Sports Desk, Mar 1 (EFE).- Inter held off AC Milan 0-0 Tuesday in the first leg of their Coppa Italia semifinal, a match that had nothing of the quality or excitement of last month’s Serie A showdown between the cross-town rivals.
Milan were nominally the hosts in the contest at the San Siro – the stadium where both clubs play their home matches – and can take some comfort from having denied the Nerazzurri what could have been a valuable away goal.
The Rossoneri dominated the first half, but Inter goalkeeper Samir Handanovic turned aside an effort from Alexis Saelemakers in the 9th minute and Theo Hernandez missed the target on a fine chance two minutes later.
Milan captain Alessio Romagnoli thwarted Inter’s Ediz Dzeko in the 21st minute, which turned out to be the closest the visitors would come.
The second half brought more of the same, so the teams will have it all to play for when they meet again at the San Siro on April 20.
The other semifinal tie gets under way Wednesday, when Fiorentina host Coppa Italia holders Juventus. EFE