Tiki-taka isn't a uniquely Spanish phenomenon, and Barcelona aren't the only curators of the beautiful game at the club level. Consider, if you will, the fine goal Inter Milan and Jonathan produced Wednesday night against AS Roma in the Coppa Italia semifinal second leg.
Jonathan, a 27-year-old Brazilian defender, was a late addition to Inter's squad after Esteban Cambiasso suffered an injury. But the right-back took his chance quickly, scoring the game's first goal in the 21st minute after working back-to-back one-two passes with teammates.
First, Jonathan played a give-and-go on the right side of the midfield with Ricardo Alvarez. Then, after receiving Alvarez's return pass, he played the ball to striker Tommaso Rocchi in the penalty area.
Rocchi returned the ball with a first-time, outside-of-the-foot pass, and Jonathan finished low to the far post. With that, Inter had themselves a first-half lead thanks to a gorgeous goal.
The goal appears in the clip above. It's our Set Piece Video of the Day for this Thursday. Enjoy.
Jonathan's goal wasn't enough for Inter, however. Mattia Destro scored twice for Roma in the second half before Vasilis Torosidis made it 3-1 in the 74th minute. American fans will be happy to know midfielder Michael Bradley played the full 90 minutes for Roma and completed 97 percent of his passes (via WhoScored.com).
Alvarez added a late goal for Inter, but it wasn't enough. Roma won 3-2 and advanced to next month's Coppa Italia final 5-3 on aggregate. In the final, they will play rivals Lazio in Rome.
But even in defeat, Inter could claim the night's best goal.