Milan and Lazio drew 0-0 in the first leg of the Coppa Italia Semi-Final, as the visitors had the better of the game, but Hakan Calhanoglu missed a sitter.
This was the first leg of the Coppa Italia Semi-Final, with the winners going on to face Juventus or Atalanta in Rome. These sides met here on Sunday, Milan emerging 2-1 winners amid controversy, as VAR failed to catch Patrick Cutrone scoring with his arm.
Ricardo Rodriguez and Davide Calabria were not fully fit, so Fabio Borini was re-routed to left-back. Ciro Immobile returned to the starting XI after a muscular issue, Martin Caceres stepping in for injured Stefan de Vrij.
The visitors took the initiative early on, but Luiz Felipe’s effort from a corner was charged down and Immobile blasted wide after getting past Alessio Romagnoli.
Jordan Lukaku’s cross was about to find a Lucas Leiva diving header from eight yards, but makeshift left-back Borini got there for a decisive block.
Immobile and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic tested Gianluigi Donnarumma from distance, but Lazio failed to find a breakthrough.
After the restart, Milinkovic-Savic should’ve done better with a free header wide on Dusan Basta’s cross, but Immobile did get his head to a Lukaku assist and forced Donnarumma into a desperate reaction save with his legs.
Lazio started to pin Milan back again for long periods, but Milinkovic-Savic tried to set up substitute Luis Alberto rather than go for goal himself.
Immobile’s curler flashed just past the far post, but Milan finally had a chance on 75 minutes when substitute Cutrone’s glancing header was beaten away by Thomas Strakosha only for Hakan Calhanoglu to blast the rebound over an open goal.//Actuantes//