MILAN, ITALY - JANUARY 31:  Matteo Darmian of FC Internazionale celebrates after scoring the goal during the Coppa Italia Quarter Final matcy between FC Internazionale and Atalanta BC at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on January 31, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Mattia Ozbot - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)

Darmian bags the winner as Inter make the Coppa Italia semi - finals



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Jan 31st 2023
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A 1-0 victory for the Nerazzurri, who will face either Juventus or Lazio in the final four


INTER 1-0 ATALANTA

Goalscorer: 57' Darmian (I)

INTER (3-5-2): 24 Onana; 36 Darmian, 6 De Vrij, 15 Acerbi; 2 Dumfries (33 D'Ambrosio 77'), 23 Barella, 20 Calhanoglu (14 Asllani 71'), 22 Mkhitaryan, 8 Gosens (32 Dimarco 71'); 90 Lukaku (9 Dzeko 71'), 10 Lautaro (11 Correa 85'). Substitutes: 21 Cordaz, 40 Botis, 5 Gagliardini, 12 Bellanova, 45 Carboni, 46 Zanotti, 47 Fontanarosa, 95 Bastoni. Coach: Simone Inzaghi.

ATALANTA (3-4-2-1): 1 Musso; 2 Toloi, 19 Djimsiti, 42 Scalvini ( 93 Soppy 72'); 33 Hateboer (13 Ederson 67'), 15 De Roon, 7 Koopmeiners, 3 Maehle; 88 Pasalic (11 Lookman 55'), 10 Boga (9 Muriel 67'); 91 Zapata (17 Hojlund 55'). Substitutes: 31 Rossi, 57 Sportiello, 5 Okoli, 22 Ruggeri, 23 Vorlicky, 28 Demiral. Coach: Gian Piero Gasperini.

Booked: Gosens (I), Lautaro (I), Soppy (A), Correa (I), Onana (I) Added time: 1' - 5'.

Referee: Chiffi. Assistants: Cecconi, Galetto. Fourth official: Maggioni. VAR: Aureliano. VAR assistant: Muto.

Hunger, focus and the desire to stay in a cup competition they won last year and which is also an objective this time around. Inter are Coppa Italia semi-finalists once again. The Nerazzurri have made the final four after a fantastic display at San Siro, with Onana barely called into action at all. The final score was 1-0 thanks to a goal from Matteo Darmian, who produced a left-footed finish that any striker would have been proud of. It was a brilliant performance from the Italian, who defended excellently, constantly helped his teammates and then struck the winner in front of 50,000 fans at San Siro. Inzaghi's men will now either face Lazio or Juventus in the semi-finals.

Lukaku and Lautaro were the front pairing, Acerbi and Darmian were selected in defence, while Dumfries and Gosens were asked to occupy the flanks. Although the team knew that the derby was only five days away, all thoughts were on the task at hand this evening. The Nerazzurri made a promising start, taking control of the game. Musso wasn't very busy, but Inzaghi's side were putting some nice moves together with Barella at the heart of the action, Lautaro battling away and Gosens very much involved. Lukaku was laying off a lot of balls as Inter continued to push for the opener. Their initial attempts at goal weren't threatening, but then came Calhanoglu's 41st-minute strike that cannoned off the post. As for Atalanta, they very rarely got deep inside the Inter half during the opening 45 minutes, although Zapata did have a big headed opportunity just before half-time.

Lookman and Hojlund came on soon after the break for the visitors, but it was Inter who were looking the more likely. Inzaghi's men were keeping the ball on the floor and broke the deadlock in the 57th minute. Calhanoglu played the ball forward for Lautaro, who touched it on for Darmian. The Italian then did the rest, unleashing a low left-footed strike that flew into the far corner, that same one he picked out against Hellas during Inter's Scudetto-winning season. As was also the case back then, the whole team came over to embrace him. Inter had all the momentum in front of a loud home crowd as Mkhitaryan fired narrowly wide. At the other end, Boga shot narrowly off target, while Hojlund and Lookman, despite their best efforts, weren't able to beat Onana and his Nerazzurri defence. The energy provided by the substitutes allowed Inter to fight until the 96th minute, when an Atalanta corner came to nothing and the referee blew the final whistle to confirm Inter's place in the final four.

