Serie A: Romelu Lukaku goal helps Inter Milan set up quarterfinal with AC Milan


Substitute Romelu Lukaku scored a last-gasp winner as Inter Milan beat Fiorentina 2-1 on Wednesday to set up an Italian Cup quarterfinal towards crosstown rival AC Milan.

Lukaku headed house a minute earlier than the tip of additional time in Florence, simply because it appeared as if the match was heading for penalties.

Juventus additionally wanted further time to beat Genoa 3-2, whereas Napoli beat second-division Empoli by the identical scoreline.

The rating was 1-1 on the finish of standard time after Fiorentina’s Christian Kouamé canceled out Arturo Vidal’s opener from the penalty spot.

Inter would be the house facet when it performs its metropolis rival on the finish of the month. The two Milan groups are additionally main Serie A with the Rossoneri prime of the league, three factors forward of second-place Inter.

Fiorentina is dangerously near the relegation zone in Serie A but it surely took the Nerazzurri till 5 minutes earlier than halftime to interrupt the impasse.

Christian Eriksen’s effort was parried by Pietro Terracciano and Alexis Sánchez hit the put up with the follow-up, however the Fiorentina goalkeeper had introduced down the Chile striker as he unleashed his shot and the referee pointed to the spot.

Vidal then hit the penalty down the center for his first goal for Inter.

Fiorentina was awarded a penalty of its personal moments later when Milan Škriniar appeared to foul Kouamé however the referee reversed his determination after a video evaluate.

The hosts did equalize within the 57th minute. In a goalmouth scramble, the ball ultimately fell to Kouamé who had time to manage it earlier than blasting into the highest proper nook.

Lukaku had been rested however he was introduced on within the 69th and, moments after seeing an excellent likelihood nicely saved by Terracciano, scored the winner by heading in Nicolò Barella’s cross from the best.


Hamza Rafia scored the profitable goal on his debut to ship Juventus by means of to the quarterfinals.

Last 12 months’s runner-up Juventus, which has received the cup a report 13 occasions, will face both Sassuolo or Spal.

Andrea Pirlo’s facet was given a scare as Genoa fought again from two targets down to finish common time at 2-2. The Bianconeri needed to do one thing they didn’t need or count on to do — convey Cristiano Ronaldo off the bench.

But it was one other substitute who made the distinction because the 21-year-old Rafia fired into the underside left nook from shut vary after Álvaro Morata had pulled again from the byline.

Morata and Dejan Kulusevski had scored inside 23 minutes for Juventus, which gave the impression to be heading for a cushty win earlier than targets from Lennart Czyborra and Filippo Melegoni noticed Genoa degree.


Defending champion Napoli was given a scare by second-division facet Empoli earlier than profitable 3-2.

Napoli subsequent faces Roma or Spezia, which play subsequent week.

Nedim Bajrami twice equalized for Empoli to cancel out targets from Giovanni Di Lorenzo and Hirving Lozano.

Andrea Petagna scored the winner within the 76th, handing over a rebound after Empoli midfielder Samuele Ricci had cleared Amir Rrahmani’s header off the road.

Empoli was hampered by the truth that its coach Alessio Dionisi and three gamers had been ordered to isolate after they have been recognized as shut contacts to a fellow passenger on the flight they took again from a match who later examined optimistic for coronavirus.


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