| Tuesday, December 17, 2002 17:19 EST
Triestina gives Roma a scare
MILAN -- AS Roma scraped into the last
eight of the Italian Cup after winning its third round tie
against Serie B club Triestina 4-1 on penalties on Tuesday.
There was all to play for at the Olympic stadium after the
first leg in the northeastern city of Trieste had ended 1-1 two weeks ago.
Roma went ahead in the 34th minute when its Brazilian
midfielder Francisco Lima fired a shot across the face of the
area and Trieste defender Domenico Maietta miskicked the ball
into his own net.
But Trieste, who showed why the club currently leads Serie B,
played some determined football and drew level on 72 minutes
when Dino Fava headed in a cross from Jehad Muntasser.
Trieste had midfielder Alessandro Budel sent off three
minutes from the end of normal time for a second bookable
offense and was forced to play the entire half-hour of extra
time with 10 men.
With Roma unable to break through, the tie was settled on
penalties. Fabio Capello's side was saved embarrassment by
its keeper Ivan Pelizzoli who kept out spot kicks from
Trieste's Francesco Bega and Mirco Gubellini as Roma won the
Serie A leaders AC Milan faces Serie B side Ancona in