Inter Milan beat Roma to win Italian Cup trophy
Rome: Inter Milan secured the first trophy in their historic treble quest as they beat AS Roma 1-0 at the Stadio Olimpico.
Diego Milito scored the only goal of the game while Roma substitute Francesco Totti was dismissed late on in an often bad-tempered and fractious affair.
It was Inter`s third cup triumph in the last six seasons - in the fifth final between the two teams in that same period - and their sixth in all.
Now Jose Mourinho`s men have two more league games to hold onto their Serie A lead -- they head Roma by two points -- and a Champions League final against Bayern Munich in Madrid on May 22 as they aim to become the first ever Italian team to win the treble.
"We`ve won the first of three trophies, now we expect to win the other two," enthused Milito.
"This victory will give us even more spirit for our next league game against Chievo."
The game got off to a dreadful start for the nerazzurri as Wesley Sniejder went down under a heavy challenge by on loan Inter defender Nicolas Burdisso and after hobbling around for a minute he had to be replaced.
"It was a really tough game right from the first minute given we lost Sneijder straight away," said Mourinho.
"We played with aggression and intensity for 90 minutes. We scored and then we controlled the game.
"We didn`t get the second on the counter but then Roma lost their heads a little."
Mourinho decided to throw on forward Mario Balotelli, changing his formation in the process to a 4-3-3 from a 4-3-1-2.
Roma coach Claudio Ranieri paid tribute to the victors.