Roma lift Coppa

Roma lift Coppa
By Reuters

19/08/2007 at 22:57Updated

Roma lifted Italy's Super Cup on Sunday after Daniele De Rossi's penalty 12 minutes from time gave them a 1-0 win over league champions Inter Milan.

Inter missed several good chances in the curtain raiser to the Italian campaign and Roma, who beat Inter in last season's Cup final, triumphed after Nicolas Burdisso felled Francesco Totti in the area.

De Rossi's spotkick just evaded the fingertips of Julio Cesar to nestle in the corner and spark wild celebrations from the visiting Roma fans, whose side finished a distant second to Inter in Serie A last term.

Roberto Mancini's Inter are again expected to be the main challengers this season, which kicks off next weekend, but Roma's victory will have also encouraged AC Milan and Juventus that they can compete.

Inter ran away with last season's title with Juve demoted to Serie B and Milan deducted points for their roles in a match-fixing scandal.

French midfielder Ludovic Giuly, who arrived from Barcelona in July, had a glorious chance for Roma early on but blasted a loose ball in the area over the bar.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic played a neat interchange with new strike partner David Suazo before shooting just wide and fired into the crowd again when in a decent position moments later.

Inter, who beat AC Milan and Juventus in a triangular friendly tournament on Tuesday, left Brazil striker Adriano out of their classy squad while Luis Figo came off the bench in the second half, in which Inter were again profligate.

Suazo headed straight at Roma keeper Doni when unmarked and Figo allowed the keeper to steal the ball having been sent clean through by a superb pass from Ibrahimovic.

Roma substitute Simone Perrotta was then bizarrely sent off as he waited to come onto the pitch, with the officials appearing to indicate he had said something to a linesman.

The visitors still kept 11 men on the field, however, and scored almost immiediately after Burdisso tripped Totti as he turned inside in the box.

Cristian Chivu, who moved to Inter from Roma for 13 million euros in the close season, was booed by the visiting supporters early on but was given an easier ride in the second period.

The Romanian was surprisingly employed at left back having spent most of his time at Roma in the centre of the defence.