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By ESPN Staff
Jan 16, 2007

Coppa Italia: Record-breaking Inter back in action

ROME, January 16 (Coppa Italia) - Internazionale take on Empoli in the second leg of their Coppa Italia quarter-final on Wednesday buoyed after making Serie A history on Saturday.

The Nerazzurri's 12th consecutive league victory - 3-1 win at Torino courtesy of goals from Adriano, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marco Materazzi - helped them end the weekend nine points clear of Roma.

Brazilian striker Adriano, scorer of Inter's opening goal in the 2-0 victory at Empoli's Stadio Castellani in the first leg, received praise from Inter president Massimo Moratti after that match.

He said: 'It seemed as if he was finished, but he has done well to return to the player we are seeing.'

Inter however will be without another of Saturday's scorers, with Materazzi missing out through suspension along with Luis Figo and Nicolas Burdisso.

Coach Roberto Mancini said: 'If we can, we will play those returning from their respective injuries, but we will have to careful and assess things.'

Second-placed Roma travel to Parma for the second leg of their clash hoping to bounce back from the weekend's disappointing 1-1 Serie A draw with Messina.

Coach Luciano Spalletti, who has agreed a new contract with the club, will be hoping his side can make the most of their 2-1 first-leg advantage and keep alive the dream of reaching their third consecutive Coppa Italia final.

Under-pressure Parma coach Stefano Pioli, whose side lies 19th in Serie A, needs a big performance from his men after Saturday's 2-0 defeat to Empoli.

The club is set to be sold at the end of January with director Roberto Cappelli admitting: 'We have received several offers.'

Chievo take on Sampdoria in their match trailing 1-0 from the first leg but feeling confident following the weekend's 2-1 victory over Catania.

Sampdoria will be hoping their recent run of good form which has seen them climb to eighth in Serie A continues.

On Thursday, AC Milan travel to Arezzo holding a 2-0 lead over the Serie B side. Alberto Gilardino and substitute Filippo Inzaghi did the damage in last week's first leg.