A wonder strike from Dejan Stankovic was enough to hand Inter Milan a 1-0 win in the first leg of their Coppa Italia semi-final with Roma.
A fortnight after his sensational long-range volley in Inter’s 5-2 loss to Schalke in their Champions League quarter-final first leg, the Serbian midfielder was at it again when his rasping drive soared into the top corner just before half-time at the Stadio Olimpico.
Roma will be ruing a missed opportunity from their Montenegrin striker Mirko Vucinic, who should have done better with a glorious chance on the 10-minute mark.
Roma have played Inter in five of the last six Coppa Italia finals, with Inter winning last season’s 1-0, and they will play the second leg at the San Siro on May 11.
Serie A leaders AC Milan host Palermo on Wednesday in the first leg of the other semi-final.
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