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Roma-Inter Milan: Roma Capture Italian Cup

K ShakranSenior Analyst IMay 24, 2008

Roma have denied Inter Milan an Italian double as they beat the Serie A champions 2-1 in the Coppa Italia final on Saturday.

The Giallorossi, who lost the Scudetto to Inter in the final day of the season, managed to avenge their league defeat and win the cup title for a second successive season.

French defender Philip Mexes scored the opener after 36 minutes when he superbly converted David Pizarro's corner into the roof of the net.

Nine minutes into the second half, Simone Perrotta doubled Roma's lead, finishing off a fine one-two move with Mirko Vucinic.

Inter were back in the game after just six minutes when Portuguese youngster Pele hammered the Roma goal with a wonder strike.

The 21-year-old controlled the ball before sending a 30-yard belter into the top left-corner of Doni's net, leaving the Brazilian guardian motionless.

Inter also was without defender Marco Materazzi and strikers Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Julio Cruz, who scored in the semi finals to earn the team a spot in the final. Both were ineligible because of suspensions.

Roma had to do without Totti, who was injured.

Inter coach Roberto Mancini astonishingly left Hernan Crespo on the bench until stoppage time, but it was too late for the Argentine to ruin Roma's party.

Saturday's game might have been the last for Mancini as speculation has persisted that he will be replaced by former Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho.

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