Milan continued their perfect start to the season, breaking down defensive Crotone with Franck Kessie and Brahim Diaz, but Ante Rebic suffered a nasty injury.
The Rossoneri were unbeaten in 13 Serie A fixtures, but Zlatan Ibrahimovic was ruled out after testing positive for COVID-19, so Rebic moved to centre-forward with Brahim Diaz and Sandro Tonali making their first Milan starts. Alessio Romagnoli, Mateo Musacchio, Andrea Conti and Leo Duarte also missed out, so there could be no rotation in defence after Thursday’s 3-2 Europa League win over Bodo/Glimt. Crotone were crushed 4-1 by Genoa last week, but goal-scorer Emmanuel Riviere was ruled out here with Ahmad Benali, Giuseppe Cuomo and Guillame Gigliotti.
Alex Cordaz got down to push a Hakan Calhanoglu snapshot round the upright, then did the same on Brahim Diaz’s low finish, but could do nothing when Simon Kjaer’s header into the ground on a corner bounced on to the crossbar.
The deadlock was broken in first half stoppages. Rebic chested down a long ball from midfield, ran into the box and was tripped by Luca Marrone. After a VAR check for potential handball, the penalty was confirmed and converted by Franck Kessie with the inside of the right boot.
Eduardo Henrique came on at half-time, but he was caught in possession by Calhanoglu for Milan’s second goal. Alexis Saelemaekers tried to complete the give and go wit Calhanoglu, but Brahim Diaz pounced on the loose ball instead after a deflection for his first Serie A goal.
There was bad news for Milan, though, as Rebic fell awkwardly while running and landed very heavily on his arm, turning it in completely the wrong direction. He didn’t even wait for the doctor, immediately rushing down the tunnel in evident agony with either a dislocation or a fracture.
Rafael Leao made his comeback after suffering from COVID-19 and almost scored a third goal with his solo effort, forcing a save with Rade Krunic’s rebound clipping the crossbar.
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