MILAN, , (Pakistan Point News - APP - 18th Jan, 2017 ) - Antonio Candreva came off the bench to hit an extra-time winner as wasteful Inter Milan secured their Italian Cup quarter-final spot with a thrilling 3-2 win over Bologna on Tuesday. Inter took a 2-1 lead into the interval at the San Siro, where the shine was taken off Jeison Murillo's superb opener and Rodrigo Palacio's well-worked goal by Blerim Dzemaili's timely 43rd minute strike for the visitors.
Gabriel 'Gabigol' Barbosa, making his first start having failed to impress since a 29.5m Euros summer move from FC Santos, forced Bologna 'keeper Angelo Da Costa down low to block at his near post on 23 minutes as Inter struggled to settle. But Murillo lifted the mood considerably when he launched himself into the air to meet Roberto Gagliardini's corner with an impressive overhead kick that left Da Costa with no chance. When Joao Mario ran in from the right minutes later he found Palacio with a great pass in behind the Bologna defence that the Argentinian slipped past Da Costa at his far post.
But failure to tighten up at the back gave Bologna a sniff of goal and when Federico Di Francesco found Dzemaili with a nice cutback, his effort deflected off Geoffrey Kondogbia to wrong-foot stand-in Inter 'keeper Juan Carrizo two minutes before the interval. Inter resumed in positive fashion, but counted the cost for a series of glaring misses when Godfred Donsah headed a 73rd minute equaliser. Joao Mario headed wide of the upright from Eder's cross five minutes after the restart then Palacio forced Da Costa into action following a corner three minutes later.