AC Milan able to grind out a 1-0 victory over Hellas Verona thanks to another Piatek goal.
Marco Giampaolo’s men were away to Hellas Verona in the late kick-off in Serie A.
While Milan dominated possession, with over 70% of the ball, and some 17 shots. They were far from convincing.
Giampaolo was given the resources to invest this summer, but given the fact that many of his signings are only finding places on the bench, his tactics are coming in to question.
His side sit seventh in the league after an opening day loss and now have two victories.
The game to all intense and purposes was a cagey affair, that saw both sides reduced to ten men.
Hellas Verona saw striker Stepinski sent off on the 21st minute for a high foot.
What was he thinking trying to kick the ball over Mussachio as the Milan player tried to head the ball away?
The referee originally deemed the offense a yellow card, however, after VAR review, that was changed to a straight red.
The sending off almost pushed the match over the edge, as it then took a slightly aggressive turn.
The sides exchanged some reckless tough-tackles, that resulted in three yellow cards in the space of a few minutes.
The first half ended all even at 0-0, with ten men of Verona having better chances.
New man Rebic was introduced at the half by Giampaolo for Milan, and it appeared to create some attacking opportunity for the Rossoneri. It leaves the question, as to why he did not start?
Rebic played a part in five good attempts on goal in less than 15 minutes from his introduction.
The breakthrough finally came by way of a penalty in the 68th minute. AC Milan’s striker Krzysztof Piatek calmly converted.
Neither side had much to offer from that point forward. Until in the 94th minute of the game, Verona had an opportunity to break away on the Milan goal.
The play was abruptly ended though when Davide Calabria dragged down Verona’s Di Cabrine as he passed him.
The referee had no doubt about brandishing a red card. One last opportunity to equalise and grab a much-deserved pint for Hellas Verona the minnows of Serie A.
A free-kick was awarded on the edge of the box, much to the protest of the Hellas Verona players who thought the incident took place inside the penalty area.
When the free-kick was taken almost four minutes later, the ball ricocheted off the wall and the subsequent rebound was volleyed towards Donnarumma’s goal. The ball flew just outside the post.
It was a valiant effort, but all over.
1-0 to AC Milan.
🔴⚫ Another three points in the bag, steady does it boys 👊🏻
— AC Milan (@acmilan) September 15, 2019