AC Milan paid a moving tribute to Kobe Bryant at San Siro before their Coppa Italia match against Torino on Tuesday night.
Milan turned off San Siro stadium lights and played “Who Wants To Live Forever” ahead of Milan-Torino kick-off to mourn and remember Kobe Bryant, while pictures of him from his life, with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, and with Milan shirt were on stadium screens.
AC Milan players also wore black armbands and gave a standing ovation in the 24th minute – the same number as Bryant’s iconic jersey with the Lakers.
Bryant died in a helicopter crash alongside his daughter and seven others on Sunday morning.
The five-time NBA champion was a fan of the Italian side having spent six years of his childhood in Italy when his father, Joe Bryant, continued his basketball career after retiring from NBA.
To add light to an otherwise solemn night, the Rossoneri beat Torino 4-2 on extra time to reach Coppa Italia semi-finals.
The Italian giants were in front from Giacomo Bonaventura’s early goal but soon found themselves behind when Torino’s Gleison Bremer scored twice in the 34th and 71st minutes respectively.
But substitute Hakan Calhanoglu scored a late brace to put Milan back in the lead and Veteran Zlatan Ibrahimovich completed the scoring with a fourth goal.
Milan will now face Juventus in the semi-finals.