Benjamin Pavard Returns from Injury, but Inter Milan Eliminated in Coppa Italia
Benjamin Pavard Returns from Injury, but Inter Milan Eliminated in Coppa Italia
Benjamin Pavard made his highly-anticipated comeback for Inter Milan after recovering from a knee injury. However, his efforts were in vain as Inter Milan suffered a 2-1 defeat against Bologna in the Coppa Italia. Despite Pavard's return, the team's disappointment was evident, especially after being the double holders of the title.

Inter Milan Pavard returns

Benjamin Pavard made his comeback on Wednesday after his knee injury, but he couldn't prevent Inter Milan from being eliminated by Bologna in the Coppa Italia (1-2).

A month and a half after his injury, Benjamin Pavard returned to action on Wednesday evening. Suffering a dislocated left knee on November 4th during Inter's victory against Atalanta, the French defender played for half an hour in the eighth-finals of the Coppa Italia against Bologna. The former Lille player replaced Yann Bisseck in the 90th minute, with the score still 0-0 between the two teams. Although the Lombards quickly took the lead in extra time, thanks to Carlos Augusto (92nd minute), Thiago Motta's men equalized in the second half through Sam Beukema (112th minute), before taking the advantage with Dan Ndoye's goal (116th minute), both goals assisted by Dutchman Joshua Zirkzee, who came on in the 85th minute.

Another injury?

A disappointing outcome for Pavard and the Inter players, as their coach later admitted. "It's disappointing, we were the double holders of the title, and we deserved to score after a match like that. But that's football," Simone Inzaghi lamented to Sport Mediaset. "Our only problem was the 15 minutes of added time. We're not used to losing an advantage, especially after performing so well for over 90 minutes. The guys wanted to reach the quarter-finals, and so did the fans." However, the bad news keeps piling up for the Nerazzurri, who, after Alexis Sanchez, also lost Lautaro Martinez towards the end of the match. The Argentine could miss the last two matches of the year against Lecce and Genoa, unlike Pavard. The French international will be crucial in helping his club finish the year at the top, with Juventus, their Serie A runner-up, currently trailing by four points.

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