Milan earned a comfortable 4-1 victory to keep European ambitions alive and mathematically sent Hellas Verona back to Serie B.
The Rossoneri were battling for Europa League places, but lost their last home game to already-doomed Benevento and were missing Lucas Biglia and Andrea Conti, but Alessio Romagnoli returned from injury. Hellas were practically relegated, knowing they’d be down if they failed to win at San Siro – something the club had never managed in 26 previous attempts.
This was Milan’s first home win since beating another Verona club, Chievo, 3-2 on March 18, ending a run of three draws and a defeat.
Within three minutes, Suso’s scorcher had stung the gloves of Silvestri, then the Spaniard’s cross found the head of Patrick Cutrone to force another tricky save, Franck Kessie blasting the rebound over.
Milan eventually broke through when Calhanoglu met the Suso pull-back for a low strike that went in despite Thomas Heurtaux and his attempt to clear it off the line.
The Turkey international nearly added a second in similar circumstances, but this time his daisy-cutter clipped the outside of the post.
Calhanoglu tried again from distance, this time palmed away one-handed by Silvestri. Cutrone ended his six-game drought by running on to a Jack Bonaventura through ball with his back to goal, turning Heurtaux and drilling into the near bottom corner from 10 yards.
Locatelli’s long-range snapshot was palmed over, as it was one-way traffic at San Siro. There was an unexpected name behind the third goal, as Ignazio Abate surged forward, exchanged passes with Suso and smashed his right-foot finish under the bar from a tight angle. It was the full-back’s first Serie A goal since December 2015 against Frosinone and his first ever at San Siro.
Silvestri scrambled across to fingertip the ball off the line after Locatelli’s volley took a massive deflection off Heurtaux to wrong-foot him.
Romulo was unlucky not to get a consolation goal for Verona, as his curling, swerving free kick smacked against the crossbar.
Hellas did celebrate eventually, as South Korean talent Seung-Woo Lee scored with a ferocious volley from the edge of the box following a poor clearance on a corner. It was the Barcelona-owned forward’s debut Serie A goal.
Fabio Borini ensured the three-goal cushion remained with a late strike, controlling a Bonaventura cross with his right foot and firing in on the bounce.
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