Juventus crush AC Milan 4-0 to win fourth consecutive Italian Cup

Cheryl Sanders
May 10, 2018

They hold a six-point lead over second-placed Napoli in the league table with two games to go and, with the added cushion of a superior goal difference, they are nearly certain to be crowned champions for a seventh year in a row. "Now we have to ensure the Scudetto mathematically and enjoy this extraordinary season".

Benatia also benefited from an error to score again against a shell-shocked Milan, Donnarumma's dodgy handling dropping the ball straight into the centre-back's path, leaving him with an easy tap-in.

Milan will now face Atalanta and Fiorentina in the Italian Serie A as they will have to do well if they want to qualify for the Europa league.

"We stayed calm and the result followed".

"Now we have two games against sides who are in better shape than us and must try to get into the Europa League with better performances than this".

The match had been dubbed a duel between Juventus legend Gianluigi Buffon who at 40 is set to retire and Donnarumma, 19, his touted replacement in the Italian national team.

After an even first half with few clear chances, the game changed completely in the second half and was effectively settled in a 10-minute spell.

But there was controversy before the break when Hakan Calhanoglu was brought down only for the referee to blow the whistle for the break without letting Milan take the free-kick.

Juventus added a fourth thanks to an own goal from Nikola Kalinic on a thoroughly miserable night for Donnarumma and Milan. Midfielder Giacomo Bonaventura credited Gattuso with building team confidence since the former AC Milan player took over last November.

Massimiliano Allegri's side did not concede a single goal in this season's cup run, with Gianluigi Buffon making his first appearance in a Coppa Italia final since 1999. "We really wanted to win every trophy available this year".

"After my error on the marking for Kalidou Koulibaly, everyone said I was useless", Benatia said.

All roads lead to Rome this week for Juventus who will look to seal the Italian Cup and Serie A double in the space of four days at the Stadio Olimpico.

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