Italian Cup: Roma edge through after late goal

January 17, 2007

ROME, Jan 17 (Reuters) - AS Roma edged into the semi-finals of the Italian Cup when a late goal by David Pizarro gave them a 2-2 draw with Parma to earn a 3-2 aggregate win on Wednesday.

Roma struggled to subdue Parma who struck in the 11th minute when Swedish striker Zlatan Muslimovic crept in front of his marker to nod a low cross into the top corner of Roma's net.

Italy midfielder Daniele De Rossi headed in a Pizarro free kick to bring Roma level on the half hour but Muslimovic struck again just before halftime.

In the 85th minute Pizarro took advantage of a short clearance to beat Parma keeper Fabio Virgili with a low drive from the edge of the area.

Inter Milan cruised into the semi-finals of the Italian Cup when they beat Empoli 2-0 to complete a 4-0 win on aggregate.

The holders went ahead in the 28th minute, when winger Mariano Gonzalez curled in a low ball from the right and Esteban Cambiasso ran in unmarked to the far post to angle in a shot.

Italy defender Fabio Grosso scored the second with a powerful left-footed shot 13 minutes from the end.

They will face Sampdoria, who also made the semi-finals by beating Chievo Verona 2-1 for a 3-1 aggregate victory.

The four-times former winners never looked like losing the contest after Fabio Bazzani hit the post and Emiliano Bonazzoli tapped in the rebound in the 42nd minute.

Chievo midfielder Michele Marcolini pulled one back but five minutes from the end Gennaro Delvecchio headed in a free kick to restore Sampdoria's two-goal cushion.