Juventus grabs early edge over AC Milan
Martin Caceres scored twice as Juventus beat AC Milan 2-1 at the San Siro to take control of their Coppa Italia semi-final.
Stephan El Shaarawy had brought the hosts level just after the hour mark in the first leg only for Uruguayan Caceres to net a superb late winner for the Serie A leaders.
Milan, Juve’s closest challengers in the league, were second best for much of the contest, although Zlatan Ibrahimovic had a second-half strike disallowed.
Marco Borriello fired an early shot wide for the visitors, while at the other end Clarence Seedorf was also off target from long range.
El Shaarawy should have put Milan in front in the 16th minute, but could only place his shot wide from inside the six-yard box.
It was Juve, though, who were looking the most threatening with Marcelo Estigarribia twice shooting narrowly wide of the right post.
Emanuele Giaccherni then had an effort from outside the area tipped over the bar by Marco Amelia.
The Turin side continued to look the most likely after the break with Borriello forcing another diving save from Amelia.
But the keeper could do nothing about Caceres’ 53rd-minute opener as he followed up to tap home after Amelia had down well to keep out Borriello’s effort.
Alessandro Del Piero almost made it two with a shot which flashed just wide, but instead Milan levelled in the 62nd minute.
El Shaarawy nodded home from close ranger after getting on the end of Massimo Ambrosini’s header.
Ibrahimovic had a goal disallowed seven minutes later and Mark van Bommel shot wide as Milan suddenly looked like the most likely winners.
But Caceres stuck a fantastic second in the 83rd minute, picking out the top left-hand corner with a right-footed shot from outside the area.
Robinho fired wide in stoppage time as Milan looked for another leveller, but Juve held on to have one foot in the final.