SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 33 - 29 Apr 2015 (19.45 UK)
Milan 1 - 3 Genoa
Bertolacci 37 (G), Niang 49 (G), Mexes 66 (M), Iago Falque pen 92 (G)
Stadio Giuseppe Meazza

Milan’s crisis went from bad to worse, as Genoa dominated for their first Serie A win here since 1958.

M’Baye Niang returned to San Siro against his parent club, having found his scoring boots since joining Genoa on loan in January. Diego Perotti and Lorenzo Ariaudo are out for the rest of the season, but Marco Borriello and Tino Costa were back on the bench. The Rossoneri risked sliding into the bottom half of the table after defeat to Udinese at the weekend. Suso, Luca Antonelli, Gabriel Paletta, Riccardo Montolivo, Alex, Michael Essien and Stephan El Shaarawy filled the treatment table.

‘Mr Bee’ Taechaubol was meeting with Milan President Silvio Berlusconi tonight for takeover talks and the fans made their views clear with a giant choreography that read ‘Basta’ – Enough.

In the opening minute Diego Lopez was at full stretch for a one-handed save on Andrea Bertolacci, then moments later stopped Bergdich at the near post. Niang almost scored against his parent club, but again Diego Lopez came to the rescue after his counter-attack.

It was all Genoa in the first half, as Bertolacci drilled just wide and forced another save from Diego Lopez.

Mattia Perin had his gloves stung by Alessio Cerci from distance, then Jeremy Menez was booked, meaning he’ll miss the game with Napoli.

Bertolacci eventually did score, running from his own midfield as defenders backed off, rode a poor Adil Rami tackle and stroked the finish across Diego Lopez.

Iago Falque curled his left-foot strike just wide and Genoa doubled their lead deservedly after the restart. Iago Falque pulled back for Tino Costa, whose shot took a decisive deflection off Niang on the way past Diego Lopez.

Philippe Mexes pulled one back in some style, his screamer from outside the box going in off the underside of the crossbar.

Diego Lopez denied Juraj Kucka, while Mattia Perin was decisive to prevent Giampaolo Pazzini tapping in a Giacomo Bonaventura pull-back.

Menez, who had already been booked, went into a pointless tackle on Edenilson for an inevitable red card.

Maxime Lestienne was brought down in stoppages and Iago Falque converted the penalty to secure victory.


Milan: Diego Lopez; Abate, Rami, Mexes, De Sciglio (Destro 81); Van Ginkel, De Jong, Bonaventura; Honda (Pazzini 54), Cerci, Menez
Genoa: Perin; Roncaglia, Burdisso, Izzo; Edenilson, Rincon, Bertolacci, Bergdich (Lestienne 81); Tino Costa (Kucka 59), Niang (Borriello 85), Iago Falque
Ref: Giacomelli

Sent off: Menez 72 (M)