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Roma defeat Inter to retain Italian Cup

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  • Roma retain the Italian Cup following a 2-1 victory over champions Inter Milan
  • Goals from Philippe Mexes and Simone Perrotta clinch a ninth cup success
  • The win ensures Roma gain some revenge for losing in the Serie A title race
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ROME, Italy -- Roma retained the Italian Cup after a 2-1 victory over champions Inter Milan at the Stadio Olimpico to gain revenge for their defeat in the Serie A title race.

Perrotta scored Roma's second goal as they retained the Italian Cup with a 2-1 victory over champions Inter.

Goals from French defender Philippe Mexes and Italy midfielder Simone Perrotta sealed a ninth cup success, making them the most successful team in Italian cup history, alongside Juventus.

Inter substitute Vitor Pele scored a goal that even his more illustrious namesake would have been proud of with a stunning 25-meter volley into the top corner that left Roma goalkeeper Doni rooted to the spot.

The two sides have contested the last four cup finals and Roma squared the recent mini-series following Inter's victories in 2005 and 2006.

The defeat, which could be Inter coach Roberto Mancini's last in charge if Italian press reports are to be believed, denied him an incredible 11th cup success as a player and coach.

Inter had the first shot on target through Serbian midfielder Dejan Stankovic but most of the action happened at the other end of the field.

French winger Ludovic Giuly was wildly off target when well placed and Perrotta had a shot blocked by Cristian Chivu.

But Roma took the lead on 35 minutes through a clever corner routine that caught Inter napping. Chile midfielder David Pizarro crossed to the near post and Mexes timed his run perfectly before flicking the ball into the roof of the net.

At this point Inter -- who were being cheered on by just a few thousand of their fans, leaving an entire end almost empty in the stadium -- seemed barely interested.

And they fell two behind just after the restart as Perrotta ran at the heart of a defense that was backing off and played a one-two with Montenegro striker Mirko Vucinic before slotting into an empty goal with Inter's veteran second-choice goalkeeper Francesco Toldo drawn out of position.

Inter were furious as they thought their Brazilian midfielder Cesar had been fouled in the build-up. That finally sparked them into life and Portuguese midfielder Pele's thunderbolt got them right back in the match.

Inter almost equalised moments later but Argentine Nicolas Burdisso's header came back off the post.

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