AC Milan Advance in Italian Coppa Italia Next Stage

AC Milan came from behind to beat fellow Serie A side Genoa after extra time in the Coppa Italia round of last 16. Brighton loanee Leo Skiri Ostigard had given the visitors Genoa a surprise first-half lead, but former Arsenal and Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud headed in from Theo Hernandez’s cross to force them into extra time.

Olivier Giroud Inspire AC Milan Victory in Italian Coppa Italia Tie

In the 102nd minute, Rafael Leao put the home side in front for the first time. Hernandez later set up Alexis Saelemaekers to score Milan’s third goal and take Stefano Pioli’s side through. Milan, second in Serie A, has won the Coppa Italia five times, with their last success being in 2003, and they now face either Lazio or Udinese at home in the quarter-final in February.

Ac Milan Advance In Italian Coppa Italia Next Stage

Napoli, who are one place below Milan in the league, were knocked out of the cup earlier on Thursday, losing 5-2 at home to Fiorentina in a match that also went to extra time. Dusan Vlahovic put Fiorentina ahead, and Dries Mertens equalised before the visitors were reduced to 10 men as Bartlomiej Dragowski was sent off in first-half injury time. Fiorentina then scored three times, through Lorenzo Venuti, Krzysztof Piatek and Youssef Maleh, to set up a home tie with Atalanta in the next round.

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