Corriere dello Sport (Guido D’Ubaldo) Roma left it until the last possible moment to reach the Coppa Italia semi-final. It needed a penalty from Totti, scored in the 7th minute of injury time, to seal the Giallorossi’s qualification to a two-legged tie against Lazio. Roma made life difficult for themselves against Cesena, who are currently in the relegation zone in Serie B, and were on the verge of going to extra time. Camplone’s team troubled the Giallorossi even in the first half, when they hit the post and created more opportunities than Roma. In the second half, after Dzeko had scored the opener, Garritano scored an equaliser and it took a last minute penalty for Roma to win a game that should have been a gimme. Roma looked distracted, particularly in defence where Manolas was a shadow of the player that has previously played so well this season.
AS Roma Match Program (Tiziano Riccardi) He once decided a Coppa Italia clash between Cesena and Roma. The only game between Cesena and Roma in Coppa Italia history, in fact. What’s more, he wasn’t playing for the Giallorossi, but for the Bianconeri. It was Carlos Bianchi’s first official game, and it wasn’t the best of starts for the Argentine coach who would end up being sacked a few months later for a lack of results. It was he who decided the game with a brace. Scoring goals was what he was best at doing throughout his career. He scored 74 in Serie A, and scored over 300 at all levels. He started right at the bottom, it’s not possible to start from a more provincial province than he did. He is Dario Hubner, one of the most prolific goalscorers of the 1990s, but who only ever played for provincial clubs. He was a rebel, someone who never took much care over his hair or his beard – he normally went out onto the pitch looking as if he’d just woken up. “I became a real player at Cesena, and although I moved around a lot afterwards I had a lot of fun doing it.”
AS Roma Match Program (F. Viola) He wasn’t born in Cesena, but the Emilian city is like home for him now. Francesco Antonioli played 145 times for Roma, 10 of which were in the Coppa Italia, winning the scudetto and a Supercoppa with the Giallorossi. Now he’s Cesena’s goalkeeping coach, and while he’s preparing for an always emotional return to the Olimpico, he says that “Life’s good in Cesena, there’s the right sort of relaxed atmosphere to allow us to work well here.”