Rome Runs For Semi-Coppa Italia Final

Rome, Veteran captain Francesco Totti scored a 97th-minute penalty as Roma scraped past second-tier side Cesena to reach the Coppa Italia semi-final. Former Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko put Roma ahead, tapping home from Stephan El Shaarawy’s pass…

Rome, Veteran captain Francesco Totti scored a 97th-minute penalty as Roma scraped past second-tier side Cesena to reach the Coppa Italia semi-final.

Former Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko put Roma ahead, tapping home from Stephan El Shaarawy’s pass.

Cesena – in the relegation zone in Serie B – equalized five minutes later through Luca Garritano, BBC reported.

But Totti, 40, scored with the last kick of the game in his 25th professional season at Roma. Roma coach Luciano Spalletti said: “When Totti plays, even in training, he’s the Muhammad Ali of football, always looking to land that knockout blow – to swing the punch no-one else can see.” The nine-time winners will face city rivals Lazio in the last four after they beat Inter Milan on Tuesday. Felipe Anderson and Lucas Biglia scored in a 2-1 win at the San Siro. Juventus play Napoli in the other semi-final.

Source: Qatar News Agency