GENOA END MILAN’S BID

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

NIKOLA NINKOVIC, Leonardo Pav­o­letti and a Ju­raj Kucka own goal ended 10-man AC Milan’s chances of go­ing top of Serie A af­ter crash­ing 3-0 to Genoa yes­ter­day. Milan trav­elled to the Luigi Fer­raris buoyed by a week­end vic­tory over Ju­ven­tus that closed the gap on the Ital­ian cham­pi­ons and Serie A lead­ers to just two points. But Genoa had won the last two edi­tions of this fix­ture 1-0 and by the end fully de­served what was just their fourth win of the sea­son. It moved them up to sev­enth, six points off the lead, while Milan re­main third. It took Genoa just 11 min­utes to find a way past Gian­luigi Don­narumma. Ninkovic, on his first start for the club, rushed in to meet To­mas Rin­con’s chip with a div­ing header that beat Milan’s teenage goal­keeper. Milan de­fender Alessio Ro­mag­noli pro­duced the vis­i­tors’ best chance of the half when he un­leashed a drive that flashed just wide of the near post, while M’Baye Niang’s vol­ley from Car­los Bacca’s knock-down flew over. Milan’s chances of launch­ing an un­likely fight­back col­lapsed 10 min­utes af­ter the restart when Gabriel Paletta lunged with both feet at Luca Rigoni. The vet­eran de­fender made lit­tle con­tact with the Genoa for­ward, but the ref­eree im­me­di­ately pro­duced a red card. When

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