Mati Fernandez celebrated his first goal in a Milan jersey to secure the 1-0 victory over a completely ineffective and nervous Genoa.
The Rossoneri were still furious after their controversial 2-1 defeat to Juventus, as Carlos Bacca was suspended for his angry reaction towards the referee. Jose Ernesto Sosa and Alessio Romagnoli also sat out bans with Ignazio Abate, Suso, Jack Bonaventura and Riccardo Montolivo injured. Genoa had one win since December and were disheartened from last week’s Derby della Lanterna loss. Nicolas Andre Burdisso was suspended with Mattia Perin, Miguel Veloso and Nikola Ninkovic sidelined.
Milan had lost four of their previous five meetings with the Grifone,
It was a disastrous start for the Rossoneri, as in the opening minute Andrea Bertolacci pulled up with a right thigh injury and had to be replaced by Manuel Locatelli.
The teenage midfielder almost made an immediate impact, his half-volley from the edge of the box whistling just wide.
Adel Taarabt was facing his former club and wasted an early chance with his meek finish, but Lucas Ocampos nearly scored against his old teammates, who he left in January. The winger completed a give-and-go with Mattia De Sciglio and the shot was deflected up over Eugenio Lamanna, but Armando Izzo got back for an acrobatic goal-line clearance.
Gerard Deulofeu went on a strong run from midfield and his angled drive flashed inches past the far post, as did a Mati Fernandez free kick that swerved at the last second.
Milan were passing it around against a clammed-up Genoa and found the breakthrough at the end of a good team move. Gianluca Lapadula’s inspired flick released Mati Fernandez, who dinked it over the on-rushing Lamanna. It was the perfect way to mark the Chilean’s first Serie A start at San Siro, with his debut Rossoneri goal.
Despite being a goal down, Genoa barely stepped up their game and remained just as passive. An Ocampos cross-shot was beaten away at the near post and Lapadula’s effort with the weaker right foot was charged down.
Ocampos pulled back from the by-line for Mati Fernandez, whose effort was deflected over from close range, while Ocampos and Deulofeu fired off target.
Mattia De Sciglio nodded wide from a short corner, but Genoa only really stepped up the pressure in the final 10 minutes. This opened up spaces for Deulofeu to counter and he hit the side-netting and in stoppages Luca Antonelli couldn’t quite keep a Deulofeu cross in at the far post.