Final score

24 May 2008 21:00

9' (2nd half) Perrotta
36' Mexes
15' (2nd half) Pelé
Referee: Emidio Morganti / Linesmen: Strocchia, Rosi / Fourth official: De Marco
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Minute Text commentary
46' Half time. Roma 1-0 Inter.
45' Ambitious shot by Vucinic. The Montenegro forward blazes high and wide from 30 yards.
45' One minute of added time.
42' Mexes' flicked header is saved by Toldo as Roma pour forward in search for a second goal.
41' Aquilani's shot from Perrotta's pull-back is deflected out for a corner.
39' Inter win two corners in quick succession but Roma clear them both.
36' Roma take the lead with a fine goal from Philippe Mexes. The Frenchman steals in at the near post and hooks in Pizarro's corner. Roma 1-0 Inter.
35' Doni makes a punched save from Maicon's right-wing cross.
35' Back in our half Roma win a corner after De Rossi's long-range shot takes a deflection.
32' Spalletti's men pile on the pressure, Cassetti sending a low drive just wide from 20 yards.
31' Roma close again. Perrotta's central shot from just inside the box is saved by Toldo.
29' Great chance for Roma but Vucinic fails clean contact with a right-wing cross.
27' Back in our half, Maxwell heads behind Tonetto's looping cross, conceding a corner.
24' Cracking effort by Maxwell! The Brazilian's snapshot from 20 yards produces a fine save from his compatriot Doni. Nothing comes of the resulting corner.
23' Nice try by Patrick Vieira. Maicon plants a right-wing cross on to the head of the France captain, whose flicked effort is just over the bar.
19' Mirko Vucinic is lucky not to get booked after shooting over in frustration after the referee stopped play for offside.
18' Another chance for Roma. Perrotta's close-range effort from Vucinic's cross is blocked by his former team-mate Cristian Chivu.
16' End to end stuff in Rome. Maicon gets in a cross from the right - easy save for Doni.
15' Giuly pounces on a loose ball and blazes wide as Roma hit back.
13' Balotelli's free kick hits the Roma wall, but Inter remain in attack and Stankovic forces Doni into a save from 20 yards.
12' Inter win a free kick in a central position just over 30 metres from goal after a Mexes foul on Suazo.
10' Tonight's match is the 17th meeting between the two teams in the last four seasons.
9' Inter look for openings down the left but Mexes beats Suazo to Maxwell's low pass.
3' Inter counter at Roma and go close through Balotelli, whose right-foot shot from Suazo's through pass is saved by Doni. The Italian striker is flagged offside.
1' Welcome to the Stadio Olimpico for the final act of a long, long season.
1' Italian champions Inter face Roma in the final of the Coppa Italia for the fourth season running.
1' Mancini's team beat Roma in 2004/05 and 2005/06, losing out to the Giallorossi last season.
1' The teams: <br>Inter: Toldo; Maicon, Burdisso, Chivu, Maxwell; Zanetti; Balotelli, Vieira, Stankovic, Cesar; Suazo. <br>Roma: Doni; Cassetti, Mexes, Juan, Tonetto; Pizarro, Aquilani, De Rossi; Perrotta, Giuly; Vucinic.
1' Inter get the 60th Coppa Italia final under way.
1' Early chance for Roma who have made an aggressive start to the game. Burdisso sweeps clear after Toldo blocks Aquilani's effort, and the flag goes up for offside.
Minute Text commentary
52' Full time. Roma beat Inter 2-1 and win their 9th Coppa Italia to equal Juventus' record.
51' Roma win a free kick on the left edge of our area after Burdisso's foul on Vucinic.
47' Burdisso's shot on the turn is wide of the target.
46' Roma introduce Panucci in place of Aquilani.
45' Inter bring on Crespo for Zanetti.
45' Six minutes of added time.
41' Pelé is booked for a late challenge on Pizarro.
39' Alberto Aquilani fires inches wide after a first-time passing move by the Giallorossi.
32' Vucinic sweeps clear after Balotelli just fails to make headed contact with Jimenez' right-wing corner.
29' Vucinic and Burdisso are booked as tempers flare in midfield.
28' Perrotta is unable to continue after suffering from cramp. On comes Matteo Brighi.
21' Roma replace Giuly with Cicinho.
19' Inter win a left-wing free kick. Jimenez' curling cross is punched clear by Doni.
19' Nerazzurri so close to a leveller. Burdisso's header from just inside the area hits the post.
19' Roma on the rack as Pelé goes close to a second.
18' Burdisso loses the ball in his own area but quickly repairs the damage to deny Perrotta a certain third for Roma.
17' Mancini brings on Luis Jimenez for Cesar.
16' GOOOAAAALLLL!!! We're back in the game as Pelé's sublime first-time strike from 25 yards finds the top right corner. Roma 2-1 Inter.
16' Vieira is booked for a foul on Pizarro.
15' Corner to Inter after Pelé's shot takes a deflection.
11' Perrotta is booked for foul play.
9' Roma double their lead from a counter-attack after Vucinic wins the ball off Cesar. Perrotta one-twos with Vucinic and tucks into an open net with Toldo stranded. Roma 2-0 Inter.
9' Toldo is booked for protesting.
7' Suazo is tackled by Juan on the byline as he reaches Pelé's deft through ball.
4' Vucinic fumbles his shot after some good approach play.
3' Burdisso tackles De Rossi after the Roma captain storms past Maicon on the left. Perrotta then heads wide Tonetto's cross.
1' Roma kick off the second half. FORZA INTER!
1' Roberto Mancini has brought on Pelé for Dejan Stankovic.
1' Francesco Toldo gets down well to save Perrotta's low long-range shot.
Average rating 6.07
Roma v Inter in the capital

