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Milan Advance To Coppa Italia Final with 5-0 Win Over Alessandria

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Milan advanced to the Coppa Italia final after beating Lega Pro side Alessandria 6-0 on aggregate. A brace from Jeremy Menez, goals by Alessio Romagnoli and Mario Balotelli, and an own goal sealed the deal as Milan romped to victory.

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After a rather tame opening leg, Milan ran away with the second leg of the Coppa Italia semifinal at the San Siro, advancing to the Coppa Italia Final. The match got off to a nervy start for the hosts as Juraj Kucka's impressive run set up Keisuke Honda for a sitter.  Inexplicably, Honda skied the ball over the crossbar and wasted an immense effort from Kucka.  In the opening 10 minutes Alessandria looked like they were up for the match, as their forwards combined well with each other in the final third, forcing Milan's defence to make a few important interventions.  In the 11th minute Milan keeper Christian Abbiati cleared the ball straight to an Alessandria player, but the veteran shot-stopper recovered well and made a great one-on-one save.

Milan's breakthrough came in the 19th minute, when Jeremy Menez coolly slotted the ball past Alessandria's keeper after being picked out by Honda.  Honda's through ball was magnificent, and Menez's first goal of the season was a bright spot, even on an exciting night. Five minutes later, Milan struck again, as Alessio Romagnoli poked the ball past Vannucchi's post after Kucka got his head to a Bonaventura corner.  The goal was the first of Romagnoli's Milan career and underscored the strong performance he put in at the back.

In the 38th minute Menez collected his brace as Andrea Poli picked out the Frenchman with a smart through ball in the box, and Menez buried it in back of the net.  Alessandria's defence was more than suspect on the play, as Poli was able to walk right into the box unmarked and pick Menez out totally unimpeded.  Milan went into the half with a 3-0 lead and the tie all but wrapped up.

To start the second half Milan manager Sinisa Mihajlovic put on young midfielder Jose Mauri in place of the impressive Juraj Kucka.  The young midfielder has found minutes hard to come by in his debut season with the Rossoneri, but performed well in the final 45 minutes against Alessandria.

The beginning of the second half paled in comparison to the first half.  Milan took their foot off the pedal to some extent, and Alessandria seemed resigned to the fact that the tie was more or less over.  In the 80th minute Alessio Romagnoli appeared to score a carbon copy of his first goal, but it was determined to be an own goal by Alessandria's Roberto Sabato.  Mario Balotelli finished off the game with a breakaway goal in the 89th minute assisted by Jose Mauri, who threaded a perfectly weighted through ball to lead Balotelli to goal.

With the massive 5-0 win ,Milan advanced to the Coppa Italia Final. They'll face one of two familiar foes in the final tie: either Juventus or Inter, who play tomorrow afternoon. It is more likely to the Bianconeri, however, as they currently hold a 3-0 lead on aggregate.