Romelu Lukaku inspired Inter to continue with a great 4-1 win against Cagliari in the last 16 of the Coppa Italia at San Siro.
Alexis Sanchez was back in the starting line-up for the first time in over three months and played a great game for the Nerazzurri, but it was his partner up front who grabbed the goals for the home side.
The Belgian forward found the net only 21 seconds after the initial whistle and Inter never looked back.
Lukaku took advantage of a poor pass from Christian Oliva and scored this campaign’s fastest goal, before Borja Valero doubled the lead 22 minutes later.
After the break, the Belgian forward scored his second of the night four minutes after the break, before Oliva hit one back for the visitors.
The Rossoblu didn’t have it in them to fight back and Andrea Ranocchia put the nail in the coffin with Inter’s fourth and his first since May 2018.
Inter will be watching when Fiorentina have Atalanta as visitors at the Artemio Franchi tomorrow, as the winner of that leg will face the Nerazzurri in the quarter-finals.
Inter 4-1 Cagliari
Lukaku 1 and 49 (I), Borja Valero 22 (I), Oliva 72 (C), Ranocchia 80 (I)
Inter (3-5-2): Handanovic; Godin, Ranocchia, Skriniar; Lazaro, Barella, Brozovic (Sensi 70), Borja Valero, Dimarco (Biraghi 78); Sanchez (Esposito 69), Lukaku
Cagliari (4-3-2-1): Olsen; Farago, Pisacane, Walukiewicz, Lykogiannis; Nandez (Birsa 80), Oliva, Ionita (Joao Pedro 80); Nainggolan, Castro (Rog 46); Cerri
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