MILAN, ITALY - JANUARY 31:  Matteo Darmian of FC Internazionale celebrates after scoring the goal during the Coppa Italia Quarter Final matcy between FC Internazionale and Atalanta BC at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on January 31, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Mattia Ozbot - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - JANUARY 31:  Matteo Darmian of FC Internazionale celebrates after scoring the goal during the Coppa Italia Quarter Final matcy between FC Internazionale and Atalanta BC at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on January 31, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Mattia Ozbot - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - JANUARY 31:  Matteo Darmian of FC Internazionale celebrates after scoring the goal during the Coppa Italia Quarter Final matcy between FC Internazionale and Atalanta BC at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on January 31, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Mattia Ozbot - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - JANUARY 31:  Matteo Darmian of FC Internazionale celebrates wth team-mates after scoring the goal during the Coppa Italia Quarter Final matcy between FC Internazionale and Atalanta BC at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on January 31, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Mattia Ozbot - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - JANUARY 31:  Matteo Darmian of FC Internazionale celebrates after scoring the goal during the Coppa Italia Quarter Final matcy between FC Internazionale and Atalanta BC at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on January 31, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Mattia Ozbot - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - JANUARY 31:  Matteo Darmian of FC Internazionale celebrates wth team-mates after scoring the goal during the Coppa Italia Quarter Final matcy between FC Internazionale and Atalanta BC at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on January 31, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Mattia Ozbot - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - JANUARY 31: Matteo Darmian of FC Internazionale celebrates with Denzel Dumfries after scoring their team's first goal during the Coppa Italia Quarter Final match between FC Internazionale and Atalanta BC at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on January 31, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Emilio Andreoli - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - JANUARY 31: Matteo Darmian of FC Internazionale celebrates after scoring their team's first goal during the Coppa Italia Quarter Final match between FC Internazionale and Atalanta BC at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on January 31, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Emilio Andreoli - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - JANUARY 31: Matteo Darmian of FC Internazionale celebrates with teammates after scoring their team's first goal during the Coppa Italia Quarter Final match between FC Internazionale and Atalanta BC at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on January 31, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Emilio Andreoli - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - JANUARY 31:  Matteo Darmian of FC Internazionale celebrates after scoring the goal during the Coppa Italia Quarter Final matcy between FC Internazionale and Atalanta BC at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on January 31, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Mattia Ozbot - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - JANUARY 31: Matteo Darmian of FC Internazionale scores their team's first goal during the Coppa Italia Quarter Final match between FC Internazionale and Atalanta BC at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on January 31, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Emilio Andreoli - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)

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FULL-TIME: INTER 1-0 ATALANTA

90' Five minutes have been added on.

84' Dimarco charges down the left but gets too much on his cross.

68' Hojlund escapes down the left and finds Lookman, whose shot is too close to Onana.

65' A dangerous free-kick routine from Atalanta as Boga fires wide.

61' Mkhitaryan shoots just wide from the edge of the box. Inter with the momentum here!

57' GOOAAAAALLLLLLL! Lautaro finds Darmian, who picks out the bottom corner to give Inter the lead!

54' A big chance for Maehle, who fails to keep it down from an excellent position.

51' Gosens hits it sweetly but it's always rising. Goal kick.

46' The second half kicks off.

