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M. Niang
Goal
Luiz Adriano
Yellow Card
G. Bonaventura
Goal
R. Montolivo
J. Mauri
M. Bălașa
Yellow Card
G. Bonaventura
A. Nocerino
J. Galli
E. Yao
M. Niang
Suso
A. Budimir
Goal
A. Stoian
G. Torromino
J. Mauri
Yellow Card
Luiz Adriano
Goal
A. Budimir
R. Palladino
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Commentary

The referee blows his whistle for the final time and Milan have seen off Crotone to reach the next stage of the Coppa Italia. It was far from easy, however, as the Serie B side battled hard and took the top-tier giants to extra-time as a result, but in the end the hosts had too much in the tank for their opponents, who were unable to see off a determined comeback from Sinisa Mihajlovic's men.
FULL-TIME: MILAN 3-1 CROTONE
Niang charges down the left flank before swinging a lovely cross into the heart of the Crotone penalty area. It almost reaches Adriano, who rises high in an attempt to get above his marker, but Cremonesi is just about able to get a head on the ball before the Brazilian can.
Crotone desperately push forward as they search for a way back into the game. Galli does well to beat Bonaventura on the left wing before trying to find De Giorgio with a low cross into the middle of the Milan box, but it's underhit and fails to beat the first man.
M. Niang
Goal
Milan
GOAL! Milan have made it 3-1 and are surely through to the next round! They break away a quick counter-attack through Niang, who does well to take advantage of the space left behind by the marauding Crotone midfield. He then tees up Montolivo, who skips past his marker before selflessly sending the ball back to the French youngster, who is easily able to beat Cordaz from close range to put the hosts two goals ahead.
Milan work their way down the left wing before Niang cuts inside and tries to find Adriano with a low pass, but, not for the first time this evening, the Frenchman's ball forward is poor and can only find a white shirt on the edge of the box.
Milan patiently pass the ball round near the halfway line as they look to hold onto possession for as long as possible. Honda eventually decides to shoot from the edge of the Crotone penalty area after finding himself in space, but it fails to beat the clump of white shirts camped in front of him.
Luiz Adriano
Yellow Card
Milan
A poor challenge in the middle of the pitch by Adriano results in a yellow card for the Brazilian.
Unsurprisingly, Milan are now sitting deeper than they previously were as they look to run down the clock and hold on to their slender one-goal lead. Tonight's game has been far more difficult than they would have liked, so, under the circumstances, they will just be pleased with the win if they are able to hold on.
And we're off again!
The referee brings an end to the first half of extra-time and Milan are back in the lead thanks to a wonderful free kick scored by Bonaventura. Can the hosts now hold on to pick up the win?
G. Bonaventura
Goal
Milan
GOAL! What a strike by Bonaventura! The attacking midfielder steps up and unleashes an absolutely excellent strike that flies past the helpless Cordaz and into the back of the net to give Milan the lead.
Adriano receives the ball with his back to goal on the edge of the Crotone box and is immediately clattered into by Cremonesi, resulting in a free kick to Milan in an incredibly dangerous position at the end of the first half of extra-time...
Wave after wave of attack is being thrown at the under-pressure Crotone defence, but they're easily able to deal with each one. Milan are seeing plenty of the ball but just can't seem to find a way into the visitors' penalty area.
Milan work the ball around really well, with Bonaventura and Honda sending quick passes between one another before the former plays a one-two with Adriano on the edge of the Crotone box. He then tries to tee up the aforementioned Japan international with a deft chip, but the Brazilian was slightly offside in the build-up and, as a result, the linesman's flag is quickly raised.
Milan are bossing possession deep inside the Crotone half of the pitch but just can't seem to make it count. Again, they get themselves in a good possession but Niang ends up bring a promising attacking move to a disappointing end with a poor, overhit cross that sails harmlessly out of play.
R. Montolivo
J. Mauri
Milan
Milan have made their final change, with Mauri making way for Montolivo.
The ball bounces around the edge of the Crotone penalty area, with no Milan player able to make decent contact with it. It eventually finds Balasa, who rises high to send it bouncing back into the safe hands of Cordaz.
Niang goes close! Adriano penetrates the right-hand side of the Crotone penalty area before being fizzing a brilliant pass across the face of goal that almost reaches the outstretched foot of the aforementioned Frenchman, but he ends up missing the ball by a yard or so. Any sort of contact surely would have sent it flying into the back of the net.
