Nowadays Coppa Italia status is nearly a joke. Even players tend to forget these fixtures. Despite being reduced to a sort of familiar affair, the Italian cup can provide some entertainment to the few still interested.
Inter-Genoa was a good game. Dominated by Nerazzurri in the first half and by Rossoblu in the second. Samuel Eto'o and Luca Castellazzi were Inter's best players on the pitch, like in Catania.
In the end a good 3-2 victory for the homeside, which left Genoa's coach Davide Ballardini criticising the referee: "Unfortunately bad refereeing is typical when you come to play in San Siro" - to be fair with the Genoa coach, the former rossoblu Ranocchia was only yellowcarded for a last man foul, which deserved the automatic red card.
With his third victory in a row Leonardo can be optimistic. Despite injuries, the Benitez sacking and other problems Inter are still playing for three competitions. Having reached Coppa Italia's quarterfinals [where they will face Napoli or Bologna] shows that Leonardo has already restored winning mentality and hunger. Very promising signs indeed.
MAN OF THE MATCH: Samuel Eto'o. A brace and many good runs. For him it's already 21 goals this season. Outstanding but frightening as well, as most of these goals came when Milito was not around. It happened too many times to be a coincidence. Leonardo said the pair can perform together and we all agreed but numbers and performances say the opposite. They both give their best as central striker but at the moment Eto'o is far better than Milito. How long could Inter keep allowing their best forward to play below his full potential?
Italian Cup 2010-11 - 1/8 finals
Inter-Genoa 3-2 (2-0)
Inter: Castellazzi; Maicon (88' Rivas), Ranocchia, Materazzi, Santon; Mariga, Cambiasso, Zanetti; Muntari (57' Biabiany); Eto'o (70' Obi), Pandev. Coach: Leonardo
Genoa: Scarpi; Rafinha, Dainelli, Moretti, Criscito; Jelenic (46' Mesto), Veloso, Kucka, Kharja (63' Palacio); Boakye, Rudolf (63' Sculli). Coach: Ballardini
Goals: 15',43' Eto'o, 59'Mariga; 53' Kharja (pen), 91' Sculli
Yellow cards: Ranocchia, Muntari
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