Milan 1-3 Genoa End This Mess!
The game featured a new look lineup, occurring in the shadow of another Curva Sud protest and a meeting between Berlusconi and Thai businessman Bee Taechaubol in regards to a possible and soon to be completed sale. Suso was not even on the bench, ostensibly due to fatigue, and Antonelli missed out as well, apparently injured. De Sciglio made a return to the starting eleven and Cerci played a kind of center forward or false 9 role while Destro and Pazzini sat on the bench. Early action was all Genoa as the visitors had three corners inside the four minutes, a bit later Niang forced Lopez into making a good save. Cerci headed at Matia Perin for a rare Milan action inside the visitor’s box. A someone soft Menez yellow in the 30th minute meant that the Frenchman would miss the Napoli match on the weekend. Horrible defending including a missed Rami sliding tackle allowed Andrea Bertolacci to run at and easily beat Lopez. An all too common poor half ended 0-1 for the visitors.
Little changed at the start of the second, a Milan half chance missed was followed by Tino Costa doing well to keep the ball well inside the Milan box, he then cut back and found an open M’Baye Niang. Too many Milan players were caught ball watching. Soon after Pazzini replaced Honda. A goal finally arrived after Perin saved well, the ensuing short corner found its way to Mexes outside of the box, his one time shot curled in off crossbar. In the 74th minute Menez was given a second yellow for a foul on Edenilson. Replays showed there was no contact. Perhaps the Brazilian was fouled by Mexes moments before but this was a clearly a wrong yellow by Piero Giacomelli. Having little choice but to go for it De Sciglio was replaced by Destro. Genoa continued to have the better of the chances and Lopez – notably a double save in the 89th minute – saved the team further damage. The hurt was not over however, a Mexes tackle on Juraj Kucka on the top edge of the box was judged to be a penalty and Iago Falque made it 1-3 with the last shot of the game. It was Genoa’s first win at the San Siro since 1957!
More about the match in its match thread.