These are great times for football enthusiasts from Milan. For the first time in a long time AC Milan and Internazionale lead the ranking in Serie A. And now the fans can also look forward to an additional Derby della Madonnina in the Quarterfinals of the Coppa Italia later this month.
After Tuesday after penalty kicks AC Milan got rid of Torino in the Italian cup, Internazionale won Wednesday after extensions of Fiorentina.
Juventus and Napoli joined the last eight. Juventus, without Matthijs de Lit, won after 3-2 extensions of Genoa.
Napoli defeated second-grader Empoli with the same numbers, but in regular playing time: 3-2.
Arturo Vidal brought Inter shortly before rest from a penalty kick on a head start in Florence. That was only the first hit by the Chilean midfielder, who came over from FC Barcelona in the shirt of Inter in September. Shortly after rest, however, Cristian made Kouamé equal for the home team.
In the regular playing time there was no more scoring and also in the extensions it seemed to stay at 1-1. In the penultimate minute, however, Nicolò Barella gave a perfect advance on Romelu Lukaku, who hit hard.
For the first time since December 13, Christian Eriksen from coach Antonio Conte was allowed to start the race again. According to various media, the Dane would like to leave Inter.
That doesn‘t apply to Stefan de Vrij. The undisputed defender started against Fiorentina on the bench, but came after an hour in the field for Milan Skriniar.
Juventus placed before the last eight after renewals against Genoa.
Without Matthijs de Lit and Cristiano Ronaldo, Juventus started the cup battle against the club that presented Kevin Strootman Tuesday as a new addition. Despite this, the start was furious. Within two minutes, the Swede Dejan Kulusevski had already put the 1-0 on the board and halfway through the second half Álvaro Morata signed for the 2-0.
For Genoa attacker Gianluca Scamacca, with four goals top scorer in the Italian cup tournament, the duel was special. The former player of Jong PSV and PEC Zwolle, according to various media, is about to sign a contract with Juventus.
Another former Eredivisionist took care of the 2-1, Lennart Czyborra (former Heracles) made his first goal up close since he switched to Atalanta Bergamo a year ago.
It didn’t stop there, because a quarter of an hour before Genoa came by thanks to a beautiful pull of Filippo Melegoni.
Debutant saves Juventus
At the end of the first extension, 21-year-old Tunisian Hamza Rafia, on his debut in the main force of the team from Turin, brought 3-2 up close.
Genoa did everything he could to force the equalizer, but they did not get closer than a headball by Ivan Radovanovic who was worked off the line by Arthur.
In the quarter-finals, Juventus awaits a duel with the winner of the Sassuolo duel and the SPAL demoted from Serie A last season.
Napoli also managed to get a spot in the quarter-finals. The number six of Serie A struggled against Empoli, which is released at the second level in Italy.
Giovanni Di Lorenzo, Hirving Lozano and Andrea Petagna scored for the team from Naples. On behalf of Empoli, Nedim Bajrami signed twice for the equalizer.
Napoli will compete against the winner of AS Roma-La Spezia in the quarter-finals.