The leader of Serie A “Inter” was on the verge of embarrassment at home with “Empoli” in 1/8 of the Coppa Italia, but still managed to turn the tide of a difficult match and won 3:2.
The match turned out to be spectacular with unpredictable development and the winner was determined in an additional half hour of the game. The hosts opened the scoring early in the game thanks to Alexis Sanchez, who replaced Joaquín Correia, who was seriously injured in the third minute. “Inter” had a few moments to build on the success, but the guests did not sit on the defensive. And in the middle of the second, substitute Nedim Bajrami equalized the score, and then Patrick Cutrone headed Empoli ahead from close range. In stoppage time for the second half, Andrea Ranocchia restored the balance in an acrobatic jump and turned the game into overtime. At the beginning of the extra 30 minutes, Stefano Sensi came on as a substitute, replacing Lautaro Martinez, and it was he who through ten minutes became the author of the victory of the Milan Grand – 3:2!
In the quarter-finals, Inter will face the winner of the round of 16 match between Roma and Lecce next month..
After close look that hammy is gone. I hope I am wrong. Cause we need a full squad. Get well soon Correa 🙏 #InterEmpoli pic.twitter.com/vFE5jWdihZ
— HooyoanTV (@Hooyoan76) January , 2022
94-13, Coppa Italia. 1/8 finals.
“Inter” – “Empoli” 3:2 (1:0)
Goals: Sanchez A., (1 : 0); Bayrami N., 30 (1 : 1); Cutrone, 76 (1 : 2); Ranocchia, 76 (2: 2); Sensi, 94 (3 : 2)
Inter: Radu A.; D’Ambrosio; Darmian (Perisic I., 30); Dumfries; Ranocchia; Dimarco; Vesino (Chalkhanoglu, 30); Vidal (Barella, 30); Gagliardini (Geco, 76); Correa H. (Sanchez A., 5); Martinez L. (Sensi, 94)
“Empoli”: Furlan; Viti M.; Markizza (Ismaili, 76); Fiamozzi (Stoyanovich P., 76); Romagnoli S.; Stulaz; Aslani K. (Fazzini, 81); Bandinelli (Bayrami N., 13); Zhurkovski (Ricci S., 13); Cutrone; Pinamonti (Henderson, 13)
Warnings: Vecino, 55 – Romagnoli S., 55