Ghana midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng came out of the dug-out in the 57 minute to star in the AC Milan versus Carpi FC, Coppa Italia game which his Rossoneri side won 2-1 on Wednesday at the San Siro.
Boateng was expected to make his full debut after staging a come-back to the club on a six month contract, having left German side Schalke 04.
AC Milan Serbian trainer, Sinisa Mihajlovic had claimed earlier that the returnee could make his full debut for the club.
Boateng replaced Mbaye Niang who had scored the match-winner for Milan after Carlos Bacca had put them ahead to end the first half at 2-0.
Matteo Mancosu’s early second half strike kept the game kicking until the final whistle which might have put the Milan fans seated on some form of uneasiness.
Meanwhile, the seven-time European champions, who have fallen on hard times in recent seasons, were jeered at by their supporters in spite of qualifying for the semi-finals with the 2-1 achievement.
Mihajlovic, however, was quick to their defense, “It’s not easy but I’ve overcome worse things in life. I’m just unhappy for the lads that there is this criticism and this jeering, because they don’t deserve it.”
The AC Milan coach says he expects speculation over his future to continue for the rest of the season,“I am trying to work hard and while I am in charge of Milan, I will continue with my head held high. The team is united and everything else that is said is just chit-chat,” he said.
The three other quarter-finals take place next week with Napoli hosting Inter Milan and Juventus travelling to Lazio while there will be one lower league team in the semi-finals as second division Spezia host third tier Alessandria.