Ante Rebic came off the bench to prove decisive again, with his third goal in two games, as Milan scraped a 1-0 win away to Brescia.
Mario Balotelli was suspended against his former club, but Daniele Dessena had his first start since fracturing his leg on October 21. The Rossoneri made the trip without Lucas Paqueta – who asked not to be included – Lucas Biglia, Davide Calabria and Leo Duarte, but Hakan Calhanoglu returned on the wing.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic had penalty appeals in the second minute, but Dimitri Bisoli had his arm across his stomach. Ismael Bennacer’s control and volley shook the side-netting, while Ibrahimovic’s looping header was fingertipped out from under the bar.
Andrea Cistana and Alessio Romagnoli both made crucial glancing touches on to crosses to prevent Ibrahimovic and Ernesto Torregrossa turning in from close range.
Brescia began to pour forward, as Torregrossa should’ve done better with a header on a corner at the back post, then Florian Aye’s attempt was palmed off the line by Gianluigi Donnarumma.
Ibrahimovic had a huge opportunity on 40 minutes when Theo Hernandez pulled across a low ball from the left, but incredibly he turned wide from six yards. It looked like a simple tap-in for the veteran.
Brescia started the second half strong too and a spectacular, acrobatic Torregrossa scissor-kick volley skimmed the upright after Aye’s knockdown.
Moments later, there was a double chance for the hosts. Tonali floated a ball over the top for Dimitri Bisoli, as Donnarumma rushed off his line to parry with his trailing foot, then Torregrossa was offside when redirecting a wayward shot.
It turned into a siege on Donnarumma’s goal, as Romulo’s cross-shot was just past the far top corner, then the goalkeeper needed two saves in 30 seconds on Torregrossa.
Hakan Calhanoglu’s scorcher whistled inches wide, but the deadlock was finally broken on 71 minutes.
Ibrahimovic controlled a Calhanoglu cross-field pass, the pull-back for Samu Castillejo was intercepted by Jhon Chancellor, but substitute Rebic pounced on the rebound from six yards. It was his third goal in two games, all of them off the bench.
Another substitute should’ve equalised moments later, but Emanuele Ndoj scuffed his finish from 14 yards and Donnarumma was able to save.
Castillejo had the ball in the net, but Ibrahimovic was offside when providing the assist. Theo Hernandez then ran forward from midfield only for his rocket to rattle the crossbar at the 86th minute.
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