Final score

9 May 2007 18:00

44' (2nd half) Panucci
9' (2nd half) Panucci
31' Mancini
16' Perrotta
5' De Rossi
1' Totti
11' (2nd half) Crespo
20' Crespo
Referee: Massimiliano Saccani / Linesmen: Piromondini, Niccolai / Fourth official: Brighi
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46' Roma lead Inter 4-1 at the break.
45' Stankovic makes a surging run down the middle and combines with Crespo but is beaten to the Argentine's return ball by Chivu.
45' There will be one minute of added time.
44' Maicon storms down the right, cuts inside and plays short to Adriano, who is tackled.
41' Figo gets into the area from the right but is denied by Mexes.
40' Inter close to reducing the gap before half time. Figo crashes a shot against the post from inside the area.
37' Adriano gets a low shot on target from the left angle of the Roma area. Doni saves.
36' Roma want more. Totti turns Cordoba on the edge of the box and sends a low shot on target. Good save by Toldo.
35' An ooooh rings round the Olimpico as Totti's effort from the free kick is just wide.
34' The Brazilian right-back is booked.
33' Free kick to Roma in Francesco Totti territory after a Maicon foul on Perrotta.
32' Figo gets a cross in from the right but it's cleared by the Giallorossi defence.
31' Roma winger Mancini booked for removing his shirt during the goal celebrations.
30' With Toldo stranded after a corner, Mancini fires into an open goal to restore Roma's three-goal advantage.
29' Inter break and win a free kick on the right for a crunching tackle from behind on Figo.
29' The Roma defence holds tight as Inter create chances through Figo and Maicon.
28' Materazzi rises to head clear a De Rossi cross from a free kick.
27' Back in our half of the pitch, Roma win a free kick 30 yards out on the right channel.
27' Totti goes straight for goal with a low drive. Inter's defence blocks and clears.
26' Mancini turns his compatriot Maicon on the left and gets a cross in. Toldo saves.
26' Inter hit back. Crespo floats the ball over to the far post for Adriano, but it's too long for his strike partner.
24' Figo combines with Crespo and pokes through for Adriano with a deft touch of the ball, but the Brazilian hasn't read the move.
24' Zanetti has a go from 30 yards. It's wide.
20' Here's the first. Maicon breaks down the right and serves Hernan Crespo who turns Doni and slides into an open net from an acute angle. Roma 3-1 Inter.
17' Inter fans won't need reminding that the Nerazzurri came back from three goals down to beat Roma 4-3 in the Italian Super Cup last August.
16' Roma go 3-0 up. The Giallorossi hit us on the break and Perrotta slides past Toldo from close range after meeting Chivu's defence-splitting through pass.
14' At the other end Adriano lashes over from distance.
14' David Pizarro tests Toldo with a well struck right-footer from 30 yards.
13' Mancini blasts over from 20 yards as Roma pile on the pressure.
12' Figo's right-foot effort from the free kick hits the Roma wall and finishes in the hands of Doni.
12' Roma break and go close again. Spotting Toldo off his line, Taddei tries to surprise the Inter keeper with a chip shot but his attempt is wide of the left post.
11' Adri wins us a free kick 30 yards out after a foul by Mexes.
10' Doni plucks a Figo right-wing cross out of the air as the Nerazzurri attack Roma for the first time in these opening minutes.
9' Another chance for Roma, but Perrotta mis-hits his shot from Taddei's right-wing centre.
7' Toldo says no to Taddei with a brilliant save from the Brazilian's diagonal effort. What a start by Roma.
5' Totti's long-range effort from the resulting free kick takes a deflection off the Inter wall. Corner for Roma.
5' 2-0 to Roma. De Rossi deflects in Philippe Mexes' volley from the corner to double the Giallorossi's lead.
3' Play interrupted as Perrotta remains on the ground after a challenge by Ivan Cordoba.
1' Inter v Roma v Roma v Roma... The third consecutive two-legged Coppa Italia final between these two teams begins here at the Stadio Olimpico.
1' In the first of three meetings between the two teams so far this season, Inter came back from three goals down to edge the Giallorossi 4-3 after extra time in the 2006 Italian Super Cup last August.
1' Crespo scored the winner as Inter ran out 1-0 winners away to Spalletti's side in the first half of the Serie A season. Last month, Perrotta, Totti and Cassetti netted for Roma at the Meazza to delay the Nerazzurri's title celebrations by a few days.
1' Roma beat Triestina, Parma and AC Milan over to legs to qualify for the final. Inter disposed of Messina, Empoli and Sampdoria.
1' Inter defender Nicolas Burdisso is the competition's top scorer this season with four goals to his name. Montella and Mancini have eached scored three Coppa goals for the Giallorossi. El Padroncito is on the bench today.
1' Roma prodigy Alberto Aquilani is among the Giallorossi subs after returning from injury against Palermo last Sunday. The 22-year-old midfielder scored twice against Inter in the 2006 Super Cup final.
1' Fit-again Patrick Vieira also hit a brace in the Super Cup, sparking an incredible comeback. The France captain is on the bench for the first leg after playing the last 15 minutes in Messina at the weekend.
