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Soccer-Tatarusanu proves shootout hero for AC Milan in Italian Cup

13 Jan 2021 / 06:41 H.

    MILAN, Jan 12 (Reuters) - AC Milan goalkeeper Ciprian Tatarusanu celebrated a rare appearance with a penalty save to help his side to a 5-4 shootout victory following a 0-0 draw with Torino in the Italian Cup on Tuesday.

    Romanian Tatarusanu saved from Torino's Tomas Rincon to secure victory for his side and a meeting with either local rivals Inter Milan or Fiorentina in the quarter-finals, with those two sides in action on Wednesday.

    Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic was given his first start since a thigh injury ruled him out for six weeks in November, but he was replaced at halftime in what was a low-key return.

    After a tame first half in which neither side created much in the way of goalscoring chances, Milan came out with more purpose in the second and might have been 2-0 up inside the opening 15 minutes.

    Rafael Leao forced a good save from Vanja Milinkovic-Savic in the Torino goal, before Diogo Dalot should have scored when a rebound fell kindly to him, but his effort skewed onto the post.

    Milan substitute goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma was red-carded on the bench for dissent on a frustrating night as Brahim Diaz blasted over with the best chance of the second half, before Tatarusanu won the game with his shootout heroics. (Reporting by Nick Said Editing by Toby Davis)

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