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Thursday, January 12, 2006
Inter struggle in reaching quarter-finals

ROME, Jan 12 (Reuters) - Champions Inter Milan edged into the quarter-finals of the Italian Cup when they came through a nervy 0-0 draw with Parma to win 1-0 on aggregate on Thursday.

Inter dominated the first half at the San Siro stadium, with Santiago Solari and David Pizarro missing chances to score, but Parma seemed transformed after the interval.

Zlatko Dedic wasted an opportunity to put Parma ahead in the 52nd minute, when he received the ball in a good position on the edge of the area but blazed it wide.

His strike partner Francesco Ruopolo also failed to score after being put through on goal by Daniele Dessena.

Inter came close to grabbing a lucky goal when visiting keeper Alfonso De Lucia was forced to pull off a superb one-handed save to prevent Paolo Cannavaro putting the ball into his own net.

Parma appealed for a penalty in the 81st minute, when it appeared Ruopolo had been tripped by Marco Materazzi, but referee Antonio Giannoccaro turned it down.

Inter's reward for beating Parma will be a last eight showdown against Lazio, who earlier drew 0-0 with third-division Cittadella to complete a 2-0 aggregate win.

Cittadella tried to make the most of their home advantage, but Lazio's reserve team sat back and protected their first leg lead.

Cittadella's best chances came before the break. Stefano Ghirardello's overhead kick was saved by Marco Ballotta and Joachim De Gasperi put a header narrowly over the bar.

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