ROME, ITALY - APRIL 16: Maurico Pinilla of US Citta di Palermo (C) in action against Nicolas Burdisso of AS Roma during the Serie A match between AS Roma and US Citta di Palermo at Stadio Olimpico on April 16, 2011 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Paolo Bruno/Getty Images)

Coppa Italia: Inter Milan Win 1-0 Over Roma Thanks To Another Dejan Stankovic Wonder Goal

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Inter Milan Vs. Roma: Dejan Stankovic Wonder Goal Puts Inter Ahead At Halftime, 1-0

Wow. If you thought the goal he scored against Schalke 04 in the Champions League last week was impressive, take a look at the shot Dejan Stankovic put in the net today against AS Roma, in the semi-finals of the Coppa Italia. Off a cross from Esteban Cambiasso, Stankovic took one touch to control the ball, then volleyed it up the pitch, the ball slicing a perfect path between the Roma defenders and past a diving Doni to settle into the back of the net. That puts Inter Milan up 1-0 at halftime in the first leg of the two-legged tie.

The Stankovic goal really should have been an equalizer, however. In the 10th minute, Mirko Vucinic missed an absolute sitter, a tap-in served to him on a silver platter by Marco Borriello. That's two horrendous misses in two matches for the Montenegrin, and one has to wonder: is Vincenzo Montella thinking about pulling off Vucinic and taking his place himself?

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Coppa Italia: Inter Milan Face Roma Before Palermo Visit AC Milan In Semi-Finals

For three of the four clubs left in Italy's cup competition, winning the Coppa Italia will be their only chance at silverware this season. For Palermo, who currently sit eighth in Serie A, it's a chance to save a season that's been in freefall since the beginning of 2011 -- and really their only chance at a European position. AS Roma isn't much better off, a full seven points out of the final Champions League spot, which is currently occupied by rivals Lazio. Inter Milan are out of the Champions League and out of the title race. AC Milan are the presumed champions of the league and the team to beat -- but can anyone put them out of the Coppa?

On Wednesday, Milan host Palermo, who just might be getting back to winning ways after a come from behind victory at Roma last week. Of course, that's what many thought after the rosanero beat Milan a few weeks back, but Palermo went on to lose 4-0 to Catania before letting Cesena come back with two goals in injury time to secure a draw. But at least Palermo proved that Milan can be beaten, so there's that.

But first it's Inter and Roma on Tuesday, both teams looking for revenge after the weekend's results. Roma's 3-2 loss to Palermo is at least respectable, but Inter's 2-0 loss to Parma was downright, well, embarrassing. Parma are fighting relegation and, until that win, had won just once in twelve matches. Inter attempted to bolster their attack after going down 1-0 at the break, but as seen in the Champions League semi-finals, even throwing every attacking player on the pitch isn't working for the nerazzurri. If Leonardo's sole tactic no longer works, can Inter even hope for this trophy?

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