Final score

3 May 2006 20:45

10' (2nd half) Mancini
8' Cruz
Referee: Matteo Trefoloni / Linesmen: Griselli, Di Mauro / Fourth official: Saccani
Minute Text commentary
49' Free kick to Roma on the right edge of the Inter box. Taddei's cross is cleared.
49' Half time. Roma 0-1 Inter (Cruz 8).
48' Great chance for Inter. Cruz receives in space from Figo then crosses for Adriano. Roma block and Inter win a corner.
48' Pizarro's corner kick is cleared by Panucci.
46' Figo's corner is cleared by Kharja.
45' Four minutes of added time.
45' Adriano wins a duel with Chivu then wins a free kick for a foul by the Romanian defender.
45' Stankovic's long-range free kick is on target. Doni pulls off a miraculous save and it's an Inter corner.
43' Taddei is justly booked for a late tackle on Ivan Cordoba. The Brazilian was among those on a caution and will therefore miss the return leg.
40' Inter win a corner after Doni shrugs off a challenge from Cruz and pushes behind a hooked cross from Adriano.
38' Favalli's high ball into the Roma box is an inch too long for Stankovic. Doni gathers.
37' Mexes intercepts in the Inter half and has two shots in quick succession blocked by the Nerazzurri. Cambiasso clears the resulting corner.
35' Good chance for Roma. De Rossi's floated cross-shot is on target at the angle between bar and post. Julio Cesar parries and Roma win a corner.
34' Pizarro crosses into the Roma box. Trefoloni blows his whistle for a foul by Adriano.
33' Free kick to Inter 30 yards out on the right for a Cufrè foul on Luis Figo.
32' Panucci dribbles Stankovic on the right but there's no way past Favalli who makes a good tackle on the Roma full-back.
30' Inter clear Panucci's deep cross into the area.
29' At the other end Roma win another corner.
29' The Nerazzurri defence clears crosses from Tommasi and Chivu.
28' Roma win a free kick on the right wing for a Stankovic foul on Panucci.
28' Cordoba makes a headed clearance from Chivu's inswinging cross.
28' The Olimpico applauds Giallorossi defender Mexes for his well-timed tackle on Adriano.
26' De Rossi's headed cross from a Kharja pass is plucked out of the air by Julio Cesar.
24' Samuel makes a headed clearance from Perrotta's long-distance shot.
24' Ivan Cordoba makes a well-timed interception to deny Mancini a crossing chance from Perrotta's ball.
24' Kharja has a go from 30 yards but the Moroccan midfielder's effort is wide.
23' De Rossi's glances wide his header from Panucci's floated cross.
21' Damiano Tommasi fails to connect with Cufrè's decent cross in from the left.
20' Roma are looking for spaces down the flanks as Spalletti's men look to get back into the match but the Nerazzurri are keeping things tight in defence.
19' The corner kick comes to nothing as Giuseppe Favalli clears.
18' Panucci wins a duel with Favalli and a right-wing corner for Roma.
14' Figo takes on Cufrè on the right then combines with Stankovic. The Serb midfielder hooks over the Roma defence for Cruz but Doni gets there first.
12' Inter scorer Julio Cruz is booked for a foul from behind on De Rossi.
11' Spotting Doni off his line Stankovic tries an ambitious shot from the distance but the Roma keeper repositions and saves.
8' GOOOOAAALLLL!!!!!!! Julio Cruz runs on to Adriano's deft through ball then slides it past Doni to silence the Olimpico. Roma 0-1 Inter.
7' De Rossi makes a headed clearance from Figo's corner kick.
7' Roma hit Inter on the counter-attack but Taddei overhits his cross for Mancini and Julio Cesar gathers the ball.
6' Adriano protects from De Rossi and sweeps wide to Figo who wins the first corner of the match.
5' De Rossi pokes through for Taddei but Cordoba has read the move and the Colombian defender clears.
5' Julio Cesar rises to collect a Panucci cross delivered from the right wing.
4' Stankovic is intercepted by Chivu as the Nerazzurri mount an attack down the left.
2' Free kick to Inter just inside our half for a foul by Panucci on his old Rome derby sparring partner Favalli.
1' Welcome to the Stadio Olimpico for tonight's Coppa Italia Tim final first-leg clash between Roma and Inter.
1' Matteo Trefoloni will referee tonight's match, a repeat of last year's first leg when 2 goals in 6 minutes from Adriano gave Inter a 2-0 victory. Mihajlovic scored in the return at the Meazza (refereed by Trefoloni) to seal a 3-0 aggregate win.
