After a scoreless first half that produced just one shot on target -- a brilliant chip by Emmanuele Giaccherini -- things came alive in the second half of the Coppa Italia semifinal, first leg match between AC Milan and Juventus. Uruguayan international Martin Caceres stole the show, scoring a brace in his first start during his second spell at the club. Milan were able to grab one goal, but will be serious underdogs in the second leg after this 2-1 home loss.
The first goal by Caceres was a tap-in, scored on an intelligent run forward towards the back post, where he found a lingering ball to put into the back of the net in the 53rd minute. That goal was quickly answered in the 62nd by Milan youngster Stephan El Shaarawy, who poked in a close-range finish after some horrific defending in the box by Juventus. Both teams had plenty of opportunities to add more goals, but only one more could come.
Cacares' winner was an absolute stunner, placed perfectly into the top corner of the net from 20 yards out. Juventus now have a one goal lead and two away goals for the second leg in Turin, and it would be stunning if they failed to advance to the final.