AC Milan need penalties to advance in Cup

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AC Milan have defeated Torino on penalties to reach the quarter-finals of the Italian Cup, where they could face Serie A title contenders and city rivals Inter Milan.

After the match finished 0-0 at the San Siro, Milan scored all of their penalties and won the shootout 5-4, with Hakan Calhanoglu converting the decisive kick.

Torino defender Tomas Rincon, who took his side's third penalty, had his effort saved by Ciprian Tatarusanu.

Milan will face Inter or Fiorentina, who play on Wednesday in Florence.

The two Milan teams are leading the race for the league title with the Rossoneri top of the league, three points ahead of second-place Inter.

Milan had beaten Torino 2-0 in the league on Saturday and that match also marked the return of Zlatan Ibrahimovic from injury.

The cup match saw the 39-year-old make his first start since November 22, although he was taken off at halftime.

There were few chances in the first half but Milan came out more energetic after the break and hit the post twice in quick succession with Diogo Dalot and Davide Calabria denied.

Apart from Calhanoglu, Franck Kessie, Theo Hernandez, Sandro Tonali and Alessio Romagnoli scored their penalties.

Andrea Belotti, Sasa Lukic, Lyanco and goalkeeper Vanja Milinkovic-Savic were successful for Torino.

Milan's first-choice goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma was rested for the tie with Torino but will be suspended for the last-eight showdown as he was shown a red card on the bench for dissent.

"It was a good game and it was tough because Torino play well," Milan captain Alessio Romagnoli, on his 26th birthday, said.

"But we did our job and managed to win.

"We don't give up on anything and always try to give our maximum."