AC Milan 2-0 Genoa: Stefano Pioli's men remain top of Serie A with win

AC Milan 2-0 Genoa: Stefano Pioli’s side remain top of Serie A after hard-fought win against relegation-threatened visitors leaves them two points clear of rivals Inter Milan

  • AC Milan kept the gap between them and huge rivals Inter Milan to two points 
  • Stefano Pioli’s side are still top of Serie A after a hard-fought win on Friday night 
  • Goals from Rafael Leao and Junior Messias saw them defeat struggling Genoa 

Rafael Leao and Junior Messias struck to earn AC Milan a 2-0 victory over relegation-threatened Genoa on Friday, with Stefano Pioli’s side returning to the top of Serie A.

Inter Milan had briefly climbed to the Serie A summit after their 3-1 success at Spezia earlier on Friday, putting pressure on their great rivals to respond as Milan look to win the Scudetto for the first time since 2011.

Without a goal in their previous two league games, Milan did not take long to get on the score sheet in the San Siro, with stand-in full-back Pierre Kalulu picking out the perfect cross for Leao to volley home in the 11th minute.

Stefano Pioli’s AC Milan side remain top of Serie A by two points after a 2-0 win against Genoa

Portuguese forward Rafael Leao broke the club’s two-game goal drought in the 11th minute

Leao turned in stand-in full back Pierre Kalulu’s inviting cross from the right in a flowing move

Rossoneri substitute Junior Messias then wrapped things up for Milan with three minutes left

But they again fell flat in the second half, struggling to find that killer second goal, with Genoa causing problems down the other end.

Milan kept coming and finally made one count as Brazilian midfielder Messias hammered home three minutes from time to seal the win.

After securing their first win in three league matches, Milan moved onto 71 points from 33 matches, two clear of Inter, who have a game in hand. Genoa remain 19th on 22 points, three points from safety. 

Match Facts: AC Milan vs Genoa 

AC Milan (4-2-3-1): Maignan; Kalulu, Gabbia (Krunic 74), Tomori, Hernandez; Tonali, Bennacer (Diaz 86); Saelemaekers (Messias 61), Kessie, Leao (Ballo-Toure 86); Giroud (Rebic 62).

Substitutes not used: Tatarusanu, Mirante; Bakayoko, Maldini, Lazetic.

Goals: Leao 11.

Yellow cards: Tonali 84.

Manager: Stefano Pioli.

Genoa (4-1-2-1-2): Sirigu; Hefti, Ostigard, Bani (Hernani 90+1), Vasquez; Badelj; Frendrup (Yeboah 72), Galdames; Amiri (Gudmundsson 72); Ekuban (Melegnoni 55), Piccoli (Destro 55).

Substitutes not used: Semper, Marchetti; Criscito, Masiello, Ghiglione, Maksimovic, Portanova.

Yellow cards: Yeboah 80, Gudmundsson 90+4.

Manager: Alexander Blessin.

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