Serie A

  • Luiz Adriano 86’
  • 53’ D. Berardi
1 Half Time 0
Serie A
Giuseppe Meazza


    • KICK OFF
    • 45'
      Milan rush a shot from the edge of the box that is nowhere near Pegolo. The Sassuolo keeper has had nothing to do since conceding the penalty goal to Bacca after coming on the pitch.
    • 90'
      Sassuolo are trying to get the ball forward in a bid to create some danger but it's simply not happening for them. They look fatigued and beaten here after that stomach-punch from Adriano.
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      That's it from me, hope you enjoyed this one. Bye for now!
    • 0'
      And that will do it from San Siro, as Milan clinch a vital win that probably gives Mijailovic a little bit longer to secure his job. Bacca opened the scoring from the spot in a sequence that also saw Consigli dismissed, but 10-man Sassuolo got back thanks to a lovely free-kick from Berardi. However,
    • 0'
      And that will do it from San Siro for the first half. Milan have a one-goal advantage in the books, thanks to a penalty from Bacca, who also won the spot-kick off Consigli. The Sassuolo keeper was sent off for the infraction to leave the visitors a goal and a man down. Second half is just around the
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      Antonio Floro Flores and Gregoire Defrel have been handed a recall to the starting lineup by Eusebio Di Francesco, and they will line up in a three-pronged attack alongside Domenico Berardi. Karim Laribi also gets the nod ahead of Diego Falcinelli.
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      Gianluigi Donnarumma has been handed a start in goal for AC Milan. He's only 16 years old. He's the youngest keeper ever to start a Serie A game. Elsewhere, Riccardo Montolivo returns to the XI with Carlos Bacca and Alex, while Philippe Mexes, Nigel de Jong and Keisuke Honda make way.
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      Sassuolo subs: Pomini, Longhi, Pellegrini, Biondini, Falcinelli, Politano, Sansone, Ariaudo, Gazzola, Terranova, Pegolo, Floccari.
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      Sassuolo (4-3-3): Consigli; Vrsaljko, Cannavaro, Acerbi, Peluso; Missiroli, Magnanelli, Laribi; Berardi, Defrel, Floro Flores.
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      Milan subs: Lopez, Mexes, Mauri, De Sciglio, Suso, Luiz Adriano, Honda, Zapata, Abbiati, Bertolacci, Calabria.
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      Milan (4-3-3): Donnarumma; Abate, Alex, Romangoli, Antonelli; Kucka, Montolivo, Poli; Cerci, Bacca, Bonaventura.
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      Sassuolo have won more games against Milan than any other side in the top flight. In their last four meetings with the Rossoneri, they've emerged with a W three times. Only Palermo have conceded more goals at home than Milan's tally of seven this season. However, Sassuolo ahve lost their last away g
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      Sasusolo are in fifth place, only three points off early pace-setters Fiorentina and Inter. The Modena outfit haven't set the world alight with their play, but have been able to secure the results when needed. A 2-1 win over Lazio was their last match before this one, and they may well fancy their c
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      Milan have won only two of their last six Serie A matches, with a 4-0 loss to Napoli representing the most recent time they've played in front of their fans. Sinsia Mihajlovic's job is reportedly on the line, thanks in no small part to Silvio Berlusconi doing nothing to quell that speculation. The R
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      Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the Serie A clash between Milan and Sassuolo at San Siro. The high-flying visitors visit the struggling Rossoneri, who are closer to the relegation zone than the European places. I'm Keeghann Sinanan, your guide for all the action.
    • 1'
      Off we go.
    • 3'
      Sassuolo have won themselves some set pieces early on here, including two back-to-back corners. Not a lot of fans here at San Siro, with plenty of empty seats visible in the stands.
    • 5'
      Cerci has tried to chase down a few long balls over the top that have been delivered by the midfield, but he has been unable to shake off the marking of the Sassuolo centre backs so far.
    • 7'
      Berardi finds space at the top of the box to harness a bouncing ball, and he decides to have a go with the half-volley. It takes a deflection on the way to goal but doesn't trouble Donnarumma, who has his first touch of the game.
    • 9'
      Bacca tries to carve his way into the box down the left-hand side. He beats one man, and almost gets outside of the next, but a timely foot from the defender wins the ball back for the visiting side.
    • 11'
      Sassuolo have edged the possession so far with 56 per cent to Milan's 44. They've also managed the only two shots in this game, with one of them testing Donnarumma - although hardly that much.
    • 13'