Stoian picks up the ball in a ball dangerous position inside the Milan half of the pitch and flies forward before chipping a dangerous cross into the middle of the hosts' box, but it misses the head of De Giorgio by the narrowest of marings before bouncing into the hands of Abbiati.
Honda skips down the right wing before sending a dangerous cross right onto the chest of Bonaventura. The attacking midfielder is unable to bring it down though due to the pressure being put on him by the Crotone defence, meaning that the visitors are just about able to deal with the early danger.
And we're underway once again!
The referee blows his whistle and brings an end to what has been an underwhelming and frustrating 90 minutes for Milan, meaning that they will now have to battle it out in extra-time to try and find their way past a Crotone side that have looked thoroughly impressive throughout.
Niang breaks into the left-hand side of the Crotone penalty area after pushing forward on a determined run, but it's ended by Balasa near the byline and results in a corner. The set-piece is whipped into the heart of the penalty area but Cordaz is there to once again cut out the danger with a strong take.
Bonaventura battles his way down the left flank before volleying a looping cross into the heart of the Crotone penalty area. It can only meet Balasa, but the Romanian wing-back scuffs his attempted clearance up into the air. Luckily for him, Cordaz is there to deal with the danger at the near post.
The fourth official has indicated that there will be three minutes of added time.
Crotone quickly lose possession from the set-piece, allowing Milan to push forward on a determined counter-attack, but the visitors do well to get back and cut out the danger with strong defending, which forces the hosts into playing the ball all the way back to Zapata near the halfway line.
Paro is brought down by the halfway line, resulting in a free kick for Crotone on the halfway line. It's taken short and sent to De Giorgio, who is then fouled by Niang, and the visitors are awarded another free kick, this time midway inside the Milan half of the pitch.
Bonaventura tries to curl a cross towards the near post from the resulting set-piece but it's completely underhit and is easily dealt with by the Crotone defence before the midfielder fires a speculative long-range shot straight into the hands of Cordaz.
M. Bălașa
Yellow Card
Crotone
Balasa clumsily fouls Niang on the left flank, and Milan are awarded a free kick 10 yards away from the corner flag as a result.
Budimir goes close! De Giorgio picks up the ball in acres of space on the right flank and immediately curls a beautiful cross into the middle of the Milan penalty area, where it finds the aforementioned Croatian, but his bullet header ends up flying just a yard or so over the top of the crossbar.
Milan are finding it increasingly difficult to find much joy when pushing forward due to how deep Crotone are sitting inside their own half of the pitch. The hosts work the ball around well before De Sciglio cuts inside from the left flank and unleashes a low shot, but he ends up scuffing it well wide of the near post.
Budimir goes down inside the Milan penalty area, but nothing is given! Crotone break away on a quick counter-attack after dealing well with an attacking move from the hosts, with the aforementioned Croatian flying down the right wing before cutting into the box, where he's pushed over from behind by Zapata. He immediately screams for a penalty but the referee shakes his head and waves play on, much to the disbelief of the visiting fans.
Ball after ball is flung into the Crotone penalty area, but the visitors deal admirably with each one. Bonaventura then charges down the left wing and cuts inside before trying to send a lofted pass over to Honda, but it's completely mishit and brings a promising attacking move to a disappointing end.
It's all Milan at the moment as they constantly put the Crotone defence under pressure. They're throwing as many bodies forward as possible as they search for a way back in front, but, no matter how hard they try, they just can't seem to find the goal that they crave so badly.
Milan immediately come back at the visitors, with Niang doing particularly well on the edge of the penalty area. He holds up the ball before teeing up Mexes, who cuts onto his right before unleashing a curling strike that flies straight into the hands of Cordaz.
Bonaventura shows great skill deep inside the Crotone half of the pitch before being clumsily pulled to the ground by Balasa, resulting in a free kick for Milan on the left wing. The aforementioned substitute whips the set-piece over to the far post, where it finds Zapata, but the defender is unable to direct his headed effort towards goal.
G. Bonaventura
A. Nocerino
Milan
And the second is Nocerino, who has his placed taken by Bonaventura.
J. Galli
E. Yao
Crotone
Crotone have made their third and final alteration, with Galli coming on to replace Yao for the final 20 minutes.
M. Niang
Suso
Milan
Milan have decided to make a double substitution. The first player to go off is Suso, who is replaced by Niang.
