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Milan 2-1 Empoli

Sinisa Mihajlovic
Sinisa Mihajlovic left Sampdoria for Milan in the summer

Sinisa Mihajlovic was furious with his team despite picking up his first competitive win as AC Milan boss.

Summer signings Carlos Bacca and Luiz Adriano scored the goals as Milan, for whom loan signing Mario Balotelli was an unused substitute, beat Empoli 2-1.

Mihajlovic said: "The result is the only thing to salvage, nothing else.

"I saw the players too tense and frightened. Courage and personality was lacking from my players. We won, but I feel like I have lost."

Bacca rounded keeper Lukasz Skorupski to open the scoring and after Ricky Saponara's equaliser, Adriano headed home the winner.

Milan finished 10th in Serie A last season under previous boss Filippo Inzaghi.

"Last year we would have lost this match, but this year we won because we had two forwards that created chances by themselves," Mihajlovic added.

"I take all the responsibility because I am the one that has to send the players out onto the pitch without the fear of conceding a goal. I thought I was at a good point after pre-season, but now I am re-evaluating everything.

"Goalkeeper Diego Lopez took more touches on the ball than a midfielder and that is not right. Even the players were down in the changing room because they know we won only because of the goals from the two forwards."

The next match for Milan is the derby with Inter, the club where Mihajlovic ended his playing career and started coaching, on 13 September.

"A derby is always a unique match. The winner will be the one that makes the least mistakes, the one that dares more and those that believe the most in themselves," he said.

Line-ups

AC Milan

Formation 4-3-1-2

  • 1López
  • 2De Sciglio
  • 17Zapata
  • 13Romagnoli
  • 31Antonelli
  • 91BertolacciSubstituted forPoliat 83'minutes
  • 34de Jong
  • 8Fernández SaezSubstituted forBonaventuraat 55'minutes
  • 23NocerinoSubstituted forKuckaat 45'minutes
  • 70Bacca
  • 9De Souza da Silva

Substitutes

  • 10Honda
  • 11Cerci
  • 16Poli
  • 18Montolivo
  • 20Abate
  • 27Kucka
  • 28Bonaventura
  • 32Abbiati
  • 33Dias da Costa
  • 45Balotelli
  • 81Zaccardo
  • 99G Donnarumma

Empoli

Formation 4-3-1-2

  • 28Skorupski
  • 3Zambelli
  • 26TonelliBooked at 27mins
  • 19BarbaSubstituted forCostaat 80'minutes
  • 21Mário Rui
  • 17Zielinski
  • 14DiousseSubstituted forMaielloat 76'minutes
  • 5Saponara
  • 11Croce
  • 20Pucciarelli
  • 7MaccaroneBooked at 42minsSubstituted forMchedlidzeat 62'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Pugliesi
  • 6Bittante
  • 8Signorelli
  • 9Mchedlidze
  • 12Pompeu da Silva
  • 13Maiello
  • 15Costa
  • 23Pelagotti
  • 31Camporese
  • 33Krunic
  • 55Martinelli
Referee:
Piero Giacomelli
Attendance:
34,382

Match Stats

Home TeamAC MilanAway TeamEmpoli
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home6
Away18
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home6
Away5
Fouls
Home20
Away16

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Milan 2, Empoli 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Milan 2, Empoli 1.

  3. Post update

    Mário Rui (Empoli) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Andrea Poli (Milan).

  5. Post update

    Foul by Andrea Costa (Empoli).

  6. Post update

    Luiz Adriano (Milan) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Levan Mchedlidze (Empoli).

  8. Post update

    Cristian Zapata (Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Raffaele Maiello (Empoli) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Giacomo Bonaventura (Milan).

  11. Post update

    Raffaele Maiello (Empoli) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Giacomo Bonaventura (Milan).

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Daniele Croce (Empoli) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Milan. Andrea Poli replaces Andrea Bertolacci.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Riccardo Saponara (Empoli) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Andrea Bertolacci (Milan).

  17. Post update

    Raffaele Maiello (Empoli) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Piotr Zielinski (Empoli) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Raffaele Maiello following a set piece situation.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Empoli. Andrea Costa replaces Federico Barba because of an injury.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Andrea Bertolacci (Milan).

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Saturday 29th August 2015

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