Stefano Pioli’s run of good form with AC Milan continued as his side beat SPAL 3-0 to advance to the Coppa Italia quarter-finals.
Given the Rossoneri’s poor start to the season, it probably their only hope of European football next season.
There was no place in the starting lineup for new boy Zlatan Ibrahimovic. He had a spot on the bench and remained an unused sub tonight.
There was an opportunity for Krzysztof Piatek to prove his worth. The Polish international grabbed the chance to impress.
Piatek scored his side’s opener in the 20th minute.
He latched on to a through ball from Bennacer and sprung the SPAL offside trap. He raced through to cooly beat the keeper. 1-0 too AC Milan.
Piatek was bound determined to show he was worthy of a place in the side, as rumors of Milan trying to offload him have been rife this transfer window.
In the 44th minute, he turned provider. Although it must be said Castillejo’s left-footed curling shot was exquisite.
That saw Pioli’s men take a comfortable lead in at the interval.
In the second half, Milan remained the dominant force against a lackluster opposition.
In the 66th minute, Theo Hernandez got in on the action.
Hernandez intercepted a pass around the halfway line and marauded forward.
As he approached the 18-yard box, he hit a thunderous low driven shot with his left foot.
The keeper had no chance as the ball flew past him and into the back of the net.
Milan could have had more, and will not be able to afford the comfort of being so wasteful against Torino in the next round.
SPAL had a penalty shout for a handball, but the decision was reversed by VAR.