MILAN, ITALY - JANUARY 31:  Lautaro Martinez of FC Internazionale in action during the Coppa Italia Quarter Final matcy between FC Internazionale and Atalanta BC at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on January 31, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Mattia Ozbot - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - JANUARY 31: Francesco Acerbi of FC Internazionale, in action, is challenged by Jeremie Boga of Atalanta BCduring the Coppa Italia Quarter Final match between FC Internazionale and Atalanta BC at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on January 31, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Emilio Andreoli - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - JANUARY 31:  Hakan Calhanoglu of FC Internazionale in action during the Coppa Italia Quarter Final matcy between FC Internazionale and Atalanta BC at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on January 31, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Mattia Ozbot - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - JANUARY 31:  Romelu Lukaku of FC Internazionale reacts during the Coppa Italia Quarter Final matcy between FC Internazionale and Atalanta BC at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on January 31, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Mattia Ozbot - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - JANUARY 31:  Lautaro Martinez of FC Internazionale in action during the Coppa Italia Quarter Final matcy between FC Internazionale and Atalanta BC at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on January 31, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Mattia Ozbot - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - JANUARY 31:  Hakan Calhanoglu of FC Internazionale competes for the ball with Giorgio Scalvini of Atalanta BC during the Coppa Italia Quarter Final matcy between FC Internazionale and Atalanta BC at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on January 31, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Mattia Ozbot - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - JANUARY 31: Lautaro Martinez of FC Internazionale in action during the Coppa Italia Quarter Final match between FC Internazionale and Atalanta BC at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on January 31, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Emilio Andreoli - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - JANUARY 31:  Players of FC Internazionale line up prior to the Coppa Italia Quarter Final matcy between FC Internazionale and Atalanta BC at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on January 31, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Mattia Ozbot - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - JANUARY 31:  Players of FC Internazionale celebrate the win at the end of the Coppa Italia Quarter Final matcy between FC Internazionale and Atalanta BC at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on January 31, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Mattia Ozbot - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - JANUARY 31: Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Matteo Darmian and Kristjan Asllani of FC Internazionale celebrate the victory at the end of the Coppa Italia Quarter Final match between FC Internazionale and Atalanta BC at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on January 31, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Emilio Andreoli - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - JANUARY 31:  Players of FC Internazionale celebrate the win at the end of the Coppa Italia Quarter Final matcy between FC Internazionale and Atalanta BC at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on January 31, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Mattia Ozbot - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - JANUARY 31:  Players of FC Internazionale celebrate the win at the end of the Coppa Italia Quarter Final matcy between FC Internazionale and Atalanta BC at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on January 31, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Mattia Ozbot - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - JANUARY 31:  FC Internazionale Coach Simone Inzaghi celebrates the victory with FC Internazionale players at the end of the Coppa Italia Quarter Final match between FC Internazionale and Atalanta BC at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on January 31, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Emilio Andreoli - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - JANUARY 31:  FC Internazionale Coach Simone Inzaghi celebrates the victory with FC Internazionale players at the end of the Coppa Italia Quarter Final match between FC Internazionale and Atalanta BC at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on January 31, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Emilio Andreoli - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - JANUARY 31:  Edin Dzeko and Lautaro Martinez of FC Internazionale in action during the Coppa Italia Quarter Final matcy between FC Internazionale and Atalanta BC at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on January 31, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Mattia Ozbot - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - JANUARY 31:  Joaquin Correa of FC Internazionale in action during the Coppa Italia Quarter Final matcy between FC Internazionale and Atalanta BC at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on January 31, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Mattia Ozbot - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - JANUARY 31: Edin Dzeko of FC Internazionale, in action, gestures during the Coppa Italia Quarter Final match between FC Internazionale and Atalanta BC at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on January 31, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Emilio Andreoli - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - JANUARY 31: Danilo D Ambrosio of FC Internazionale, in action, kicks the ball during the Coppa Italia Quarter Final match between FC Internazionale and Atalanta BC at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on January 31, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Emilio Andreoli - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - JANUARY 31:  Andre Onana of FC Internazionale in action during the Coppa Italia Quarter Final matcy between FC Internazionale and Atalanta BC at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on January 31, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Mattia Ozbot - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - JANUARY 31:  Head coach of FC Internazionale Simone Inzaghi reacts during the Coppa Italia Quarter Final matcy between FC Internazionale and Atalanta BC at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on January 31, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Mattia Ozbot - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)

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HALF-TIME: INTER 0-0 ATALANTA

One minute has been added on.

45' Zapata, unmarked, heads over from the middle of the area. A big chance for Atalanta.

43' Lukaku lays it off for Gosens, whose effort finishes off target.

41' Calhanoglu lets fly with his left foot from distance and hits the post!

38' Dumfries fizzes in a brilliant cross but no Nerazzurri player can get on the end of it.

29' An Inter counter-attack involving Calhanoglu, Lukaku and Lautaro ends with the latter seeing his shot blocked.

21' Barella has a go from outside the box but Musso makes the save.

17' Lautaro lashes a bouncing ball over the bar. Good Inter pressure, here.

6' Zapata gets on the end of Koopmeiners' corner but can't divert it on target.

1' Away we go at San Siro!


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