Final score

23 January 2013 20:45

33' Destro
13' Florenzi
2 - 1
44' Palacio
Referee: De Marco / Linesmen: Padovan, Bianchi / Fourth official: Celi
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46' Half time at the Olimpico: Roma 2-1 Inter
45' There will be one minute of added time
44' GOAL FOR INTER! Cambiasso's quick thinking from a free-kick sees Rodrigo Palacio nip in before Stekelenburg to halve the deficit. 2-1!
40' Chance for Inter: Cambiasso finds Guarin whose shot is well saved by Stekelenburg's feet
40' Pereira is booked for a foul on Totti
37' Handanovic is very nearly caught out at his near post but manages to push the ball off the upright to safety
35' Bradley shoots from distance: off target
33' GOAL FOR ROMA - Piris once again whips it in from the right and the onrushing Destro heads it past Handanovic
28' Lamela hits it over the top when through one on one
27' Destro heads back across goal into Handanovic's arms from another Piris cross
23' Guarin's through ball for Palacio is just too long and Stekelenburg is out to gather
18' Roma nearly double their lead: Handanovic dispossesses Totti and Lamela's rebound is cleared off the line by Ranocchia
17' Inter go close as Guarin's right-footed shot hits the outside of the post after good work from Palacio
13' GOAL FOR ROMA - Piris crosses from the right and Florenzi rises well to head into the top corner
12' Ranocchia heads it straight at Stekelenburg from a Guarin corner
10' Totti floats in a cross and Destro's flicked header is easily claimed by Handanovic
7' Piris crosses to the near post and Destro strikes it on the volley: over the top
6' Cambiasso drives into the box but Marquinhos is there to deny him
2' Roma go close as Bradley feeds it through to Piris whose cross is hurriedly cleared by Ranocchia
1' Welcome along to the Stadio Olimpico in Rome: we're all ready to go for the Coppa Italia semi-final first leg
1' The match is underway at the Stadio Olimpico with Inter kicking off
1' Stramaccioni picks a defence of Ranocchia, Chivu and Juan Jesus in front of Handanovic
1' Up front Fredy Guarin supports Rodrigo Palacio
1' Zanetti and Pereira play on the flanks, with Cambiasso, Obi and Benassi in the middle
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49' The first leg finishes at the Stadio Olimpico: Roma 2-1 Inter
47' Roma's Burdisso goes into the book
45' The fourth official holds up the board: 4 minutes of added time
45' Marquinho hammers it from range but Handanovic gets down well to save
44' Nagatomo wins it from Lamela in the area
41' Lamela is cautioned for a foul on Juan Jesus
40' Marquinho is on in place of Totti
39' Chivu picks up a yellow card for a foul on Destro
36' Alvarez tricks his way into the box before working a shooting angle with a lovely dummy: his effort is goal-bound but Perrotta puts his body on the line
33' Perrotta replaces Florenzi for the home side
32' Inter are a whisker away from drawing level as Alvarez picks up the ball in midfield before curling it with his left. Just wide
30' On comes Alvarez for Pereira
29' Destro fails to connect with Florenzi's ball in and Handanovic gathers
26' Totti's curling free-kick evades everyone and goes narrowly wide of the far corner
25' Guarin is cautioned after impeding Totti
23' Palacio has two bites at the cherry from Nagatomo's cross. Stekelenburg is there to make the save
20' Change for Inter as Gargano comes on for Benassi
19' Totti tries his luck with a half-volley: over the top
18' Pereira centres from the left and Stekelenburg claims it easily
15' Roma substitution: Marquinhos makes way for Castan
14' Guarin drives into the area from the right channel: his shot only finds the side netting however
11' Pereira shoots from thirty yards but the ball is miles off target
9' Guarin tries again, this time with a low drive from distance: wide of the post
8' Inter go close: Palacio squares it for Guarin but his shot is deflected behind for a corner
6' Juan Jesus wins it in midfield and his strike from distance fails to the find the target
5' Destro powers it from the edge of the box but it's an easy save for Handanovic
4' Bradley's attempted pass to Destro is deflected into the arms of Handanovic
1' The second half is underway at the Stadio Olimpico
1' Nagatomo replaces Obi for Inter
Average rating 5.27
Zeman v Stramaccioni

Zdenek Zeman and Andrea Stramaccioni are set to pit their wits against each other for the third time, with the Czech tactician unbeaten in previous encounters (one win and one draw). The teams of both coaches scored in both previous games: in total, four for Zeman and two for Stramaccioni.

Zeman and Inter

Three wins, 10 draws and 11 defeats. That's Zdenek Zeman's record against Inter in 24 previous games. He last tasted success against the Nerazzurri on 14 May 1995: a Serie A match that ended Lazio 4-1 Inter.

