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Coppa Italia: Double strike gives Milan advantage

MILAN, Jan 11 (Reuters) - AC Milan beat Serie B club Arezzo 2-0 in their Italian Cup quarter-final, first-leg match at the San Siro on Thursday.

Goals from Italy international strikers Alberto Gilardino and Filippo Inzaghi secured the win for Carlo Ancelotti's side in a low key game although the visitors had a late effort disallowed.

The match made a slow start but Milan were firmly in command and created several chances before taking the lead in the 35th minute.

Dutch midfielder Clarence Seedorf fed Gilardino with a fine through ball and the striker rounded Arezzo keeper Nicola Bremec before slotting home.

Five minutes after the interval Inzaghi doubled Milan's lead, racing on to a long ball before producing an excellent finish to beat Bremec.

Nine minutes from the end Ernesto Terra had the ball in the net for the second division strugglers but the effort was disallowed for a foul on Milan defender Alessandro Costacurta.

AS Roma, Sampdoria and Inter Milan all won their first leg ties played earlier this week.

Brazilian Mancini inspired AS Roma to a 2-1 home win over Parma in the first leg of their Italian Cup quarter-final on Wednesday.

Roma, losing finalists in the last two seasons, made a slow start but Mancini sparked them into life after 19 minutes when he arrived at the edge of the area, tricked a defender and lobbed the keeper to open the scoring.

The Brazilian then turned provider midway through the second half when he beat a defender and laid the ball on for Francesco Totti to make it 2-0 before Parma's Zlatko Dedic pulled a goal back three minutes from time.

Sampdoria survived being reduced to nine men late on as Luigi Sala's first-half goal gave them a 1-0 home win over Chievo.

Holders Inter Milan won 2-0 at Empoli in their quarter-final on Tuesday. Serie B strugglers Arezzo visit AC Milan on Thursday in the last of the first leg matches.

The second legs take place next Wednesday and Thursday.