Match ends, Milan 2, Chievo 0.
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.
|AC Milan league positions|
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.
- 33Dias da Costa
- 2De Sciglio
- 4MuntariSubstituted forEssienat 89'minutes
- 34de JongBooked at 65mins
- 10HondaSubstituted forPoliat 81'minutes
- 9TorresSubstituted forEl Shaarawyat 74'minutesBooked at 90mins
- 92El Shaarawy
- 87ZukanovicBooked at 79mins
- 34BiraghiBooked at 44mins
- 14CofieBooked at 77minsSubstituted forBellomoat 82'minutes
- 23BirsaBooked at 26minsSubstituted forLazarevicat 66'minutes
- 10LópezSubstituted forMeggioriniat 72'minutesBooked at 80mins
- Paolo Silvio Mazzoleni
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Milan 2, Chievo 0.
Andrea Poli (Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Dangerous play by Nicola Bellomo (Chievo).
Stephan El Shaarawy (Milan) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Stephan El Shaarawy (Milan).
Perparim Hetemaj (Chievo) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Corner, Milan. Conceded by Ervin Zukanovic.
Attempt blocked. Giacomo Bonaventura (Milan) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Stephan El Shaarawy.
Jérémy Menez (Milan) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Ivan Radovanovic (Chievo).
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Delay in match Adil Rami (Milan) because of an injury.
Attempt blocked. Alberto Paloschi (Chievo) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Nicola Bellomo.
Attempt missed. Nicola Bellomo (Chievo) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.
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.
Substitution, Milan. Michael Essien replaces Sulley Ali Muntari.
Jérémy Menez (Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Perparim Hetemaj (Chievo).
Foul by Alex (Milan).