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Roma beat Inter, set up cup final derby


AS Roma midfielder Marquinho, center, fights for the ball with Inter goalkeeper Samir Handanovic during their Italian Cup semi-final second-leg match on Wednesday at the San Siro in Milan.

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AS Roma came from behind to win 3-2 at Inter in the second leg of the Italian Cup semi-finals on Wednesday to set up a capital derby final against SS Lazio.

Mattia Destro, who spent time in Inter’s youth ranks, scored twice for Roma before a stunning long-range lob from teammate Vasilis Torosidis helped their team progress 5-3 on aggregate.

“I really wanted to play and score, I had been out for three months,” Destro said.

“Now there’s a really important final ahead of us. It means so much to us and we really want to win it,” he added.

Jonathan, who only started after Esteban Cambiasso was injured in the warm-up, gave Inter the lead in the 22nd minute by combining with Ricky Alvarez and Tommaso Rocchi for a well-worked goal.

Ricky Alvarez pulled one back for Inter 10 minutes from time.

Inter were without Antonio Cassano, Rodrigo Palacio, Diego Milito, Walter Gargano, Yuto Nagatomo and Dejan Stankovic due to injury, while Alvaro Pereira and Fredy Guarin were suspended.

It was Inter’s fourth loss in five matches. However, the hosts started well and were on course to progress to the final on away goals after Jonathan played a one-two first with Alvarez and then a back-heeled version with Tommaso Rocchi before firing into the bottom-left corner.

Roma had been struggling to carve out any real opportunities until Inter goalkeeper Samir Handanovic pulled off brilliant saves to deny Mattia Destro and Alessandro Florenzi at the end of the first half.

Destro leveled 10 minutes after the interval, beating the offside trap to run onto Erik Lamela’s pass and lift the ball over the onrushing Handanovic.

He doubled his tally in the 69th, running in unmarked to tap Federico Balzaretti’s low cross into an empty net.

Torosidis secured Roma’s place in the final five minutes later, bursting down the right flank before volleying into the far top corner from outside the area.

Alvarez’s shot was deflected past goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg to give Inter some faint, but ultimately futile, hope.

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