MILAN - Inter have beaten Hellas Verona 2-0 this evening at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza and move into the quarter-finals of the Coppa Italia.
Despite good chances for Cacia (24), Cassano (31) and Alvarez (42, 47), the opening goal only came four minutes into the second period: Guarin did well to win the ball back high up the pitch and played it through for Cassano who made it 1-0 to the Nerazzurri. Five minutes later, and this time it was Guarin himself on the scoresheet. Fant'Antonio rolled a free-kick to the Colombian whose shot caught the top of the wall and sailed into the far corner off Hallfredsson, leaving Rafael with no chance.
Bojinov missed a great opportunity to halve the deficit on 71 minutes. After a terrific first touch the Bulgarian blazed over as Castellazzi came out to meet him. Cacia also went close late on but his shot brought a great save out of the Inter keeper. Castellazzi injured his left shoulder in making the stop however and - with Inter having used all three substitutes - it was down to Palacio to don the gloves and show his talent between the sticks.
The Nerazzurri will meet the winner of Napoli v Bologna in the last 8. They're in action tomorrow night at 21:00.
Inter 2-0 Hellas Verona (HT: 0-0)
Scorers: Cassano 49, Guarin 54.
Inter: 12 Castellazzi;
6 Silvestre, 26 Chivu, 40 Juan Jesus (Zanetti 55); 42 Jonathan,
41 Duncan, 17 Mariga (Guarin 46), 55 Nagatomo; 11 Alvarez, 8
Palacio, 99 Cassano (Pereira 75).
Subs not used: 27 Belec, 77 Di Gennaro, 21 Gargano, 22 Milito, 23 Ranocchia, 25 Samuel, 33 Mbaye, 82 Bessa, 88 Livaja.
Coach: Andrea Stramaccioni.
Hellas Verona: 1
Rafael; 3 Albertazzi (Cocco 81), 8 Cacia, 9 Grossi (Bojinov 50), 10 Hallfredsson, 13 Abbate, 18 Moras, 19 Jorginho, 20
Maietta, 21 Gomez (Carrozza 46), 24 Bacinovic.
Subs not used: 33 Berardi, 12 Andrade, 2 Houston, 5 Ceccarelli, 25 Crespo, 31 Owusu, 32 Calvetti.
Coach: Andrea Mandorlini.
Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (Florence).
Booked: Bacinovic 29, Silvestre 48, Hallfredsson 53, Cacia 68, Guarin 72, Maietta 83.
Added time: 4+5 minutes.