NEWS
Wednesday April 24 2019
Coppa Italia Liveblog: Milan v Lazio

Join us for the build-up and action as it happens from the Coppa Italia semi-final Milan v Lazio, as tensions are running very high.

The first leg ended 0-0 and the decider kicks off at San Siro at 19.45 UK time (18.45 GMT), so away goals could prove crucial.

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These sides are battling it out for a top four finish as well, although it seems as if the Biancocelesti have missed their chance and fallen behind.

That makes securing the Coppa Italia even more important for Simone Inzaghi’s men.

Since the first leg in February, they met again in Serie A for a tense 1-0 Milan victory at San Siro, but the fall-out from that clash is still reverberating.

Not only did Lazio protest vehemently about the refereeing, but at the final whistle Tiemoue Bakayoko and Franck Kessie waved Francesco Acerbi’s jersey in front of the fans, almost like spoils of war.

This infuriated many, earned the two players fines of €86,000 and prompted an investigation into possible unsporting conduct or code of ethics violations.

Others accused politicians of over-reacting to the incident, especially considering some Lazio ultras then used it as an excuse to racially abuse Bakayoko and Kessie, including today outside the stadium.

Stefan Radu is suspended, but both teams have to be careful, as the following players are one yellow card away from suspension: Ciro Immobile, Lucas Leiva, Adam Marusic, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Marco Parolo, Patric, Wallace, Davide Calabria, Gianluigi Donnarumma, Franck Kessie, Ricardo Rodriguez and Alessio Romagnoli.

The referee is Paolo Silvio Mazzoleni, the VAR is Piero Giacomelli.

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