      Not a whole lot happening out on the pitch in terms of goalscoring chances. Both teams have evidently decided not to rush things to start this match. Little intensity off the ball.
    • 15'
      Bacca is the only player in the Milan ranks showing any kind of ambition on the ball. The Colombian striker has tried to run at the defence more than once, but for the second time, he loses possession.
    • 17'
      SIDE NETTING! A throw in from the left side seemed to be going nowhere, but after some head tennis, it breaks to Bonaventura about 20 yards out, and he unleashes a tremendous volley that is just off target!
    • 19'
      Milan are starting to grow into this game but their attacking endeavours still seem too dependent on Sassuolo making mistakes. So far, the visitors have taken a safety-first approach to their defending.
    • 21'
      Sassuolo would do well to get Berardi on the ball again. The attacker looked hungry to make an impact in the opening five or six minutes, but he's been forced mainly to help out the full-backs since.
    • 23'
      These two sides finished only three points apart in the Serie A table during the 2014-15 season. Sassuolo were in 12th place, with Milan two spots ahead, just about ending in the top half of the table.
    • 25'
      Cerci has had no luck when trying to out-pace the Sassuolo defence, but once again, he ends up with nothing to show for his efforts. Manganelli reads his intentions and doesn't allow him to follow the ball across the byline.
    • 27'
      Despite their end product having mixed results so far, we've at least seen Milan's front three of Bonaventura, Bacca and Cerci all try something individually and different to fashion goalscoring opportunities.
    • 28'
      Berardi cuts inside of the full-back but help from other Milan players forces him away from the byline. Undaunted, he still hooks in the cross, but it's easy pickings for Donnarumma.
    • 29'
      A. Consigli is sent for an early shower!
    • 29'
      MILAN HAVE A PENALTY AND SASSUOLO ARE DOWN TO 10! The ball is played goalside of the defender by Cerci and Bacca makes a run to match. Consigli races off his line to confront the striker, who goes down in the area!
    • 31'
      SI G. Pegolo SO A. Floro Flores
    • 31'
      Penalty goal scored by C. Bacca!
    • 31'
      G. Pegolo enters the game and replaces A. Floro Flores.
    • 31'
      D. Berardi is yellow-carded.
    • 31'
      Early disaster here for Sassuolo, with Pegolo quickly getting himself ready to come on. The unlucky sacrifice is Floro Flores, who jogs off, but all eyes are on the keeper whose first task is to save this spot-kick.
    • 31'
      D. Berardi receives a yellow card.
    • 31'
      A. Floro Flores enters play, replacing G. Pegolo.
    • 33'
      I. Abate is cautioned by the referee.
    • 34'
      Now, Sassuolo have to play the best part of an hour a man down against Milan. The Rossoneri have the numerical advantage on the scoreboard and on the pitch. Berardi meanwhile was booked for arguing the call, and Abate follows him in the book for clipping Laribi from behind.
    • 36'
      Quite frankly, and with all due respect to Sassuolo, this will be inexcusable from a Milan perspective if they do not go on to record a win in this fixture. All cards have been dealt in their favour after the last seven minutes.
    • 38'
      Sassuolo have a decent opportunity from a free-kick and Milan meticulously set up their wall. However, the home side go short with it instead, and the eventual cross is easily cleared at the near post.
    • 40'
      Sassuolo are still keeping a fairly high defensive line for a side that are lacking a man. And to their credit, it's preventing Milan from advancing into the final third as they're getting squeezed out in the middle.
    • 42'
      Apart from the chants from the ultras, it seems somewhat subdued inside San Siro. Milan are struggling to really impose themselves despite their man advantage here at home.
    • 44'
      FLAG UP! That was a real shame for the home side, as a slick and captivating passing move saw them carve through the centre of the Milan ranks with a series of one-touch passes. Laribi, however, who made the final run through on goal, was ahead of the defence.
    • 46'
      Here we go again.
    • 48'
      No changes at the break from either side, with both managers perhaps seeing how their tactical instruction settles in until around the hour mark. Remember, Milan have a man advantage.
    • 51'
      A free-kick has been awarded here for Sassuolo about 20 yards or so outside the box. It's at a favourable angle for a left-footed strike, which looks to be the case as Berardi lines it up.
    • 53'
      G D. Berardi Assist A. Floro Flores
    • 53'
      WHAT A WAY TO DRAW LEVEL! Berardi takes the free kick and bends a sumptuous effort around the wall and the outstretched arm of Donnarumma, sailing it into the far side! Magnificent!
    • 55'
      Now then, what does that change in terms of approach from both sides? It's telling that Milan looked more dangerous when it was 11 v 11. Do Sassuolo play with one eye on the point, or try to ride this momentum?
    • 57'
