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Football Extras: Inter hit six past Benevento; Marseille draw with Monaco

Last updated on: January 14, 2019 12:36 IST

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Lautaro Martinez

IMAGE: Lautaro Martinez celebrates scoring a goal for Inter Milan. Photograph: Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images

Antonio Candreva and Lautaro Martinez scored two goals apiece as Inter Milan thumped Benevento 6-2 on Sunday in a Coppa Italia match played behind closed doors following racist insults aimed at Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly last month.

Inter raced to a two-goal lead in less than 10 minutes against their Serie B opponents when Mauro Icardi converted a penalty and Candreva fired home the rebound after an Icardi header struck the post.

Dalbert blasted the third just before halftime in the round of 16 tie, the Brazilian's first goal for Inter since his move from Nice 18 months ago.


Argentine forward Martinez added two more in the second half and Candreva completed the scoring while Roberto Insigne and Filippo Bandinelli replied for the visitors.

Inter were ordered to play two matches behind closed doors after a group of fans insulted Senegal defender Koulibaly with racist chants and animal noises during a Serie A match.

There was a ghostly atmosphere at the huge San Siro as shouting from the players and coaching staff echoed around the arena.

"I didn't like it, it didn't feel like a real match," said Inter coach Luciano Spalletti.

"This is not sport or the kind of spectacle we want to see. If we talk about football being a spectacle, it is because of the fans who come to the stadium and enjoy themselves.

"We don't want to be in a stadium when it like this."

Earlier, two late goals from Federico Chiesa gave Fiorentina a 2-0 win at Torino.

Milik sets up Napoli win over Sassuolo in niggly Cup tie

Lorenzo Insigne

IMAGE: Arkadiusz Milik, left, celebrates with team-mate Lorenzo Insigne after scoring a goal for Napoli. Photograph: Francesco Pecoraro/Getty Images

Napoli striker Arkadiusz Milik scored one goal and provided an assist for another as his side beat Sassuolo 2-0 in a niggly Coppa Italia round of 16 tie on Sunday.

In a game of seven yellow cards, Napoli went ahead in the 15th minute when Lorenzo Insigne's cross was parried by Sassuolo goalkeeper Gianluca Pegolo and the ball hit Milik on the thigh before rebounding into the net.

Manuel Locatelli had the ball in the net for the visitors 10 minutes before halftime but it was disallowed for handball in the build-up following a VAR review.

Sassuolo threatened again early in the second half, Domenico Berardi curling a shot over the crossbar and Kalidou Koulibaly's tackle preventing Alfred Duncan from equalising.

Napoli, who face AC Milan in the last eight, wrapped up the game when Milik got away on the left and pulled the ball back for Fabian Ruiz to score the second in the 74th minute.

Marseille woes continue after Monaco draw in tense atmosphere

Olympique de Marseille's poor run continued as they were held to a 1-1 Ligue 1 draw by fellow strugglers AS Monaco in a tense atmosphere at the Stade Velodrome on Sunday.

"Officials, coach, players, you are the shame of Marseille," a banner read in the South curve of the stadium after OM were knocked out of the French Cup by fourth division Andrezieux a week ago.

Marseille are ninth in the standings on 28 points, five points below third place, but they have not won in their last eight games in all competitions and were repeatedly jeered by their fans.

Monaco, fielding new signing Cesc Fabregas two days after the Spanish midfielder joined from Chelsea, lie second bottom on 14 points as coach Thierry Henry struggles to make an impact.

Marseille went ahead in the 13th minute when Maxime Lopez found the back of the net with a 20-metre shot after Kamil Glick had cleared the ball into his path.

Monaco levelled seven minutes before halftime as Youri Tielemans beat Steve Mandanda with an angled shot from just inside the area.

Marseille thought they would be taking all three points when Florian Thauvin netted 20 minutes from time but the goal was ruled out by the VAR for a foul on keeper Diego Benaglio.

Paris St Germain are the runaway league leaders on 50 points from 18 games after a 3-0 win at Amiens on Saturday.

Fifth-placed Montpellier missed out on climbing to third after being held 1-1 at Dijon earlier on Sunday.

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