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Apr 13, 2014 at 7.45pm UK at San Siro
AC Milan
1-0
Catania
Montolivo (23')
FT(HT: 1-0)

Rinaudo (78')

Result: AC Milan consign Catania to sixth straight Serie A defeat

Catania fall to a 1-0 defeat at the hands of AC Milan to take them a step closer to relegation from Serie A.

Catania's fading hopes of survival took another big blow this evening as they were consigned to a sixth consecutive defeat, losing 1-0 to AC Milan at the San Siro.

AC Milan's midfielder Riccardo Montolivo (C) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal during the Serie A football match between AC Milan and Catania at San Siro stadium in Milan on April 13, 2014© Getty Images

The visitors had the first decent opening of the match in the 12th minute as Pablo Barrientos went for goal from the edge of the area, only to be denied by a fine Christian Abbiati stop.

Milan almost took the lead in the 20th minute of the match as Adil Rami fired an effort towards goal that whistled narrowly over the crossbar.

They wouldn't have to wait much longer for the opener, however, as Riccardo Montolivo broke the deadlock in style with a long-range piledriver into the bottom corner.

Adel Taarabt and Mario Balotelli both came close to doubling the lead before the break, but the former fired just wide before the latter was denied by Mariano Andujar.

Both sides struggled to create an opening in the second half, but Catania's hopes of getting back into the match took a major blow when Fabian Rinaudo was given his marching orders for a second yellow card 12 minutes from time.

Milan almost wrapped up all three points in the 88th minute as Taarabt picked up the ball on the edge of the box before sending an effort narrowly over the crossbar.

They came close again just two minutes later, but once again the shot was just too high after Balotelli had created space for himself to go for goal.

There was no late drama on Catania's side, however, as Milan moved into the hop half of the table with a fourth straight win, while Catania remain eight points from safety.

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AC Milan's midfielder Riccardo Montolivo (C) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal during the Serie A football match between AC Milan and Catania at San Siro stadium in Milan on April 13, 2014
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