Final score

7 May 2008 21:00

40' (2nd half) Cruz
7' (2nd half) Pelé
referee Massimiliano Saccani / linesmen Niccolai, Papi / 4th man Russo
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Minutes Text commentary
46' It's 0-0 at the break. Forty-five more minutes of this, and we'll have extra time.
45' One minute of added time.
45' Toldo saves a weak shot from Bianchi.
45' Five minutes more to play.
42' Ledesma's 30-yard free kick isn't far wide.
41' The first yellow card of the evening goes to Pelé - for a foul on Pandev.
40' Great move by Inter. Pelé picks out Suazo with a low ball upfield and the Honduran serves Jimenez with a delightful flick. The Chilean turns and fires wide from inside the box.
39' Nice strike on the turn from Pandev. And a nice save by Toldo.
37' Jimenez' disappointing free kick is easily blocked by the Lazio defence, but the Nerazzurri remain in the Biancocelesti third and Pelé tests Ballotta with a low long-range shot.
36' Free kick to Inter 30 yards from goal after a crunching tackle on Jimenez.
34' Lazio hit back and go close through Pandev, whose low shot from Rocchi's pass is wide of the target.
33' Inter close to an opener. Jimenez dives in an attempt to meet Cesar's brilliant left-wing cross - but veteran keeper Ballotta gets there first.
30' Saccani blows for a foul by Suazo on Siviglia in the Lazio box.
24' Goran Pandev's curling free kick is over the bar.
23' Pandev wins his team a free kick in a dangerous position after a foul from behind by Chivu.
20' Corner for Inter. Jimenez' inswinger from the right is headed to safety.
18' Inter win a free kick on the right wing. Jimenez' cross is cleared.
18' Inter win a free kick on the right wing. Jimenez' cross is cleared. The Chilean gets a second cross in but Chivu's acrobatic attempt comes to nothing.
16' Good chance for Lazio. Rocchi robs birthday boy Bolzoni (19 years old today) just outside the area. His shot shaves the bar.
13' Toldo is quick to the edge of his area to beat Rocchi to a long pass.
9' Lazio win a corner after Behrami's weak shot is blocked. Nothing comes of it.
5' Bianchi fails to connect with Ledesma's inswinging free kick in the box, and Inter clear.
4' Another free kick to the Biancocelesti. Awarded for a Burdisso foul on Behrami, it's 30 yards out on the left.
3' Rivas stabs clear and Pelé sweeps upfield as Lazio maintain the early attacking pressure.
2' Post! Ledesma's curling free kick hits Toldo's right-hand upright.
1' Welcome to the Stadio Olimpico in Rome for the second leg of our Tim Cup semi-final against Lazio. The first leg finished 0-0, meaning that any scoring draw or a win tonight will see us through to a fourh consecutive Coppa final.
1' Lazio (4-3-3): 32 Ballotta; 29 De Silvestri, 13 Siviglia, 25 Cribari, 8 Zauri; 6 Dabo, 24 Ledesma, 85 Behrami; 19 Pandev, 9 Bianchi, 18 Rocchi.
1' Inter (4-4-1-1): 1 Toldo; 16 Burdisso, 24 Rivas, 26 Chivu, 6 Maxwell; 4 Zanetti, 36 Bolzoni, 30 Pelé, 31 Cesar; 11 Jimenez; 29 Suazo.
1' Game on. Saccani blows his whistle, and Inter kick off.
1' Rocchi goes down under a challenge from Rivas after collecting Cribari's pass just outside our area.
Minutes Text commentary
50' Full time. Inter beat Lazio 2-0 and reach the Coppa Italia final for the fourth season in a row.
47' Rivas blocks a Pandev shot as Lazio come looking for a late consolation.
43' David Suazo shoots straight at Ballotta from 25 yards.
42' Lazio bring on Tare for De Silvestri.
40' Cesar gets a shot in froma tight angle. Ballotta saves.
40' GOOOAAALLL!!!! Julio Cruz sees us through to the final, prodding into an open goal after Ballotta spills Pelé's cross. LAZIO 0-2 INTER.
38' Materazzi is shown a straight red for a foul on Pandev. Looking at the replay, he went for the ball.
37' Marco is okay to continue after a bit of medical assistance.
37' Ledesma has a go from distance - the Argentine's shot is over the bar.
35' Lazio replace Dabo with Mutarelli.
35' Materazzi lands awkwardly after an aerial duel with Rocchi in the centre circle.
34' Tempers flare in the box. Saccani books Kolarov and Cruz.
32' Inter bring on Maicon for Chivu.
32' Siviglia makes a poked interception to deny Suazo a close-range shot on goal.
31' Chivu's curling free kick is high and wide.
30' Another shot by Kolarov. The Serbian's first-time shot from Rocchi's pass is way off target.
26' Kolarov's free kick goes just wide of Toldo's left-hand post.
25' Free kick to Lazio 30 yards from goal on the right, awarded for a clambering challenge by Chivu.
24' Dabo's first-time swerveshot is just wide of the upright.
23' Inter bring on Materazzi for Burdisso.
22' Delio Rossi makes his first change. Kolarov replaces Lazio captain Zauri.
22' Magnificent save by Toldo. At full stretch the Inter number one denies Goran Pandev with a one-handed block.
20' Burdisso is back on the pitch and play resumes.
19' Match ref Saccani has sent off Roberto Mancini for sarcastically applauding him.
18' Burdisso remains on the ground after an aerial duel with Rocchi.
14' Substitution number one. Julio Cruz comes on for Francesco Bolzoni.
7' Brilliant goal by Pelé!!!!! Suazo powers past Cribari on the right and cuts back to the Portuguese youngster, whose first-time effort from inside the area finds the top corner. LAZIO 0-1 INTER, and silence at the Olimpico.
7' Lazio now need to score twice to stop us reaching the final.
5' Francesco Toldo makes a palmed clearance from Rocchi's flicked header from Ledesma's corner kick.
5' Behrami is booked.
4' Burdisso heads behind a dangerous inswinging cross from the right. Another corner for the home side.
3' Rivas intercepts Zauri in the box. Corner to Lazio.
2' Brilliant diving block by Pelé from Behrami's angled shot.
1' Lazio kick off the second half.
Average rating 6.88
0 shots on target 0
0 shots off target 0
0 fouls committed 0
0 corners 0
0 offsides 0
00 ball possession 00
Disciplinary situation