Milan push forward quickly from the restart and earn themselves a free kick in a very dangerous position 30 yards away from goal. It's chipped into the middle of the box, where it finds Adriano, but the Brazilian's off-balance header ends up clearing the top of the crossbar by a safe distance.
A. Budimir
Goal
Crotone
GOAL! Crotone have equalised! Budimir takes advantage of really poor Milan defending to penetrate the penalty area, where he skips past Zapata with ease before beating Abbiati with an excellent low strike that perfectly finds the bottom left-hand corner of the net. Game on!
A. Stoian
G. Torromino
Crotone
Crotone have made their second change of the night, with Torromino making way for Stoian.
J. Mauri
Yellow Card
Milan
Mauri charges into the back of Budimir and knocks the Croatian to the ground, resulting in a free kick for Crotone near the halfway line and a yellow card for the teenager.
Once again, Suso embarks on a good run down the right wing and beats a group of Crotone players before looking to send a cross into the box, but his final touch is poor and sends the ball out of play for a goal kick before he can do so.
Suso picks up the ball on the edge of the penalty area and does well to skip past two Crotone players before unleashing a low shot towards goal, but Honda gets in the way of his strike and ends up deflecting it out of play for a goal kick, much to the annoyance of the Spaniard.
Crotone are starting to fight their way back into the game once again, but they aren't looking anywhere near as sharp as they did in the first half. Milan seem far more solid at the back, which is making it hard for the visitors' front three to find much joy on the rare occasions that they push forward on quick counter-attacks.
Excellent save by Cordaz! Milan come back at Crotone quickly, with Suso sending a lovely cross into the visitors' box from the left wing. It bounces off a white shirt before falling to Nocerino, who pulls off an acrobatic overhead kick that the aforementioned goalkeeper does well to parry round the near post.
De Sciglio charges into the left-hand side of the Crotone penalty area before firing a low cross off Balasa and out for a Milan corner. The set-piece is whipped to the edge of the box, where it finds Adriano, but the Brazilian's attempted shot is completely mishit and flies back out to the left wing.
Great chance for Martella! Balasa picks up the ball in acres of space on the right flank and quickly whips a lovely cross towards the back post, where it finds the aforementioned Italian. He rises high and meets it well before sending a bullet header just over the top of the crossbar from close range.
Milan patiently work their way down the left flank before De Sciglio tries to find Nocerino near the corner flag, but the left-back's attempted pass is rushed and ends up missing the midfielder before rolling harmlessly out of play for a Crotone throw-in.
Poli goes close! A dangerous cross from De Sciglio finds Adriano, who brings the ball down well before teeing up the aforementioned midfielder. He immediately unleashes a shot from the edge of the penalty area but it ends up flying just a yard or so over the top of the crossbar.
Milan look far more confident now that they have that gola under their belts. They are pushing forward with more purpose and are starting to put the Crotone defence under real pressure.
Luiz Adriano
Goal
Milan
GOAL! Milan have broken the deadlock! Poli flies forward on a brilliant run towards the edge of the Crotone penalty area before sending a lovely through-ball into the path of Adriano, who rounds Cordaz before firing the ball into the back of the net from close range. What a start to the second half from the hosts!
And we're underway once again!
The two teams are making their way back out onto the pitch ahead of the start of the second half. Neither side have made any substitutions during the half-time break.
It's been a frustrating first half for Milan, who have found little joy going forward and have looked increasingly suspect at the back, where Crotone have been thoroughly impressive. The Serie B side have held their own against the top-tier giants and have looked the better of the two on several occasions, with De Giorgio and Torromino putting in particularly good shifts in front of goal.
HALF-TIME: MILAN 0-0 CROTONE
Crotone push forward on one last attack of the half, but they're unable to do so quickly enough before the referee brings an end to a fascinating opening 45 minutes.
The fourth official has indicated that there will be just one minute of added time.
Great chance for Budimir! Calabria loses the ball in an incredibly dangerous position, allowing Crotone to break away on a quick counter-attack. They fly forward through Torromino and work the ball over to Balasa, who fires a wonderful cross into the heart of the penalty area. It finds the aforementioned Croatian but his looping header ends up flying agonisingly wide of the far post.
Mauri finds himself in acres of space 30 yards away from Crotone goal and decides to unleash an audacious strike, but it's high and wild and not at all well hit, meaning that it sails comfortably over the top of the crossbar and into the crowd behind the goal.
