AC Milan scraped through to the last 16 of the Coppa Italia on Tuesday after struggling to a 3-1 win against Serie B side Crotone.
Milan took no chances against the minnows and fielded a strong side at the Giuseppe Meazza. However, even with the firepower of Luiz Adriano, Keisuke Honda and Suso at their disposal, the Rossoneri couldn’t break down Crotone’s stubborn defence and the first half finished goalless.
Milan eventually opened the scoring just two minutes into the second half when Adriano made the most of a pass from midfielder Andrea Poli to beat goalkeeper Alex Cordaz.
The score went unchanged for 20 minutes, but Crotone drew level in the 67th minute when midfielder Andrea Barberis set up substitute Ante Budimir who took his chance well and levelled matters.
Milan threw on attackers M'Baye Niang and Giacomo Bonaventura for Antonio Nocerino and Suso in the 70th minute, but the changes had little impact as the match went into extra time.
However, Bonaventura and Niang delivered when it mattered most, with Bonaventura putting Milan ahead with a superb free kick in the 105th minute before Niang sealed the deal when he scored to make it 3-1.