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AC Milan reach last eight in Italy

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BRESCIA, Italy -- AC Milan moved into the Italian Cup quarterfinals after a 2-1 win at Serie B club Brescia on Tuesday earned them a 6-3 aggregate victory.

Milan, who came back from two goals down to win the first-leg 4-2, took the lead in the 15th minute when Brazilian striker Ricardo Oliveira headed in a corner from French midfielder Yoann Gourcuff.

Five minutes later the tie was virtually over when Brescia defender Davide Zoboli put a Gourcuff cross into his own goal.

Zoboli protested that he had been pushed by Milan forward Marco Borriello as he moved to clear the cross.

Brescia pulled a goal back two minutes before the interval with Slovak forward Marek Hamsik producing a composed finish from the edge of the area.

After the break Milan, who rested several first-team regulars, risked conceding an equaliser with Zoboli going close with a bicycle kick that struck the bar.

"These are games you have to play and it was a balanced, even game that we did well to win," Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti told RAI television.

On Wednesday, Cup holders Inter Milan host Messina at the San Siro with Roberto Mancini's side expecting to build on a 1-0 lead from the first leg.

AS Roma are at home to Serie B club Triestina, who they beat 2-1 in the first game.


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Oliveira opened the scoring as Milan moved into the Italian Cup last eight.

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