After a flying first 20 minutes, The Nerazzurri sealed their passage into the Coppa Italia’s final four with a more controlled performance, which restricted Roma to few meaningful goal attempts throughout.
The final blow came in spectacular style, as Sanchez’s thunderbolt killed off the Giallorossi’s meek challenge.
And allowed Inzaghi to make several changes ahead of Saturday’s crucial clash with Napoli.
The Nerazzurri’s double dream comes one step closer, then, as they progress to next month’s two-legged semi-finals.
INTER (3-5-2): Samir Handanovic;
Alessandro Bastoni, Milan Skriniar, Danilo D’Ambrosio;
Matteo Darmian, Marcelo Brozovic, Arturo Vidal, Nicolo Barella, Ivan Perisic;
Edin Dzeko, Alexis Sanchez.
ROMA (3-4-1-2): Rui Patricio;
Roger Ibanez, Gianluca Mancini, Chris Smalling;
Rick Karsdorp, Jordan Veretout, Sergio Oliveira, Matias Vina;
Nicolo Zaniolo, Tammy Abraham.
1-0. With the first meaningful attack of the match, Perisic races away from Karsdorp down the left, crossing in from the edge of the area for Dzeko to plant a composed side-foot volley past Patricio in the Roma goal.
The Nerazzurri are off to a flyer, and Dzeko has already twisted the dagger against his former club.
2-0. Stepping on to a ball from Darmian, the previously quiet Sanchez takes a couple of touches to steady himself.
Before firing an unstoppable rocket from over 20 yards into the top-left corner.
It was a wonderfully pure strike – Patricio was left helpless.
Sanchez’s sensational second-half strike concluded a productive display.
In addition, the Chilean international had a game-high 13 crosses and five important passes.
Since joining Inter from Manchester United in 2019, he has scored 17 goals for the Nerazzurri, with the Nerazzurri winning each time.
A solid display by Vidal:
The veteran midfielder has fond memories of facing Roma, having netted a brace with Juventus in April 2012.
Almost a decade on, he produced another fine display against the Giallorossi.
During the contest, Vidal was involved in the most duels (12) among Inter players and completed the most passes in the opposing half (32).
While only Brozovic and D’Ambrosio recorded more touches and passes than the Chile international.
So, where else do Inter and Roma go from here?
Before they meet either arch-rivals Milan or Lazio in the semis.
Inter will be embarking on a challenging series of fixtures in the coming weeks.
They face both Napoli and Liverpool in pursuit of glory at home and Europe.
Roma, meanwhile, will look to bounce back from this disappointment in Sassuolo on Sunday.
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