Regular time is not enough, Milan-Turin is decided on penalties. It ends 5-4 and the team of Pioli qualifies with the decisive conclusion of Calhanoglu. To weigh for Giampaolo’s team is the mistake made by Rincon, who gets the diagonal saved by Tatarusanu. Previously they had scored Belotti, Lukic, Lyanko and Milinkovic-Savic for the visitors. Perfect 3-in-a-row for the Rossoneri with Kessié, Theo hernandez, Tonali and Romagnoli. In the quarter-finals the match will be with the winner of Fiorentina-Inter (on the pitch Wednesday afternoon at 3 pm). The shots from eleven meters close a long match, on the sidelines of a very balanced match from a tactical point of view that saw greater domination and danger by the Rossoneri but bad luck (the woods hit by Dalot and Calabria) and the failure flash in the goal area made the difference, leaving the grenade the opportunity to resist with a bolt and counterattack.
Milan dominate the game but do not score. This is the leitmotif of the first half: on the one hand the team of Pioli who holds the command of operations, on the other hand the grenades who (beaten no later than last Sunday in the league) close ranks and try to resist the Rossoneri’s maneuver . There is not the same vigor, there is not the same intensity as a few days ago and the match is balanced with a couple of chances on each side. Tatarusanu stops Zaza and Gojak. Milan becomes dangerous with a shot from Calabria and a foray from Leao.
A time without engraving. Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s match lasts 45 minutes and does not leave his mark on the match. Pioli changes him in the interval to make room for Hauge and Calhanoglu, leaving Brahim Diaz and Leao the task of sinking the blows in the defense of Torino. Nineteen balls played, 1 key pass, 2 tackles won: this is the score of the Swede who returned from the first minute at the top of the offensive department but never managed to find the decisive flash.
Two woods in the shot for the ‘devil’. Milan is very close to the advantage in the initial part of the second half when, in fifteen minutes, they hit the post first with Dalot and then with Calabria. It is at that moment that Pioli also inserts Kessié (for Musacchio) and Theo Hernandez (outside Calabria), withdrawing Kalulu in defense, asking in particular the former Real to hammer the grenades on the outside lanes and concentrate for the conclusion. Giampaolo covers himself and goes to four in defense reserving the right to throw the ‘rooster’ Belotti into the fray for extra time.
Donnarumma expelled for one word too many. Referee Valeri does not forgive the Milan goalkeeper who, in the crucial phase of the second half, becomes the protagonist of a protest that reached the match director’s ear. Why was he complaining? For the missed penalty granted to the Rossoneri for the intervention of the goalkeeper, Milinkovic-Savic, on Leao. A word too expensive because it steals a change from the penalty spot from Pioli.
Once again extra time. Today like last year. Once again, to decide the qualification for the next round of the Italian Cup, the match between Milan and Turin continues beyond 90 minutes of regulation. Statistical curiosity: the grenades have gone to extra time in four of the last five matches of the Italian Cup (two of these against Milan).
Milan with little luck in the over-time. It is always the ‘devil’ who maintains the initiative with the Bull who defends himself and acts as a remittance. A few minutes later, Pioli’s team is still persistently seeking the net. Calhanoglu tries, but the ball goes out. He touches it with Theo Hernandez: he enters the area after one-two with Hauge, his cross is deflected but Milinkovic-Savic is reactive.
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