With a proof of character the Milan leaves the Ferraris with three points and reaches the Naples in first place in the standings. Pioli’s team seemed to have put the game on the right track after the first 45 minutes, but the script of the match was upset by Leao’s dismissal at the start of the second half. Quickly, however, the Rossoneri managed to defuse the return – and the provisional draw – of Sampdoria, taking advantage of an episode outnumbered. The painful ending showed for the umpteenth time the importance of Maignan, protagonist of a decisive double intervention on Gabbiadini three minutes from the end. Very positive among the Rossoneri the tests of Calabria and Tonali, also Pobega on the rise.
Sprint start for the Rossoneri: ahead with Messias in the 6 ‘
Compared to the challenge with Salzburg Pioli changes Bennacer with Pobega, Tomori with Kjaer And Saelemaekers with Messias. Giampaolo returns to 4-1-4-1, entrusting to Caputo the whole weight of the attack. The first chance of the match is on the left of Leao after 2 ‘but he is good Ferrari to reject in slip. At 5 ‘it is Theo Hernandez to save on the accident on the fly of Leriswell served by Augello. On the overturning, Leao’s acceleration is decisive, a tear that allows the Portuguese to leave on the spot Bereszynski and, after a combination with Giroud and it’s Ketelaere, to get the ball to Messias. The Brazilian can bat with his left Audero with a low shot not exactly irresistible.
De Ketelaere scores the double but Abisso calls Fabbri to the on field review
Sigh of relief for Milan in the 11th minute, when a sharp shot from the edge of Djuricic is printed on the crossbar. In the 21st minute De Ketelaere scores from the shoulder using a cross from the left by Leao and a not perfect exit from Audero. Blacksmiths however he cancels after on field review: there was Giroud in offside to disturb Ferrari at the moment of the cross from the right of Calabria, before the ball reached Leao. However, the episode did not affect Milan, who from that moment became the master of the field keeping Sampdoria at a distance from Maignan’s goal. At 42 ‘Rossoneri close to doubling: Pobega serves Theo Hernandez, who finds Giroud. Audero rejects the Frenchman’s shot, who a few seconds later sends to the side at Leao’s invitation.
Bennacer’s geometry is missing, but the presence of Pobega guarantees greater physicality in the middle of the field. The aggressiveness of the Rossoneri keeps Sampdoria in their half of the pitch. The Rossoneri often resort to direct play and then attack the second balls. Leao on the left is irrepressible and is often served with game changes that put Bereszynski in difficulty several times.
The recovery begins: fear for Ferrari and red for Leao
After a minute, Leao in an overhead kick misses the ball and hits Ferrari in the head. Already warned, on the 17th the Rossoneri saw the second yellow card being waved by Fabbri. The blow is very strong, but after the help received the former Bologna manages to continue the game with a conspicuous bandage. Pioli decides to wait to change and Sampdoria manages to make the most of the numerical superiority and the imperfect coverage of the field by the Rossoneri before the substitution arrives: after a maneuvered action by the Sampdoria, Djuricic at the first post mockery in the 57th minute the defense of Milan and Maignan led the way, taking up Augello’s invitation.
Pioli inserts Tomori, lowers the center of gravity of the team but finds more balance
At 59 ‘ Tomori replaces Messias and Milan move to a more balanced 3-4-1-1. Giampaolo lets in Gabbiadini for Bereszysnki, opting for a 4-3-1-2 with Leris full back. At 63 ‘Audero redeems himself on a right-footed shot by Theo Hernandez from the edge rejected for a corner. However, the penalty for the Rossoneri springs from the resulting corner: Giroud hits his head but Villar’s hand deflects. Fabbri is called back from the Var Abyss to review and grants the maximum punishment. Giroud displaces Audero and scores 2-1 in the 67th minute.
Protest Sampdoria for a penalty not granted
At 71 ‘Pioli inserts Bennacer for De Ketelaere. Five minutes later Sampdoria protest for a contact in the area between Kjaer and Sabiri, but Fabbri lets it go. Later, spirits will heat up, probably also due to this decision by the race director. At 78 ‘absolute debut for Vranckx, entered in place of Pobega. In Samp Quagliarella And Verre enter for Caputo and Djuricic. At 87 ‘unsuper Maignan stretches out and saves on Gabbiadini’s right diagonal. On the rebound Verre hits the inside post, then again Gabbiadini finds the way blocked by the French goalkeeper. Sampdoria tries forcing but Milan resists. Final game on, amid the protests of Sampdoria that culminate in the expulsion in the 97th minute of Giampaolo, guilty of having said a few words too much to the referee after a foul by Leris on Theo Hernandez.
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