Genoa burst Mi­lan’s bub­ble

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

AC Mi­lan’s dream of mov­ing to the top of the stand­ings at least for one night, was yes­ter­day dashed to the ground by an in­spired Genoa who crushed the Ros­soneri 3-0.

It was the hosts who took the lead after 11 min­utes when To­mas Rin­con chipped up a cross for Nikola Ninkovic’s div­ing header from 10 yards, a goal on his first Serie A start for the club. Honda was hang­ing back and kept ev­ery­one on­side when the Ros­soneri de­fence had pushed up, while Poli lost his marker.

After the restart, the Ros­soneri seemed live­lier and there were three in­ci­dents in quick suc­ces­sion.

First Lo­catelli ap­peared to be tripped just in­side the penalty area, but the ref­eree waved play on. Bon­aven­tura’s fierce strike from dis­tance was fin­ger­tipped round the post and on the re­sult­ing cor­ner a mis­placed Bon­aven­tura shot turned into an as­sist for Bacca, but Perin rushed out to the res­cue at his feet.

That op­ti­mism evap­o­rated rapidly when Rigoni went on the counter down the Genoa left and was hacked down by a reck­less Gabriel Paletta slid­ing tackle.

Perin smoth­ered scorchers from Ju­raj Kucka and Suso, but Poli capped off a dis­mal per­for­mance by stum­bling in the box and slic­ing wide when run­ning on to an in­spired Bon­aven­tura slide-rule pass.

How­ever, Genoa dou­bled their lead when Leonardo Pav­o­letti spread the play for Ric­cardo Fi­amozzi down the left and tried to slide on to the low cross, but Kucka got there first for an own goal.

Mi­lan fell apart and Pav­o­letti did get his goal soon after, as he turned Ro­mag­noli in­side out to fire in oneon-one with a help­less Gian­luigi Don­narumma. To­day Palermo-Udi­nese Ju­ven­tus AS Roma AC Mi­lan Napoli Torino Genoa Lazio Chievo Ata­lanta Sas­suolo Cagliari Fiorentina Bologna In­ter Sam­p­do­ria Udi­nese Pescara Em­poli Palermo Cro­tone P 9 9 10 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 8 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9

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Stand­ings

W 7 6 6 5 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 3 3 3 3 3 1 1 1 0 D 0 1 1 2 3 3 3 2 1 1 1 3 3 2 2 1 4 3 3 1 L F A Pts 2 17 6 21 2 23 11 19 3 16 14 19 2 17 10 17 2 19 11 15 2 12 7 15 2 16 10 15 3 10 9 14 4 12 13 13 4 12 14 13 4 16 19 13 2 11 9 12 3 10 13 12 4 11 12 11 4 10 12 11 5 10 15 10 4 9 14 7 5 2 11 6 5 6 16 6 8 7 20 1 Verona Cit­tadella En­tella Carpi Frosi­none Spezia Peru­gia Ben­evento Bres­cia Spal Pisa No­vara Bari Pro Ver­celli Saler­ni­tana Avel­lino As­coli Ce­sena Latina Vi­cenza Ter­nana Tra­pani P 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 W 7 6 5 5 5 4 4 4 3 4 3 4 3 3 2 3 2 1 1 2 1 1 D 3 1 4 4 3 5 4 4 6 3 5 2 4 4 6 3 5 7 7 4 6 6 L F A Pts 1 25 9 24 4 18 13 19 2 17 12 19 2 14 9 19 3 14 12 18 2 10 6 17 3 12 9 16 3 15 9 15 2 15 12 15 4 16 15 15 3 6 6 14 5 10 12 14 4 10 13 13 4 12 18 13 3 12 12 12 5 713 12 4 812 11 3 7 9 10 3 12 16 10 5 716 10 4 7 13 9 4 7 15 9

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