1' Olivier Dacourt and David Pizarro were on opposite sides in last season's final. The Frenchman has been named in Mancini's starting lineup for the first leg, while the Chilean starts for Spalletti's side after recovering from a foot problem.
1' Chivu, Defendi, Marsili, Mexes, Pizarro, Rosi (Roma), Burdisso, Dacourt, Figo, Materazzi and Solari (Inter) are all on cautions, and will miss the return leg if booked at the Olimpico.
1' The lineups:<br> Roma: Doni; Panucci, Mexes, Ferrari, Chivu; Taddei, Pizarro, De Rossi, Perrotta, Mancini; Totti.<br> Inter: Toldo; Maicon, Cordoba, Materazzi, Maxwell; Stankovic, Dacourt, Zanetti, Figo; Crespo, Adriano.
1' Saccani blows his whistle and Inter, playing in their white away strip, kick off. FORZA NERAZZURRI!!!
1' Roma straight into attack. Taddei plays a dangerous low ball across the face of our six-yard box but there's no team-mate on hand.
1' There is this time as the Giallorossi take a first-minute lead. Francesco Totti controls another Taddei pass, swivels and fires home from ten yards. Roma 1-0 Inter.
Minute Text commentary
48' Recoba's curling free kick is high and wide.
48' Full time. Roma beat Inter 6-2. See you next Thursday for the return leg at the Meazza, and on Sunday for the Serie A Week 36 clash with the light blue half of Rome.
47' Totti's free kick is well wide of the left post.
47' Saccani produces yet another yellow card. Roma sub Tonetto is booked for a foul on Recoba.
46' Materazzi booked for fouling Totti. The Italy defender will miss the return leg as he went into the game on a caution.
45' Three minutes of overtime.
44' Panucci steals in to fire home from close range after a great save by Toldo from Totti's long-range free kick. Roma 6-2 Inter.
42' Dacourt crashes over the bar from 20 yards.
41' Luciano Spalletti makes his last change. Max Tonetto replaces David Pizarro.
38' Aquilani fouls Grosso on the left angle of the Roma box. Free kick. Recoba could have a go from here.
38' Recoba's outswinging cross is over the heads of Materazzi and the Roma defenders.
35' Recoba dribbles two opponents during a mazy diagonal run, but is stopped by Aquilani.
35' Vieira is shown a yellow card for a challenge on De Rossi.
34' Recoba close with a shot on his right foot. The Urguayan's 20-yard effort is blocked by Doni. Ferrari heads clear the resulting corner kick.
34' Oli Dacourt booked for tripping Totti. The Frenchman, one of the many players on warnings will automatically miss the return leg.
32' The talented Aquilani is straight into the action. He controls a pass into the box with his chest and serves Totti with an overhead kick. The Roma captain then volleys over the bar.
31' Roma bring on Alberto Aquilani for Rodrigo Taddei.
28' Mancini receives from Totti on the left. Forced to backtrack, the Brazilian glides past Cordoba and Materazzi, and goes down under a challenge from Dacourt. Free kick to Roma just outside the box.
28' De Rossi's free kick is high and wide.
27' Roma close to a sixth. Mancini fires narrowly wide from the edge of the box.
25' Simone Perrotta heads clear El Chino's cross from the corner flag.
24' Grosso's left-wing cross spins of Panucci. Corner for Inter.
23' Cordoba booked for a challenge on Perrotta in the centre circle.
22' Roberto Mancini makes his third change. Fabio Grosso is on for Maxwell.
21' Cassetti crashes on target from 30 yards. Toldo blocks.
19' Vieira wins Inter win a left-wing corner. Recoba's inswinging cross is headed clear by Panucci.
19' Superb one-handed save by Toldo from Totti's dangerous low swerveshot, which had taken a slight deflection off Materazzi.
18' Zanetti slaloms his way into the area but loses control of the ball. Panucci boots clear.
17' Pizarro dispossesses Stankovic on the by-line and blasts to safety. De Rossi then blocks a Vieira move.
14' Mancini gets into a shooting position and unleashes a low shot which takes a deflection. Right-wing corner for the home side.
14' Headed clearance by Marco Materazzi from David Pizarro's corner kick.
12' Inter bring on Alvaro Recoba for Adriano.
11' GOOOAAALLLL!!!!!! Hernan Crespo heads in a Maicon cross from the right after a defensive error by Cassetti. Roma 5-2 Inter.
9' Ex-Inter defender Panucci rises in the box and powers home a header from Pizarro's left-wing corner. 5-1 to Roma.
8' Roma clear Vieira's looping cross into the box to deny Adriano.
7' Patrick Vieira, who scored twice in the Super Cup comeback last August, replaces Luis Figo, who sealed victory with the winning goal in extra time.
6' Roma awarded a free kick in a central position 30 yards out after a foul from behind by Dacourt on Totti.
5' It looks as if Doni is okay to continue after a quick check by the Roma doc.
4' Adri's header from the corner is over the Roma crossbar.
4' Doni appears to have injured his left shoulder. Curci is warming up on the touchline.
3' Materazzi's back-post header from Figo's inswinging left-wing corner is off target.
3' Adriano unleashes a fierce left-footer from 30 yards. And it's not far off. Doni gets down at the right post and palms behind. Corner for Inter.
1' Roma kick off the second half. FORZA INTER!!!!
1' Spalletti has made a half-time switch. Cassetti is on for Mexes.
Average rating 4.57
0 shots on target 0
0 shots off target 0
0 fouls committed 0
0 corners 0
0 offsides 0
00 ball possession 00
Roma v Inter in the capital

