MILAN: Serie A leaders Inter Milan cruised into the quarterfinals of the Italian Cup on Tuesday with a 3-0 win over Cagliari as third division Alessandria claimed another top flight scalp on their way to the last eight.
Rodrigo Palacio’s close-range tap-in opened the scoring on 24 minutes for Roberto Mancini’s league leaders against Serie B side Cagliari, who despite ousting Sassuolo in the last round were outplayed for long periods at the San Siro.
Marcelo Brozovic had scored a superb long-distance effort in Inter’s 4-0 win at Udinese on Saturday and hit another in the 71st minute to leave ‘keeper Alessio Cragno rooted to the spot.
Ivan Perisic came off the bench in the latter stages and completed the scoring with a fine individual effort of his own nine minutes from time.
A fortnight after ending Palermo’s interest in the competition with a shock 3-2 win in Sicily, Alessandria stopped Genoa’s progress thanks to Riccardo Bocalon’s 113th minute winner in the second period of injury time gave the third division club a 2-1 win over the Serie A strugglers.
Inter will now meet the winner of Napoli v Verona, played on Wednesday when defending Cup champions Juventus host city rivals Torino.
Alessandria will meet Roma if they overcome Spezia on Wednesday afternoon at the Stadio Olimpico, with fellow Serie A title hopefuls Fiorentina in action later at home to Carpi.
On Thursday Lazio, last season’s beaten finalists, host Udinese and AC Milan are away to Sampdoria.