AC Milan, Lazio through to Italian Cup quarterfinals

DANIELLA MATAR (Associated Press)
The Associated Press

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

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.

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Juventus was playing later, at Bologna.

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.


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.


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