Inter seal Coppa final with Palermo
Inter Milan joined Palermo in the Coppa Italia final after seeing off Roma 2-1 on aggregate following a 1-1 draw at the San Siro today. Palermo had booked their place in the 29 May final with a 4-3 aggregate success against AC Milan yesterday.
Inter's top scorer Samuel Eto'o bagged the opening goal of the night, taking his tally for the season in all competitions to 34, before Marco Borriello equalised for the visitors. And, the evening was a double celebration for Inter as captain Javier Zanetti played his 1,000th match as a professional.
In an uneventful first period, Roma had the better chances. Borriello fired over from inside the box after a slip from Maicon had let him in. Danielle De Rossi then met a Simone Perrotta cross on the turn, but couldn't bend the ball inside the post.
On 19 minutes De Rossi set his sights again and sent a rocket from outside the area just past the corner of bar and upright. There was a visible change of momentum in the second half, though, as Inter hit back.
They took the lead on 58 minutes as Houssine Kharja crossed and Eto'o sent a precise side-foot through Perrotta's legs and around Doni into the Roma goal. Inter could have extended their lead when Giampaolo Pazzini determinedly bundled past Juan and John-Arne Riise, but Doni made a stunning one-handed save from his fierce shot.
On 72 minutes Milito fashioned a chance as he turned inside a sliding challenge from Nicolas Burdisso, but his left foot finish was weak and Doni saved with his feet. Roma hit back, though, and Mirko Vucinic slipped a pass through to Borriello who shrugged off Lucio and smacked a right foot effort that hit both posts before rebounding to safety.
Full-back Marco Cassetti stung goalkeeper Julio Cesar's fingers with a shot from distance before Roma equalised. Perrotta crossed from the right and Borriello peeled off his marker at the back stick to send a towering header back across goal and in on 84 minutes, but it was too little too late.