Roma edge Inter Milan to win Italian Cup
Roma beat Inter Milan 2-1 Saturday to win the 60th final of the Italian Cup that closed the 2007-2008 season, dpa reported.
The Rome red-yellows finished second to Inter in the Serie A, but retained the trophy after losing to Inter in 2005 and 2006 and drew level with Juventus as top winners with nine successes.
Roma retained the trophy through a marvellous volley from Frenchman Philippe Mexes and a Simone Perrotta effort, while Portugal's Pele scored Inter's consolation goal.
A Perrotta drive met the back of a defender on four minutes as Roma produced a hammering, but fruitless start. Inter made a first attempt on 13 minutes when Dejan Stankovic fired centrally after pouncing on a loose ball.
David Pizarro had a similar chance on 15 minutes, but fired high before Nicolas Burdisso managed to block a dangerous break in the area from Perrotta.
Other chances went begging for Inter when Patrick Vieira aimed a header above the bar and his Brazilian defence team mate Maxwell had a fierce shot deflected by compatriot goalkeeper Alexander Doni.
Roma resumed their pressing with Vucinic missing a close-range deflection and Perrotta firing a central volley from the area limit before Mexes's textbook shot.
Perrotta opened the second half with a drive saved by Francesco Toldo, who stood no chance when the midfielder on 54 minutes laid into the empty net after a fast scheme with Mirko Vucinic.
Inter's reaction brought the signature of Pele, who replaced Stankovic after the break, and pulled one back on the hour slamming an impressive drive under the bar from the distance.
A frozen Doni had to thank his woodwork on 64 minutes as Burdisso's diving header bounced off his right post.