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AC Milan advance to Italian Cup semi-finals

Published:Thursday | December 28, 2017 | 12:00 AM
AC Milan's Patrick Cutrone (centre) celebrates with his teammates after scoring the winner in extra time during an Italian Cup quarter-final match between Milan and Inter Milan at the San Siro stadium in Milan yesterday. AC Milan won 1-0.


AC Milan and their third-choice goalkeeper surprisingly edged city rivals Inter Milan 1-0 after extra time to reach the semifinals of the Italian Cup yesterday.

Patrick Cutrone scored in the 104th minute to book Milan a meeting with Lazio in a two-leg semi-final in January and February. The teenager was booked for taking his shirt off during wild celebrations.

"It seems like just yesterday I was in the youth team, I was playing in a derby and I celebrated like this, but doing so at San Siro is something incredible," Cutrone said.

This result is one of the few positives in a miserable season for Milan, which lie 11th in Serie A. Milan and Inter have lost their last two league matches, but the Nerazzurri are third in the league.

"There is still a lot of suffering ahead. It would be crazy to think we have solved all our problems with this win," Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso said. "But it will help us work more calmly."

Milan were already without teenage goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma and was hit by a late blow when second-choice Marco Storari pulled out of the warm-up with injury.

Antonio Donnarumma was given his debut. A former Milan youth team player, he was re-signed by the Rossoneri as part of the deal which saw his younger brother sign a new, long-term contract.