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Ancelotti's crystal ball lets him down

Real Madrid head coach Carlo Ancelotti correctly predicted a Copa del Rey final of his side against Osasuna, but his crystal ball has let him down for the Champions League final after Milan were knocked out by arch rivals Inter.

After the semi-final draw was made, Ancelotti called Milan sporting director Paolo Maldini to tell him "see you in Istanbul". Whether or not Ancelotti's side will be in Turkey next month remains to be seen, but Maldini's will not be.

Maldini played alongside and under Ancelotti in his Milan playing days, but there will be no reunion this year as adversaries. Instead, Inter will face the winners of Manchester City vs Real Madrid after they deservedly advanced past the Rossoneri.

Lack of quality

The fact this was a Champions League semi-final kept the tension up, but the game was a disappointment for large spells, particularly in the second half with Milan unable to offer much resistance or any threat of a comeback.

Costly miss

Brahim Diaz, who curiously had spells at both Madrid and City, had a terrific chance to get Milan back into it, but his shot was tame and too easy for Onana. A moment to forget for the Spain international.

Poor Milan tactics

As Milan became desperate they tried to throw in crosses for target man Olivier Giroud, but the quality was painfully lacking on the deliveries. A sluggish Rossoneri side didn't even seem to realise they were behind on aggregate before Lautaro Martinez scored on the night.


The referee, Turpin, tried to let the game flow and not draw the first card too early. The danger with that approach, designed to avoid multiple sendings off and things bubbling over, is encouraging increasingly dangerous tackles as players test the limits.

Class from Lautaro

Lautaro showed his quality once again tonight and his combination with Romelu Lukaku for the goal will have left fans feeling nostalgic as much as it created a new piece of history. This was his big moment, though, perhaps the one he was been waiting for his whole Inter career.

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