American Exports: Michael Bradley helps guide Roma to Coppa Italia final in win over Inter Milan
STUTTGART, Germany – The Eternal City will host this year's Coppa Italia winner, one way or another.
Michael Bradley and AS Roma set up a Coppa Italia derby final with a come-from-behind 3-2 (5-3) triumph at second-leg hosts Inter Milan on Wednesday.
The US international was among his side's standouts as the visitors clawed back from an early deficit that put them behind on away goals. Roma will now pursue their 10th Coppa Italia crown – and Bradley's first career piece of silver – in a May 26 clash against archrivals Lazio at their shared home of Stadio Olimpico.
In Belgium, Anderlecht midfielder Sacha Kljestan scored the capper as the defending Jupiler League champs moved four points clear at the summit with a 3-0 home victory over Lokeren.
In the 38th minute, the former Chivas USA man picked the top corner from 20 yards to notch his first tally since November. The win snapped a four-game drought for the Mauves, who played the entire second half reduced to 10 men.
Turning to Denmark's DBU-Pokalen, Charlie Davies watched from the dugout as Randers FC booked a place in their second cup final thanks to a 3-2 (4-2) win at AC Horsens. The 2006 champions now must wait until Thursday's second leg between Clarence Goodson's Brøndby and Esbjerg to find out their title match opponent.
Finally, Bryan Gerzicich ably patrolled central park as Hapoel Ironi Kiryat Shmona made it three Americans reaching a final on Wednesday by rallying past State Cup guests Maccabi Haifa 2-1 in extras. They advance to battle second-flight outfit and championship game hosts Hapoel Ramat Gan on May 5, with hopes of claiming their first tourney title.