Andrea De Marco (Chiavari) to officiate

Tonight's referee is Andrea De Marco from Chiavari refereeing section. In previous matches with the Giallorossi, Roma have won 6, drawn 2 and lost 3; when De Marco has taken charge of the Nerazzurri, Inter have won 10, drawn 3 and lost 2.

Strama seeking first win as an ex

Andrea Stramaccioni is facing his former club for the third time, having worked in the Giallorossi youth academy between 2005/06 and 2010/11. The Nerazzurri coach has had one defeat and one draw against his former employers so far.

Overall record between Roma and Inter

In the 89 matches played between Roma and Inter in the capital, the Giallorossi have recorded 37 wins, with 23 draws and 29 Nerazzurri victories. Overall there have been 188 meetings between these two sides: Inter have come out on top on 84 occasions, Roma 54 and there have been 50 draws.

One defeat in last 15 Coppa outings for Inter

Inter have lost just one of their last 15 Coppa Italia games, at the hands of Napoli (2-0 away) on 25 January 2012. The other 14 matches in this recent sequence have yielded 12 wins for Inter and two draws.

Roma v Inter: most common Coppa Italia final in the competition's history

Roma v Inter has been the most common Coppa Italia final since the competition was set up in 1922, with the two sides locking horns as finalists five times. Incredibly, all five of those meetings came in a six-year spell in the second half of the noughties. Inter won the first 'round' by lifting the cup in 2004/05, beating Roma 0-2 in the first leg away and 1-0 in the return at the Meazza. The Nerazzurri repeated the feat the following season, in 2005/06 (1-1 at the Olimpico, 3-1 in San Siro). Roma got their revenge 12 months later in the 2006/07 edition, with a 6-2 home win and a painless 2-1 defeat in Milan. The next season (2007/08) saw the same teams face off for the fourth consecutive year but under a new format: a single final was held in Rome. The Giallorossi won the game 2-1 to tie the series at 2-2. Two years passed and then the battle was resumed in 2009/10, with Inter emerging from the Stadio Olimpico victorious (0-1) on this occasion.

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

ROME - Roma have won the Coppa Italia semi-final first leg 2-1 over Inter. We won't know the outcome of the tie until 17 April however.

The Giallorossi took the lead after 13 minutes: Florenzi rose beautifully from a Piris cross to power home and open the scoring. Roma went close once again moments later but Ranocchia cleared well off the line from Totti. The hosts continued to pile forward with Inter under the cosh and on 33 minutes Roma doubled their lead: the goal again came from a header, this time from Destro. Inter managed to hit back though just before the interval when Cambiasso's quick free-kick found an alert Palacio who tucked it past Stekelenburg.

It was a more even contest after the break with Inter nearly drawing level on two occasions late on through substitute Alvarez. Neither goalkeeper was to be beaten however, leaving the tie nicely poised for the second leg on 17 April.

Roma 2-1 Inter (HT: 2-1)
Scorers: Florenzi 13, Destro 33, Palacio 44.

Roma: 24 Stekelenburg; 23 Piris, 3 Marquinhos (Castan 60), 29 Burdisso, 42 Balzaretti; 4 Bradley, 77 Tachtsidis, 48 Florenzi (Perrotta 77); 8 Lamela, 22 Destro, 10 Totti (Marquinho 85).
Subs not used: 13 Goicoechea, 1 Lobont, 19 Antei, 21 Sammartino, 45 Ricci, 47 Lucca.
Coach: Zdenek Zeman.

Inter: 1 Handanovic; 23 Ranocchia, 26 Chivu, 40 Juan Jesus; 4 Zanetti, 19 Cambiasso, 20 Obi (Nagatomo 46), 24 Benassi (Gargano 65), 31 Pereira (Alvarez 75); 14 Guarin; 8 Palacio.
Subs not used: 27 Belec, 77 Di Gennaro, 6 Silvestre, 16 Mudingayi, 17 Mariga, 18 Rocchi, 42 Jonathan, 82 Bessa, 88 Livaja.
Coach: Andrea Stramaccioni.

Referee: Andrea De Marco (Chiavari).
Booked: Pereira 40, Guarin 70, Chivu 84, Lamela 86, Burdisso 90+2.
Added time:1+4 minutes.

starting lineups

Stekelenburg 1 Handanovic
Piris 23 Ranocchia
Marquinhos 26 Chivu
Burdisso 40 Jesus
Balzaretti 4 Zanetti
Bradley 19 Cambiasso
Tachtsidis 24 Benassi
Florenzi 20 Obi
Lamela 31 Pereira
Destro 14 Guarin
Totti 8 Palacio


Goicoechea 27 Belec
Lobont 77 Di Gennaro
Castan 6 Silvestre
Marquinho 11 Alvarez
Antei 16 Mudingayi
Perrotta 17 Mariga
Sammartino 18 Rocchi
Ricci 21 Gargano
Lucca 42 Jonathan
55 Nagatomo
82 Bessa
88 Livaja