Inter Milan beat Fiorentina in the Coppa Italia final/AFP
With just over 15 days to go until the Champions League final, Argentinian Lautaro Martinez showed that he was in great form with a brace to defend the Coppa title as Inter Milan beat Fiorentina 2-1.
The Toro was a key figure in the Nerazzurri’s victory, scoring two goals (29 and 37), enabling the team to surpass Fiorentina compatriot Nicolas González’s first goal (three goals). bottom.
The two goals see Lautaro Martinez break through the 100-goal barrier (101) at Inter, who joined from Racing Club de Avellaneda in 2018, and the Lombardy club’s dream of adding a triple title this season. can be maintained.
“I’m very happy. Over the last two years, we’ve won trophies with this great club (the 2021 championship, the 2022 and 2023 cups) and we have to keep going,” said Lautaro Martinez. Declared with emotion.
“I want to keep contributing and keep winning,” the Argentinian striker said when asked about his 100 goals for Inter.
After the Italian Super Cup (3-0 against Milan in January) and the Coppa, there is only the Champions League, when Inter will face Manchester City in Istanbul on 10 June.
Simone Inzaghi, meanwhile, maintained his cup composure, winning his seventh title (three cups and four Super Cups) in six years at Lazio and Inter.
The final was a strange start for Inter. His ultra supporters decided to stage a ‘cheer strike’ in protest against the club’s decision not to give them priority tickets to the Istanbul final.
Then, with less than three minutes to go, Frenchman Jonathan Ikone spilled down the left flank and scored a low cross at the far post to free Argentinian Nicolas González (3).
But Fiorentina’s dream of overcoming a drought without a title for more than 20 years (since winning the Coppa in 2001) barely lasts until Inter Ultras kicks in and Inter enter the game. It was something.
Bosnian Edin Dzeko warned with a high shot as he went all out to beat 24-year-old Pietro Terracciano, but five minutes later Lautaro received a pass through the hole and fired a right-footed shot into Florence. goalkeeper. From Marcelo Brozovic, 29, of Croatia.
And before the break, Niccolo Barella (37) scored the Toro’s second goal with a volley shot from the front to the center of the narrow area.
Fiorentina looked for a goal that would at least cause extra time, and Brazilian Artur Cabral scored, but the goal was disallowed after a foul on Inter goalkeeper Samir Handanovic, 78. .
The ‘Viola’ club dominated their rivals in the final minutes but managed to keep the score between the Slovenian goalkeeper and the Inter defense.