AC Milan vs. Juventus: 6 Lessons Learned from Coppa Italia Semifinal

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AC Milan vs. Juventus: 6 Lessons Learned from Coppa Italia Semifinal
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When Alessandro Del Piero put Juventus 3-1 up on aggregate with his goal in the 28th minute, it looked as though Juventus would cruise into the final of the Coppa Italia.

However, Massimo Allegri's risky substitution of Zlatan Ibrahimovic for Maxi Lopez proved inspirational, with Djamel Mesbah and Maxi Lopez himself scoring the two crucial goals to turn the game on its head and take the game into extra time.

In extra time, it would be Mirko Vucinic—Juventus' unpredictable, yet top-class striker—who gave Juve the last laugh with a beautiful strike, fit to win any game in any league in the world.

And with that, Juventus kept their unbeaten record intact, and avoided losing their "most important match of the season."

Let's analyze the lessons learned from the tightly contested semifinal for both AC Milan and Juventus.

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