Lautaro Martinez’s double WINS the Coppa Italia for Inter Milan as Manchester City’s Champions League final opponents come from behind to beat Fiorentina 2-1 after Nicolas Gonzalez’s early opener
- Nicolas Gonzalez put West Ham’s European opponents ahead in three minutes
- Lautaro Martinez scored a first half brace to put Inter Milan in control in the final
- Inter Milan held on to win the Coppa Italia final played on Wednesday night
Striker Lautaro Martinez won Inter Milan the Coppa Italia final with both goals in a 2-1 win over Fiorentina.
The cup – their second consecutive Coppa Italia title – could be the first of two pieces of silverware in quick succession for Inter, with the Champions League final against Manchester City on the horizon next month.
Nicolas Gonzalez put Fiorentina – themselves preparing for the Europa Conference League final against West Ham – in front within three minutes of the final.
Jonathan Ikone sent in a cross that found Gonzalez unmarked at the back post, and the Argentine forward drilled the ball into the net.
But Lautaro Martinez scored a first-half brace to put Inter Milan in control.
Lautaro Martinez scored a first-half brace as Inter Milan won the Coppa Italia on Wednesday
Nicolas Gonzalez had put Fiorentina ahead just three minutes into the final in Rome
But Martinez’s first-half goals were enough to allow Inter to retain the trophy they won last year
The equaliser came with a 29th minute shot from a tight angle, while Inter nudged in front eight minutes later with Martinez firing a close-range volley high into Pietro Terracciano’s net.
The second half remained goalless, and Fiorentina rarely threatened to level.
Inter comfortably hung on to secure their ninth Coppa Italia title, ahead of next month’s Champions League final against Manchester City in Turkey.
Three days prior to that clash in Istanbul, Fiorentina will face another English side, West Ham, in the final of the Europa Conference League.
Fiorentina (4-2-3-1): Terracciano, Dodo (Terzic 82′), Milenkovic, Martinez (Ranieri 70′), Biraghi, Castrovilli (Mandragora 60′), Amrabat (Jovic 70′), Gonzalez, Bonaventura, Ikone (Sottil 60′), Cabral
Goal: Gonzalez 3′
Booked: Biraghi, Gonzalez
Inter Milan (3-5-2): Handanovic, Darmian, Acerbi, Bastoni (de Vrij 58′), Dumfries, Barella, Brozovic, Calhanoglu (Gagliardini 84′), Dimarco (Gosens 68′), Dzeko (Lukaku 58′), Martinez (Correa 84′)
Goals: Martinez 29′, 37′
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