Inter boss Andrea Stramaccioni has admitted that he was surprised by Bologna’s Coppa Italia comeback on Tuesday night.
The Nerazzurri went 2-0 up in the 78th minute thanks to a Rodrigo Palacio goal, but the away side hit back to send the game into extra-time.
Andrea Ranocchia then popped up with a header just when it seemed that penalties would be needed at San Siro.
“I thought the game was over after Palacio scored,” Stramaccioni noted to RAI. “Then Alessandro Diamanti got one.
“We had a bit of bad luck too as Inter were virtually reduced to 10 men because we pretty much lost Antonio Cassano...
“But the team dug deep again and showed their mettle. We won it thanks to the strength of these lads. Inter kept plugging away out there and deserved to go through.”
The Coppa Italia is often snubbed until the latter stages of the competition, but winning it is a major target for the Beneamata.
“We want to do well in this competition and we proved it,” he then told Inter Channel. “I think the best thing is that Italian clubs are showing how important the Coppa Italia is to them, they all want to do well in it.
“We go into the semi-finals now and whether it's Fiorentina or Roma who qualify, along with Juventus, Lazio and ourselves, it's almost the same as the top of the League – like a final four in basketball.”