Serie A - Destro fires Roma into all-Roman Coppa final

The Coppa Italia will be a Roman derby for the first time in history as AS Roma beat Inter Milan 3-2 in the semi-final at the San Siro.

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2013 Inter-Roma Destro - AP/LaPresse

Roma completed a 5-3 aggregate win in the two-leg semi-final against a sorry, injury-plagued Inter who have also been knocked out of the Europa League and seen their chances of Champions League football next season extinguished in the last month.

Inter, trailing 2-1 from the first leg played three months ago, began promisingly when Brazilian striker Jonathan put them ahead in the 21st minute after a neat exchange of passes but it unravelled after halftime.

Mattia Destro levelled 10 minutes after the break, cleverly lifting the ball over Samir Handanovic after Erik Lamela slipped the ball between three defenders.

He then put Roma ahead 14 minutes later when he rolled in Federico Balzaretti's pass to finish off a counter-attack after an Inter attack broke down.

Torosidis crowned Roma's win when he flicked the ball over the head of a defender and then lobbed his shot over Handanovic from the edge of the penalty area.

Ricardo Alvarez pulled one back for Inter when he cut inside his marker and scored from the edge of the area, but it was too late for sorry Inter who have lost four of their last five Serie A games.

Inter were missing Diego Milito, out for the rest of the season, Antonio Cassano, Rodrigo Palacio, Walter Gargano, Yuto Nagatomo and Dejan Stankovic through injury while Alvaro Pereira and Fredy Guarin were suspended.

“I can only compliment my players, as we put everything we had on to the field,” Stramaccioni told Rai Sport.

“I think the team had an excellent first half and we could’ve doubled our lead with Tommaso Rocchi. In the second half Roma improved, while we lost physical intensity.

“The regret is we conceded a goal on a counter-attack when our defence was set out. The Giallorossi did well to take advantage.”

Out of the Europa League and Coppa Italia while sliding down to seventh place in Serie A, Stramaccioni was asked what his future holds.

“I don’t want to talk about myself, as I want to discuss the players. It’s a bit of a difficult period, as we got Ricky Alvarez and Juan Jesus back for this game, then lost Esteban Cambiasso in the warm-up.

“I will say over the two legs that Roma deserved to reach the Final, so I compliment them and also compliment my players for giving their all. I thank the fans, who understood the situation and supported us to the end.”

Roma face Lazio in the final on May 26.

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