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Coppa Italia: Inter Milan 2 Verona 0

By Football News



Inter Milan progressed to the last eight of the Coppa Italia after overcoming Verona 2-0 in the round of 16 on Tuesday.

Neither team could find a breakthrough in the first half at San Siro, but the introduction of Fredy Guarin at the interval changed the course of the match.

The Colombian substitute won the ball in the Verona half and slipped in Antonio Cassano, who sprinted clear of the last defender, rounded Rafael, and slotted home to open the scoring.

Four minutes later Guarin doubled Inter's advantage when he converted from the edge of the box via a deflection following some neat link-up with Cassano on a set piece.

Inter had numerous chances to further extend their lead, but were forced to play out the last 10 minutes nervously after goalkeeper Luca Castellazzi was injured with all three substitutes already used, forcing Rodrigo Palacio to mind the net.

The incident arrived too late for Verona to take advantage, and Inter now progress to face either Napoli or Bologna in the quarter-finals.