AC Milan moved to within three points of fourth placed Atalanta with an unconvincing victory over Bologna in an ill-tempered affair which contained three red cards on Monday night.
During an entertaining first half,
The hosts took the lead in the 37th minute when former Liverpool winger Suso cut inside on his left foot to powerfully beat Łukasz Skorupski at his near post, much to the relief of an increasingly restless San Siro crowd.
Gennaro Gattuso's side doubled their advantage in the 67th minute when
Back to winning ways, crucial three points to build on in the final three games!! Suso+Borini the scoring heroes tonight / Torniamo a vincere!!!! @suso30oficial +@borinifabio29 in rete! ❤️#MilanBologna 2-1 #ForzaMilan pic.twitter.com/8dlCoXhZfC— AC Milan (@acmilan) May 6, 2019
Despite heavy late pressure from Bologna, they couldn't find an equaliser and had Nicole Sansone and Mitchell Dijks sent off late on.
Key Talking Point
This was a game that the
Despite creating a couple of good openings early on, their defence looked frail, and they nearly went behind on several occasions against a side who have been battling relegation all season.
Suso's first goal in 13 games help settle the nerves, but has been the story for most of the season, the 18-time Italian champions made life much more difficult for themselves than it needed to be.
AC Milan jump to 5th place, just THREE points off Atalanta in 4th — Italian Football TV (@IFTVofficial) May 6, 2019
Can they pull it off? pic.twitter.com/zlO9zJ7bPh
Paqueta's completely unnecessary red card left the hosts hanging on, something which Gattuso will be seething about, but they just about hung on to claim a vital three points.
Starting XI: Donnarumma (5); Abate (7), Zapata (5), Musacchio (6), Rodriguez (6); Kessie (7), Biglia (6), Paqueta (4); Suso (6), Piatek (5), Calhanoglu (7).
Substitutes: Mauri (6), Borini (7), Castielljo (6).
STAR MAN -
Milan continue their push for a Champions League spot when they travel to Fiorentina on Saturday evening, before hosting already relegated Frosinone.
Gattuso's men finish their campaign away at midtable SPAL on Sunday 26 May.
Bologna are still not safe, but they will be hoping to secure their Serie A status foe another season when they host Parma next Monday, followed by clashes against top four chasing Lazio and Napoli.