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.