Serie A roundup: AC Milan escape Genoa with cathartic win (video)
AC Milan’s first win following three consecutive losses headlines Saturday’s Serie A action.
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Genoa 1-2 AC Milan
Cathartic: the word that best summarizes AC Milan’s victory in Genoa, because even though only a goal separated Milan and Genoa after 90 minutes, the game had one too many subplots.
Lasse Schöne opened the scoreline for the home side, scoring from a direct free-kick from distance - a strike Pepe Reina could have saved with ease - minutes before both teams headed into the dressing room. As a result, the pressure was on Milan, who had been distracted by the growing rumors of Marco Giampaolo’s sacking leading up to the game.
What a response they gave.
Just within 12 minutes of the second half whistle, I Rossoneri responded with two goals of their own. The second, scored by midfielder Franck Kessie from the penalty spot, put the visitors up 2-1 against a 9-men Genoa.
Late in the game, with the villain title already on his back, Reina caused more troubles for Milan, rewarding Genoa with the penalty of their own. The Spanish veteran, however, redeemed himself, stopping Genoa’s strike from the spot. The 37-year-old quickly went from villain to hero.
With some pressure off his shoulder Giampaolo and his men take a two-week break before hosting Lecce, while Genoa travel to Parma following the international break.
Elsewhere in Serie A
SPAL 1- 0 Parma
Verona 2- 0 Sampdoria