Italian Serie A
AC MilanAC Milan1Hellas VeronaHellas Verona0

Milan 1-0 Verona

AC Milan coach Clarence Seedorf shows the thumbs up to his players after Mario Balotelli, left, scored a penalty

Clarence Seedorf made a winning start as AC Milan coach on Sunday thanks to Mario Balotelli's late penalty against Serie A rivals Verona.

The striker fired in the only goal of the game in the 82nd minute after Alejandro Gonzalez had fouled Kaka.

Despite the victory, the 18-time champions remain 11th in the table following a week that saw Seedorf replace sacked Massimiliano Allegri.

Milan, who finished third last season, play Cagliari next Sunday in Serie A.

Seedorf, 37, who spent 10 years as a player at Milan, watched his new side create very few clear-cut chances in a dull encounter.

The San Siro crowd had to wait 38 minutes for the first decent opportunity, when Balotelli cut inside and fired in a powerful low shot that was well saved by Verona goalkeeper Rafael.

Robinho had the best chance prior to the goal, when his strike from the edge of the area took a huge deflection before bouncing off Rafael's right-hand upright.

Verona's Martinho tested Christian Abbiati, who had little to do in the match, with a firm drive before Balotelli finally broke the deadlock at the other end.

Kaka raced down the left side of the area and appeared to be no threat to Verona's goal, but nevertheless was scythed down by Gonzalez.

Balotelli took charge of the spot-kick and side-footed in to give Seedorf the perfect start to his managerial career.

Line-ups

AC Milan

  • 32Abbiati
  • 2De Sciglio
  • 28Emanuelson
  • 34de Jong
  • 17Zapata
  • 25BoneraSubstituted forSilvestreat 52'minutesBooked at 72mins
  • 10HondaSubstituted forBirsaat 63'minutes
  • 18MontolivoBooked at 79mins
  • 45Balotelli
  • 22Dos Santos Leite
  • 7de SouzaSubstituted forPetagnaat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Mexes
  • 13Rami
  • 14Birsa
  • 16Poli
  • 23Nocerino
  • 24Cristante
  • 26Silvestre
  • 35Coppola
  • 37Petagna
  • 59Vasconcellos Ferreira
  • 81Zaccardo

Hellas Verona

  • 1Bittencourt Pinheiro
  • 23GonzálezSubstituted forJankovicat 85'minutes
  • 33Agostini
  • 14CiriglianoSubstituted forDonadelat 90'minutes
  • 18Moras
  • 22MaiettaBooked at 90mins
  • 2Orestes Caldeira
  • 10Hallfredsson
  • 8CaciaSubstituted forMartinhoat 61'minutes
  • 15Iturbe
  • 21Gomez Taleb

Substitutes

  • 3Albertazzi
  • 5Donati
  • 6Martinho
  • 11Jankovic
  • 12Andrade
  • 16Rubin
  • 17Donsah
  • 25Marques Pinto
  • 29Cacciatore
  • 30Donadel
  • 98Borra
Referee:
Mauro Bergonzi

Match Stats

Home TeamAC MilanAway TeamHellas Verona
Possession
Home70%
Away30%
Shots
Home25
Away13
Shots on Target
Home7
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away10
Fouls
Home11
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Milan 1, Verona 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Milan 1, Verona 0.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Milan. Conceded by Rômulo.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Juan Iturbe (Verona) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Emil Hallfredsson.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Vangelis Moras (Verona) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Emil Hallfredsson with a cross following a corner.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Verona. Conceded by Cristian Zapata.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Verona. Marco Donadel replaces Ezequiel Cirigliano.

  8. Post update

    Mario Balotelli (Milan) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Emil Hallfredsson (Verona).

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Juan Gomez Taleb (Verona) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Rômulo with a cross following a corner.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Verona. Conceded by Urby Emanuelson.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Verona. Conceded by Cristian Zapata.

  13. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Juan Gomez Taleb (Verona) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Rômulo with a cross.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Verona. Conceded by Urby Emanuelson.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Verona. Conceded by Urby Emanuelson.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Verona. Bosko Jankovic replaces Alejandro González.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Verona. Conceded by Nigel de Jong.

  18. Goal!

    Goal! Milan 1, Verona 0. Mario Balotelli (Milan) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

  19. Post update

    Penalty Milan. Kaká draws a foul in the penalty area.

  20. Post update

    Penalty conceded by Alejandro González (Verona) after a foul in the penalty area.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Sunday 19th January 2014

  • AC MilanAC Milan1Hellas VeronaHellas Verona0
  • UdineseUdinese2LazioLazio3
  • AtalantaAtalanta1CagliariCagliari0
  • BolognaBologna2NapoliNapoli2
  • CataniaCatania0FiorentinaFiorentina3
  • ChievoChievo1ParmaParma2
  • GenoaGenoa1Inter MilanInter Milan0
  • SassuoloSassuolo0TorinoTorino2

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