AC Milan followed their derby win against Inter in the perfect way by beating Lazio 4-0 in the quarter-finals of the Coppa Italia, setting up a rematch against their city rivals in the semis over two legs.
Rafael Leao opened the scoring and Olivier Giroud scored twice inside five minutes just before the break to put the game beyond the away side, with Franck Kessie getting the Rossoneri’s fourth in the second half. Below are the best stats from the win, via the official website…
➤ Milan have won a match by a margin of at least in all competitions for the first time since May against Torino in Serie A (7-0 in that case).
➤ Rafael Leão has scored 9 goals in 2021-22 in all competitions. The Portuguese has established his new record of goals in a single season with a club of the ‘top five’ European leagues.
➤ Olivier Giroud is only the third Milan player able to score in four consecutive starts at San Siro in the last ten seasons (after Zlatan Ibrahimović in October 2020 and Hakan Çalhanoğlu in July 2020).
➤ Rafael Leão has been involved in 14 goals this season in all competitions (nine goals and five assists), more participations than any other season with a club of the ‘top five’ European leagues.
➤ Olivier Giroud has scored ten goals in eight competitive games started with Milan at the Meazza. The Frenchman has also scored two or more goals in two games in a row for the first time since January 2013, when he played for Arsenal.
➤ Theo Hernández provided his 8th assist in 2021-22 in all competitions, more than in any other season with a club of the ‘top five’ European leagues.
➤ Frank Kessie has scored 3 goals in his last 3 appearances for Milan in all competitions, as in his previous 20 games this season.
➤ Alessio Romagnoli has provided his first assist of the season in all competitions and his very first one in the Coppa Italia in his career.
➤ Milan ended the first half with a three-goal lead for the second time this season, after the Serie A game against Cagliari (4-1 in that case).