Sub­sti­tute Cutrone puts Mi­lan in Coppa quar­ter fi­nals

The Malta Independent on Sunday - - SPORT -

Patrick Cutrone came off the bench to fire AC Mi­lan into the Ital­ian Cup quar­ter­fi­nals yes­ter­day.

The Italy for­ward, who turned 21 at the start of the month, scored twice in ex­tra time to help Mi­lan win 2-0 at Sam­p­do­ria.

Mi­lan, which lost last year's fi­nal to Ju­ven­tus, will face ei­ther Napoli or Sas­suolo.

Mi­lan and Sam­p­do­ria had their chances in reg­u­lar time. Gon­zalo Higuain even had the ball in the back of the net for Mi­lan but it was ruled out for off­side.

There was a fran­tic start to ex­tra time and Mi­lan goal­keeper Pepe Reina had to per­form a dou­ble save to keep out Al­bin Ek­dal's header and then to stop Dawid Kow­nacki's shot on the line.

Gen­naro Gat­tuso brought on Cutrone at the start of ex­tra time and he threw on An­drea Conti in the 99th minute.

Those two sub­sti­tutes com­bined three min­utes later to give Mi­lan the lead as Cutrone volleyed in Conti's cross.

Cutrone all but sealed the re­sult for Mi­lan six min­utes later when he dinked an­other vol­ley over Sam­p­do­ria goal­keeper Rafael.

DIF­FER­ENCE OF DI­VI­SIONS

Lazio eased into the quar­ter­fi­nals with a crush­ing vic­tory over third-divi­sion No­vara.

Ciro Im­mo­bile scored twice as Lazio won 4-1 against one of the only two Serie C sides left.

The other, Vir­tus En­tella, also trav­els to the Ital­ian cap­i­tal, to play Roma on Mon­day.

Im­mo­bile set up Lazio's first for Luis Al­berto in the 12th minute and got on the score­sheet him­self eight min­utes later af­ter No­vara mid­fielder Ron­aldo tripped Sergej Milinkovic-Savic in the penalty area.

Elia Benedet­tini saved Im­mo­bile's spot kick but the Italy for­ward turned in the re­bound.

Im­mo­bile dou­bled his tally and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic added a fourth be­fore half­time with a sen­sa­tional free kick.

No­vara had a penalty of its own shortly af­ter the break when Lazio de­fender Luiz Felipe han­dled the ball in the area. Um­berto Eusepi con­verted.

In the late match cham­pi­ons and hold­ers Ju­ven­tus kept their sights on yet an­other ti­tle and cup dou­ble, eas­ily dis­pos­ing of lowly Bologna with a goal in each half.

Bernarde­schi put the Bian­coneri in front on nine min­utes and Kean dou­bled the score four min­utes into the sec­ond half.

Patrick Cutrone’s first goal yes­ter­day for AC Mi­lan

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