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Inter, Napoli, Fiorentina in Cup quarters

By AAP Newswire

Inter Milan have eased into the quarter-finals of the Italian Cup, although none of their fans were present at San Siro to see the Nerazzurri crush second-division Benevento 6-2.

Inter were forced to play the match behind closed doors as part of their punishment for racist chanting in the December 26 league match against Napoli.

"It's not a match, it's not football, it's not entertainment," Inter coach Luciano Spalletti said on Sunday.

"So many fans have been punished. We don't want to play in this way ... we need to find different solutions.

"If you're talking of a (football) spectacle or a show, it's because there are the fans who come to the stadium and enjoy themselves."

Inter will face Lazio in the next round.

The Nerazzurri started strongly and were 2-0 up inside seven minutes. Mauro Icardi converted a penalty and then saw a header hit the post, with Antonio Candreva netting the rebound.

Dalbert extended Inter's lead in first-half stoppage time with a fierce shot into the roof of the net and Lautaro Martinez headed in a fourth shortly after the break.

Martinez doubled his tally in the 68th, either side of goals from Benevento through Roberto Insigne - the brother of Napoli and Italy forward Lorenzo Insigne - and Filippo Bandinelli.

Candreva also scored a second, in stoppage time, to add to Benevento's humiliation.

In Sunday's other games, injury-hit Napoli beat Sassuolo 2-0 to book a quarter-final match against AC Milan.

Napoli were without Dries Mertens, Marek Hamsik and Raul Albiol, who were injured, as well as the suspended Simone Verdi.

Federico Chiesa scored two late goals against Torino to send Fiorentina through to the quarter-finals, where they will face either Roma or third-division Virtus Entella.

In Turin, Fiorentina had the better of the chances in their 2-0 win but were denied several times by home goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu.