AC Milan beat modest Torino on penalties after a scoreless draw Tuesday in the opening game of the Italian Cup’s round of 16.
After a sluggish first half at the Giuseppe Meazza, Milan revved up their action and threatened with Rafael Leao before Diogo Dalot and Davide Calabria were denied by the post.
The game’s pace slowed down in extra time and Milan prevailed 5-4 from the spot.
Milan veteran ace Zlatan Ibrahimovic was substituted at half-time as he gradually returns to action after injuring himself in late November. He was back on the pitch for a handful of minutes Saturday as the Serie A leaders beat third-last Torino 2-0 in league action.
“It was a good game and it was tough because Torino play well,” said Milan captain Alessio Romagnoli, who turned 26 on Tuesday. “But we did our job and managed to win. We don’t give up on anything and always try to give our maximum.”
Ciprian Tatarusanu kept goal while the Devils’ first keeper Gianluigi Donnarumma sat on the bench and was red-carded for his protests in the second half.
Fiorentina v Inter Milan, Napoli v Empoli and Juventus v Genoa are scheduled on Wednesday, with two other games on Thursday and two more completing the last 16 next week.