A mistake by Venezuelan Tomás Rincón in the penalty shootout ended yesterday the Torino's dream of progressing in the Italian Cup, against a Milan that was infallible from eleven meters and that qualified for the quarterfinals of the competition.
After the 0-0 of the 120 minutes, in which Milan had been superior and had shot twice at the post, through the Portuguese Diogo Dalot and the Italian Davide Calabria, it was Stefano Pioli's Milanese team, líder of Serie A, which managed to prolong his cupbearer path.
Rincón, a Vinotinto midfielder, former Juventus and Genoa player, missed the fourth penalty of the shootout, after his teammates Andrea Belotti, Serbian Sasa Lukic and Brazilian Lyanco Evangelista scored the first three for Torino and Ivorian Frank Kessie, Frenchman Theo Hernández and Italian Sandro Tonali did the same for Milan
After Rincón's failure, captain Alessio Romagnoli scored Milan's fourth penalty and Torino's Serbian goalkeeper Vanja Milinkovic-Savic, brother of Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, took it upon himself to transform the maximum penalty for his team.
Milinkovic-Savic, who has excellent technical skills despite playing as a goalkeeper, was intractable.
However, Turkey's Hakan Calhanoglu qualified Milan with the latest transformation and prolonged the sweet moment of Pioli's men.
In the quarterfinals, Milan will play against the winner of Fiorentina-Inter, which are measured this Wednesday.