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Lukaku shine for Inter, as regulars advance in Coppa Italia

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Romelu Lukaku started Internazionale’s Coppa Italia masterclass when he scored after only 21 seconds on the way to a 4-1 thrashing of Cagliari handing Nerazzurri a quarter final ticket.

Borja Valero made it 2-0 22 minutes in while Lukaku scored a third when he connected with Nicolo Barella’s cross through a header three minutes into the second half.

Christian Oliva pulled one back for Cagliari with 27 minutes left on the clock before Nerazzurri vice-captain Andrea Ranocchia headed in Cristiano Biraghi’s corner to seal the win.

Romelu Lukaku who seems to have buried the ‘ghosts’ of Old Trafford has continued his scoring form in the current season with six goals in his last four appearances in all competitions (14 in 19 games in the league).

Inter play either Atalanta or Fiorentina, who face each other on Wednesday afternoon at the Artemio Franchi , in the next round.

Lazio and Napoli joined Inter in the quarters with comfortable wins over Cremonese and Perugia to set up an exciting tie with each other.

On Wednesday, Juventus host Udinese, AC Milan take on SPAL , with Parma home to Roma on Thursday;Torino are already in the last eight after beating Genoa on penalties.

Current holders Lazio, eased past Cremonese 4-0 victory with their goal machine Ciro Immobile on the score sheet yet again.

Patric rebounded Cremonese keeper Michael Agazzi poorly handled save for Lazio’s first inside the first 10 minutes. Marco Parolo scored the second after a Jony cross as Ciro Immobile, who now has 23 in all competitions added a third 12 minutes after the break.

Bastos met another Jony assist with a strong header in the final minute to complete the victory.

Napoli overcame Perugia thanks to two Lorenzo Insigne penalties in a first half of three spot-kicks.

Pietro Iemmello, who handled for one of lazio’s penalties had his attempt from 12 yards saved by David Ospina in the 7th minute of added time before half-time.

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