Inter Milan 4-1 Cagliari: Romelu Lukaku nets after only 22 SECONDS as his brace hosts helps in Coppa Italia quarterfinals
- Romelu Lukaku scored twice to help Inter Milan defeat Cagliari in the Coppa Italia
- He scored his first goal after just 22 seconds in the San Siro to put Inter ahead
- The Belgian had another one excluded by VAR before Borja Valero made it 2-0
- Lukaku got his second from a corner before Andrea Rannochia scored a fourth
- Christian Oliva initially withdrew one, but Inter then won a 4-1 victory
Romelu Lukaku scored after just 22 seconds and added another goal to help Inter Milan with a 4-1 win over Cagliari over San Siro on Tuesday and a place in the quarterfinals of the Italian Cup.
Lukaku took advantage of Christian Oliva’s panicky pass to ram Inter’s first goal within the opening minute in the perfect start for the home team, which will meet the winner of Fiorentina’s draw against Atalanta on Wednesday.
The Belgian striker then ruled out a second for VAR and missed a chance to hit Nicolo Barella’s powerfully beaten cross, but veteran Borja Valero climbed the line for a 2-0 lead after 21 minutes.
Romelu Lukaku continued his fine scoring streak for Inter Milan and brought his count to 18 strikes
The Belgian attacker glanced in his second and Inter Milan’s third to put shine on the score line
Barella was again the provider after a quick corner kick for the second four minutes from Lukaku in the second half and Andrea Ranocchia closed the score with a replica header in the 80th minute.
Cagliari, who has now lost five consecutive games, scored a smart consolation in the 71st minute when Alberto Cerri pushed the ball back into Oliva’s path, which ended with a powerful strike.
Meanwhile, Napoli and Lazio met in the final eight, as they both won at home against second-rate opposition, with Ciro Immobile continuing his scoring for Lazio while beating Cremonese 4-0.
Napoli forward Lorenzo Insigne scored his first home goals of the season to lead his side to a 2-0 win over Perugia.
Insigne, Napoli’s captain, broke the deadlock in a final-16 tie with three first-half penalties with a 26th minute kick after Hirving Lozano was fouled and then another 12 minutes later after handball by Pietro Iemmello.
Lukaku missed an opportunity to grab another goal, but Borja Valero (R) was there to tap home
Defender Andrea Rannochia scored the fourth goal for the men of Antonio Conte to make it 4-1