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Inter beats Sampdoria 3-0 in Italian Cup semis

Inter beats Sampdoria 3-0 in Italian Cup semis

Nicolas Burdisso scored twice to help two-time defending champion Inter Milan beat Sampdoria 3-0 in an Italian Cup first-leg semifinal on Wednesday.
Burdisso struck in the ninth and 56th minutes from close range for his third and fourth goals in the competition.
Hernan Crespo scored Inter's other with a header in the 24th. Luis Figo assisted for all three goals.
The return leg is scheduled for Feb. 1, the third meeting between the two teams in eight days. Inter travels to Sampdoria in the Serie A on Sunday.
In the other semifinal, AC Milan plays AS Roma on Thursday.
Also, in a rescheduled Serie A match, Catania beat Empoli 2-1 on goals by Fabio Caserta and Giuseppe Mascara to climb into fourth place in the standings.
Inter rested some of its first-team regulars but still fielded captain Javier Zanetti, Fabio Grosso, Figo, and Crespo.
Sampdoria was unlucky not to be awarded a penalty in the fourth, after Inter defender Ivan Cordoba handled the ball in the area, but struggled to trouble Inter goalkeeper Francesco Toldo.
Fabio Quagliarella had Sampdoria's three best chances to score just after the half-hour mark, but aimed straight at Toldo on each occasion.
Crespo almost added his second in the 48th off a pass by midfielder Santiago Solari but was tackled as he was shooting.
Solari also had a good chance to score in the 81st but blasted over from close range.
Julio Ricardo Cruz substituted Crespo in the 70th for his first appearance since injuring ligaments in his knee in November.
Elsewhere, midfielder Caserta put Catania ahead in the 52nd, prodding the ball past Empoli goalkeeper Daniele Balli, before Antonio Busce equalized with a header two minutes later. Center forward Mascara scored the winner with a close-range bicycle kick in the 61st.
Catania has 29 points, one more than Empoli. Inter Milan leads the Serie A with 54 points.
The 16th-round game was moved from Dec. 17, when it was abandoned due to a waterlogged field.


Updated : 2020-12-05 08:52 GMT+08:00