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Milan draws Roma 2-2 in Italian Cup semi attended by Ronaldo

Milan draws Roma 2-2 in Italian Cup semi attended by Ronaldo

AC Milan drew AS Roma 2-2 in an Italian Cup first-leg semifinal overshadowed by the presence of Ronaldo on Thursday.
Ricardo Oliveira and Filippo Inzaghi scored for Milan, before Simone Perrotta and David Pizarro leveled the game for Roma. All four goals were in the first half.
The return leg is scheduled for Jan. 31.
In the other first-leg semi, two-time defending champion Inter Milan beat Sampdoria 3-0 on Wednesday.
On a chilly night at San Siro, Ronaldo watched from the stands alongside Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi.
The Brazil striker will undergo a medical at Milan on Friday, and is expected to sign for the Rossoneri from Real Madrid on Monday.
Milan's Brazilian players Dida, Cafu, Kaka, and Oliveira waved at Ronaldo as the two teams lined up before kickoff, and the home fans applauded him.
Roma was bolstered by the return of Pizarro and Daniele De Rossi, who were suspended from the 1-1 draw at Livorno in the Serie A on Sunday. But it was Milan which started quicker.
Oliveira scored with an angled drive after just four minutes, collecting Massimo Ambrosini's through-ball to shoot from just inside the area. Inzaghi tapped in the second in the 23rd, off Marek Jankulovski's pass across the face of goal.
But Roma rallied and six minutes later Perrotta scored with an almost identical goal to that of Inzaghi's, after misses by midfielders Christian Wilhelmsson, Pizarro and Alessandro Mancini.
Defender Christian Panucci set up Perrotta.
Mancini missed two more good chances, before Pizarro struck in the 39th to level the score.
Goalkeeper Dida should have saved the Chile international's effort, but appeared not to see the ball when the midfielder shot, and reacted late.
Dida was more alert in the second half, saving attempts by Roma captain Francesco Totti and Wilhelmsson.
Milan also had opportunities to win after the break but was unable to beat Roma goalkeeper Gianluca Curci.


Updated : 2021-03-03 14:09 GMT+08:00