AC Milan wrapped up their second consecutive victory in Serie A, as Krzysztof Piątek's penalty earned a narrow, and perhaps undeserved, 1-0 win over Verona.
The Rossoneri were flat throughout the encounter, despite seeing the hosts reduced to ten men after 21 minutes - Mariusz Stępiński the man to be dismissed for the home side.
Chances were sporadic throughout the game, but the deadlock was finally broken in the 68th minute when
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Considering they went down to ten men early on, it was an incredibly spirited performance from the Gialloblu. Their defence successfully marshalled the Milan attack for the majority of the match, and you would've believed that Verona would have come away with a draw and a clean sheet if not for conceding a penalty in the 68th minute.
Marked down as favourites to go down prior to the start of the season,
The suffering to eek out the three points against 10 man Verona. Credit to Juric’s team, fought hard, played well, they’ll give plenty of big teams problems this season.— Matteo Bonetti (@TheCalcioGuy) September 15, 2019
Starting XI: Silvestri (6); Rrahmani (6),
STAR MAN: Valerio Verre arrived on loan to Verona from Sampdoria following a successful spell with Perugia in Serie B and has proven that he is capable of making the step-up. Verre worked tirelessly for the Gialloblu, crucial when his side had ten men. He came agonisingly close to putting Verona in the lead at one point too, with his shot hitting the post.
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Ante Rebic needs time to settle, and perhaps need to be given an opportunity from the start to show what he can really do.
11 vs 10 for 70+ minutes and we needed a penalty to win against a newly promoted Hellas Verona.— Dill (@dbaron46) September 15, 2019
Embarrassing performance but i’ll take the three points.
Of course Bennacer should play, not even for debate..— RYOmoha (@MilanFocus) September 15, 2019
But even this XI should beat 10 men Verona, this type of football is worrying.
We're getting dominated by the mighty Hellas Verona — Kais (@FinallyKais) September 15, 2019
STAR MAN: Franck
Verona can take a lot of pride from their performance despite the defeat. They face a tough trip to Turin to face Juventus next week, although their fixtures after that are against Udinese, Cagliari and Sampdoria respectively. They'll be more confident of getting a result against these sides, considering how they've played so far.