MATCH REPORT: AC Milan 1-0 Genoa

Matías Fernández scored his first goal for AC Milan as they bounced back from the controversial defeat to Juventus last time out, beating Serie A strugglers Genoa at the San Siro.

AC Milan were forced into a very early substitution with midfielder Manuel Locatelli coming on to replace Andrea Bertolacci who suffered an unfortunate injury just 2 minutes in.

Genoa create the first and their best chance in the game just 11 minutes in with Adel Taarabt who, on loan from Portuguese side Benfica, failed to hit his shot with any power or placement from inside the box and easily saved by young goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma.

Milan inside forward Lucas Ocampos, who had a fairly frustating game in front of goal, saw his shot blocked by Genoa keeper Eugenio Lamanna and then cleared off the goal-line by right back Armando Izzo in the 17th minute.

Milan broke the deadline on 33 minutes after great team play and a world class touch with the outside of the boot from Gianluca Lapadula into the path of Matias Fernandez who rounded off the play with a tidy dinked finish over Lamanna.

Genoa looked very low of confidence as striker Giovanni Simeone was cutting a frustating figure due to the lack of support and quality of crossing.

The only chance Genoa went on to create for the remainder of the first half went to midfielder Oliver Ntcham, formerly of Manchester City, who’s whipped effort from outside the box was well blocked from Gabriel Paletta for a corner.

The second half continued in a very similar fashion, and another chance arose for Manuel Locatelli to hit from range, this time taking a deflection and safely held in Lamanna’s grasp.

Ocampos had a very tough 10 minute period, starting on the 63rd minute in which he smashed well over the bar from inside the box after good build up play around Genoa’s defensive third.

He then hit his shot high and wide on the 72nd minute, this time coming in from the right where, if he had his head up, he could have centred the ball to the lively and anticipating Lapadula.

Realising the lack of support for Simeone up top, new Genoa manager Andrea Mandorlini decided to take off the ineffective and fatigued Taarabt and bring on striker Mauricio Pinilla.

Despite the dominance, Milan felt the need to double their lead and the best opportunity to do so came with full back Mattia De Sciglio, who was unmarked from a cross but his header was off target.

It seemed as though Genoa were content with their performance and result, showing a real lack of urgency to get back into the game, with their last real chance again falling to midfielder Ntcham who’s effort blazed over the bar in the 85th minute.

A cautious and safe tactical move by Milan saw striker Lapadula be replaced by defender Luca Antonelli in the 86th minute in order to see out the game in which they did successfully.

This win sees Milan move up to 6th position in Serie A before the international break, whilst Genoa stay on 29 points in 16th place, and still comfortably above the bottom 3 sides.

Man of the Match: Gianluca Lapadula (AC Milan) – Played very well in a rare start for the Italian striker, looked lively, linked up play and provided a fantastic assist for Matías Fernández.

 

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