Italian Serie A
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Milan 2-0 Chievo

Sulley Muntari
Milan are fifth in the Serie A table with 11 points from six matches

AC Milan ended a run of three games without a win with an unconvincing home victory over Chievo.

After missing several first-half chances, Milan took the lead when Sulley Muntari's volley looped over goalkeeper Francesco Bardi.

Chievo threatened to score on the counter-attack as Dejan Lazarevic and Alberto Paloschi wasted clear openings.

But Keisuke Honda's curling free-kick made the points safe for Milan, who are fifth in the table.

The 18-time Italian champions are looking to compete for the title again after finishing a distant eighth last season and missing out on European qualification.

A promising start under new manager Filippo Inzaghi had been checked by a home defeat by Juventus and draws with Empoli and Cesena.

AC Milan league positions
YearPosition
2009-103rd
2010-111st
2011-122nd
2012-133rd
2013-148th

Milan started purposefully, as the influential Frenchman Jeremy Menez drove narrowly wide from the edge of the area.

Giacomo Bonaventura almost turned a Fernando Torres drive into the net and Honda curled wide.

The breakthrough came 10 minutes after the break when Honda's cross from the right was headed as far as the edge of the area.

Charging forward and taking the ball on the volley, Muntari unleashed a fierce drive into the ground which bounced and fizzed over Bardi.

Honda nearly doubled Milan's lead but he was inches away from converting Ignazio Abate's low cross before Bardi kept out Menez's low drive with his head.

Chievo wasted a golden chance on the counter with a three-on-one break. Lazarevic, with two men to his right, fluffed his pass with the goal gaping.

Honda settled the home supporters' nerves in the 78th minute with a curling effort from 25 yards. Bardi got a hand to the strike but could not prevent it from creeping into the corner.

Chievo striker Paloschi found himself one-on-one with Christian Abbiati in the closing stages, but his weak lob was saved to ensure Milan recorded their first clean sheet since Inzaghi took charge.

Juventus host Roma on Sunday in a meeting between Serie A's top two sides. Both have made a 100% start to the season.

Fernando Torres
Fernando Torres endured a frustrating evening for AC Milan
Keisuke Honda
Keisuke Honda scored his fourth goal in six matches for AC Milan

Line-ups

AC Milan

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 32Abbiati
  • 20Abate
  • 33Dias da Costa
  • 13Rami
  • 2De Sciglio
  • 4MuntariSubstituted forEssienat 89'minutes
  • 34de JongBooked at 65mins
  • 10HondaSubstituted forPoliat 81'minutes
  • 28Bonaventura
  • 7Menez
  • 9TorresSubstituted forEl Shaarawyat 74'minutesBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 1Agazzi
  • 5Mexes
  • 11Pazzini
  • 14Albertazzi
  • 15Essien
  • 16Poli
  • 19Niang
  • 25Bonera
  • 27Armero
  • 66Gori
  • 81Zaccardo
  • 92El Shaarawy

Chievo

Formation 4-1-2-1-2

  • 25Bardi
  • 21Frey
  • 3Dainelli
  • 87ZukanovicBooked at 79mins
  • 34BiraghiBooked at 44mins
  • 8Radovanovic
  • 14CofieBooked at 77minsSubstituted forBellomoat 82'minutes
  • 56Hetemaj
  • 23BirsaBooked at 26minsSubstituted forLazarevicat 66'minutes
  • 10LópezSubstituted forMeggioriniat 72'minutesBooked at 80mins
  • 43Paloschi

Substitutes

  • 1Bizzarri
  • 6Kupisz
  • 7Lazarevic
  • 12Cesar
  • 20Sardo
  • 26Fraga
  • 31Pellissier
  • 63Bellomo
  • 69Meggiorini
  • 84Mangani
  • 90Seculin
Referee:
Paolo Silvio Mazzoleni
Attendance:
34,601

Match Stats

Home TeamAC MilanAway TeamChievo
Possession
Home65%
Away35%
Shots
Home22
Away10
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home9
Away2
Fouls
Home10
Away25

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Milan 2, Chievo 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Milan 2, Chievo 0.

  3. Post update

    Andrea Poli (Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Dangerous play by Nicola Bellomo (Chievo).

  5. Booking

    Stephan El Shaarawy (Milan) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Stephan El Shaarawy (Milan).

  7. Post update

    Perparim Hetemaj (Chievo) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Milan. Conceded by Ervin Zukanovic.

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Giacomo Bonaventura (Milan) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Stephan El Shaarawy.

  10. Post update

    Jérémy Menez (Milan) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Ivan Radovanovic (Chievo).

  12. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  13. Post update

    Delay in match Adil Rami (Milan) because of an injury.

  14. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Alberto Paloschi (Chievo) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Nicola Bellomo.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Nicola Bellomo (Chievo) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

  16. Post update

    Attempt saved. Alberto Paloschi (Chievo) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Nicola Bellomo.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Milan. Michael Essien replaces Sulley Ali Muntari.

  18. Post update

    Jérémy Menez (Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Perparim Hetemaj (Chievo).

  20. Post update

    Foul by Alex (Milan).

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Saturday 4th October 2014

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