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Inter beats Juventus 2-1 in Italian Cup

Inter beats Juventus 2-1 in Italian Cup

None other than Mario Balotelli scored the 89th-minute winner for Inter Milan to beat Juventus 2-1 in the Italian Cup quarterfinals on Thursday.
Juve fans were banned from attending the game at the San Siro specifically due to racial taunts directed at Balotelli, who was of Ghanaian descent.
The game may have been the last for Juventus coach Ciro Ferrara, with the Turin club struggling mightily in Serie A and also eliminated from the Champions League.
Balotelli knocked in a rebound of a shot from Thiago Motta.
Diego put Juventus in front 10 minutes in with the help of an error by Inter goalkeeper Francesco Toldo, who let the ball pass through his legs. Inter defender Lucio equalized in the 72nd, deflecting in a free kick from Wesley Sneijder.
Inter will face Fiorentina in the two-leg semifinals on Feb. 3 and 10, while AS Roma faces Udinese in the other half of the draw.
Inter nearly equalized immediately after Diego's score, but a powerful effort from Balotelli was pushed wide by Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon.
Playing in place of usual starter Julio Cesar, Toldo again had trouble stopping a shot from Diego in the 17th, needing two tries to pick up the ball.
In the 20th, Inter forward Goran Pandev set up Maicon but he couldn't find the target.
Italy left back Fabio Grosso nearly made it 2-0 for Juve in the 37th, with Toldo forced to push a long shot wide.
Inter then thought it had a case for a penalty, but a handball by Felipe Melo inside the area was ruled involuntary, infuriating coach Jose Mourinho as the squads walked off for halftime.
In the 55th, Diego provided a cross for Giorgio Chiellini and the defender's header skimmed the outside of the post.
Inter took off midfielder Esteban Cambiasso in the 61st and put on a third forward, Diego Milito, setting up a full-on assault from the Serie A leader.
In the 70th, Balotelli had Inter's best chance to that point, with Buffon making a a tough save, and Lucio equalized two minutes later.


Updated : 2021-03-03 17:30 GMT+08:00