High scrong Roma, AC Milan reach last four

MILAN: AC Milan and AS Roma reached the last four of the Italian Cup after enjoying high scoring wins in their quarter-final, second-leg matches on Wednesday. 

Marco Delvecchio scored a first-half hat-trick as Roma beat Serie B club Vicenza 6-3 to set up a derby clash with Lazio in the semi-finals, while Clarence Seedorf was on target twice for Milan in their 5-2 win at Chievo. 

Roma, who led 2-1 from last week’s first leg, were at full strength but suffered an early setback when Brazilian midfielder Jeda fired Vicenza ahead on the night with a low drive in the fifth minute. 

Fabio Capello’s side, struggling in mid-table in Serie A, responded five minutes later when Cafu burst down the right flank and crossed to Francesco Totti, who put in Delvecchio with a neat back-heel and the Roma striker fired home. 

AERIAL DUEL: Nice's Kaba Diawara (left) vies with Paris Saint Germain's Hugo Miguel Ribeiro Leal in a French League match on Wednesday. -- AFPpic

Delvecchio then put Roma ahead on the night in the 21st minute when he converted from another Cafu cross after Totti had put the Brazilian wing back clear with a defence-splitting pass. 

Totti was in inspired form and created Roma’s third goal in the 37th minute when his intelligent reverse pass gave Delvecchio space on the left flank and the lanky forward cut inside and completed his hat-trick with an accomplished finish. 

Two minutes later Totti again exposed the gaps in the Vicenza defence with a through ball to Emerson, which the Brazilian midfielder took full advantage of with a confident strike. 

Vicenza pulled one back on the stroke of halftime when Stefan Schwoch was brought down by Roma goalkeeper Francesco Antonioli and the former Napoli forward rose to convert the spot kick. 

The visitors narrowed the gap further in the 75th minute with Claudio Rivalta scoring from close range after good work from Schwoch, but once again Vicenza’s hopes of a comeback were short-lived. 

Emerson made it 5-3 after a well-timed run onto a chip from substitute Antonio Cassano left him in acres of space and he beat Andrea Campagnolo with ease. 

Cafu completed the rout, and an 8-4 aggregate victory, three minutes from the end via the penalty spot. 

In the semi-finals Roma face Lazio, who drew 0-0 at Bari on Tuesday after winning the home leg of their quarter-final 2-1. 

Milan, who have reached the last four for the third successive season, will meet Perugia or Juventus, who played yesterday with the champions trailing 1-2 from last week’s game. – Reuters  

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