Inter have played Roma at the Olimpico on 81 previous occasions. The Giallorossi have won 33 (last victory 4-1 in 2003/04 Serie A), there have been 22 draws (last draw 1-1 in 2005/06 Coppa Italia), and Inter have won 26 (last away win 1-0 in 2006/07 Serie A).

Roma v Inter in cup

There have been 12 domestic cup meetings between the two teams. There have been 3 Roma wins, 2 draws and 7 Inter victories. In cup matches at the Olimpico, Roma have won 2, drawn 2 and lost 1.

Roma chasing Juve record, Inter in sight of Fiorentina

The winners of Inter v Roma will lift the 59th Coppa Italia. Vado beat Udinese 1-0 after extra time to win the first final in 1922. Sixteen different teams have lifted the domestic cup. Juventus have won it 9 times, followed by Roma (7), Fiorentina (6), AC Milan (5), Inter and Torino (5), Lazio (4), Sampdoria (4), Napoli (3) Parma (3), Bologna (2), Atalanta (1), Genoa (1), Vado (1), Venezia (1) and Vicenza (1).

Third consecutive final

Roma v Inter is the third consecutive Coppa Italia final between the two teams - the first time this has happened in the history of the competition. Inter, winners in 2004/05 and 2005/06 play away to the Giallorossi in the first leg for the third season running.

Cup final number 13 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, 2004/05 and 2005/06. 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.

