MILAN – Inter were beaten 2-3 at the Meazza by Roma in tonight's semi-final return leg, with the Giallorossi securing their place in the Coppa Italia final having won the first leg 2-1.
Inter took the lead in the 22nd minute through Jonathan, drafted into the starting line-up at the last minute after Cambiasso was forced to withdraw. Rocchi and Jonathan combined with a delightful one-two before the Brazilian completed the move by drilling firmly into the far corner. On the stroke of half time, Handanovic pulled off a blinding save to deny Florenzi.
Roma got themselves level ten minutes after the restart when Lamela threaded a pass through for Destro and the striker dinked it delicately over Handanovic. The visitors added a second in the 69th minute. De Rossi picked out Balzaretti on the left of the box and the full-back's first-time ball found Destro, who was handed the easy task of side-footing home from yards out. Five minutes later, the Giallorossi made it three. Torosidis beat substitute Forte and fired a wicked trajectory past Handanovic. Inter reduced the deficit with ten minutes remaining as Alvarez capped an impressive display with fine solo goal: cutting inside from the right, he drifted past Balzaretti and Castan before firing into the bottom corner of Stekelenburg's goal.
Inter v Roma finished 2-3 and it was the Giallorossi who took their place in the final. At the end of the game the team thanked the fans for their support.
Inter 2-3 Roma (HT: 1-0)
Scorers: Jonathan 22, Destro 55 and 69, Torosidis 74, Alvarez 80.
Inter: 1 Handanovic; 4 Zanetti, 7 Schelotto (Benassi 64), 10 Kovacic, 11 Alvarez, 17 Kuzmanovic (Forte 73), 18 Rocchi, 23 Ranocchia (Belloni 87), 25 Samuel, 40 Juan Jesus, 42 Jonathan.
Subs not used: 27 Belec, 30 Carrizo, 6 Silvestre, 26 Chivu, 28 Pasa, 47 Colombi, 48 Bandini, 90 Olsen.
Coach: Andrea Stramaccioni.
Roma: 24 Stekelenburg; 3 Marquinhos, 4 Bradley, 5 Castan, 7 Marquinho, 8 Lamela (Taddei 76), 10 Totti, 16 De Rossi, 22 Destro (Dodò 70), 35 Torosidis, 48 Florenzi (Balzaretti 46).
Subs not used: 1 Lobont, 13 Goicoechea, 15 Pjanic, 17 Lopez, 20 Perrotta, 23 Piris, 46 Romagnoli, 47 Lucca, 77 Tachtsidis.
Coach: Aurelio Andreazzoli.
Referee: Mauro Bergonzi (Genoa).
Booked: Juan Jesus 61, Jonathan 86.
Added time: 0 + 4 minutes.