Milan will play a special Coppa Italia Quarter-Final derby against Inter on December 27 after disposing of Hellas Verona 3-0.
The Rossoneri reached the Final last season and finally won their first game under Gennaro Gattuso after he shelved the three-man defence in favour of a 4-3-3 formation. Manuel Locatelli was suspended and Nikola Kalinic rested for Andre Silva and Patrick Cutrone. Hellas started teenage forwards Moise Kean and Seung-Woo Lee, but curiously these two teams will meet again on Sunday in Serie A at the Bentegodi.
These clubs faced off seven times in the Coppa Italia, ending in six draws and a Verona victory in August 1981.
There was tension before kick-off, as Gianluigi Donnarumma was jeered, insulted and an offensive banner unfurled urging him to leave because “our patience is finished.”
Cutrone just failed to get on the end of an Andre Silva assist and Jack Bonaventura’s curler skimmed the far top corner in what was almost a stunning goal.
Suso did score it, although he appeared to be attempting a cross with his left foot from 20 metres out and it flew past everyone to find the far bottom corner.
Verona fought back immediately, Donnarumma parrying a Bruno Zuculini effort, but Silvestri needed a double reaction save on Andre Silva and Cutrone on another Suso cross.
Milan added a second, Andre Silva pulling back from the by-line on a Bonaventura cross for Alessio Romagnoli to tap in from poont-blank range.
Donnarumma again denied Moise Kean, but the offside flag had already been raised, and Cutrone stung Silvestri’s gloves at the near post after a surge forward.
Hellas made an attacking substitution and it almost paid off, but Fossati volleyed wide from an excellent scoring position.
Instead, Cutrone made it 3-0 from a corner with an instinctive glancing header with his back to goal into the far top corner on Suso’s cross.
Lucas Biglia almost had a fourth with his ferocious strike from distance smacking against the crossbar.
Milan 3-0 Verona
Suso 23 (M), Romagnoli 30 (M), Cutrone 55 (M)
Milan: G Donnarumma; Calabria, Bonucci, Romagnoli, Ricardo Rodriguez; Kessie, Montolivo (Biglia 66), Bonaventura (Antonelli 59); Suso (Borini 59), Cutrone, Andre Silva
Verona: Silvestri; Ferrari (Felicioli 67), Heurtaux, Souprayen, Fares (Verde 46); Romulo, B Zuculini, Fossati, Bessa; Lee (Valoti 57), Kean
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