      Milan aren't showing any ambition or creativity on the ball, far too often resorting to punts from the back - like that one by Alex towards Bonaventura which was easily headed away before the wide man was called for a foul against the defender.
    • 59'
      This match, and Milan in particular, badly needs a change. There is simply not enough happening for them on or off the ball, which is especially inexcusable considering they're up a man.
    • 60'
      SI Luiz Adriano SO A. Floro Flores
    • 60'
      A. Poli is done for the day. Luiz Adriano is his replacement.
    • 61'
      MILAN SHOULD HAVE DONE BETTER! Cerci dribbles past one player and fakes to shoot, before slipping in Bacca with a lovely disguised ball. The Colombian is on his way to the byline and Pegolo confronts him, and does enough to block him out!
    • 63'
      That last chance was a lot better from the home side and they need to build on that momentum. That was the only real time it looked like Milan were playing a side with 10 men.
    • 65'
      Cerci drives down the right flank with real purpose and there's contact from a defender that forces him slightly out of his stride, allowing the ball to dribble through into the arms of Pegolo. No call though.
    • 67'
      Romagnoli weighs up his options on the ball at the edge of the area, cutting inside to lay one off for Montolivo to strike. The midfielder makes good contact on the ball but it goes off target.
    • 69'
      Cerci has shown great confidence in the second half, running at players and creating danger on the ball. Vrsaljko has not been able to cope with him in the last 15 minutes or so.
    • 70'
      SI A. Bertolacci SO A. Floro Flores
    • 70'
      A. Bertolacci comes on for J. Kucka.
    • 71'
      SI N. Sansone SO A. Floro Flores
    • 71'
      N. Sansone enters the game and replaces K. Laribi.
    • 71'
      P. Cannavaro goes into the referee's book.
    • 71'
      Cannavaro is caught out for pace against Bacca, who was chasing a ball down the line. The defender has no choice but to upend the Colombian, and given the space behind him, the ensuing yellow card seems like a preferable outcome to that scenario!
    • 73'
      Bonaventura takes the resulting free-kick and its flicked on by Antonelli, but it goes over the bar. Still, this is a lot better from the Rossoneri, but they need to be a little more clear-cut in the chances that they create.
    • 75'
      SOMEHOW SASSUOLO SURVIVE! The danger is created again by Cerci, who beats his man to the byline and hooks a cross into the area. A header from Bacca doesn't find the target, but Milan keep it alive at the far post and fire it back into the mixer. Somehow, Acerbi denies Luiz Adriano twice almost on t
    • 77'
      SI E. Terranova SO A. Floro Flores
    • 77'
      E. Terranova comes on for D. Berardi.
    • 77'
      Antonelli slashes a shot wide of the mark from the edge of the box, and it appeared that he took that one away from the eager Bertolacci, judging by the substitute's rather frustrated reaction.
    • 79'
      Neither a shot nor a cross from Bonaventura, who cuts onto his right boot from the left flank to curl one towards the far post, but Pegolo was never threatened. Just over 10 minutes to go.
    • 81'
      Corner kick to Milan as the ball is worked to Bacca at the top of the box. The striker allows the ball to run across his body, before letting fly with his right, but a deflection takes it around the post.
    • 83'
      Bonaventura has another go on goal but he once again can't find the accuracy needed to test Pegolo. He then turns provider for Bertolacci for a similar strike, which also ends up behind the goal.
    • 85'
      Five minutes plus stoppage time now for Milan to find a winning goal. The inquest will start once again around San Siro as they've let this lead slip despite having a man advantage.
    • 86'
      G Luiz Adriano Assist A. Floro Flores
    • 86'
      ADRIANO HAS DONE IT! From a corner, the substitute from Shakhtar plants a bullet header into the back of the net after the delivery had initially struck the head of Peluso.
    • 87'
      S. Missiroli gets yellow.
    • 88'
      Second headed goal for Adriano since joining Milan. His first ended up deciding the match against Empoli. Will he prove to be the match-winner again? Not long left at all now.
    • 90'
      SI K. Honda SO A. Floro Flores
    • 90'
      A. Cerci is replaced with K. Honda.
    • 90'
      Heartbreak here for Sassuolo who were so close to securing a result. They deserve credit for fighting back from a goal and a man down, but Milan began to wear them out during the last 20 minutes or so.

    Line Up




    Stefano Pioli
    Roberto De Zerbi



    Possession 0% 0%
    Effective Chances 0 0
    Shots on Target 0 0
    Turnovers 0 0


    Passes 0 0
    Passing Accuracy 0% 0%
    Passing Accuracy in opponent’s half 0% 0%
    Crosses 0 0
    Crossing accuracy 0% 0%


    Shots 0 0
    Shots outside the box 0 0
    Shots inside the box 0 0
    Shooting accuracy 0% 0%


    Tackles 0 0
    Effective Tackles 0% 0%
    Blocked Shots 0 0
    Clearances 0 0
    Saves 0 0


    Fouls Conceded 19 11
    Yellow Cards 1 3
    Red Cards 0 1
    Offsides 0 0

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