Coppa Italia: Juventus earn draw with Inter

January 23, 2008

ROME, Jan 23 (Reuters) - Late goals from Alessandro Del Piero and Jean Alain Boumsong earned Juventus a 2-2 draw at 10-man Inter Milan on Wednesday in the first leg of their Italian Cup quarter-final.

Argentine striker Julio Cruz headed the Serie A leaders in front nine minutes after the break and turned in a cross from Brazilian winger Cesar in the 74th to double the lead.

Del Piero pulled one back for Juve in the 79th and French defender Boumsong, who is expected to leave Turin in the transfer window, levelled the score with a header five minutes from time.

Cruz almost snatched a win for Inter when he hit the post in the closing stages.

Inter played almost the whole match a man short after defender Nicolas Burdisso was given a straight red card in the eighth minute for cutting down Del Piero as he charged on to goal.

Earlier, holders AS Roma drew 1-1 at Sampdoria despite also having to play with 10 men after French defender Philippe Mexes was sent off for a second yellow card in the 18th.

Reto Ziegler gave Samp the lead in the 61st with a glorious left-footed strike from outside the box.

Montenegro striker Mirko Vucinic sprinted on to a long pass from Brazilian midfielder Mancini and coolly slipped the ball home to earn Roma a draw seven minutes later.

Udinese came from behind to win 3-2 at home to Catania, who had Ghanaian midfielder Mark Edusei sent off for two yellows in quick succession in the closing stages.

Lazio entertain Fiorentina on Thursday (2000 GMT) in the final quarter-final first leg.

The returns take place next week.