Zlatan Ibrahimovic obtained his first begin in over seven weeks however AC Milan needed to battle into the Italian Cup quarter-finals with a 5-4 win on penalties over Torino after Tuesday’s match ended 0-0 after further time.
Hakan Calhanoglu slotted within the profitable penalty with Tomas Rincon lacking from the spot for Torino within the San Siro after a stalemate following 120 minutes of play.
“It was a really arduous battle, however Milan by no means gave up, we had been a group for 120 minutes,” mentioned coach Stefano Pioli.
“These gamers make me proud, for a way they practice and their dedication.
“You possibly can see that I really feel good right here at Milan. This group makes me proud. And if you find yourself so completely happy, you convey confidence.”
Ibrahimovic had made a quick late look final weekend in a 2-0 win over Torino in Serie A, having been sidelined with a left thigh damage since scoring a double towards Napoli on November 22.
“I wished to present Ibra an extended time after his return to the championship,” continued Pioli, whose aspect are prime of the Serie A standings.
“He performed an excellent match and this may assist him discover the perfect situation.”
On Tuesday, the 38-year-old Swede performed the primary half earlier than being substituted off for Calhanoglu.
Ex-Milan coach Marco Giampaolo’s Torino gave the hosts extra of a battle than final Saturday, with either side lacking possibilities in a conflict between two former five-time former winners.
Ciprian Tatarusanu was within the Milan purpose rather than Gianluigi Donnarumma with defender Mateo Musacchio taking part in for the primary time in practically a 12 months.
Tatarusanu did effectively to disclaim Simone Zaza and Amer Gojak, whereas Torino counterpart Vanja Milinkovic-Savic stored out Rafael Leao and Davide Calabria from a distance.
Milan’s Brahim Diaz had the perfect likelihood to complete off the sport 4 minutes from time, however the Spanish ahead despatched over the bar on entrance of purpose.
On the bench, Donnarumma even picked up a purple card for protesting a penalty was not awarded for a careless Milinkovic-Savic intervention on Leao with 20 minutes to go.
However substitute Tatarusanu proved stable as Milan subsequent meet both metropolis rivals Inter or Fiorentina within the final eight.
Title-holders Napoli are at house towards Empoli on Wednesday with file 13-time winners Juventus taking up Genoa, who lifted the trophy as soon as in 1937, in Turin.