SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 29 - 18 Mar 2018 (14.00 UK)
Milan 3 - 2 Chievo
Calhanoglu 10 (M), Stepinski 33 (C), Inglese 34 (C), Cutrone 53 (M), Andre Silva 82 (M)
Stadio Giuseppe Meazza

It was a five-goal thriller at San Siro, as Milan went in front, fell behind to Chievo, turned it around again to win 3-2 and saw a penalty saved.

The Rossoneri had to pour all their focus into clawing a top four finish after going out of the Europa League at the hands of Arsenal. Alessio Romagnoli, Davide Calabria and Ignazio Abate were out injured, but Nikola Kalinic was dropped for showing a poor attitude in training. The Flying Donkeys were very much grounded by three defeats in a row, missing Alessandro Gamberini and Riccardo Meggiorini.

Chievo have beaten Milan only twice in 31 Serie A meetings, both at the Bentegodi in October 2002 and December 2005, along with six draws.

The hosts were utterly dominant from the start, swarming around the Chievo defence, and took the lead when Franck Kessie burst into the box down the right and rolled across for Hakan Calhanoglu to control and finish from seven yards.

That seemed to wake Chievo up and they equalised thanks to some poor defending from Milan’s make-shift back four. Emanuele Giaccherini’s first touch controlled a long ball to skip past Fabio Borini and then Cristian Zapata failed to cut out the cross for Mariusz Stepinski.

Within 90 seconds, Chievo had incredibly turned the game around. There was nothing Gianluigi Donnarumma could do about this one, as Roberto Inglese gathered a Zapata clearance and smashed it into the far top corner from the edge of the box.

It was surprisingly open and Milan fought back, but Calhanoglu and Suso skimmed the woodwork. They equalised after the restart when Stefano Sorrentino parried a Lucas Biglia snapshot and Cutrone turned in the rebound. At first it was ruled offside, but VAR confirmed Jaroszynski was keeping him level.

Cutrone’s confidence was up after receiving his first senior Italy call, but he went to head a Suso cross when he had two teammates in better positions behind him.

Calhanoglu stung Stefano Sorrentino’s gloves, then Stepinski risked a straight red for his studs-up sliding tackle on Biglia, but viewing it again on VAR, the referee opted to stand by his yellow card.

Milan turned the game around again, this time a corner hit Jaroszynski and turned into an accidental assist for Andre Silva, who didn’t hesitate to fire in from close range. He only got his first Serie A goal with a last-gasp winner at Genoa and suddenly had two in as many games.

VAR was called upon again in stoppages when Nenad Tomovic charged down a Calhanoglu effort from close range with his arm. He seemed to be protecting his face, but the referee opted for a penalty anyway. Kessie stepped up and it was parried by Sorrentino to keep the game in the balance to the end.

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Milan: Donnarumma; Borini (Andre Silva 60), Bonucci, Zapata, Rodriguez; Kessie, Biglia, Bonaventura; Suso, Cutrone (Musacchio 83), Calhanoglu
Chievo: Sorrentino; Jaroszynski, Bani, Tomovic, Cacciatore; Depaoli, Radovanovic, Castro (Pellissier 87); Giaccherini (Hetemaj 71); Inglese (Birsa 76), Stepinski
Ref: Mariani

Saved pen: Kessie 93 (M)