Saturday, 24 May 2008

Roma retain the Coppa Italia

Roma equalled Juventus's record of nine Coppa Italia wins by retaining the trophy with a 2-1 success against Serie A champions Inter.

Facing the Giallorossi in the final for the fourth successive season, Inter had the chance to complete a domestic double at the Stadio Olimpico.

Yet it was Roma who had the last laugh, triumphing thanks to strikes from defender Philippe Mexes and Simone Perrotta, to give Luciano Spalletti's men some consolation for losing out on the Scudetto to the Nerazzurri on the final day of the season last week.

France international Mexes ghosted unmarked into the area to strike a David Pizarro corner inside the near post in the 35th minute, while Perotta doubled the lead following a one-two with forward Mirko Vucinic eight minutes after the break.

Inter's Portuguese midfielder Pele, on as a substitute, pulled a goal back just before the hour with a stunning finish from 25 metres but Roma held on to draw level with Juve as the competition's most successful club.

Source: UEFA