The two teams have met in Rome on 83 previous occasions. The Giallorossi have won 34 matches, drawn 22 and lost 27.
Last Roma win: 6-2 (2006/07 Coppa Italia final, first leg)
Last draw: 1-1 (2005/06 Coppa Italia final, first leg)
Last Inter win: 4-1 (2007/08 Serie A)

Spalletti v Mancini

Roberto Mancini has met his Roma counterpart on 19 previous occasions, winning 9, drawing 5 and losing 5.

2000/01 Serie A Udinese- Fiorentina ---- 1-2
2002/03 Serie A Udinese-Lazio 2-1 1-2
2003/04 Serie A Udinese-Lazio 1-2 2-2
2004/05 Serie A Udinese-Inter 1-1 1-3
2005/06 Serie A Roma-Inter 1-1 3-2
2005/06 Coppa Italia Roma-Inter 1-1 1-3
2006 Italian Super Cup Roma-Inter ---- 3-4
2006/07 Serie A Roma-Inter 0-1 3-1
2006/07 Coppa Italia Roma-Inter 6-2 1-2
2007 Italian Super Cup Roma-Inter ---- 1-0
2007/08 Serie A Roma-Inter 1-4 1-1

Disciplinary situation

Disqualified: Cruz, Materazzi.
Cautioned: Cruz, Pelé.

Disqualified: -
Cautioned: Aquilani, Cassetti, Mancini, Perrotta, Tonetto.

Inter v Roma

The two teams have met 14 times in Italy's cup competition. Rome have won 4 games, Inter have won 8, and there have been 2 draws. Saturday's match is the first one-legged final between the two teams after the two-legged finals in 2004/05, 2005/06 and 2006/07, but they have met over one leg on 4 other occasions: in 1936/37 (Inter 0-2 Roma), in 1938/39 (Inter 1-0 Roma), in 1964/65 (Roma 2-4 Inter, after pens) and in 1989/90 (Inter 3-1). In 6 cup meetings between the two teams in Rome, there have been 3 Roma wins, 2 draws and 1 Inter win.

1936/37 semi-final Roma-Inter ---- 2-0
1938/39 quarter-final Roma-Inter ---- 0-1
1964/65 semi-final Roma-Inter 2-2 aet ----
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
2004/05 final Roma-Inter 0-2 0-1
2005/06 final Roma-Inter 1-1 1-3
2006/07 final Roma-Inter 6-2 1-2

Roma looking to make cup history

The Coppa Italia will be awarded for the 60th time after Saturday's final. The first team to lift the cup was Vado who beat Udinese 1-0 after extra time in 1922. If Roma beat Inter they will match Juventus' record of 9 Coppa triumphs. Sixteen different teams have lifted the domestic cup. Juventus have won it 9 times, followed by Roma (8), 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).

Crespo top scorer in Coppa finals

No player has scored more goals in Italian Cup finals than Hernan Crespo. The Argentine striker scored twice against Fiorentina in 1998/99 (one in the first leg and one in the return fixture), and 3 times against Roma in 2006/07 (twice in the first leg and once in the return).

One previous Coppa final on 24 May

The only previous Coppa Italia final played on 24 May was the first leg in 2000/01 between Parma and Roberto Mancini's Fiorentina. The Viola prevailed 1-0 thanks to Vanoli's 87th-minute goal and went on to lift the trophy (Mancini's first as a coach) after a 1-1 draw at home.

Fourth consecutive final between Inter and Roma

Inter and Roma contest a Coppa Italia final for a record fourth season running. Inter carried off the trophy in 2004/05 and 2005/06), losing out to the Giallorossi last season.

