AC Milan failed to make the most of their home advantage in the first leg of Coppa Italia semi-final with Lazio, drawing 0-0 in a disappointing match on Wednesday. Gennaro Gattuso’s men were poorly performing, offering almost nothing from an attacking perspective and were only spared defeat by the fact that Lazio failed to capitalise on their chances. If you’d like to bet on some races, make sure to check out https://www.unibet.com.au/racing.
The match’s first opportunity eventually arrived just after the half-hour mark, but Lucas Leiva could only head Lukaku’s cross over from close range under pressure from Fabio Borini.
Ciro Immobile then tried his luck from distance and stung the palms of Gianluigi Donnarumma, with Sergej Milinkovic-Savic following suit just before referee Marco Guida brought the disappointing first half to a close. Milan looked a little more purposeful at the start of the second half and went close in the 53rd minute, as Manuel Locatelli saw his volley crucially blocked by Lucas.
But that failed to herald a period of Milan pressure, with the visitors next to go close just after the hour – Immobile forcing Donnarumma into an excellent save down to his right. The pressure on the Milan defence suddenly became relentless, as Milinkovic-Savic and lively substitute Luis Alberto saw efforts that were seemingly goal-bound blocked in quick succession.
Yet Milan appeared to wake up towards the end and Lazio had a lucky escape 15 minutes from time, as Patrick Cutrone saw his header palmed straight to Calhanoglu, who inexplicably fired over the open goal from about 10 yards.
That proved to be Milan’s final chance, as Lazio subsequently tightened up and clinched the draw – the minimum their efforts deserved.