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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Milan Win Sets Up Inter Cup Clash


ROME -- AC Milan continued to put its season back on track when it won 2-1 at Sampdoria in the Italian Cup to set up a quarterfinal clash with neighbor Inter Milan.

Milan, which won the first leg 3-2, looked to be in danger of a third-round exit on the away goals rule Wednesday when it fell behind to a strike from Yugoslav defender Sinisa Mihajlovic. He fired home a free-kick after 19 minutes.

But Brazilian Leonardo hauled the away side level when he slid a left-foot shot under Sampdoria goalkeeper Fabrizio Ferron, and compatriot Andr? Cruz sealed a 5-3 aggregate victory from the penalty spot eight minutes from time.

Milan, which made its worst start to a season since the 1930s this year, has won five of its last six matches and enter Saturday's league derby with Inter in confident mood.

AC Milan will then face its rival again in the last eight tie in January.

In a bid to improve its strike force, Milan, according to Russian sports daily Sports-Express, has expressed interest in Ukrainian international Andrei Shevchenko, sending a representative to Kiev to watch the 21-year-old in action in Ukraine's World Cup qualifier against Croatia last Saturday.

But officials at Shevchenko's club side, Dynamo Kiev, said that he will not be moving in the near furure.

"Shevchenko will remain with our club," Dynamo President Georgy Syrkis said Thursday. "We have received plenty of offers from several of Europe's top teams, but as I have been saying for a long time, he, or anybody else from our club for that matter, is not for sale."

The only exception to that rule has been Yury Maksimov, who signed a three-year contract with Germany's Werder Bremen last week. The 29-year-old midfielder will play his last game for the Ukrainian champion when Dynamo hosts PSV Eindhoven in the Champions' League on Wednesday.

"We made an exception for Maksimov because of his age," said Dynamo spokesman Alexei Semenenko on Thursday. "Shevchenko is 8 years younger than Maksimov and he represents the future of our team."

Shevchenko attracted much praise after his recent Champions' League performance against Barcelona, where he scored a hat trick in Kiev's 4-0 away victory last month.

In other Italian league matches, champion Juventus strolled to a 1-0 win at Bari to wrap up a 3-0 aggregate victory.

Fellow European Cup contenders Parma followed Juventus' example, winning 1-0 at Bari for a 3-1 aggregate win.

Fiorentina put paid to the last surviving serie B side.

Fiorentina entered the match against Pescara with a 1-0 lead from the first leg but was soon 2-0 down and playing with 10 men after Pasquale Paladino was sent off for throwing a punch.

Domenico Morfeo pulled the serie A side back into the match from the penalty spot before Portuguese international Rui Costa scored a late equalizer for a 2-2 draw and a 3-2 aggregate win.