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January 22, 2014
• Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milano
Referee: M. Guida
• Attendance: 10227
M. Balotelli 7'
L. Muriel 41'
N. López 78'
Well would you believe it? After putting out Inter earlier in the tournament, Udinese complete the double Milan scalp, sending the Rossoneri packing thanks to Nico Lopez's fine winning goal. Lots and lots of work to do for Clarence Seedorf, but Udinese go on into the last four. That's it from me - stick with Goal for all the reaction to tonight's result!
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And that is indeed that! Udinese put Milan out of the Coppa Italia!
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Honda swings in a cross and Brkic holds. That could well be that.
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Balotelli goes down as he takes in Kaka's pass but the referee is not interested. Nothing in that, really.
Three added minutes for Milan to find something. Anything.
Honda's cross is too long for De Sciglio. Time running out for Milan.
Yellow CardPhilippe Mexes
Another heavy tackle, this time from Mexes on Widmer, although he did play the ball too. Milan oozing frustration at present.
Yellow CardKeisuke Honda
Emanuelson gives the ball away carelessly but Milan win it back in their own half. Honda then loses the ball and lunges in on Badu, earning himself a yellow card. Not quite the quick impact Seedorf was hoping for.
Seedorf tries a positive change - Nocerino is off, Keisuke Honda is on.
It's nothing less than Udinese deserve. They've created all the chances this half and look far more up for the clash. Milan seem bereft of ideas.
GOOOOOOAAAAALLLLLL! OH, NICO LOPEZ!! Robinho loses the ball in the Udinese area and the substitute bursts into the Milan half before rifling a shot into the bottom corner. Brilliant goal!
Muriel's race is run - he's been replaced by Lopez.
Another chance for Pereyra! Great counter from Udinese but he miskicks his effort inside the area, and Muriel does the same from the rebound! Amazing.
BALOTELLI - fine save! A free kick from 20 yards is rasped towards the corner but Brkic is alert to parry it.
Chance for the substitute immediately! Muriel robs De Sciglio and Silva tries to pick out Pereyra but he can't control his effort and it sails over.
First change for Udinese - Bruno Fernandes is off for Roberto Pereyra. Looks to be a straight swap.
First Muriel and then Balotelli lose possession as they look for support that isn't there. All very scrappy at present.
Udinese now putting some pressure on the home side, keeping the ball in Milan's half.
Yellow CardMattia De Sciglio
Booking for De Sciglio this time after bringing down Silva, who was racing clear on the counter.
Oh dear. Nocerino strides forward and links up with Balotelli, who plays it wide to Kaka, but the Brazilian blazes the ball up and out for a goal kick.
Kaka with a loose pass and Widmer releases Muriel but he's flagged for offside. Went a tad too early.
MURIEL - good challenge from Rami! Milan give the ball away and Muriel finds space in the area but Rami takes it off his foot and clears.
Better from Milan! Danilo srambles the ball away after Balotelli caused problems in the area, before Robinho wins it back and drives towards goal only to see his shot blocked.
Great chance for Udinese! Superb build-up as Muriel flicks Fernandes' pass to Lazzari, but his side-foot is tame and Abbiati saves.
Kaka bundles his way past two challenges and finds Balotelli, but his clipped pass to Birsa is too long. Not clicking at all for Milan's attack at the moment.
Nice pass from Kaka into the feet of Birsa but Danilo does enough to clear. Udinese break through Widmer but Emanuelson times his tackle superbly inside the area.
Oh, that's a waste from Muriel! Widmer finds space in behind Emanuelson, and plays it back to Badu who in turn sets up Muriel but his shot flies into the top tier of the stand.
Yellow CardValter Birsa
A late lunge from Birsa and he finds his way into the referee's notebook.
Another shocking kick from Abbiati drops to Fernandes, who tried to clip it across to Badu but it runs out for a goal kick. That's three times the big Italian has done that.
Nocerino concedes a needless throw-in and Udinese look to build from the back.
Birsa tries to combine with Balotelli but Allan is alert and hooks clear. Birsa then tries a solo run but Lazzari stops him in his tracks.
Patient start to the half from Milan, knocking the ball around the defence.
I say "here we go" - Mexes is still the only Milan player on the pitch... Right, now we're back underway!
No changes at the break - here we go!
The teams are back out on the pitch...
Seedorf's side started well but soon found themselves struggling to keep the ball as Udinese grew in confidence. Given the one forced change already, should the Dutchman mix things up at the break or stick with his set-up for now?
Mario Balotelli handed Milan a brilliant start with his goal, but Udinese have grown into the game and deservedly head into the break on level terms thanks to Muriel's penalty. We're set up for an intriguing second half at San Siro...
One minute of injury time is up - and that's that for the half.
Emanuelson's cross is well cleared by Dommizzi. Kaka and Robinho then try to squeeze their way through but Udinese keep compact and close the door.
Brkic gathers in De Sciglio's pass JUST inside the area. A nervy look towards the linesman confirms he was on the line.
Yellow CardUrby Emanuelson
And just as I say that - GOOAAAAAALLLL!!! Widmer is bundled over by Emanuelson and Muriel buries the kick from 12 yards, despite Abbiati getting a hand to it.
No doubt Udinese are finishing the half the stronger. End product is letting them down at present.
Silva turns De Sciglio and is tripped to win a free kick on the edge of the area. Milan clear the delivery - eventually - despite appeals for a handball against Emanuelson.
