25 Apr 2009

Inter out of Italian Cup

8:39 am on 25 April 2009

Italian football league leaders Inter Milan have been knocked out of the Italian Cup when a 1-0 semi-final second leg win over Sampdoria fell short of overturning a 3-0 deficit from the first meeting.

In next month's final in Rome, Sampdoria will face Lazio who completed a 4-2 aggregate win over Juventus.

It will be Sampdoria's first cup final appearance since 1994 where they defeated Ancona while, for Inter, defeat meant their run of four successive final spots came to an end.

Inter were champions in 2005 and 2006 and runners-up in 2007 and 2008.

Inter can now turn their attentions to clinching the league title.

They have a 10-point lead with just six games left to play.