Roma book semi-final place

A goal in extra time from Mattia Destro saw Roma edge out hosts
Fiorentina 1-0 and advance to the semi-finals of the Coppa Italia
on Wednesday night.

The Viola had a number of chances in the first half but Luca
Toni hit the post with a 17th-minute header before Alberto Aquilani
smashed a free-kick on to the crossbar six minutes before the

Daniele De Rossi then had the ball in the back of the net for
Roma after 77 minutes but was deemed to be offside, and eventually
extra time was needed to try and settle the contest.

Roma struck after 97 minutes and this time the goal did stand,
with Destro turning in a cross from the right from Miralem

Five minutes later, Fiorentina struck the woodwork for the third
time in the match with a powerful drive from Juan Cuadrado.

Things then turned sour, with Rodrigo Taddei dismissed three
minutes from time for Roma after picking up two yellow cards in
quick succession.

And both teams had players dismissed in the final minute, with
Cuadrado and Jose Dodo walking after a confrontation on the

It did nothing to alter the final result, though, with Destro’s
goal enough to send Roma through to the last four alongside Inter
Milan, Lazio and Juventus.