Inter beat an impressive Bologna 3-2 in this Coppa Italia round of 16 match-up at the Giuseppe Meazza Tuesday evening to advance to the quarterfinals where they will face either Lazio or Genoa.
Here is how we rated Inter:
Juan Carrizo (5): Could do nothing about either of Bologna’s goals as the defenders in front of him were at fault both instances.
Danilo D’Ambrosio (5): Recieved a yellow card in the 63rd minute. Didn’t have the best of matches but was relatively better than against Chievo at the weekend.
Jeison Murillo (6.5): Wonderfully blasted home a bicycle-kick goal off a corner in the 32nd minute that you’d never think a defender could score.
Gary Medel (5.5): In his first game back from injury since November 6th, the Chilean did not look out of place.
Christian Ansaldi (4.5): Completely lost Donsah as Bologna drew level in the 74th minute. Ran the whole match but nothing seemed to work for the Argentine.
Geoffrey Kondogbia (6): Unfortunate to have Bologna’s goal in the 43rd minute deflect off his leg. Looked especially sluggish as the match wore on but kept forcing his engines.
Roberto Gagliardini (6.5): The Italian’s vision to pick out a run and pass on a dime will prove to be an integral part to the new-look Inter. Always calm and collected in possession and had great positioning when off the ball.
Joao Mario MOTM (7.5): Assisted Jeison Murillo’s goal in the 32nd minute with a pinpoint corner. Assisted Inter’s second as well after drilling a low ball to Palacio who smoothly slotted the ball home in the 40th minute. Set up countless attacks and controlled the midfield throughout. Missed a great opportunity to finish the match in the 112th minute but was unable to convert. Was all over the place. Stellar performance from the Portuguese.
Gabriel Barbosa (5.5): Got forward confidently but also made a few mistakes, as any youngster would. Distributed and moved the ball well. Subbed off in the 71st minute for Candreva.
Eder (5.5): Didn’t do much off the ball but did his part in moving the ball forward when in possession. Linked up well with Gabriel Barbosa in the second half.
Rodrigo Palacio (6): Looked like his old self when he calmly slotted home a Joao Mario ball in the 39th minute to give Inter a second goal. Was lively throughout the match. Subbed off in the 71st minute for Icardi.
Antonio Candreva (6): Was quiet when he first came on late in the match, however, gave Inter the lead in the 98th minute with a left-footed shot. Received a yellow card in the 109th minute.
Mauro Icardi (5): Was always involved but didn’t look as sharp as usual. Floated a wonderful trivela cross to Joao Mario who couldn’t convert.
Brozovic (5): Came on for Eder in extra time and took advantage of Bologna’s tired legs.
Stefano Pioli (6): His Coppa Italia 11 put on a hard-working and impressive display for pockets of the match. This is the second game in a row that Pioli’s substitutes have been directly involved in goals. He will not be happy that Icardi and Candreva played 30 minutes more than they should have, though.