stats12 January 2022

COPPA ITALIA: 7 FACTS ON AC MILAN V GENOA

The main stats ahead the Rossoneri's Round of 16 clash

After those two great wins over Roma and Venezia, AC Milan's season continues with the first Coppa Italia fixture of the season. Their opponents in the Round of 16 will be Andriy Shevchenko's Genoa, whom they recently met in the league and will now take on in the first knockout game of the season. Ahead of kick-off at San Siro tomorrow at 21:00 (CET), let's take a look at the main stats and facts about  the match:

HEAD-TO-HEAD
1- There have been 5 previous meetings in the Coppa Italia between AC Milan and Genoa, all played between 1937 and 1985: 2 Rossoneri wins, 2 draws and 1 win for Genoa. In each of the previous meetings, the teams scored a total of 9 goals to 8.

2- AC Milan's last home match in the Coppa Italia against Genoa dates back to 5 September 1982: the fifth round of the group stages, the Rossoneri won 3-2 with a brace from Joe Jordan and a goal from Aldo Serena. The most recent meeting between the two teams in the competition took place in August 1985: a 2-2 draw, with Mileti's own goal and Virdis' goal for AC Milan.

CURRENT FORM
3- AC Milan have won their Round of 16 matches in the Coppa Italia in each of the last 12 seasons, but the Rossoneri's last two wins in the competition came after 90 minutes of play: in the 2019/20 Quarter-final against Torino (4-2 in extra time) and in the 2020/21 Round of 16, again against the Granata (5-4 after penalties).

GENERALS STATS
4- Pioli's Rossoneri are the team who have scored the most goals from direct free-kicks (4) in Europe's top five leagues. Moreover, Genoa and AC Milan are the two teams who have won the most duels in the current Serie A: 219 for the Ligurians and 216 for the Rossoneri.

PLAYER FOCUS
5- Three current Rossoneri players scored their first Serie A goal against Genoa: Pierre Kalulu, Rade Krunić and Sandro Tonali. For the French defender, it was also his only goal so far in the Italian league.

6- Theo Hernández has been involved in nine goals this season across all competitions, more than any other Serie A defender (4 goals, 5 assists).

COACH FOCUS
7- Genoa coach Andriy Shevchenko is the second-highest goalscorer in AC Milan's history in all competitions (175 goals, behind Gunnar Nordahl at 221).


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