Milan dominated possession and Robinho hit the woodwork, but the point does little against bottom of the table Chievo.
The Rossoneri were in crisis thanks to one point from three rounds and a midweek Champions League defeat to Barcelona. Mario Balotelli sat out a ban with the injured Stephan El Shaarawy, Mattia De Sciglio, Giampaolo Pazzini and Matias Silvestre. Chievo’s stalemate at Bologna last week ended a run of six consecutive defeats, but they had only ever beaten Milan twice – home and away – with three draws and 17 losses.
Chievo had the first real chance on 17 minutes, as Christian Abbiati needed a one-handed save to palm Marcelo Estigarribia’s counter-attack out from under the bar. Bostjan Cesar was allowed a free header from that corner and turned it off target.
Sulley Muntari tried from distance, but Chievo were clammed up in defence and blocked off any spaces for a Milan side with few ideas. Andrea Poli managed to get through on a couple of occasions, but not keep his finish on target. Poli also failed to make the most of a header, as the visitors dominated possession with 70 per cent.
Chievo wasted an incredible chance straight after the restart, as Kaka lost the ball in midfield to spark a Cyril Thereau counter-attack and Abbiati got a hand to his angled drive, then Luca Rigoni somehow turned the follow-up on to the side-netting.
Muntari and Kaka had attempts from distance, while Emanuelson went very close with Puggioni’s difficult save. Moments later, the Chievo goalkeeper flew to palm a Mexes volley out for a corner.
Riccardo Montolivo wanted a penalty for a Dario Dainelli handling offence, but the referee judged it to be involuntary. Robinho came off the bench and hit the side-netting from Kaka’s assist, then Chievo had the ball in the net only after an incredibly tight Paloschi offside call that will cause controversy.
Milan somehow failed to score when Robinho’s daisy-cutter thumped the base of the upright and Kaka turned the follow-up off target.
The Rossoneri also went down to 10 men, as Montolivo received a second yellow card. They still poured forward and Matri flicked wide of an open goal, then Rigoni dived in for a decisive block on Robinho.
Chievo were reduced to 10 too, as Sergio Pellissier received two bookings in quick succession for dissent. He was so angry that he had to be hauled off the field by Chievo staff.
Sent off: Montolivo 83 (M), Pellissier 91 (C)