Zapata clumsily pushes Budimir in the face and sends the substitute crashing to the ground, resulting in a free kick for Crotone in a dangerous position midway inside the Milan half of the pitch. It's flung to the far post, where it finds Balasa, but the aforementioned Colombian defender is there to fire the ball off a white shirt and out for a goal kick.
What a chance for Nocerino! Adriano picks up the ball on the edge of the penalty area and quickly moves it over to Suso on the right-hand side. The Spaniard skips past Martella and unleashes a low shot that Cordaz can only push into the path of the aforementioned Milan midfielder, but the flight of the ball takes him completely by surprise and ends up deflecting off his head and out of play.
Poli breaks into the right-hand side of the Crotone penalty area before cutting a lovely cross right onto the head of Adriano, but the Brazilian's headed effort ends up bouncing into the ground and up into the hands of Cordaz.
Martella charges down the left wing and heads towards the edge of the Milan penalty area before trying to send a cross over to De Giorgio, but it takes a deflection that sends it out for a corner, despite Abbiati's best efforts to try and keep the ball in play. The resulting set-piece is flung into the heart of the penalty area but can only find the veteran goalkeeper, who punches it away from danger.
Crotone are looking increasingly comfortable as the half progresses. They are finding plenty of joy when pushing forward and are forcing Milan into shooting from distance thanks to their impressive defending.
A. Budimir
R. Palladino
Crotone
Budimir has come on to replace Palladino, who looked to be moving quite gingerly and seems to have picked up a slight injury.
Suso goes close! Once again, the Spaniard cuts inside from the right wing before unleashing a curling shot, and this time it's far better than the last. It beats the outstretched foot of Palladino but ends up swinging just wide of the far post.
Suso twists and turns as he battles with Palladino, but, no matter what he tries, he just can't seem to beat his marker. The Spaniard is eventually able to get a shot away from 25 yards out, but it's deflected off the foot of the aforementioned winger and into the path of Cordaz, who stops it from going out of play before clearing the ball towards the halfway line.
Lovely one-touch football from Milan ends with Poli on the right-hand side of the Crotone penalty area, and he immediately tries to swing a low cross into the box. There's not quite enough power on the pass, however, and it fails to find Adriano before being cut out by the outstretched foot of Cremonesi.
Again, Crotone do well to take advantage of the space left down the left flank. This time, Torromino cuts inside and unleashes a low shot, but it's completely mishit and he ends up scuffing his strike well wide of its intended target.
What a chance for Crotone! Calabria flies forward on a marauding run and ends up leaving acres of space behind him, which the visitors utilise to great effect. Torromino and Martella work their way down the left wing before the latter cuts a great pass back to De Giorgio, but the former Empoli man ends up seeing his first-time shot well saved by Abbiati.
Honda charges down the left flank as he chases a loose ball forward. The Japan international does well to reach it but undoes all of his hard work with a poor cross that curls behind the goal and out of play for a goal kick. His manager doesn't look too happy about that...
And now Adriano goes close! The Brazilian flies forward on a wonderful run through the middle of the pitch before firing a low shot towards the Crotone goal, but it's sent too near to Cordaz and, as a result, the visitors' goalkeeper is easily able to stop the strike.
Great strike by Torromino! The forward is left in too much space on the edge of the Milan penalty area, allowing him to unleash a thumping low strike that Abbiati does well to push round the near post with a diving save. Crotone are starting to look increasingly dangerous inside the final third of the pitch.
Calabria cuts inside from the right wing and embarks on a great run into the Crotone penalty area. He penetrates the box and looks set to go one-on-one with Cordaz, but Ferrari is just about able to stop him with a well-timed tackle at the vital moment.
Suso twists and turns on the edge of the Crotone penalty area before teeing up Honda, who had made a lovely run into the right-hand side of the box, but the Japanese attacking midfielder's attempted cross is sent straight into a group of white shirts and, as a result, is dealt with easily.
Chance for Palladino! Crotone break away quickly through Martella on the left flank, and the wing-back then threads a lovely through-ball straight into the path of the aforementioned winger, but his first-time shot is sent straight into the hands of Abbiati.
Milan continue to keep hold of possession deep inside the Crotone half of the pitch, but they are failing to do much with it. Once again they look bright on the ball but lack that spark needed in the final third, where this time it's Honda who loses sends a stray pass straight to a white shirt on the edge of the penalty area.
