unleashes a low shot from the edge of the Inter area. Toldo parries.
19' Inter attack down the right. Martins cuts inside for Cruz, who is promptly anticipated by Perrotta.
18' At the other end Marco Materazzi anticipates Montella to a Totti pass.
17' Perrotta is yellow-carded for a foul on Kily. Free kick to Inter right on the left edge of the Roma area.
17' Sinisa's cross-shot flies wide of the far post.
15' Panucci is lucky to stay on the pitch for an obstruction on Oba Martins. The free kick is 30 yards out on the left. Mihajlovic delivers the cross, Roma clear.
14' Montella plays a first-time ball into the Inter box. Cordoba outpaces Cassano and cleans up.
13' Christian Panucci shows all his experience with a well timed tackle on Obafemi Martins in a one-on-one situation in the Roma box. But the flag has gone up for offside.
12' Panucci heads a Ze Maria right-wing cross out for a left-wing corner.
12' Mihajlovic is applauded as he makes his way to the corner flag.
12' The Serb-Montenegrin defender's cross is cleared after a goalmouth scramble.
11' Goalscorer Mihajlovic makes aerial contact with Totti's corner then Martins sweeps clear.
10' Good tackle by Favalli on Mancini in the Inter box. Roma win a corner.
9' Julio Cruz receives from Oba Martins and sends his long-range shot over.
8' And the atmosphere is deafening as Inter take an aggregate 3-0 lead.
7' GOOOAAALLLL!!!! Sinisa Mihajlovic puts Inter in front with a trademark free kick which hits the left post (courtesy of Curci) then goes in at the other.
6' Inter attack back. Stankovic storms past an opponent then is fouled by Cufre' The free kick is 30 yards out in a central position.
5' Roma break and Montella races on to a ball forward, but Toldo has read the move and comes off his line to smother the ball and deny the Giallorossi striker.
4' Oba Martins is fouled by Cufre' on the right wing. The Roma defender is booked.
4' Mihajlovic's inswinging free kick is cleared by Perrotta.
3' Kily wins the ball in midfield and looks for Martins with a quick pass forward. Panucci intercepts.
1' Inter get the second half under way. FORZA NERAZZURRI!!!!!
1' Roma have replaced with Olivier Dacourt with Vincenzo Montella and switch to a more attacking 4-3-3 formation.
1' Inter win a free kick 45 yards out. Mihajlovic crosses into the box, Curci comes off his line and collects.
Kily Gonzalez
Ze Maria
Average rating 8.24
5 shots on target 1
7 shots off target 1
16 fouls committed 18
2 corners 4
1 offsides 3
00 ball possession 00
Inter unbeaten in 13 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 8 victories and 5 draws. Inter's longest unbeaten cup run is 20 matches between May 1986 and April 1988.

Nerazzurri on target in 10 consecutive cup matches

Inter have scored at least one goal in each of their last Coppa Italia matches (total 23 goals). The last time they failed to score was on 13 January 2004 when they drew 0-0 at Udinese.

No Nerazzurri home defeat since December 2002

Inter's last home defeat in the Coppa Italia was a 2-1 loss to Bari on 19 December 2002. Since then Inter have recorded 5 wins and a draw at the San Siro.

Inter & home goals in cup

Inter have scored at least one goal in their last 8 Coppa Italia games at home (total 19 goals). The last time they failed to score in the cup at the Meazza was on 14 December 2000 (Inter 0-0 Parma).

Roma & cup goals away from home

The Giallorossi have let in at least one goal in each of their last 13 Coppa Italia away matches (total 21 goals conceded). The last time Roma kept a clean sheet in a domestic cup away match was on 15 December 1999 (Piacenza 0-3 Roma a.e.t.).

Inter close to first cup win in 23 years

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.

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).

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.

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).

Inter & 2-0 cup wins in 1st leg

Inter defend a 2-0 away win in a Coppa Italia return leg at home for the second time in the club's history. In 1986/87 the Nerazzurri beat Empoli in the round of sixteen thanks to a 1-0 home win in the second leg.

On this day in 1941...

On 15 June 1941 Roma were beaten 1-0 by Venezia after a 3-3 home draw in the Coppa Italia final first leg. Loik's 72nd-minute goal was decisive for the Venetians.

wins(10) draws(1) defeats(2)
MILAN - Inter beat Roma 1-0 at the Giuseppe Meazza for an aggregate win of 3-0 and lift the Coppa Italia for the first time in twenty-three years. Sinisa Mihajlovic added to Adriano's double from the first leg with a magnificent free kick in the second half and made sure there's only one Milanese side with silverware this season.

Francesco Toldo had a quiet opening forty-five as the Nerazzurri looked to increase their two-goal advantage more than Roma tried to reduce it. Sinisa Mihajlovic went close with a free kick after Julio Cruz had a low shot saved at full stretch by Curci. In between, Obafemi Martins had a penalty claim turned down after dribbling the Roma defence in a darting central run.

Seven minutes after the restart Mihajlovic put Inter in front with a trademark curling free kick that hit the left post, went in at the other, and left Roma needing to score three. Which proved an impossible task as Mancini's men defended with diligence, denying the Roma attack on every occasion after Cufre's sending-off in the 65th minute left the Giallorossi with a mountain to climb.

We've won the cup, and going by the atmosphere here tonight, you get the feeling times are changing for the blue half of Milan.

INTER 1-0 ROMA (HT: 0-0, AGG: 3-0)

Scorer: Mihajlovic 52

INTER: 1 Toldo, 2 Cordoba, 6 C.Zanetti, 9 Cruz, 11 Mihajlovic, 13 Zè Maria (14 Veron 87), 16 Favalli (24 Gamarra 89), 18 Kily Gonzalez, 23 Materazzi, 25 Stankovic (51 Biava 90+3), 30 Martins
Subs not used: 15 Carini, 7 van der Meyde, 49 Andreolli, 77 Coco
Coach: Roberto Mancini

ROMA: 1 Curci, 2 Panucci, 4 De Rossi, 5 Mexes, 10 Totti, 13 Chivu (8 Ferrari 80), 15 Dacourt (9 Montella 46, 11 Corvia 73), 18 Cassano, 20 Perrotta, 25 Cufre', 30 Mancini
Subs not used: 33 Pipolo, 3 Abel Xavier, 28 Virga, 29 Greco
Coach: Bruno Conti

Referee: Matteo Trefoloni (Siena)

Bookings: Panucci 17, Mihajlovic 20, Stankovic 30, Cassano 34, Cufre' 59, Perrotta 62, Cordoba 84
Sent off: Cufre' 65

starting lineups

Toldo 1 Curci
Cordoba 2 Panucci
Zanetti 6 De Rossi
Cruz 9 Mexes
Mihajlovic 11 Totti
Ze Maria 13 Chivu
Favalli 16 Dacourt
Kily Gonzalez 18 Cassano
Materazzi 23 Perrotta
Stankovic 25 Cufrè
Martins 30 Mancini


Carini 15 Pipolo
Van Der Meyde 7 Abel Xavier
Veron 14 Ferrari
Gamarra 24 Montella
Andreolli 49 Corvia
Biava 51 Virga
Coco 77 Greco