Quarter-final performance to be proud of
May 7, 1986, Rome – Stadio Olimpico
Roma 2-0 Inter
Coppa Italia, quarter-final first leg
To really put the magnitude of this 2-0 win over Inter into context, you need only cast an eye over the Giallorossi line-up that day: Gregori, Oddi, Mastrantonio, Desideri (Bencivenga 67), Lucci, Righetti, Graziani, Giannini, Tovalieri (Gespi 87), Impallomeni and Di Carlo.
Indeed, it was this team of youngsters that overcame Inter in the Coppa Italia on this day in 1986 and helped the Giallorossi on their way to cup glory. It was a mightily impressive performance from Sven-Göran Eriksson’s Roma, who were coming off the back of a shock 2-3 home defeat to Lecce. That result had brought the swashbuckling Giallorossi back down to earth with a bump after they had cut Juventus’ lead by eight points over just 13 matches, at a time when Juve were European Champions and Serie A wins were still only rewarded with two points.
The Nerazzurri were also without some of their big stars, who were away preparing for the 1986 World Cup finals in Mexico. Nonetheless, the Giallorossi’s 2-0 win against Inter was a cathartic result after their league campaign had ended with a whimper – just a few days after losing their penultimate match at home to Lecce, Roma had contrived to lose their final game of the season away to Como.
The Giallorossi youngsters did the club proud, playing some great stuff and sparking a cup run that would ultimately end in glory.