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Inter Edge Into Coppa Italia Last 16

Once again Inter made life difficult for themselves on Wednesday as they almost threw away a three goal lead to Serie B minnows Trapani in their Coppa Italia tie before hanging on for a 3-2 victory. Inter will now travel to Udinese in January for a place in the quarter-finals.

The Nerazzurri broke through almost immediately when a Fredy Guarin free kick bounced off the upright, on to Trapani defender Richard Marcone and ricocheted into the net.

Ishak Belfodil volleyed in Alvaro Pereira’s assist for his first goal in an Inter jersey, then before the break Saphir Taider converted a penalty for a foul on Guarin.

Trapani were considerably more aggressive in the second half and, after Carrizo parried a Giovanni Abate volley, Cristian Caccetta took advantage of an Andrea Ranocchia error to score at San Siro. The Italian national team defender totally misjudged a long throw allowing Caccetta in on goal.

The tiny Serie B club silenced the San Siro crowd by getting back to 3-2 when Inter failed to clear a long ball into the penalty box and Giuseppe Madonia’s daisy-cutter beat Carrizo.

It was almost 3-3 in stoppages, as Maurizio Ciaramitaro didn’t make the most of a Carrizo howler and Inter held on under pressure.

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