Football Serie A

Benevento 0-1 Milan: Player ratings

Pietro Iemmello has given bottom of the table Benevento a shock half-time lead over Milan at San Siro.

The Rossoneri had essentially lost sight of the top four after four consecutive stalemates and had to look over their shoulders to secure the Europa League spot, whereas Le Streghe were virtually relegated. With Hakan Calhanoglu, Alessio Romagnoli and Andrea Conti injured, Gennaro Gattuso moved to a 4-4-2 system with Patrick Cutrone and Andre Silva together. Guilherme, Luca Antei, Marco D’Alessandro and Ledian Memushaj missed the trip, with captain Fabio Lucioni on a long-term ban after failing a doping test.

Cutrone had penalty appeals in the opening couple of minutes, but was slightly offside anyway as he went under the Djimsiti nudge.

Andre Silva wasted a golden opportunity with a fresh-air volley from seven yards on Fabio Borini’s cross, but Milan almost shot themselves in the foot with a terrible Ricardo Rodriguez back-pass, forcing Gianluigi Donnarumma to scramble back and clear off the line.

Benevento took what was overall a fairly deserved lead on the half-hour mark, as Pietro Iemmello sprung the offside trap on a Nicolas Viola through ball, kept level by Leonardo Bonucci, and swept the finish past Donnarumma with the inside of his right boot. It was Iemmello’s third goal at San Siro after his brace against Inter for Sassuolo.

Cutrone almost scored a stunner, chesting down a Franck Kessie chipped pass to hit the volley just wide of the far top corner from a tight angle.

Christian Puggioni beat away a Jack Bonaventura snapshot, then Lucas Biglia’s half-volley was charged down on Bonaventura’s knock-down and Milan pinned Benevento back, but without managing to break through.

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