...and number 10 for Inter

This season's two-legged clash with Roma is Inter's ninth cup final after 1938/39, 1958/59, 1964/65, 1976/77, 1977/78, 1981/82, 1999/00, 2004/05 and 2005/06. In 1967/68 Inter finished bottom of the four-team group final, behind Bologna, AC Milan and winners Torino).

The Coppa Mancini

From AC Milan 0-1 Sampdoria on 30 June 1985 to Inter 0-0 Lazio on 18 May 2000, Roberto Mancini has taken part in more Coppa Italia finals than any other player. He is also the player who has lifted the most cups (6), with triumphs at Sampdoria in 1984/85, 1987/88, 1988/89 and 1993/94, and Lazio in 1997/98 and 1999/00. This winning trend hasn't changed since Mancini became a coach. In 2000/01 he led Fiorentina to a two-legged victory over Parma (0-1 in Parma, 1-1 in Florence). Three seasons later Mancini's Lazio beat Juventus over two legs (2-0 in Rome, 2-2 in Turin). In 2004/05 he led Inter to an aggregate victory against Roma (0-2 in Rome, 1-0 in Milan), and last season his Nerazzurri side beat the Giallorossi again (1-1 in Rome, 3-1 in Milan).

Eriksson, Mancini: 3 cups at 3 different clubs, 4 triumphs each

Sven Goran Eriksson and Roberto Mancini are the only two coaches to have won the Coppa Italia with three different teams, and to have lifted the trophy four times. The Swedish coach won it with Roma in 1985/86, Sampdoria in 1993/94 and Lazio in 1997/98 and 1999/00. Mancini equalled Eriksson's record by winning the cup with Inter in 2004/05 after triumphs with Fiorentina in 2000/01 and Lazio in 2003/04.

Roma's road to final

The Giallorossi overcame Triestina in the round of 16, winning 2-1 away and 2-0 at home to set up a quarter-final against Parma. Spalletti's side disposed of the Gialloblu with a 2-1 home win followed by a 2-2 draw at the Tardini. Roma knocked out AC Milan in the semi-finals, winning 3-1 at the Olimpico after a 2-2 draw at San Siro. Their 13 cup goals in 2006/07 are shared between Montella and Pizarro (3 each), Mancini and Perrotta (2 each), and De Rossi, Totti and Virga.

Roma unbeaten at home in 22 games

The Giallorossi have collected 16 wins and 6 draws at the Olimpico since their last home defeat, a 1-0 Serie A loss to Inter on 20 September 2006.

Roma on target in last 10 Coppa fixtures

Spalletti's men have scored in their last 10 Tim Cup games, netting a total of 17 goals. Their last domestic cup game without scoring was a 1-0 home defeat to Juventus on 1 February 2006.

Inter's road to the final

The Nerazzurri ousted Messina in the round of 16, winning 1-0 in Sicily and 4-0 at the Meazza. Mancini's men knocked out Empoli at the quarter-final stage with two 2-0 wins, and successfully defended a 3-0 lead at the Meazza to send Sampdoria packing in the semi-finals. Inter have scored 12 cup goals this season. Top scorer is Burdisso with 4 goals. Adriano, Andreolli, Cambiasso, Cordoba, Crespo, Cruz, Mariano Gonzalez and Grosso have scored one apiece.

No Inter defeat in Coppa Italia since 2002, Mancini unbeaten in competition

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 18 wins and 10 draws from 28 games to better the club's previous record of 20 cup matches without defeat, set between May 1986 and April 1988. With 16 wins and 6 draws, Roberto Mancini is unbeaten in the Coppa Italia since taking over at Inter.

No cup goal against Inter for 550 minutes

Nonda's 80th-minute strike in Inter 3-1 Roma on 11 May 2006 was the last Coppa Italia goal conceded by the Nerazzurri. Including the remaining 10 minutes of last season's final second leg, plus the entire games against Messina (home and away), Empoli (home and away) and Sampdoria (home and away) this term, Inter have not let in a domestic cup goal for 550 competitive minutes.

