MILAN, Italy– New signing Christian Eriksen
enjoyed a memorable debut as Inter Milan defeated Fiorentina 2-1 on Wednesday
to reach the Italian Cup semi-finals.
After three successive draws in Serie A, Antonio Conte’s
Inter were far from their best but still had enough to set up a last-four clash
The othert semi-final sees Juventus tackle AC Milan.
In a poor first half, Inter edged ahead just before the
break when Antonio Candreva scored from close range after a pass from Lautaro
Martinez who had made the most of a mix-up between Fiorentina’s Federico
Ceccherini and goalkeeper Pietro Terracciano.
Martin Caceres headed the visitors level on the hour before
Nicolo Barella settled the tie with a blistering volley seven minutes later.
Danish star Eriksen, signed on Tuesday from Tottenham for 22
million euros, was brought on as a substitute for Alexis Sanchez just before
Fellow new recruit Victor Moses, signed on loan from
Chelsea, also made a second half appearance.
AC Milan booked their place in the two-legged semi-finals
after beating Torino 4-2 on Tuesday to continue their Zlatan Ibrahimovic-inspired
Extra-time goals from substitutes Hakan Calhanoglu and
Zlatan Ibrahimovic sealed passage into the last-four.
They will be relishing the tie with Italian champions
Juventus, who thumped Roma 3-0 in their quarter-final.
Napoli defeated Lazio 1-0 in their quarter-final last week.