Milan tore 10-man Crotone to shreds with Patrick Cutrone, Franck Kessie and Suso, but the hosts saw red after just four minutes.
The revamped Rossoneri started a host of summer signings at the Stadio Scida, but rested Andre Silva in favour of 19-year-old striker Patrick Cutrone. Lucas Biglia, Alessio Romagnoli and Jack Bonaventura were injured, with M’Baye Niang, Gustavo Gomez, Gabriel Paletta and Jose Sosa transfer-listed. The Calabrese club had their first ever top flight campaign last season and survived on the final day. Adrian Stoian returned after he was hospitalised with a viral infection in April.
The game changed within a few minutes, as Federico Ceccherini brought down Cutrone and, after consulting the VAR, the referee opted for a red card. Franck Kessie converted the resulting penalty to put Milan ahead.
Inevitably, it was one-way traffic from there on in. Suso’s cross found Cutrone to intelligently stick his neck out and nod in at the near post, anticipating the defenders and Alex Cordaz.
Cutrone was putting in a fantastic performance, as he sprung the offside trap, then intelligently pulled it back for Suso’s angled drive from 12 yards.
Andre Silva almost scored on his Serie A debut, Cordaz fingertipping away his header on a Hakan Calhanoglu corner.
Cordaz also stuck out a foot to deny Andre Silva’s strike on another Calhanoglu assist, as the two new buys combined well.
There was still time for Gigio Donnarumma to get in a fingertip save on the Barberis free kick with the last move of the game.
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Sent off: Ceccherini 4 (C)