SERIE A MATCH REPORT

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Milan 1 - 2 Genoa
Pandev 6 (G), Cassata 41 (G), Ibrahimovic 77 (M)
Stadio Giuseppe Meazza

Genoa caused a huge surprise with their 2-1 victory at an empty San Siro, as a Zlatan Ibrahimovic goal could not prevent Milan’s first home defeat since November.

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The Rossoneri had to do without injured Gianluigi Donnarumma and Simon Kjaer, so Asmir Begovic got his first start with Matteo Gabbia again preferred to Mateo Musacchio in defence. The Grifone had improved since Davide Nicola took over as their third coach of the season, but remained in the relegation zone. Marko Pajac, Lukas Lerager, Ivan Radovanovic and Paolo Ghiglione were on the treatment table.

It was an aggressive start from the hosts, with shots charged down, but Genoa took the lead with their first foray forward.

Antonio Sanabria caught Theo Hernandez in possession, pulled back from the by-line and found Goran Pandev for the tap-in, all aided by incredibly sluggish defending.

Pandev threatened a second, his angled drive hitting the side-netting, while Asmir Begovic parried a Sanabria snapshot in unorthodox fashion.

Mattia Perin was also kept busy, as the offside trap failed twice to let Ibrahimovic and Hakan Calhanoglu go clear on goal, only to hit their finishes straight at the goalkeeper.

Instead, Genoa doubled their advantage just before half-time. Biraschi’s cross from the right was flicked on by the heel of Lasse Schone from six tards, finding Francesco Cassata to come sliding in at the back post.

Genoa remained in control even after the restart, Hakan Calhanoglu blasting off target, so Stefano Pioli made radical changes by introducing Jack Bonaventura and Rafael Leao.

Bonaventura tried to surprise Perin from midfield with a lob, while Ibrahimovic’s acrobatic overhead kick was off target.

Milan did get back into it when a corner came to Bonaventura for a volley from the edge of the box, it was charged down and turned into an accidental assist for Ibrahimovic to spin in from eight yards.

The Rossoneri were pouring forward with Bonaventura particularly lively, his shot charged down by Andrea Masiello and an Ibrahimovic header off target, but it was not enough to break down a solid Genoa.

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Milan: Begovic; Conti (Calabria 91), Gabbia, Romagnoli, Theo Hernandez; Kessie, Bennacer; Castillejo, Calhanoglu (Bonaventura 56), Rebic (Leao 56), Ibrahimovic
Genoa: Perin; Biraschi, Romero, Soumaoro, Masiello; Cassata, Behrami (Jagiello 62), Schone (Sturaro 57), Criscito; Pandev (Pinamonti 79), Sanabria
Ref: Doveri