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Bari dump Inter out of Italian Cup

ROME, Dec 19 (Reuters) - Inter Milan made an ignominious exit from the Italian Cup on Thursday, losing their third round, second leg tie 2-1 against Serie B side Bari.

Inter lost the first leg 1-0 after fielding a team of youth players, but included several first team regulars, including striker Alvaro Recoba, defender Javier Zanetti and Toldo for the return.

The Serie A side levelled the tie on aggregate after Portuguese midfielder Sergio Conceicao headed home Alvaro Recoba's free kick in the 56th minute.

But three minutes later the visitors levelled, Inter defender Carlos Gamarra diverting a low cross from Bari midfielder Antonio Bellcross into his own net.

That left Inter needing two goals to overturn Bari's away-goal advantage.

Instead it was Bari who increased their lead three minutes into injury time. Inter keeper Francesco Toldo tried to punch a cross clear, missed, and the ball fell to striker Gionatha Spinesi, whose close-range header completed victory.

Bari will face Lazio in the quarter-finals. Lazio cruised to a 2-1 win in the second leg of their tie against Empoli thanks to goals by Enrico Chiesa and Giuseppe Pancaro.

With Lazio leading 2-0 after the first leg, Chiesa gave Empoli a mountain to climb when he scored in the last minute of the first half.

Defender Pancaro doubled the visitors' lead in the 64th minute, heading in powerfully from Chiesa's free kick.

Empoli pulled one back six minutes later through Gaetano Grieco.

Perugia also reached the quarter-finals, beating Serie B side Sampdoria 2-0 in the second leg with goals by Zisis Vryzas and Fabrizio Miccoli.

Perugia play Juventus in the last eight.


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