FERNANDES! De Jong falls asleep and allows the youngster a clear run at the Milan back four, but his shot is tame and Abbiati saves. Muriel is not happy at that decision to shoot.
Yellow CardThomas Heurtaux
Pretty cynical from Heurtaux, who grasps Balotelli's shirt and hauls him over. Meanwhile, an early change for Milan - Mexes is on for Zapata.
Promising run from Muriel but Rami steps in strongly to win it back. Bruno Fernandes tries his luck from the edge of the area but it's a comfortable stop for Abbiati.
BADU - good save! Badu bursts into the area but his shot is blocked by Abbiati from a tight angle. The corner is then headed clear by - yep, Balotelli.
Balotelli releases Robinho down the right but his clipped cross bounces safely through to Brkic.
CHANCE! Bruno Fernandes is played in by Badu but Zapata blocks his shot from close range. Milan aren't happy - Balotelli was down on halfway as Udinese launched that attack. He's alright, though.
Nocerino under pressure in his own half loses possession, but Udinese are forced back into their own half. Zapata tidies up as Bruno Fernandes tries to race through the lines.
It's just got a little scrappy now. De Sciglio concedes a throw-in after a mix-up with Birsa before Emanuelson's heavy touch breaks up another move
Dommizzi holds Balotelli back and concedes a free kick. Abbiati has it and launches the ball forwards.
Chance for Danilo! The corner is flicked on from the near post and the defender's half-volley hits the ground and bounces wide.
Some really positive play from Milan's front four here - the movement of Balotelli and Kaka in particular is causing Udinese some problems. Muriel has forced a corner again, however...
Chance for Muriel! Careless kick from Abbiati allows Muriel to drive into the area towards Rami but his effort sails over the crossbar. Wrong option.
Dangerous cross from Kaka but no-one in red and black attacks the ball. De Sciglio has it again on the right-hand side but Milan are forced to go backwards.
Another corner for Udinese is headed away by Balotelli. He's put in a real shift early on here.
Bruno Fernandes comes close at the other end, meanwhile, firing a shot just over the bar from the edge of the area.
Milan are clicking here now. Good movement and passing between Balotelli and Emanuelson, and De Jong eventually rasps a shot from 25 yards out which Brkic claims.
Good header away from Danilo after some lovely interplay between Kaka and Balotelli. Badu leads the break but his pass is poor and Milan gather possession once more.
Vicious delivery from Birsa but Brkic punches clear at full stretch. Udinese can clear but the ball ends up back with Abbiati in the Milan area.
Yellow CardAndrea Lazzari
Great skill from Birsa to turn inside Lazzari, who slides in and brings him down. Promising position for a free kick, to the right of the area...
Kaka strides towards the area but Silva pokes it off his toe. The captain has started brightly tonight.
Good effort from Badu who drills a shot just wide of the near post before Balotelli heads a cross clear. Good response from Udinese.
That goal owed plenty to Robinho's movement there - his dummy at the near post completely bamboozled Brkic and left Balotelli unmarked.
GOOOAAAAAALLLLL! Balotelli gives the home side the lead! Lightning Milan counterattack sees Birsa fire a cross low into the area and Balotelli taps home. Great start for the home side!
Kaka dummies a pass and Balotelli almost steers it back ino his path but Brkic is alert and gathers the ball.
Kaka finds Balotelli but his layoff is poor and Udinese win a free kick. A bit lazy from the striker, but Kaka had halted his run forward, in fairness.
It's a dismal delivery from Bruno and Milan clear comfortably. Home side back in possession in their own half.
A mistake from Emanuelson and Udinese have an early corner...
And we're off! Milan get us underway...
It's fair to say San Siro is far from rocking tonight. Supporters are stationed in fits and starts across the stands, though they're trying their best to make themselves heard. A run to the final of this competition could be the starting point to attract a few more faces to this marvellous football stadium...
Players are in the tunnel - we're moments away!
It's a huge game for Seedorf tonight, who's looking to arrest Milan's poor run of results against Udinese in this competition. Given that it also represents their best hope of European qualification, his side should be fired up for this... Send me your best predictions at @JoeWright004!
Mario Balotelli leads the line in Clarence Seedorf's 4-2-3-1 system tonight, with Milan missing Bryan Cristante, Andrea Poli and Cristian Zaccardo due to confirmed 'flu-like' symptoms. For the visitors, Luis Muriel returns from injury, while veteran hitman Antonio Di Natale is on the bench.
And Udinese's bench: Kelava, Naldo, Bbunjic, Basta, Douglas, Jadson, Pinzi, Pereyra, Nico Lopez, Zielinski, Maicosuel, Di Natale.
Milan subs: Coppola, Gabriel, Mexes, Honda, Abate, Constant, Silvestre, Iotti, Pinato, Di Molfetta, Mastalli, Modic.
And UDINESE: Brkic; Danilo, Heurtaux, Domizzi; Gabriel Silva, Widmer, Allan, Badu, Lazzari; Bruno Fernandes; Muriel.
AC MILAN: Abbiati; De Sciglio, Zapata, Rami, Emanuelson; De Jong, Nocerino; Birsa, Kaka, Robinho; Balotelli.
We've got team news coming right up, including some late changes for the home side, who've been hit by something of a flu problem...
Hello one and all, and welcome to Goal's LIVE! coverage of AC Milan's Coppa Italia clash with Udinese!
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