Vol. 4 Num 237 Sat. January 24, 2004  

Italian Cup
Milan in semis

Holders AC Milan remain on course to retain the Italian Cup after clinching their place in the last four with a 2-1 victory over Roma in the second leg of their quarter-final here on Thursday.

Milan's win, their third over Roma in 16 days, saw them advance to the semi-finals thanks to a 4-2 aggregate score having defeated the current Serie A leaders 2-1 at the San Siro last week.

Milan, who beat Roma in last year's final and are the only team to beat them in the league this season, will now meet Lazio in the next round.

Roma dominated the first half, but for all their possession they lacked a cutting edge in the final third of the field.

And they were made to pay four minutes after the break when substitute Alessandro Nesta rose high at the back post to head Milan in front with a rare goal.

Worse was to follow for Roma eight minutes later when Danish striker Jon Dahl Tomasson turned inside Christian Panucci to fire a crisp shot high into the net to put the tie further out of Roma's reach.

The home side pulled one back in the 81st minute through Amantino Mancini, but the Brazilian winger's fierce strike proved to be nothing more than a consolation goal.