MILAN (AFP) - AC Milan and Inter Milan played out a disappointing goalless derby draw in the first leg of their Italian Cup semifinal.
Milan, the nominal home side at a boisterous San Siro, had the better of the play and opportunities but could not convert their chances into goals and head into next month’s second leg level with their local rivals.
The away goals rule is still in force in the Italian Cup meaning Milan will have a small advantage when they are hosted by Inter for the decisive clash.
“We played well, it was difficult but we have another leg to play,” said Theo Hernandez.
“We’re giving our all and having a great season. We need to keep going and win. We had a lot of chances, but if you don’t score you’re not going to win.”
Serie A champions Inter were poor and have now failed to win in their last five matches in all competitions in a dip in form which has also cost them their lead in the league.
The winner of this tie will play in May’s final against either Juventus or Fiorentina, who will face off in their first leg on Wednesday in Dusan Vlahovic’s first match in Florence since leaving for Turin in January.
On Tuesday Fiorentina asked their fans not to chant racist abuse after Vlahovic was targeted with “gypsy” insults by opposition fans earlier in the season.
Before Tuesday’s derby supporters of both teams held up cards with the word “peace” while a message from Milan legend Andriy Shevchenko pleading for an end to the war in Ukraine was played on the San Siro’s big screen.