Milan scraped a late 2-1 win over 10-man Sassuolo thanks to Carlos Bacca and Luiz Adriano, as 16-year-old goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma made history.
Sinisa Mihajlovic was under huge pressure and took a shock risk, as he dropped Diego Lopez and made history, as Gianluigi Donnarumma became the youngest ever goalkeeper to start a Serie A game aged 16 years and eight months.
Mario Balotelli, Mbaye Niang and Jeremy Menez were injured. Sassuolo were on fine form in fourth place and had an excellent record against the Rossoneri, winning three out of four Serie A meetings with Domenico Berardi getting seven goals.
Juraj Kucka risked an own goal with his intervention on Francesco Acerbi, while Jack Bonaventura volleyed on to the side-netting from the edge of the box.
Carlos Bacca ran on to an Alessio Cerci through ball and was brought down by Consigli, but the referee rather harshly opted for a penalty and red card, even though the Colombian was going wide. Bacca converted the penalty at the near post despite substitute Gianluca Pegolo nearly getting there.
It’s not Sassuolo without Berardi on target and he curled in a free kick for his eighth past the Rossoneri. Debutant goalkeeper Donnarumma showed his lack of experience, taking a step towards the centre that left him unable to reach the top corner. The fact remains Milan haven’t kept a single clean sheet this season.
The Rossoneri were unlucky not to restore their lead, but nobody could get the final touch in a goalmouth scramble. Milan threw everything they had at 10-man Sassuolo, but as we’ve seen so often this season, their finishing left something to be desired.
Bacca saw a promising opportunity deflected by Emanuele Terranova, then Andrea Bertolacci and Jack Bonaventura attempts were too central.
The siege eventually paid off with four minutes to go, as a corner was flicked on for Luiz Adriano’s free header from 11 yards.
Sent off: Consigli 29 (S)