Inter defeats Milan 3-0 to reach the cup final. Lautaro Martnez scores twice.

Inter Milan advanced to the Italian Cup final with a 3-0 second-leg win over city rival AC Milan on Tuesday. Lautaro Martnez scored twice.

Martnez scored both goals in the first half, capping off a clinical effort that handed Inter a 3-0 aggregate victory. With his first goal since joining the team from Atalanta in January, Robin Gosens ensured the side’s position in the final late in the game.

After a score was controversially ruled out for offside, Milan coach Stefano Pioli was still seething after the game. The first leg of the encounter between the two ended in a 0-0 draw.

The Nerazzurri will face either Juventus or Fiorentina in the following round, with the Bianconeri leading 1-0 after the first leg. The final will take place on May 11th.

“I’m happy because we’re through and will be playing another final,” Martnez said. “We’re always working to bring Inter to the top.”

“I always battle for this shirt and offer everything I’ve got on the field.” I fantasized about being decisive: my parents, wife, and daughter were all present today… It’s for them that I’ve made this brace.”

At San Siro, there was a fervent mood in the first Milan derby in more than two years, which drew a sell-out crowd. Following the recent relaxation of some coronavirus safeguards in Italy, almost 76,000 supporters were allowed into the stadium.

The fact that the two teams were also in a tight race for the Serie A title, with Milan two points ahead of defending champion Inter, added to the tension.

Milan was plagued by injuries, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic among those who were unable to play. Inter coach Simone Inzaghi got his pick of the team.

Martnez volleyed home a low cross from Matteo Darmian in less than four minutes for Inter to break the deadlock.

The Rossoneri, on the other hand, were unfazed by the early goal and had multiple chances to equalise in a thrilling first half.

In the 28th minute, Samir Handanovic put out a leg to block Rafael Leo’s shot, and two minutes later, the Inter goalkeeper did well to parry a ferocious drive from Alexis Saelemaekers.

Inter winger Ivan Periic also cleared a Franck Kessié cross off the line five minutes before halftime, but Milan was caught off guard moments later when Martnez sprang the offside trap to rush onto a Joaqun Correa through pass and double his tally.

On the stroke of halftime, Martnez came close to completing a hat trick, but his headed flick from a corner flashed just past the far post.

After the break, Milan increased the pressure but struggled to create genuine goal-scoring opportunities, particularly with Inter content to sit back and preserve its lead.

The Rossoneri felt they had equalised in the 67th minute, but the referee determined that Milan defender Pierre Kalulu, who was in an offside position at the time, had been interfering with play when Ismael Bennacer’s shot went in, after studying it on the pitchside monitor.

“You can see the Inter players were all protesting for handball,” remarked a visibly enraged Pioli. “The goalkeeper accepted without objecting to the fact that his view was obstructed.

“The goal was clearly a good one because Kalulu was moving clear of the sight line while Bennacer was shooting.” It had the potential to affect the outcome of the match.”

Inter secured the victory with eight minutes remaining. Arturo Vidal’s through ball was intercepted by Marcelo Brozovic, who rolled it over for Gosens to tap in. Gosens had only been on the field for two minutes when he was taken out.

Also Read: Serie A: AC Milan beats Genoa to maintain the two-point lead after Inter win

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