Notes On A 3-2 Win At Fiorentina
The much talked about injury issue had the team starting with missing players.
Benevento had just beaten Juventus 1-0 and made three points here even more valuable.
Fiorentina controlled more of the ball in the early minutes but Milan opened the scoring. Kjaer’s almost looping pass found Ibra who just evaded the offside trap and beat Bartlomiej Dragowski in the Fiorentina goal with a bouncing shot.
Clumsy balls had Fiorentina having an edge in possession after the goal too. On Milan’s right side Dalot committed a foul and the resulting free kick was well converted and just beat Donnarumma on the near side. Erick Pulgar had made it 1-1. It wouldn’t be the last time Dalot struggled as a right back and gifted a good chance to the hosts.
In the 34th Ibra hit the crossbar on one of few Milan chances.
The game slowed down and was further delayed as Dragowski was replaced by Pietro Terracciano in Fiorentina goal after the Polish starter seemed to twist his ankle taking a goal kick.
The half time 1-1 score was no more than the game deserved.
The second half started poorly, again. Franck Ribery gave the hosts the lead soring easily from top center of the box. A crowd of Milan players were ball watching and Kessie for example facing goal not even realizing Ribery behind him.
Milan equalized soon after. A second corner in a row was tapped in by Diaz.
Castillejo and Bennacer came on for Saelemaekers and Tonali right after the goal.
The midfield improved with the arrival of the Algerian and Milan manged to take the lead again. A good anticipation by Tomori found Kessie who moved forward and the ball found Calhanoglu who scored with low shot that went in at the very far corner.
Krunic replaced Diaz for the final 11 minutes as Milan improved on the possession stats.
Fiorentina tried to push Milan back and Pioli decided to bring on Meite for Calhanoglu as the game was going into added time.
Ibra played the whole 90 and three very valuable points were added to the season tally.