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Thursday, May 17, 2007

AS Roma Wins The Coppa Italia

For the eighth time in their history, AS Roma tonight won the Coppa Italia, 7 x 4, on aggregate, against Inter Milan. The game ended in a 2 x 1 win by the Nerazzurri, with second half goals by Hernan Crespo (his seventh in two weeks) and Julio Cruz. Simone Perrotta scored for Roma. But the actual victory came a week ago in Rome, where the Romans demolished the recently crowned champions of Italy, 6 x 2.

This was the first Coppa Italia since 1991 for Roma, although their recent history in this event seemed entwined with Inter Milan. For the third consecutive year, both teams met for the Italian Cup.

Francesco Totti, the captain and symbol of AS Roma, had the following comments after the game:

"We are all delighted with this triumph as we were all used to seeing Inter win, seeing as they have beaten us in various Finals over the last few years… It is only right that we have been able to thrust an important trophy into the air. Now we want to continue on this path with this squad and possibly a few new faces. It is up to the club and the Coach to decide on who.” (1)

Inter Milan only fielded one Italian in the starting eleven (Toldo, the reserve goalkeeper). AS Roma, on the other hand, had six Italians on the pitch at San Siro.

Complimenti a Roma. In bocca al lupo, davvero.

Reference

Totti Predicts Winning Era: Football Italia, 17 May 2007.

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