SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 18 - 26 Dec 2018 (11.30 UK)
Frosinone 0 - 0 Milan
Stadio Comunale Matusa

Milan failed to score in four consecutive Serie A games for the first time since 1984, as Gianluigi Donnarumma and VAR avoided defeat to Frosinone.

Gennaro Gattuso was fighting to keep his job after a series of poor results, including crashing out of the Europa League and failing to score for three consecutive Serie A games for the first time since 2001. Franck Kessie and Tiemoue Bakayoko returned from suspension after the 1-0 defeat to Fiorentina, but Suso joined the injury list with Fabio Borini, Lucas Biglia, Mattia Caldara and Giacomo Bonaventura. Mateo Musacchio got his first appearance since November 8. The Canarini earned a positive draw away to Udinese on Coach Marco Baroni’s debut, having replaced Moreno Longo. Luca Paganini, Federico Dionisi and Emil Hallfredsson were still long-term absentees, but ex-Milan youth product Paolo Ghiglione was surprisingly given his Serie A debut.

Milan had a poor record against newly-promoted sides, winning only one of their last seven away fixtures with these teams.

Patrick Cutrone sprung the offside trap after three minutes, but fired wide from seven yards, then failed to make the most of an Edoardo Goldaniga error, as Milan kept sterile possession.

The hosts threatened with Raman Chibsah shinning over and a Ghiglione effort charged down, but Samu Castillejo tried to surprise Marco Sportiello at the near post and clipped the woodwork.

Castillejo went close again, cutting inside down the right for a left-foot curler beaten away by Sportiello, but Gianluigi Donnarumma needed a very difficult save to palm Ghiglione’s volley round the base of the near post from 14 yards.

Ghiglione’s cross set up Beghetto to balloon over at the back stick and Frosinone found the net on 38 minutes, as Hakan Calhanoglu was barged off the ball in midfield for a counter, finished by Camillo Ciano’s volley from six yards. However, after a VAR review, the goal was disallowed for the foul on Calhanoglu.

Milan came out fighting for the second half, as Cutrone’s effort was deflected and a clumsy Ghiglione intervention risked an own goal.

Andrea Pinamonti came sliding in and just failed to meet a Ghiglione cross, while Ricardo Rodriguez blasted over and Davide Calabria’s strike was fingertipped wide.

Donnarumma had to beat away another Pinamonti strike from distance and Alessio Romagnoli’s header was well captured by Sportiello.

Higuain missed a big chance in the final minutes, ballooning over the bar from 11 yards, and Kessie’s powerful effort was too central to trouble Sportiello.

However, deep into stoppages Donnarumma came to the rescue with a sensational save as Ciano was allowed time and space to control and smash from 14 yards.

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Frosinone: Sportiello; Goldaniga, Ariaudo (Salamon 75), Krajnc; Ghiglione (Zampano 73), Chibsah, Maiello, Crisetig, Beghetto; Ciano, Pinamonti (D Ciofani 80)
Milan: G Donnarumma; Calabria (Conti 73), Musacchio, Romagnoli, Rodriguez; Kessie, Bakayoko, Calhanoglu; Castillejo (Laxalt 73), Higuain, Cutrone
Ref: Guida