Jan 21, 2018 at 5pm UK at ​Stadio Sant'Elia
Attendance: 15,235
CagliariCagliari
1-2
AC Milan
Barella (8')
Barella (65'), Deiola (72'), Pavoletti (81'), Cigarini (90')
Barella (88')
FT(HT: 1-2)
Kessie (36' pen., 42')
Kalinic (27'), Suso (45'), Rodriguez (56')
Rodriguez (80')

Result: Two see red as AC Milan hold on to beat Cagliari Calcio

Result: Two see red as AC Milan beat Cagliari
© SilverHub
Two late red cards mar AC Milan's 2-1 victory over Cagliari Calcio.

AC Milan have scraped to a 2-1 victory away to Cagliari Calcio in Serie A, but their win was marred by two late red cards which saw both sides end the night with 10 men.

A first-half brace from Ivorian midfielder Franck Kessie is what sealed the points for the visitors, who lost Ricardo Rodriguez to a second yellow card offence, while the hosts' Nicolo Barella suffered the same fate.

Cagliari took the lead with just eight minutes on the clock when Nicolo Barella collected a pass from Artur Ionita and curled a strike beyond Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma and into the bottom corner.

The Rossoneri's equaliser came from the penalty spot in the 35th minute, after Luca Ceppitelli was penalised for hauling down Nikola Kalinic in the box.

Kessie stepped up and placed the ball past Alessio Cragno from 12 yards to level the match with half time approaching.

Milan, however, took a 2-1 lead into the break thanks to Kessie's second on 42 minutes, which came after the Ivorian had exchanged passes with Kalinic and curled a shot beyond the reach of Cragno.

Both sides attempted to hit the opposition with counter-attacks in the second period and Cagliari's best chance to equalise came in the 75th minute when a deflection saw the ball fall kindly for Fabio Pisacane in the box, but the defender could only direct his strike straight at Donnarumma.

Milan were reduced to 10 men in the 80th minute when Rodriguez picked up his second yellow for clattering into Paolo Farago, but Cagliari did not have much time to make their numerical advantage count.

The hosts went a man down themselves eight minutes later when Barella was penalised for a late tackle on Lucas Biglia, levelling the playing field.

There were five nervy minutes of stoppage time for Milan to navigate, and they almost came undone right at the death, with Leonardo Pavoletti's header from a corner missing the target by mere inches.

Milan held on for the win to move level on points in Serie A with 10th-placed Fiorentina, who have played one match more, while Cagliari remain down in 16th.

CAGLIARI XI: Cragno; Romagna, Ceppitelli, Pisacane; Farago, Barella, Cigarini, Ionita (Deiola '62), Padoin (Cossu '77); Sau (Farias '19); Pavoletti

MILAN XI (4-3-3): Donnarumma; Calabria, Bonucci, Romagnoli, Rodriguez; Kessie (Borini '86), Biglia, Bonaventura (Locatelli '76); Suso (Abate '82), Kalinic, Calhanoglu

Share this article now:
A general shot of the new Main Stand at Anfield ahead of Liverpool's Premier League clash with Watford on November 6, 2016
Read Next:
Liverpool warned off £71m Suso bid
>
You May Like
Recomended from Sports Mole

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!
Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Napoli25213155154066
2Juventus25212262154765
3Roma25155540192150
4Lazio25154661332849
5Inter Milan25139340211948
6Sampdoria25125844331141
7AC Milan2512583530541
8Atalanta BCAtalanta2510873729838
9Torino2581253530536
10Udinese25103123636033
11Fiorentina258893432232
12Bologna2593133138-730
13Genoa2586112125-430
14AC Chievo VeronaChievo2567122342-1925
15CagliariCagliari2574142336-1325
16SassuoloSassuolo2565141543-2823
17Crotone2556142144-2321
18SPALSPAL2538142347-2417
19Hellas VeronaHellas Verona2544172250-2816
20BeneventoBenevento2531211858-4010
Login, I already have my ad-free pass
Log in with Facebook to customise Sports Mole
Buy ad-free access (show me the options)
Buy monthly ad-free access for £1.20/month
Buy yearly ad-free access for £12 (2 months free)
Settings - Logout - Manage your account
Settings - Logout - Manage your account
LIVE SCORES VIDEPRINTER
expand