Disqualified: Maniche (Inter)
Cautioned: Firmani, Kolarov, Mauri, Mudingayi, Muslera, Rocchi, Siviglia (Lazio)

Lazio v Inter in Rome

The two teams have met in Rome on 73 previous occasions. There have been 25 Lazio wins, 30 draws and 18 Inter wins. Lazio's last home victory over Inter was a 2-1 Serie A victory in 2003/04. The last draw between the two sides in Rome was the 1-1 Serie A stalemate in March 2008, while Inter's last win against Lazio at the Olimpico was their 2-0 league victory in 2006/07.

Rossi v Mancini

Roberto Mancini is unbeaten in competitive encounters against teams coached by Delio Rossi, with 10 wins and 4 draws from 14 games.

Lazio unbeaten at home in cup since 2003

Lazio's last home defeat in the Coppa Italia came on 5 February 2003 when they lost 2-1 to city rivals Roma. The Biancocelesti have since won 9 games and drawn one (a 1-1 draw with Inter on 24 January 2006).

Long scoring run in Coppa

Lazio have scored in 30 consecutive Coppa Italia matches at home (netting a total of 76) since their 1-0 defeat to Inter on 12 December 1995.

Biancocelesti on target in last 16 home matches

Lazio have scored in each of their their last 16 home fixtures, netting a total of 27 goals. Their last home game without scoring was a 1-0 defeat to Fiorentina on 3 November 2007.

