Romelu Lukaku scored after just 22 seconds and added another goal to help Inter Milan to a 4-1 victory over Cagliari at San Siro on Tuesday and a place in the Italian Cup quarter-final.
Lukaku took advantage of a panicked back pass from Christian Oliva to ram home Inter’s first goal inside the opening minute in the perfect start for the home side, who will next meet the winner of Fiorentina’s tie against Atalanta on Wednesday.
The Belgian striker then had a second ruled out by VAR and missed a chance to touch home Nicolo Barella’s powerfully struck cross but veteran Borja Valero behind him scrambled it over the line for a 2-0 lead after 21 minutes.
Barella was the provider again after a quickly taken corner kick for Lukaku’s second four minutes into the second half 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.