ROME – AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma gifted two goals and Nikola Kalinic added an own-goal in a nightmare 4-0 defeat for the Rossoneri as Juventus claimed a record fourth straight Italian Cup title on Wednesday.
While the 19-year-old Donnarumma could not be blamed for Medhi Benatia’s opener, his mistakes led to the ensuing goals from Douglas Costa and Benatia. Then Kalinic headed a corner into his own net.
It was the first of two titles that Juventus are hoping to celebrate over the space of four days at the Stadio Olimpico.
The Bianconeri can clinch a record-extending seventh consecutive Serie A title with only a draw against Roma on Sunday.
Milan, meanwhile, missed out on a chance to justify their pre-season spending spree and take home a trophy ahead of likely punishment from Uefa for financial fair play violations.
Juventus captain Gianluigi Buffon, who is expected to retire at the end of the season, far outperformed Donnarumma, his protégé.
After a slow-paced first half, Juventus took control when Benatia headed in from a corner.
Donnarumma then had Costa’s shot on his fingers, but the ball fell through his hands.
Three minutes later, Donnarumma was preparing to collect a header from Mario Mandzukic, but it again slipped off his fingers and Benatia was waiting to pounce on it.
Milan came closest when Juventus midfielder Blaise Matuidi nearly scored an own goal, hitting the post with a failed clearance.
Kalinic, who has not reached expectations at Milan, then added to the misfortune by finding his own net with his back to the goal by the near post as he attempted to defend a corner.
Buffon preserved the clean-sheet with successive saves from Manuel Locatelli and Fabio Borini.