A rare Luca Antonelli goal gave Milan their second consecutive victory, the third loss on the bounce for Chievo. It is also their first clean sheet of the campaign.
The Rossoneri ended their negative streak at the weekend, but even then struggled to beat 10-man Sassuolo 2-1, so the pressure was still on Sinisa Mihajlovic. He again picked 16-year-old goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, but Mario Balotelli, Jeremy Menez and Mbaye Niang were sidelined. Perparim Hetemaj didn’t make the trip and Rolando Maran’s men were coming off unlucky defeats to Sampdoria and Napoli.
The Flying Donkeys had never won a League fixture at San Siro, managing just two points from 13 previous visits. Home and away, Chievo lost 13 of their last 15 encounters with the Diavolo and their most recent point here was 2-2 in March 2004.
Ignazio Abate went off with a muscular problem and Milan had a great chance when Alessio Cerci crossed for an Andrea Bertolacci header that skimmed the bar.
Jack Bonaventura failed to make the most of a Lucas Castro error and Cerci’s curler was off target. On the stroke of half-time, Valter Birsa’s free kick found a Sergio Pellissier free header, forcing Donnarumma to palm out from under the bar. Remarkably, Donnarumma is literally less than half Pellissier’s age.
Milan poured on the pressure after the restart, as Albano Bizzarri performed a stunning save on Juraj Kucka’s header and moments later Carlos Bacca was smart to lay off for Luca Antonelli’s snooker-shot into the far bottom corner from 12 yards.
Alberto Paloschi threatened the equaliser against his former club, firing straight at Donnarumma’s chest at the near post.
Cerci came flying in, just unable to get the final touch to a Bonaventura ball across the face of goal. There was an almost identical move, this time Bacca sliding in a fraction of a second too late.
Kucka also failed to make the most of a Bizzarri error and in the end Milan had to cling on under pressure.