MX23RW : Tuesday, January 22 21:56:53
Dec 10, 2017 at 7.45pm UK at ​Stadio Giuseppe Meazza (Milano)
AC Milan
2-1
Bologna
Bonaventura (10', 76')
FT(HT: 1-1)
Verdi (23')

Result: AC Milan pick up first win under Gennaro Gattuso

Gennaro Gattuso picks up his first win as AC Milan boss in his maiden home match in charge courtesy of a 2-1 victory over Bologna at San Siro.

AC Milan have picked up their first win under new manager Gennaro Gattuso courtesy of a 2-1 victory over Bologna at San Siro this evening.

Gattuso was taking charge of his first home game since being appointed as Vincenzo Montella's successor, and the Rossoneri wasted no time in gifting their new boss his maiden home goal at the helm when Giacomo Bonaventura broke the deadlock after just 10 minutes.

Simone Verdi levelled things up for the visitors midway through the first half, but a second from Bonaventura with less than 15 minutes remaining was enough to hand Milan their first win in four Serie A games and just their third maximum points haul from their last 11 outings.

The result lifts Milan up to seventh in the table and only three points off the European places, while Bologna remain in ninth place.

It was all too easy for the hosts to take the lead early on, with Nikola Kalinic getting on the end of a long ball forward and knocking it down into the path of Bonaventura, who swept his first-time finish past an unsighted Antonio Mirante from the edge of the area.

The lead lasted less than 15 minutes, though, and Bologna had their equaliser with a quarter of the match gone when Mattia Destro skipped past his marker on the left flank before cutting the ball back for Verdi, who improvised to lift a volleyed finish into the far corner.

Milan had the chance to react quickly when Franck Kessie beat a number of defenders on his way to the edge of the box, but his end product was disappointing and Mirante made a routine stop to keep the scores level.

Leonardo Bonucci was the next to come close for the hosts, who before tonight had been without a win or even a goal in their last four home league outings, but he nodded his header over the crossbar from a corner.

It was via the aerial route that Milan did eventually restore the lead in the final 15 minutes, though, as Bonaventura attacked Fabio Borini's cross aggressively to plant a towering header into the back of the net.

Bologna almost responded immediately when Saphir Taider's header needed to be saved by Gianluigi Donnarumma, and the Italy international was called into action again from the resulting corner when he tipped Adam Masina's effort over the top.

There was ultimately no way back for the visitors, though, as Milan held out for three valuable points which keeps them within touching distance of Sampdoria in sixth.

AC Milan (4-3-3): Donnarumma; Abate (Cutrone, 59'), Musacchio, Bonucci, Rodriguez; Kessie, Montolivo, Bonaventura; Suso, Kalinic (Andre Silva, 68'), Borini (Calabria, 83')

Bologna (4-3-3): Mirante; Torosidis, Gonzalez, Helander, Masina (Petkovic, 83'); Nagy (Taider, 64'), Pulgar, Donsah; Verdi, Destro, Palacio (Okwonkwo, 72')

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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Juventus20182041113056
2Napoli20152339182147
3Inter Milan20124431141740
4AC Milan209742820834
5Roma2096537261133
6Lazio209562923632
7Atalanta BCAtalanta2094744271731
8Sampdoria208663526930
9Parma208481924-528
10Fiorentina206952821727
11Torino206952622427
12SassuoloSassuolo206863032-226
13CagliariCagliari204971927-821
14Genoa2055102537-1220
15Udinese2046101725-818
16SPALSPAL2046101628-1218
17Empoli2045112439-1517
18Bologna2028101630-1414
19FrosinoneFrosinone2017121242-3010
20AC Chievo VeronaChievo2018111438-248

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