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AC Milan 2-0 Napoli: Piatek double sends Milan through

Krzysztof Piatek scores for AC Milan
Krzysztof Piatek joined AC Milan last week as a replacement for Gonzalo Higuain, who joined Chelsea on loan from parent club Juventus

Krzysztof Piatek scored twice on his first start as AC Milan beat Napoli to reach the Coppa Italia semi-finals.

Piatek, joined from Genoa for £30m last week, calmly stroked home the opener on 10 minutes.

The Poland international then curled home his second from just inside the area to make it 2-0 before half-time.

Milan will face the winner of Wednesday's game between Inter and Lazio in the last four.

It was an impressive start to his Milan career for Piatek, who was brought in after top scorer Gonzalo Higuain left to join Chelsea on loan from parent club Juventus.

It didn't take long for Piatek to make an impact, the striker running onto Lucas Paqueta's long pass before calmly stroking the ball past Alex Meret to put Milan in front.

His second goal was even better, Piatek collecting the ball on the left of the area before shimmying away from two defenders and powering the ball into the corner.

Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma did well to palm away Adam Ounas' swerving shot as Napoli pushed to get back into the game in the second half.

Piatek was then given a standing ovation as he was substituted for Patrick Cutrone on 79 minutes.

Gennaro Gattuso's side held on for the win and just their third clean sheet at home this campaign, securing their place in the semi-finals for the third time in four seasons.

Line-ups

AC Milan

  • 99Donnarumma
  • 20Abate
  • 22Musacchio
  • 13Romagnoli
  • 93Laxalt
  • 79Kessié
  • 14Bakayoko
  • 39Tolentino Coelho de LimaSubstituted forRodríguezat 85'minutes
  • 7Castillejo Azuaga
  • 19PiatekSubstituted forCutroneat 79'minutes
  • 11BoriniSubstituted forCalhanogluat 60'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Calabria
  • 4Mauri
  • 8Fernández Saez
  • 10Calhanoglu
  • 12Conti
  • 16Bertolacci
  • 18Montolivo
  • 35Plizzari
  • 63Cutrone
  • 68Rodríguez
  • 90Donnarumma
  • 96Tsadjout

Napoli

  • 1Meret
  • 2MalcuitBooked at 29minsSubstituted forCallejónat 85'minutes
  • 19Maksimovic
  • 26KoulibalyBooked at 40mins
  • 31Ghoulam
  • 8Ruiz
  • 5Marques LoureiroSubstituted forOunasat 45'minutes
  • 42DiawaraSubstituted forMertensat 58'minutes
  • 20Zielinski
  • 24Insigne
  • 99MilikBooked at 35mins

Substitutes

  • 6Mário Rui
  • 7Callejón
  • 11Ounas
  • 13Luperto
  • 14Mertens
  • 17Hamsik
  • 18Gaetano
  • 25Ospina
  • 27Karnezis
Referee:
Piero Giacomelli

Match Stats

Home TeamAC MilanAway TeamNapoli
Possession
Home36%
Away64%
Shots
Home6
Away22
Shots on Target
Home3
Away6
Corners
Home1
Away7
Fouls
Home9
Away19

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Tuesday 29th January 2019

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