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Inter ease into Italian Cup semi-finals
Updated: 2005-02-17 08:38

Inter Milan eased into the semi-finals of the Italian Cup on Wednesday, beating Atalanta 3-0 to complete a 4-0 win on aggregate.

Inter Milan's Uruguayan striker Alvaro Recoba, seen here in January 2005, scored the opening goal in his Inter's 3-0 victory over Atalanta. [AFP]

Atalanta had knocked out Juventus in the previous round, but looked more like the side that has sunk to the bottom of Serie A as they struggled against a second-string Inter team at the San Siro stadium.

Alvaro Recoba opened the scoring just after the half hour, when strike partner Julio Cruz beat the offside trap and slid the ball across the area for the Uruguayan to tap home.

Turkish international Emre Belozoglu added a second shortly after, angling in a low shot from the edge of the area.

Cruz sealed the result in the 55th minute when he headed Recoba's long-range cross past visiting keeper Alex Calderoni.

Inter's game against Atalanta was played four weeks ahead of the remaining quarter-final second leg fixtures to avoid a clash with their Champions League match against Porto on March 15.

In the semi-finals they will face either Cagliari or Sampdoria, whose quarter-final stands 2-0 in Cagliari's favour after the first leg.

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