Disciplinary situation

Disqualified: -
Cautioned: Chivu, Defendi, Marsili, Mexes, Pizarro, Rosi.

Disqualified: -
Cautioned: Burdisso, Dacourt, Figo, Materazzi, Solari.

wins(2) draws(2) defeats(5)

ROME - Coppa Italia holders Inter face an uphill task in their quest to retain the trophy after losing the first leg of this year's final 6-2 at the Stadio Olimpico.

Roma ran rings around the Nerazzurri in the opening stages to storm into a three-goal lead by the 16th minute.

Their skipper Francesco Totti grabbed a shock first-minute opener, firing home from ten yards after controlling a Taddei right-wing cross.

Daniele De Rossi deflected in Philppe Mexes' volley from a corner to double Roma's lead shortly after.

And Simone Perrotta capped an extraordinary start by the Giallorossi just after the quarter-hour mark, sliding past Toldo from close-range after Chivu's through ball.

Inter, who came back from three goals down to beat Roma 4-3 in the Super Cup last August, reduced the arrears from a counter-attack in the 20th. Maicon raced down the right and fed Hernan Crespo who rounded Doni before slotting in from a tight angle.

Luis Figo could have added a second before the break, only to see his diagonal effort come crashing back off the post.

Inter looked to have stifled Roma's attacking momentum after the interval but ex-Nerazzurri full-back Panucci popped up in the box to power home a header from on-loan midfielder Pizarro in the 54th minute.

Roma's four-goal advantage was short-lived as Hernan Crespo headed in a Maicon right-wing cross after a defensive mistake by Cassetti.

But the Giallorossi scored a sixth with a minute left on the clock when Panucci stole in to fire past Toldo after the Inter keeper's parry from Totti's long-range free kick.

The defeat was Inter's first away from home after a run of 18 wins and 5 draws.

And the reverse in Roma brought to an end the Nerazzurri's unbeaten 28-match run in the cup.

But Inter are no strangers to comebacks, and Roberto Mancini will be looking to lead his team to a third consecutive Coppa Italia triumph - and his eleventh personal success in the competition - in next Thursday's return at the Meazza.

Roma 6-2 Inter (HT: 4-1)

Scorers: Totti 1, De Rossi 5, Perrotta 16, Crespo 20, 56, Mancini 30, Panucci 54, 89.

Roma: 32 Doni; 2 Panucci, 5 Mexes (77 Cassetti 46), 21 Ferrari, 13 Chivu; 11 Taddei(8 Aquilani 76), 7 Pizarro (22 Tonetto 86), 16 De Rossi, 20 Perrotta, 30 Mancini; 10 Totti.
Subs not used: 1 Curci, 4 Wilhelmsson, 17 Tavano, 23 Vucinic.
Coach: Luciano Spalletti.

Inter: 1 Toldo; 13 Maicon, 2 Cordoba, 23 Materazzi, 6 Maxwell (11 Grosso 67); 5 Stankovic, 15 Dacourt, 4 Zanetti, 7 Figo (14 Vieira 52); 18 Crespo, 10 Adriano (20 Recoba 57).
Subs not used: 12 Julio Cesar, 16 Burdisso, 21 Solari, 91 Mariano Gonzalez.
Coach: Roberto Mancini.

Referee: Massimiliano Saccani (Mantua).

Booked: Mancini 31, Maicon 34, Cordoba 66, Dacourt 79, Vieira 80, Materazzi 90+1, Tonetto 90+2.

starting lineups

Doni 1 Toldo
Panucci 13 Maicon
Mexes 2 Cordoba
Ferrari 23 Materazzi
Chivu 6 Maxwell
Taddei 5 Stankovic
Pizarro 15 Dacourt
De Rossi 4 Zanetti
Perrotta 7 Figo
Mancini 18 Crespo
Totti 10 Adriano


Curci 12 Julio Cesar
Wilhelmsson 11 Grosso
Aquilani 14 Vieira
Tavano 16 Burdisso
Tonetto 20 Recoba
Vucinic 21 Solari
Cassetti 91 Gonzalez