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Roma Takes Italian Cup
Associated Press, May 17th, 2007 3:31PM
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The second leg of Thursday's Coppa Italia final at the San Siro was always a formality after Roma thumped Serie A champ Inter Milan 6-2 in the first leg last week. Indeed, a 2-1 loss in Milan was more than enough for the Giallorossi to lift its first Italian Cup in 16 years, winning 7-4 on aggregate.

"We were used to seeing Inter always winning and it was right that we also lifted this important trophy," Roma captain Francesco Totti said. "This will not be the last trophy but the first of many because it has given us belief." Totti provided the assist on Simone Perrotta's goal in the 83rd minute, which effectively killed off the series by requiring that Inter, winning 2-0 at that point, score three more goals instead of two to win. As Getafe showed in the 4-0 win (6-5 aggregate) against Barcelona in Spain's Copa del Rey last week, large deficits are never insurmountable to a determined home side.

"I hadn't won anything before," a beaming Luciano Spalletti, Roma's coach, said after the match. "I've been a coach for some years. Now, I too can put a winner's medal in the cabinet. I told [Inter coach Roberto] Mancini that if I didn't win, I would make him lend me one of his." Mancini won the Italian Cup six times as a player and four as a coach. "The guys must take the credit," Spalletti said. "The team has made a notable step forward this season."

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