ROME, May 24 (Coppa Italia) - Roma lifted the Coppa Italia for the second year running with victory over Serie A champions Internazionale on Saturday night.
Goals from Philippe Mexes and Simone Perrotta either side of half-time helped Luciano Spalletti's side make up for missing out on the Scudetto on the final day of the season.
Pele pulled one back for Inter in the 60th minute, but Roma were not to be denied the glory in the third successive Italian cup final between the two teams.
Spurred on by disappointment at missing out to Inter in the league, the Giallorossi, playing the single-leg final in their home stadium, coped well with the threat of the lively David Suazo and Mario Balotelli.
It was full-back Maxwell though who provided the first attacking threat, Daniele De Rossi standing off the Brazilian and allowing him to dribble into the penalty area and test Alexander Doni.
Marco Cassetti's cross almost provided Mirko Vucinic with the chance to open the scoring in the 28th minute, with the Serbian just inches short of making contact.
Minutes later Perrotta tested Francesco Toldo with a powerful shot from just inside the penalty area and the Inter goalkeeper needed two attempts to grasp the ball ahead of the on-rushing Vucinic.
But there was absolutely nothing Toldo could do to prevent Mexes from putting Roma ahead 10 minutes before the break.
The French defender stole in unmarked at the near post to volley David Pizarro's corner into the top corner.
Alberto Aquilani's shot was deflected wide as Roma increased the pressure in search of a more comfortable lead before the break.
They had to wait less than 10 minutes into the second half before claiming a two-goal cushion.
With Inter starting the half brightly, Roma were largely on the back foot, but they showed their strength on the counter-attack with Vucinic setting up Perrotta to double their lead in the 54th minute.
Inter hit back almost immediately as half-time substitute Pele beat Doni with a stunning long-range effort.
And they were almost level when Nicola Burdisso's diving header from a Maicon cross cannoned back off the crossbar.
Roma were forced to endure a nailbiting six minutes of added time and had several players struggling with cramp by the end, but they held out to seal their second straight cup triumph.