Bologna Shocks Inter Milan in Italian Cup Last 16 Thriller
In a stunning turn of events, Bologna delivered a late upset to two-time holders Inter Milan in the Italian Cup last 16, securing a 2-1 victory in extra time at the San Siro. The thrilling encounter, managed by ex-Inter midfielder Thiago Motta, saw Bologna’s Sam Beukema and Dan Ndoye scoring decisive goals in the second half of extra time, sealing their place in the quarter-finals against Fiorentina.
The Drama Unfolds
Inter Milan, the Serie A leaders, faced a challenging match against Bologna, currently holding the fourth position in Serie A. Despite Inter’s first-half dominance, it was Bologna’s Giovanni Fabbian who came closest to breaking the deadlock with a testing volley in the 13th minute. The first half saw a flurry of shots, with Inter’s Davide Frattesi coming close but being denied by Bologna’s goalkeeper Federico Ravaglia.
The turning point came in the second half when Serie A’s top scorer, Lautaro Martinez, had a penalty saved by Ravaglia after Bologna’s teenage defender Tommaso Corazza was penalized for handball. Martinez had another opportunity to put Inter ahead, but his effort skimmed over the crossbar.
With the scoreline deadlocked, the game headed into extra time, where Bologna showcased resilient defending and impressive saves from Ravaglia. However, it was Inter’s Carlos Augusto who broke the silence, opening the scoring. Bologna, refusing to back down, responded with two late goals from Beukema and Ndoye, securing a dramatic victory and eliminating Inter Milan from the Italian Cup.
Implications and Quarter-Final Clash
Bologna’s triumph sets up a quarter-final clash with Fiorentina, adding another layer of excitement to the competition. The unexpected defeat for Inter Milan serves as a reminder of the unpredictable nature of cup competitions and the resilience of the underdog teams.
As the Italian Cup progresses, football enthusiasts can anticipate more thrilling encounters and surprising outcomes, showcasing the depth and competitiveness of Italian football.
Stay tuned for further updates as the Italian Cup journey unfolds!