1' Roma team news - Talismanic captain Francesco Totti is on the bench as Luciano Spalletti has opted for this starting line-up: 32 Doni; 2 Panucci, 5 Mexes, 13 Chivu, 25 Cufrè; 14 Kharja, 16 De Rossi, 20 Perrotta, 17 Tommasi, 30 Mancini; 11 Taddei.
1' Inter team news - After Sunday's 4-3-3 at Empoli, Roberto Mancini reverts to a 4-4-2 for the cup final first leg: 12 Julio Cesar; 4 J. Zanetti, 2 Cordoba, 25 Samuel, 16 Favalli; 7 Figo, 8 Pizarro, 19 Cambiasso, 5 Stankovic; 9 Cruz, 10 Adriano.
1' Inter kick off. FORZA NERAZZURRI!!!!!!!!
1' Free kick to Inter 25 yards out on the right wing awarded for a foul on Luis Figo.
1' At the near post Cordoba tries to direct Figo's cross on target but it goes behind for a Roma goal kick.
Minute Text commentary
51' Full time. Roma 1-1 Inter. See you next Thursday for the return leg in Milan. In the meantime, Inter face Siena on Sunday in their last home Serie A fixture of the season.
50' Obafemi Martins is booked.
48' David Pizarro is booked for a foul in midfield.
47' Roma close to a dramatic winner. Alavarez controlls a Perrotta pass before sending a diagonal shot on target. Superb save by Julio Cesar, who denies the Roma sub again seconds later.
46' Figo's low ball forward for Cruz is cut out by Bovo. Roma come forward on the break and Favalli does well to dispossess Alvarez.
46' Inter come back at the Giallorossi. Favalli overhits his pass for Cruz and the home side regain possession.
45' Four minutes of added time.
40' Roma bring on Alvarez for Mancini, which means Totti will not make his return to competitive action in tonight's match.
38' Roma youngster Okaka Chuka goes down in the Inter box after minimal contact with Cordoba. Trefoloni rightly awards Roma a corner.
37' Corner to Roma. Mexes's shot from Taddei's cross is blocked by Javier Zanetti.
37' Free kick to Roma 30 yards out on the right for a foul by Cesar on Taddei.
36' Roberto Mancini makes his third and final substitution: Martins replaces Adriano.
36' Luciano Spalletti brings on Okaka Chuka for Tommasi.
33' In the Inter area Mancini controls a De Rossi cross but Javier Zanetti is quick to intercept. Corner to Roma.
30' Julio Cesar makes a punching clearance from Bovo's long-range cross.
29' Roberto Mancini brings on Cesar for Stankovic.
28' Cordoba intercepts a Taddei pass for Mancini to make amends for a defensive error by Burdisso.
27' Julio Cruz's curling free kick is over Doni's crossbar.
26' Mexes is the booked for a foul on Adriano and will miss next Thursday's return leg through suspension.
26' Samuel is unable to continue. On comes Nicolas Burdisso.
24' Play momentarily interrupted with Samuel requiring medical attention.
23' De Rossi intercepts a one-two between Favalli and Stankovic with a headed clearance.
23' De Rossi fires well off target over after a promising Giallorossi attack.
21' Walter Samuel is yellow-carded for a foul from behind on Taddei.
20' Javier Zanetti storms past two on the right then whips in a cross. Doni fails to hold but Panucci smashes clear.
19' Roma counter-attack. Tommasi races down the right then plays central to Taddei whose shot is weak. Another comfortable save for Julio Cesar.
18' Mancini's low shot is on target but too central. Easy save for Julio Cesar.
18' Free kick to Inter 40 yards out on the right for a Cufrè foul on Figo.
16' Free kick to Roma just outside our area for a Pizarro foul from behind on Daniele De Rossi.
14' Pizarro boots clear Mexes' deflected shot from a Taddei corner.
10' Roma equalise through Mancini, who fires home De Rossi's backheeled pass from Taddei's cross to finish off a well-worked move. Roma 1-1 Inter.
9' Favalli combines with Stankovic on the left then crosses. De Rossi intercepts.
7' Adriano plays short to Stankovic. The Serb's long-range effort takes a deflection and Inter win a corner.
6' Free kick to Inter in a central position 35 yards out.
5' Favalli cuts out Perrotta's ball wide for Panucci on the right wing with a well-timed interception.
4' Good chance for Roma. Taddei's first-time shot from a Panucci cross is wide of the near post.
3' Luckily for Inter nothing comes of Simone Perrotta's dangerous cross from inside the Inter area.
1' Roma kick off the second half. FORZA INTER!!!!!!!!!
1' Luciano Spalletti has brought on Bovo for Chivu, who is unable to continue after suffering a muscle injury.
Julio Cesar
Average rating 5.98
6 shots on target 2
8 shots off target 1
0 fouls committed 0
8 corners 5
0 offsides 3
28:12 ball possession 22:02
Disciplinary situation

