A changed team faced Sheva and Genoa. Within the first 2 minutes another Milan player got injured. Kjaer fell and spent a good 2 minutes before being stretchered off in favour of Gabbia.
A free kick followed minutes later and Ibra took it. He rooted Salvatore Sirigu to his spot and surprised the whole Genoa team to give Milan the lead. Milan continued to retain most of the ball as Genoa grew slowly into the game.
Diaz’s speedy and tricky runs were causing Genoa the most headaches but the end product was out or reach. The second goal arrived in the lengthy added time. A high rebound rebound found its way to Messias whose cushioned and simple header header looped over Sirigu’s hand and into the net.
Florenzi came on for Gabbia – himself a sub, on a yellow – to start the second. A Genoa freekick had Maignan providing a highlight save which was then cleared via a Tomori bicycle kick.
A tired Ibra came off for Pellegri and soon after Milan made it 3-0 with another Messias goal. The Brazilian shot low and beat Sirigu in the far corner from a Diaz pass. The game settled into a slower pattern and later Bakayoko and Saelemaekers came on for Tonali and Diaz. Maignan made another impressive and acrobatic save from a long range shot that was going under the cross bar. The ball was diverted for a Genoa corner by the French goalkeeper.
The result was reassuring but marred by Kjaer’s early injury.