Roma beat Juventus 2-0 to reach Italian Cup semis
Turin: Roma set up an Italian Cup
semifinal against titleholder Inter Milan after dispatching
Mirko Vucinic scored midway through the second half and
Rodrigo Taddei volleyed a second in injury time yesterday.
AC Milan will meet Palermo in the other semifinal.
"We played well tonight even though playing Juventus is
never easy," Taddei said. "I`ve scored goals like that in
training, but I`ve never had the chance in a match. I have to
thank Daniele De Rossi for such a great pass."
In the first half neither side managed to find any rhythm
in a match littered with fouls, though Alessandro Del Piero
went close for Juventus and Vucinic for Roma.
Roma came out strongly in the second half and Simone
Perrotta and Fabio Simplicio both squandered chances to open
Vucinic scored in the 65th minute, cutting in from the
left and whipping a curling shot past Juventus goalkeeper
Marco Storari into the far corner.
Three minutes later, Storari kept Juventus in the game
when he stopped Philippe Mexes` header.
With the match almost over, Taddei spectacularly volleyed
De Rossi`s free kick home to wrap up the victory.