Disqualified: Dacourt, Rosi (Roma)
Cautioned: Aquilani, Chivu, Mexes, Perrotta, Taddei, Tommasi (Roma); Burdisso, Kily Gonzalez, Wome, C.Zanetti, J.Zanetti (Inter)

Roma v Inter in the capital

Inter have won 25 of their 79 competitive fixtures with Roma in Italy's capital. The Nerazzurri's last win away to the Giallorossi was last season's 2-0 victory in the cup final first leg. The last of Roma's 33 home wins against Inter was their 4-1 victory in the 2003/04 Serie A. There have been 21 draws between the two teams in Rome. This season's 1-1 draw in the league was the last one.

Cup meetings between Roma and Inter

Inter have won 6, drawn 1 and lost 3 of their 10 Coppa Italia matches against Roma. The Giallorossi have won twice, drawn once and lost once in the four matches played at the Stadio Olimpico.

Mancini v Spalletti: goals guaranteed?

Roberto Mancini has won 4, drawn 3 and lost 2 of his 9 competitive meetings with Luciano Spalletti. There has never been a lack of goals in clashes between these two coaches, with Mancini's teams scoring 16 and Spalletti's sides netting 13.

Roma's road to the final

Roma knocked out Napoli, Juventus and Palermo on their way to this year's Coppa Italia final. After a 3-0 win in Naples the Giallorossi won 2-1 in Rome to eliminate Napoli at the last 16 stage. In the quarter-finals Roma had the better of Juventus over two legs, winning 3-2 in Turin and losing 1-0 at home to reach the last four on away goals. The Giallorossi reached their second consecutive final against Inter with a 2-2 away goals victory over Palermo in the last four, winning 1-0 at the Olimpico after a 1-2 defeat at the Barbera. Roma's ten cup goals this season have been scored by Aquilani (2), A.Mancini (2), Perrotta (2), Tommasi (2), Nonda and Okaka.

No Roma cup draw in nine games

Roma's last draw in the Coppa Italia was almost a year ago: Roma 1-1 Udinese on 11 May 2005. Since that match the Giallorossi have collected 5 Coppa wins and 4 defeats.

Roma unbeaten at home in nine matches

Roma 0-1 Juventus on 1 February was the capital side's last home defeat in all competitions. Since then Spalletti's team have won 7 and lost 2 of the 9 Serie A, Coppa Italia and UEFA Cup matches played at the Olimpico.

Cup final number 12 for Roma

This year's domestic cup final appearance is Roma's twelfth after those in 1936/37, 1940/41, 1963/64, 1979/80, 1980/81, 1983/84, 1985/86, 1990/91, 1992/93, 2002/03 and 2004/05. Roma lifted the trophy in 1968/69, not by contesting a final, but by finishing ahead of Cagliari, Foggia and Torino in a four-team group final.

Inter's road to the final

Inter saw off Parma, Lazio and Udinese on their way to their second consecutive final against Roma. In the last 16 stage Mancini's side won 1-0 at Parma before a 0-0 draw at home to set up a quarter-final meeting with Lazio. After a 1-1 draw at the Olimpico Inter won the return by a single goal to seal an aggregate 2-1 victory. In the semis Inter ousted Udinese, drawing 2-2 at the Friuli after a 1-0 home win in the first leg. Inter's 6 cup goals this season have been scored by Solari (2) Stankovic (2), Martins and Pizarro.

Inter unbeaten in 20 cup games

Inter 1-2 Bari on 19 December 2002 was the Nerazzurri's last defeat in Italy's cup competition. Since that date Inter have collected 12 Coppa Italia wins and 8 draws to equal the club's record unbeaten cup run between May 1986 and April 1988.

Inter unbeaten away in cup since December 2002

Bari 0-1 Inter was the Nerazzurri's last away defeat in the Coppa Italia. Inter's away form in the cup since then is 4 wins and 6 draws.

Inter on target in last 8 cup trips

Inter have scored in each of their last eight Coppa Italia trips, notching a total of 13 goals. The Nerazzurri last failed to score in a domestic cup match away from home on 13 January 2004, a 0-0 draw with Udinese.

