MILAN - Lucky holders Inter Milan beat
Napoli on penalties in the Italian Cup quarter-finals on
Wednesday after drawing 0-0 after extra time while rivals AC
Milan also went through.
Ezequiel Lavezzi blasted over the only missed spot-kick as
Inter prevailed 5-4 on penalties and kept alive their dream of a
second straight treble.
Hosts Napoli had much the better chances in the 120 minutes
with Marek Hamsik going closest when his shot was saved and his
subsequent header was cleared off the line.
Inter battled hard without much penetration and lost Dejan
Stankovic and Ivan Cordoba to injury.
Two goals by striker Alexandre Pato earlier downed Sampdoria
2-1 to seal Milan's place in the two-legged semi-final stage,
where they will meet Palermo after the Sicilians overcame Parma
on penalties on Tuesday.
The Brazilian, left out of the Serie A leaders' win over
Cesena on Sunday, struck the first after 17 minutes and
converted Dutch debutant Urby Emanuelson's assist five minutes
later to make it 2-0.
Stefano Guberti headed the Sampdoria back into the game
after the break but Milan, who also gave new signing Mark van
Bommel a first start following the uncompromising Dutchman's
move from Bayern Munich, hung on.
With 12 minutes left Milan brought on former Samp forward
Antonio Cassano, who left the Genoa-based side in January in
acrimonious circumstances after being dropped for swearing at
the club president.
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