Inter on course in cup
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Adriano rediscovered his scoring touch with the opening goal in Inter's 2-0 win at Empoli.
Adriano rediscovered his scoring touch with the opening goal in Internazionale's 2-0 win at Empoli in the Coppa Italia.
The Serie A leaders look on course for the semi-finals of the competition after striking in the final 20 minutes of the quarter-final, first-leg tie.
In front of a sparse crowd at Empoli, Inter struggled to make the breakthrough until the 71st minute.
Esteban Cambiasso and Zlatan Ibrahimovic linked up expertly to provide Adriano with a chance, which he converted with aplomb.
Inter grabbed a potentially crucial second goal in the final minute, as Mariano Gonzalez's cross eluded Empoli keeper Davide Bassi and was headed in by Ivan Cordoba.