Inter's ninth cup final

This season's two-legged clash with Roma is Inter's ninth cup final after appearances in 1938/39, 1958/59, 1964/65, 1976/77, 1977/78, 1981/82, 1999/00 and 2004/05. In 1967/68 Inter finished bottom of the four-team group final, behind Bologna, AC Milan and winners Torino).

The ref: Matteo Trefoloni

Born in Siena on 31 March 1971, Matteo Simone Trefoloni is registered with the Florence refereeing section. He refereed his first Coppa Italia match on 13 August 2000, a 1-1 draw between Alzano Virescit and Brescello. To date he has taken charge of 16 domestic cup clashes (6 home wins, 7 draws and 3 away wins). This season Trefoloni refereed Massese 0-1 Atalanta, a first qualifying round match played on 7 August 2005.

Trefoloni 'away' to Roma, Inter this season

Roma have won 7, drawn 6 and lost 3 of their 16 matches refereed by Trefoloni, whilst Inter have collected 6 wins, 3, draws and 2 defeats from their 11 matches directed by the Tuscan ref. Trefoloni has refereed Roma four times this season, and all four times away from home: Reggina 0-3 Roma, Parma 0-3 Roma, Lazio 0-2 Roma and Juventus 1-1 Roma. Likewise, all three of Inter's meetings with Trefoloni this season have been in away matches: Messina 1-2 Inter, Lecce 0-2 Inter and Fiorentina 2-1 Inter.

Second final in a row

At the Olimpico Matteo Trefoloni referees a match between Roma and Inter for the second time in his career. He took charge of last year's final return leg at the San Siro, when Inter ran out 1-0 winners thanks to a Mihajlovic goal.

wins(2) draws(2) defeats(5)
ROME - Amantino Mancini replied to a Julio Cruz goal as Roma held Inter 1-1 at the Olimpico to keep the Coppa Italia final perfectly poised ahead of next Thursday's return leg.

Cruz combined with strike partner Adriano to give Inter the lead on eight minutes. The Brazilian forward split open the Giallorossi defence with a deft through ball and El Jardinero obliged, sliding past Doni to silence the Olimpico.

Spurred on by a vociferous 70,000-strong crowd Roma went on to dominate the first half but their only real chance fell to Daniele De Rossi, whose floated cross-shot was turned round by Julio Cesar at the angle between bar and post.

Doni did well to parry Dejan Stankovic's blistering long-distance free kick on the stroke of half time to keep Roma in the game.

Spalletti's side showed no signs of slowing down in the second half and the pressure paid off with a deserved equaliser ten minutes in when Amantino Mancini fired low past Julio Cesar after De Rossi played the Brazilian into space with a neat backheeled pass from Taddei's cross.

Julio Cesar denied Alvarez a dramatic winner with a crucial save from the Roma sub's low diagonal shot in injury time.

ROMA 1-1 INTER (HT: 0-1)

Scorers: Cruz 8, Mancini 55

ROMA: 32 Doni; 2 Panucci, 5 Mexes, 13 Chivu (3 Bovo 46), 25 Cufrè; 14 Kharja, 16 De Rossi, 20 Perrotta, 17 Tommasi (35 Okaka Chuka 81), 30 Mancini (7 Alvarez 85); 11 Taddei
Subs not used: 1 Curci, 4 Kuffour, 10 Totti, 40 Nonda
Coach: Luciano Spalletti

INTER: 12 Julio Cesar; 4 J.Zanetti, 2 Cordoba, 25 Samuel (3 Burdisso 71), 16 Favalli; 7 Figo, 8 Pizarro, 19 Cambiasso, 5 Stankovic (31 Cesar 74); 9 Cruz, 10 Adriano (30 Martins 81)
Subs not used: 1 Toldo, 18 Kily Gonzalez, 21 Solari, 23 Materazzi
Coach: Roberto Mancini

Referee: Matteo Trefoloni (Siena)

Booked: Cruz 12, Taddei 43, Samuel 66, Mexes 71, Pizarro 90+3, Martins 90+5

starting lineups

Doni 12 Julio Cesar
Panucci 4 Zanetti
Mexes 2 Cordoba
Chivu 25 Samuel
Cufrè 16 Favalli
Kharja 7 Figo
De Rossi 8 Pizarro
Perrotta 19 Cambiasso
Tommasi 5 Stankovic
Mancini 9 Cruz
Taddei 10 Adriano


Curci 1 Toldo
Bovo 23 Materazzi
Kuffour 3 Burdisso
Alvarez 18 Kily Gonzalez
Totti 21 Solari
Okaka Chuca 31 Cesar
Nonda 30 Martins