The Crotone defence are caught sleeping on the ball, allowing Adriano to win back possession on the edge of the visitors' penalty area. He immediately tries to tee up Nocerino with a quick backheel, but Cremonesi is there to cut out the danger before the Milan midfielder can get a shot away.
Honda battles his way down the left flank before earning Milan another corner. This time, Suso chips the set-piece out to Mexes, who is completely unmarked on the edge of the penalty area, and the Frenchman then taps the ball onto Zapata. The defender finally penetrates the penalty area with a well-placed cross, but Adriano can only send his looping header comfortably wide of the far post.
Milan patiently pass the ball around just outside of the Crotone penalty area as they desperately look to way through the sea of white shirts camped in front of them. Suso eventually tries to pick otu Calabria with a through-ball into the right-hand side of the box, but it's overhit and misses the right-back before rolling out of play for a goal kick.
Martella embarks on a great run down the left wing on what is Crotone's first attacking move of the game. He does well to beat two Milan players before trying to pick out De Giorgio with a dangerous cross into the middle of the hosts' penalty area, but Mexes is just about able to get a head on the ball to stop it from doing so.
The set-piece is half dealt with by the Crotone defence before De Sciglio attempts to penetrate the penalty area once again with a cross from the left flank, but it's underhit and fails to beat the first man on the edge of the box.
The hosts break away quickly before Honda sends a swinging cross into the box, where it finds Adriano. The Brazilian brings it down well before teeing up the aforementioned Japan international once again, but his follow-up is deflected out of play for the first corner of the game.
Milan immediately start on the front foot and work the ball around well inside the Crotone half of the pitch. Suso eventually cuts inside from the right wing and unleashes a shot from 25 yards out, but it's completely mishit and sails safely over the top of the crossbar.
And we're off! Crotone get us underway, attacking from right to left.
The two sides are making their way out onto the pitch, with just a few minutes to go until kick-off.
Sinisa Mihajlovic has decided to name a completely changed Milan side to the one that thrashed Sampdoria on the weekend, whilst Crotone boss Ivan Juric has made six alterations to the team that featured in last Friday’s 1-0 win away to Spezia, with Michele Cremonesi, Mihai Balasa, Matteo Paro, Giuseppe Torromino, Raffaele Palladino and Pietro De Giorgio coming into the startling line-up to replace Claiton, Giuseppe Zampano, Leonardo Capezzi, Federico Ricci, Ante Budimir and Adrian Stoian.
Crotone substitutes: Galli, Stoian, Capezzi, Budimir, Claiton, Zampano, Firenze, Tounkara, Bruno, Maniero, Ricci.
Crotone XI (3-4-3): Cordaz; Yao, Cremonesi, Ferrari; Balasa, Barberis, Paro, Martella; Torromino, Palladino, De Giorgio.
Milan substitutes: De Santis, Locatelli, Montolivo, Abate, Donnarumma, Livieri, Crociata, Hamadi, Bonaventura, Niang, Romagnoli, Bacca.
Milan XI (4-3-3): Abbiati; Calabria, Mexes, Zapata, De Sciglio; Nocerino, Mauri, Poli; Suso, Adriano, Honda.
There’s just over 15 minutes left to go until until kick-off, so let’s have a look at how the two teams will be lining up this evening…
Crotone shouldn’t be written off completely, however, as they are currently enjoying a good run of form of their own. After struggling last season and only narrowly managing to avoid relegation to the third tier, they have started the campaign in excellent fashion and currently sit in second place in the table, just one point behind leaders Cagliari and with only two defeats from their opening 15 league games. Tonight’s clash brings with it a whole new challenge, however, as their second and third round victories came against sides that sit below them domestically, whilst Milan represent a team that they have never before played against in any competition.
December is lining up to be a very important one for Milan. After suffering an underwhelming start to the season, the Rossoneri have looked far better in recent weeks, losing just one of their last seven games, with that defeat coming away to Juventus. As a result, they sit in seventh place in the Serie A table, just one point behind the aforementioned reigning champions, ahead of must-win clashes against three of the division's bottom four sides. Before that, however, they must entertain Serie B team Crotone in the Coppa Italia, but, thanks to the decent run of form that they are enjoying at the moment, they will be confident that they can see off the second-tier minnows in comfortable fashion.
Good evening and welcome to our live text commentary of today’s Coppa Italia fourth round game between Milan and Crotone at San Siro.
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