Marco Delvecchio scored a first-half hat-trick as AS Roma beat Serie B club Vicenza Calcio 6-3 in an entertaining Italian Cup quarter-final second-leg match this evening to set up a derby meeting with S.S. Lazio in the last four.
Roma, who led 2-1 from last week's first leg, suffered an early setback when Brazilian midfield player Jeda fired Vicenza ahead in the fifth minute with a low drive. Fabio Capello's side, struggling in mid-table in Serie A, responded five minutes later when Francesco Totti put in Delvecchio with a neat back-heel and the Roma striker made no mistake.
Totti was again the inspiration behind Delvecchio's second in the 21st minute and the long-haired forward's hat-trick strike in the 37th minute, an accomplished finish following Totti's clever reverse pass. Totti again exposed the gaps in the Vicenza defence two minutes later with a through-ball to Emerson which the Brazilian midfield player took full advantage of with a confident strike.
Hope for Vicenza
Vicenza pulled one back on the stroke of half-time when Stefan Schwoch was brought down by Roma goalkeeper Francesco Antonioli and the former SSC 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 on to a chip from substitute Antonio Cassano and Cafu completed the rout, and an 8-4 aggregate victory, three minutes from the end from the penalty spot.
Meanwhile, there were also goals aplenty in Verona as AC Milan defeated AC Chievo Verona 5-2 to advance by the same score on aggregate. Georgian defender Kakha Kaladze sent Milan on their way in the first minute, before Clarence Seedorf doubled the lead in the 43rd minute, finishing off a swift counterattack. On the stroke of half-time Danish striker Jon Dahl Tomasson completed a flowing ten-pass move.
Seedorf claimed his second and Milan's fourth in the 63rd minute before Carlo Ancelotti's side eased off and allowed Chievo to get a small foothold with a fine strike from Luigi Beghetto and a second goal from Daniele Franceschini in the 81st minute. Yet Milan midfield player Samuele Dalla Bona had the final say, completing the scoring with a close-range fifth. Milan will meet either Juventus FC or AC Perugia, who meet tomorrow, in their semi-final.