Correa, Lazio Topple AC Milan To Head To Coppa Italia Final On May 15

After the shirt incident, there was bad blood between AC Milan and Lazio. 

The bad blood showed: In 180 minutes of Coppa Italia semifinal action, in a matchup featuring some of Serie A’s most explosive offensive players in Ciro Immobile and Krzysztof Piątek, only a single goal was scored as Lazio went through to the final to be played on May 15 at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome. That day will represent the first Coppa Italia title not handed out to Juventus in the last four years, and the trophy will eventually rest with Lazio or the winner of Fiorentina and Atalanta, who play tomorrow.

More than the goal tally, however, was the rugged style of play. Though both of these teams are mired in a tight chase for fourth place in Serie A — Milan currently sit in fourth with 56 points with Lazio, in eighth, at 52 points — the two sides left everything on the pitch. 

The 57 minutes at the San Siro in Milan today saw a back-and-forth struggle in which neither team, in the beginning, could gain any sort of purchase on the other. Lazio suffered a blow when Sergej Milinković-Savić went down with an injury in the first half, and Milan faced a similar situation a few minutes later when Davide Calabria exited the game. 

Over time, Lazio started to sniff a few chances while Milan failed to trouble Thomas Strakosha. 

Then came the breakthrough. 

Lazio executed a perfect counter-attack, with Immobile pushing the ball forward at a full sprint. He sprayed the ball to Joaquin Correa on the left wing, who poked it through the legs of the 36-year-old Pepe Reina. 

Milan thought for a moment that they had equalized in the 76th minute with a Patrick Cutrone header, but the linesman correctly flagged the striker for offsides.

Despite heavy pressure from Milan in the final 10-15 minutes of the game, Lazio did not concede a goal, punching their ticket to the Coppa Italia final in their home city of Rome.

First Half Own Goal Gives D.C. United Huge Victory Over Portland Timbers

In 90 minutes of rain, D.C. United emerged victorious in the Pacific Northwest, benefitting from an own goal in a 1-0 win against the Portland Timbers. Bill Tuiloma knocked in Ulises Segura's cross in the 25th minute, giving United their second consecutive win, both of which came away from the friendly confines at Audi Field. The win elevated the Black-and-Red to fourth place in the Eastern Conference, a position that could change depending on other results on Sunday.

D.C. United In Position To Solidify Playoff Position With PDX Trip

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4 Notes From The Opening Rounds Of The Concacaf Nations League

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Final 4 Weeks Of MLS Season Should Provide Plenty Of Drama

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The Gap Between US & Mexico Is Widening On The International Stage

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Trinidad & Tobago Struggle In Opening Rounds Of Concacaf Nations League

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4 Games Left To Decide D.C. United's MLS Playoff Standing

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Concaclusions, Ep. 1: Nations League Matchday 1 & Mexico Dominate USA

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From clutch finishes to a surprise resignation, the last week of Concacaf action featured just about everything imaginable as the inaugural Nations League is now underway. Away from the opening round of the tournament, Mexico were busy flexing their muscles in front of a rain-soaked crowd at MetLife Stadium. 

The Favorites Roll, Curaçao Narrowly Beats Haiti & More From Days 2 & 3

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The past two days of the Concacaf Nations League has provided plenty of drama, decisive results, and world-class goals for everyone to enjoy. With games across all three leagues in the competition, some storylines are already beginning to play out throughout the competition, as we move on to the second match day, beginning on Monday.

Unexpected Concacaf Twist: Gustavo Matosas Stepping Down Because Of Boredom

The Concacaf Nations League began play this week and is sure to provide plenty of drama on the field over the next couple of months. Countries are vying to move to the semifinal round, or avoid relegation, or even jump up a league through promotion. There's always some element of unpredictability in these games, leading to shock results and standout performances from unheralded players.