Lazio never through after 0-0 away draw in first leg

For the fifth time in their history Lazio go into the return leg of a Coppa Italia tie after a 0-0 draw from the first leg. In the 1978/79 quarter-finals they lost 5-4 on penalties against Palermo after a second 0-0 draw. The same happened in the 1979/80 quarter-finals when the Biancocelesti were beaten 4-3 on penalties by Torino. Juventus beat Lazio 2-0 in the 1986/87 round of 16 return leg, and Modena reached the last 16 thanks to a 3-1 return leg win over the Romans in 1990/91.

Mancini: just one cup KO with Inter

Roberto Mancini has lost just one Coppa Italia match during his tenure at Inter. It was the 6-2 defeat at Roma in the first leg of last season's final. In the other 28 cup games Mancini's Nerazzurri have collected 20 victories and 8 draws.

Inter on target in last 15 cup trips, one defeat in last 17

Inter have scored in each of their last 15 away matches in the national cup, scoring a total of 29 goals. Udinese 0-0 Inter on 13 January 2004 was their last cup fixture without scoring. On their Coppa Italia travels the Nerazzurri have lost just one of their last 17 games - last season's 6-2 loss to Roma in the final. In the other 16 games they have won 9 and drawn 7.

wins(3) draws(2) defeats(3)

ROME - Pelé and Julio Cruz scored in the second half to set up a Tim Cup final with either Catania or Roma.

The Portuguese youngster stunned the Stadio Olimpico with a magnificent strike seven minutes after the restart, Cruz adding an easy second late on.

Lazio made a strong start and Ledesma hit the post with a curling free kick less than two minutes in.

Delio Rossi's side maintained the attacking pressure and hit the woodwork again when Rocchi's 20-yard strike shaved the bar.

Lazio began the second half as they ended the first but Pelé silenced the Olimpico in the 52nd minute with his first goal in black and blue - a brilliant placed shot from Suazo's cut-back that flew into the top right corner.

Needing to score twice, Lazio's game deteriorated and substitute Cruz wrapped up victory with five minutes of the ninety remaining, just after Materazzi was shown a straight red card.

El Jardinero booked Inter's place in a fourth consecutive national cup final with the easiest of goals, slotting his 19th of the season into an open net after Ballotta spilled Pelé cross.

Lazio 0-2 Inter (HT: 0-0, AGG: 0-2)

Scorers: Pelé 52, Cruz 85.

Lazio (4-3-3): 32 Ballotta; 29 De Silvestri (17 Tare 87), 13 Siviglia, 25 Cribari, 8 Zauri (3 Kolarov 67); 6 Dabo (5 Mutarelli 80), 24 Ledesma, 85 Behrami; 19 Pandev, 9 Bianchi, 18 Rocchi.
Subs not used: 1 Muslera, 7 Rozehnal, 11 Mauri, 26 Mudingayi.
Coach: Delio Rossi.

Inter (4-4-1-1): 1 Toldo; 16 Burdisso (23 Materazzi 68), 24 Rivas, 26 Chivu (13 Maicon 77), 6 Maxwell; 4 Zanetti, 36 Bolzoni (9 Cruz 59), 30 Pelé, 31 Cesar; 11 Jimenez; 29 Suazo.
Subs not used: 12 Julio Cesar, 18 Crespo, 19 Cambiasso, 50 Siligardi.
Coach: Roberto Mancini.

Referee: Massimiliano Saccani (Mantua).

Booked: Pelé 41, Behrami 50, Cruz 79, Kolarov 79.
Sent off: Mancini 64, Materazzi 83.

starting lineups

Ballotta 1 Toldo
Silvestri 16 Burdisso
Siviglia 24 Rivas
Cribari 26 Chivu
Zauri 6 Maxwell
Dabo 4 Zanetti
Ledesma 47 Bolzoni
Behrami 30 Pelé
Pandev 31 Cesar
Bianchi 11 Jimenez
Rocchi 29 Suazo


Muslera 12 Julio Cesar
Kolarov 13 Maicon
Mutarelli 50 Siligardi
Rozehnal 19 Cambiasso
Mauri 23 Materazzi
Tare 9 Cruz
Mudingayi 18 Crespo