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Roma spice up final by slamming "ashamed" Inter
MILAN (Reuters) - AS Roma have ensured a fifth Italian Cup final in six years against Inter Milan on Wednesday will be anything other than dull after saying Jose Mourinho's side should be ashamed of Sunday's league win at Lazio.
Leaders Inter prevailed 2-0 to go two points clear of Roma in the Serie A title race, but the game was overshadowed by Lazio fans cheering the goals against them given their bitter city rivals slipped off top spot.
Lazio, still not mathematically clear of relegation with two games left, pushed Inter in the first half but once they conceded the match petered out as a contest.
"After what we have seen, to call our championship the most beautiful in the world is absurd. If I was Inter I would be ashamed of winning like that," Roma president Rosella Sensi told reporters.
The final at Rome's Stadio Olimpico was already shaping up to be an epic duel without the added spice.
With the two teams also again tussling for the scudetto, victory on Wednesday could mean the first step in a possible double for Roma or the first part of an unprecedented Italian treble for Champions League finalists Inter.
Having played each other so much in Cup finals in recent years, with Roma winning two and Inter two, fans might have expected the sides to be sick of the sight of each other and lay on dreary tactical stalemates.
Instead the first leg of the 2007 final ended up with Roma winning 6-2 while their most recent encounter in Serie A was a thrilling 2-1 victory for Roma full of drama.
The final is now a one-off game, pre-planned in Roma's stadium, with both teams taking it much more seriously than they usually would for the much-maligned Italian Cup.
The sides are likely to field their best teams, although Inter may tweak tactics having experimented with right back Maicon on the right of midfield against Lazio.
"It will be hard in the Cup on Wednesday because Roma are on form and they aren't giving up, but we will give everything to win the first trophy available to us," Inter's former Roma defender Walter Samuel said.
(Editing by Patrick Johnston; To query or comment on this story email firstname.lastname@example.org)
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