Inter Milan win 4-1 while Napoli and Lazio set up cup clash
MILAN- Romelu Lukaku scored after just 22 seconds and added another goal to help Inter Milan to a 4-1 victory over Cagliari at San Siro on Tuesday and a place in the Italian Cup quarter-final.
Napoli and Lazio set up a meeting in the last eight as they both won at home against second-tier opposition with Ciro Immobile continuing his scoring ways for Lazio as they beat Cremonese 4-0.
Napoli forward Lorenzo Insigne netted his first home goals of the season to lead his side to a 2-0 win over Perugia.
Lukaku took advantage of a panicked back pass from Christian Oliva to ram home Inter’s first goal inside the opening minute in the perfect start for the home side, who will next meet the winner of Fiorentina’s tie against Atalanta on Wednesday.
The Belgian striker then had a second ruled out by VAR and missed a chance to touch home Nicolo Barella’s powerfully struck cross but veteran Borja Valero behind him scrambled it over the line for a 2-0 lead after 21 minutes.
Barella was the provider again after a quickly taken corner kick for Lukaku’s second four minutes into the second half and Andrea Ranocchia finished off the scoring with a replica header in the 80th minute.
Cagliari, who have now lost five successive games, scored a smartly fashioned consolation in the 71st minute as Alberto Cerri back-heeled the ball into the path of Oliva, who finished with a powerful strike.
Insigne, the Napoli captain, broke the deadlock in a last-16 tie featuring three first-half penalties with a 26th minute spot kick after Hirving Lozano had been fouled and then converted another 12 minutes later after handball by Pietro Iemmello.
Perugia were then awarded a penalty of their own, following a VAR review, for handball by Elseid Hysaj but Iemmello completed an unhappy afternoon when his effort was saved by David Ospina.
Napoli went on to record their first home win since Gennaro Gattuso replaced Carlo Ancelotti as their coach in December and now host last season’s winners Lazio on Jan. 29.
At Rome’s Stadio Olimpico, defender Patric scored his first goal for Lazio, who had rested several regulars, as they went ahead early before veteran Marco Parolo added another in the 26th minute.
Immobile took his season’s goal tally to 23 in all competitions as he converted a second-half penalty for Lazio’s third and Angolan international Bastos completed the romp in the last minute.
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