Final hat-tricks for four players in Coppa history

Four players have scored a record three goals in one Coppa Italia final. They are: Amadei (Roma 3-3 Venezia, 1941), Lushta (Juventus 4-1 AC Milan, 1942), Domenghini (Atalanta 3-1 Torino, 1963) and Giannini (Roma 5-2 Torino, 1993).

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 and 2005/06 after triumphs with Fiorentina in 2000/01 and Lazio in 2003/04. Bersellini, Liedholm and Rocco have won three Italian Cups apiece.

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 his Nerazzurri side beat the Giallorossi again two seasons ago (1-1 in Rome, 3-1 in Milan). Mancini is the only coach to have reached five consecutive cup finals (with Lazio in 2003/04 and with Inter in 2004/05, 2005/06, 2006/07 and 2007/08).

The road to the final

Inter disposed of Reggina (7-1), Juventus (5-4) and Lazio (2-0) over two legs on their way to a fourth consecutive national cup final against Roma, who knocked out Torino (4-3), Sampdoria (2-1) and Catania (2-1).

Coppa scorers:
Inter (14 goals): Balotelli (4), Cruz (4), Crespo (2), Cesar, Pelé, Solari, Cascione (Reggina, own goal).
Roma (9 goals): Mancini (3), Totti (3), Aquilani, Giuly, Vucinic.

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

ROME - Philippe Mexes and Simone Perrotta scored in each half of the 60th Coppa Italia final to prevent Inter from completing a league and cup double.

The Frenchman produced an exceptional finish from Pizarro's corner in the 36th minute after the Giallorossi stepped up a gear following an end-to-end opening half hour.

Italian international Perrotta added the second from a counter attack shortly after the restart.

Inter sub Pelé reduced the arrears with a magnificent goal and Burdisso headed against the upright as the Nerazzurri went down fighting.

Both sides were denied by the offside flag early on, the first real chance falling to Perrotta who saw his close-range effort blocked by Chivu in the 18th minute.

Vieira headed narrowly over and Maxwell's snapshot was well saved by Doni before a period of Giallorossi pressure that led to Mexes' opener.

Roma added to their lead nine minutes into the second half, from a counter attack after Cesar was robbed of the ball. Perrotta one-twoed with Vucinic and slotted into an open goal with Toldo stranded.

Pelé, on for Stankovic at half time, gave a reply within six minutes of Perrotta's strike. The Portuguese youngster controlled Aquilani's headed clearance and rifled into the top right corner from 25 yards.

Buoyed by Pelé's wonder goal Inter furiously attacked their opponents and Burdisso almost snatched a dramatic equaliser, his header coming back off the post.

But Roma went closer to a third than Inter to a second, Aquilani curling a low shot inches wide in the final stages as the Giallorossi held on for their second consecutive cup final victory, equalling Juventus' record of nine Coppa Italias.

Inter 1-2 Roma (HT: 0-1)

Scorers: Mexes 36, Perrotta 54, Pelé 61.

Inter: 1 Toldo; 13 Maicon, 16 Burdisso, 26 Chivu, 6 Maxwell; 4 Zanetti (18 Crespo 90); 45 Balotelli, 14 Vieira, 5 Stankovic (30 Pelé 46), 31 Cesar (11 Jimenez 62); 29 Suazo.
Subs not used: 12 Julio Cesar, 21 Solari, 28 Maniche, 40 Fatic.
Coach: Roberto Mancini.

Roma: 32 Doni; 77 Cassetti, 5 Mexes, 4 Juan, 22 Tonetto; 7 Pizarro, 8 Aquilani (2 Panucci 90+1), 16 De Rossi; 20 Perrotta (33 Brighi 73), 14 Giuly (3 Cicinho 66); 9 Vucinic.
Subs not used: 1 Curci, 15 Antunes, 18 Esposito, 30 Mancini.
Coach: Luciano Spalletti.

Referee: Emidio Morganti (Ascoli Piceno).

Booked: Toldo 54, Perrotta 56, Vieira 61, Vucinic 74, Burdisso 74, Pelé 86.

starting lineups

Doni 1 Toldo
Cassetti 13 Maicon
Mexes 16 Burdisso
Juan 26 Chivu
Tonetto 6 Maxwell
Pizarro 14 Vieira
Aquilani 4 Zanetti
De Rossi 5 Stankovic
Giuly 45 Balotelli
Vucinic 29 Suazo
Perrotta 31 Cesar


Curci 12 Julio Cesar
Panucci 11 Jimenez
Cicinho 18 Crespo
Antunes 21 Solari
Esposito 30 Pelé
Mancini 28 Maniche
Brighi 40 Fatic