Lazio 0-0 AC Milan (0-0 agg: Milan win 4-5 on penalties): Milan through to Coppa Italia final after shootout
By Charlotte Marsh
Last Updated: 01/03/18 6:24am
AC Milan booked their place in the Coppa Italia final after a 5-4 penalty shootout win against Lazio in their semi-final second leg on Wednesday.
The first leg at the San Siro had ended in a goalless draw ahead of the game in Rome and after a further 120 minutes of football, there was still nothing to separate the sides.
After four successive penalty saves by the goalkeepers, the shootout went to sudden death and it was boyhood Lazio fan Alessio Romagnoli who scored the winning spot-kick for Milan, after Luiz Felipe sent his previous effort over the crossbar.
Milan will be back at the Stadio Olimpico in May, where they will take on current holders Juventus in the final.
Lazio: Strakosha (7), Caceres (6), de Vrij (6), Radu (7), Marusic (6), Parolo (6), Lucas (8), Milinkovic-Savic (7), Lulic (6), Luis Alberto (6), Immobile (7).
Subs used: Anderson (7), Luiz Felipe (6), Lukaku (6).
AC Milan: Donnarumma (6), Calabria (7), Bonucci (7), Romagnoli (7), Rodriguez (6), Kessie (6), Biglia (6), Bonaventura (7), Suso (6), Cutrone (6), Calhanoglu (7).
Subs used: Kalinic (5), Montolivo (5), Borini (5).
Man of the match: Lucas.
It was an entertaining first half with Gianluigi Donnarumma called into some good early saves. He tipped over a bullet header from Ciro Immobile in the sixth minute before getting down low to keep out a shot from Sergej Milinkovic-Savic at the near post a minute later.
Lazio went close again in the 18th minute as Ricardo Rodriguez's misplaced pass was latched onto by Milinkovic-Savic, but his eventual shot just went wide of the post. It was then Milan's turn to test the goalkeeper as Suso's thunderous effort was pushed onto the post by Thomas Strakosha before also saving the rebounded effort from Patrick Cutrone.
Milan began to grow into the game after that, and could have taken the lead on 30 minutes. Giacomo Bonaventura got away down the left before whipping in an inviting cross, but it just lifted past the waiting Cutrone before going wide.
Lazio retained five players from their weekend victory over Sassuolo, while AC Milan named the same XI from their 2-0 victory against Roma.
There were fewer chances after the break, although Strakosha was called into action 11 minutes after the restart as Davide Calabria raced away down the left-hand side of the box, but his attempt to smuggle the ball under the goalkeeper was saved by the Lazio stopper's legs.
Hakan Calhanoglu could have settled it in Milan's favour on the hour mark, but after being set up by Bonaventura down the left of the box, he could only direct his shot past the top corner of the goal.
After the 90 minutes ended in a stalemate once again, the game went into an extra time, with the best chance of the opening period falling to Calhanoglu, but his free kick forced a fine, leaping save from Strakosha.
Milan once again went close with two minutes of the added period to play, but after a storming three-versus-one break away, Nikola Kalinic could only send a shot ballooning over the crossbar from point-blank range, having only the goalkeeper to beat.
But with no goals forthcoming, the game went to penalties. Immobile stepped up first for Lazio and scored, but this was followed by four successive saves by the goalkeepers before Bonaventura broke the run by levelling the scores up for Milan.
The penalties kept going in until Luiz Felipe fired his shot high over the crossbar in sudden death, which allowed Romagnoli to step up to the spot and sweep home and send Milan into the Coppa Italia final.
Man of the match - Lucas
The former Liverpool man looks to have found a new lease of life at Lazio and pulled the strings in the middle of the park. He sprayed passes around the field as he tried to help break the deadlock for his team and did well to recover the ball in a gritty midfield battle.
His experience showed on the field - he stepped up to take a penalty too - and put in an impressive performance.
Lazio are next in action on Saturday as they host Juventus in Serie A, while AC Milan take on city rivals Inter on Sunday in the Milan derby. They will then host Arsenal in the Europa League next Thursday.