Lukaku dou­ble sends In­ter into quar­ters; Lazio, Napoli cruise

Muscat Daily - - SPORTS -

Mi­lan, Italy - Romelu Lukaku scored af­ter just 21 sec­onds as he bagged a brace in a 4-1 thump­ing of Cagliari that fired In­ter Mi­lan into the last-eight of the Ital­ian Cup, while Lazio and Napoli are set for a quar­ter­fi­nal clash af­ter eas­ing past sec­ond-tier op­po­si­tion.

Bel­gian Lukaku has looked a player re­born since mov­ing to Italy and his dou­ble took his hot streak to six goals in his last four ap­pear­ances in all com­pe­ti­tions, with his Ital­ian League tally stand­ing at 14 in 19 games.

The 26 year old lashed home his opener with the match barely un­der­way and then, af­ter Borja Valero had made it 2-0 in the 22 minute, headed home his side's third from Ni­colo Barella's cor­ner just three min­utes af­ter the break as An­to­nio Conte's side ran riot at the San Siro.

Their were nerves among the home fans when Chris­tian Oliva pulled one back for the Sar­dini­ans in the 73rd minute with a fierce drive, but An­drea Ranoc­chia headed in Cris­tiano Bi­raghi's cor­ner to seal the win.

The vic­tory helped In­ter bounce back af­ter let­ting Ju­ven­tus take top spot in league with a 1-1 home draw with Ata­lanta at the week­end, and the re­turn of Alexis Sanchez af­ter an in­jury lay-off will also boost coach Conte.

In-form Lazio stroll

They will be joined in the quar­ters by Lazio and Napoli, who both cruised through with com­fort­able wins over sec­ond-tier sides Cre­monese and Peru­gia to set up a mouth-wa­ter­ing last eight tie with each other.

Hold­ers Lazio, who are on a club-record run of ten straight wins in league and well in the ti­tle dis­cus­sion, made short work of Cre­monese in their easy 4-0 vic­tory in Rome.

Trou­bled Napoli mean­while are lan­guish­ing in 11th in league af­ter win­ning just one league game since mid-Oc­to­ber but eased into the quar­ters with a 2-0 win over Peru­gia thanks to two Lorenzo In­signe penal­ties.

Romelu Lukaku

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