February 26, 2019 / 10:19 PM / 24 days ago

Milan hold Lazio to 0-0 draw in Cup semi-final, first leg

Soccer Football - Serie A - Lazio vs AC Milan - Rome, Italy - September 10, 2017 AC Milan's Franck Kessie looks dejected after the match REUTERS/Alberto Lingria

ROME (Reuters) - Lazio and AC Milan played out a turgid 0-0 draw in the first leg of their Italian Cup semi-final as both sides failed to create any clear-cut chances at the Olympic stadium on Tuesday.

With the return set for April 24, last season’s runners-up Milan stayed on course for their first major trophy since the 2010-2011 season when they lifted the Serie A title.

Fiorentina are at home to Atalanta in the first leg of the second semi-final on Wednesday.

Lazio dominated the first half but had little to show for their possession, with the best opportunity falling to striker Ciro Immobile who fired wide from 14 metres after the visiting defence failed to clear their ranks.

Milan keeper Gianluigi Donnarumma easily smothered Sergej Milinkovic Savic’s long-range shot in the 66th minute before a late offside flag infuriated Milan’s players although Immobile hit the woodwork.

Milan packed their defence throughout the contest and held on comfortably in the closing stages as Lazio finally threw men forward in a bid to break the deadlock.

Writing by Zoran Milosavljevic; Editing by Ken Ferris

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