“For me, it was the perfect free-kick.” It was Christian Eriksen’s summary of Tuesday’s 97th-minute winner of the Coppa Italia derby, a magical right-footed strike that secured Inter’s semi-final spot. “It was the perfect free-kick.
He ended Inter’s three-year drought by bagging his fifth goal for the Nerazzurri, who had previously struggled to score a free-kick since April 2018, when Cancelo netted at San Siro against Cagliari. Since that day, there have been 55 attempts, including one during last season’s Derby by Eriksen himself that cannoned off the crossbar. It was, however, faultless this time round.
“I am really happy,” Eriksen said.
“I’m always trying to get the best out of the minutes I have at my fingertips, and I’m glad to be able to score from this free-kick, which was great for me. We knew it would be a tough match, and the tension at Derbies is high. It was tough, but we were able to make it to the next round. I dedicate my newborn daughter, my family, and all the fans to this victory.