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Juventus set up Milan clash in Coppa Italia final

  • Published at 04:41 am March 1st, 2018
  • Last updated at 04:45 am March 1st, 2018
Juventus set up Milan clash in Coppa Italia final
Juventus scored from a disputed penalty to beat Atalanta 1-0 Wednesday and reach the Coppa Italia final for the fourth season in a row. The ball was chipped into the Atalanta area where Juve midfielder Blaise Matuidi went tumbling to the ground as he and Atalanta defender Gianluca Mancini leapt for the ball, although contact looked to be either minimal or non-existent. Miralem Pjanic ignored the Atalanta protest to convert the penalty in the 75th minute of the semi-final, second leg as Juve completed a 2-0 aggregate win. Juve enjoyed a let-off minutes earlier when Atalanta captain Alejandro Gomez was sent clear of their defence, tried to chip the ball past Gianluigi Buffon as the goalkeeper rushed out of his area and saw his effort hit the post from 40m. It was Atalanta's second cup exit in less than one week after they were knocked out of the Europa League by Borussia Dortmund Thursday. Juve, winner of the competition for the last three seasons, will meet AC Milan, who beat Lazio 5-4 in a tense penalty shootout Wednesday which followed three and a half hours of goalless football between the two sides. Having played to a 0-0 draw in their first leg at the San Siro one month ago, Lazio and Milan produced a repeat performance in the return leg at a freezing Stadio Olimpico despite creating plenty of chances. Nikola Kalinic should have won it for Milan two minutes from the end of extra-time but fired over the crossbar from 12m. Ciro Immobile scored the opening penalty for Lazio but the next four spot kicks were all saved by the respective goalkeepers, Thomas Strakosha for the host and Gianluigi Donnarumma for Milan. That was followed by a sequence of converted penalties which took the shootout to sudden death until Luiz Felipe fired over the crossbar from Lazio's seventh attempt and Alessio Romagnoli converted for Milan. RESULTS Juventus 1 (Pjanic 75-P) Atalanta 0 Juventus won 2-0 on aggregate Lazio 0 Milan 0 aet 0-0 on aggregate. Milan won 5-4 on penalties
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