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Last-gasp Lukaku books Inter Italian Cup clash with AC Milan

Belgian Lukaku connected with Nicolo Barella's cross in the 119th minute to beat Fiorentina goalkeeper Pietro Terracciano and snatch a late triumph.

AFP , Wednesday 13 Jan 2021
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Inter's Romelu Lukaku celebrates after scoring his side's second and decisive goal during the Italian Cup round of 16 soccer match between Fiorentina and Inter Milan, at the Artemio Franchi stadium in Florence, Italy, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021. AP
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Romelu Lukaku headed in an extra-time winner as Inter Milan set up an Italian Cup quarter-final clash with city rivals AC Milan on Wednesday with a 2-1 last-16 win over Fiorentina.

Belgian Lukaku connected with Nicolo Barella's cross in the 119th minute to beat Fiorentina goalkeeper Pietro Terracciano and snatch a late triumph.

Chilean Arturo Vidal had given Inter the advantage five minutes before the break in normal time after a VAR review judged Terracciano to have fouled Alexis Sanchez.

But Christian Kouame blasted in a superb equaliser 12 minutes after half-time to take the match to extra-time.

Lukaku came off the bench on 69 minutes and with a minute to go ensured Inter avoided going to a penalty shootout with his 17th goal this season in all competitions.

"It was an important win for our confidence against a strong team," said Lukaku days before Inter host champions Juventus in Serie A.

"We are a young team, we need to learn, but we're growing and we have shown the desire to improve."

AC Milan won 5-4 on penalities on Tuesday after their match against Torino ended 0-0 after extra time.

Title-holders Napoli are at home against Empoli later Wednesday with record 13-time winners Juventus taking on Genoa in Turin.

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