Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Inter finally solve Alessio Scarpi

If you're wondering, "Who?", you're not alone. Inter and Jose Mourinho might be thinking the same thing after Wednesday's Copa Italia tie, which Inter finally won 3-1 in extra time. Scarpi, Genoa's seldom used Italian keeper, denied the likes of Adriano, Hernan Cruz and late sub Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Adriano finally solved Scarpi, who earlier saved an Adriano penalty, with a header in the final 20 minutes. That saved penalty also followed a sending off for the Genoa foul, both calls highly questionable considering the challenge didn't look that bad and certainly occured outside the area.

Genoa, despite playing a majority of the game a man down, equalized through Marco Rossi's terrific strike with just over 10 minutes remaining. Adriano came out after his goal for Ibrahimovic, so it was the Swede's turn to get frustrated by Scarpi.

Finally in the first extra time period, Esteban Cambiasso and Ibrahimovic scored goals four minutes apart, and Inter were on to the quarterfinals to face Roma.


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