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.

Balotelli stat

  • Mario Balotelli has now scored 10 of his 40 Serie A goals against promoted clubs

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.

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Milan

  • 32 Abbiati
  • 02 De Sciglio
  • 28 Emanuelson
  • 34 de Jong
  • 17 Zapata
  • 25 Bonera (Silvestre - 52' Booked )
  • 10 Honda (Birsa - 63' )
  • 18 Montolivo Booked
  • 45 Balotelli
  • 22 Kaká
  • 07 Robinho (Petagna - 78' )

Substitutes

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

Verona

  • 01 Bittencourt Pinheiro
  • 23 González (Jankovic - 85' )
  • 33 Agostini
  • 14 Cirigliano (Donadel - 90' )
  • 18 Moras
  • 22 Maietta Booked
  • 02 Orestes Caldeira
  • 10 Hallfredsson
  • 08 Cacia (Martinho - 61' )
  • 15 Iturbe
  • 21 Gomez Taleb

Substitutes

  • 03 Albertazzi
  • 05 Donati
  • 06 Martinho
  • 11 Jankovic
  • 12 Andrade
  • 16 Rubin
  • 17 Donsah
  • 25 Marques Pinto
  • 29 Cacciatore
  • 30 Donadel
  • 98 Borra
Ref: Mauro Bergonzi

Match Stats

Shots

25 13

On target

7 3

Corners

5 10

Fouls

11 12

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Milan 1, Verona 0.

90:00 +3:03 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Milan 1, Verona 0.

90:00 +2:48

Corner, Milan. Conceded by Rômulo.

90:00 +1:27

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

90:00 +0:20

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.

89:56

Corner, Verona. Conceded by Cristian Zapata.

89:30 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Verona. Marco Donadel replaces Ezequiel Cirigliano.

88:52

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

88:52

Foul by Emil Hallfredsson (Verona).

87:37

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.

87:18

Corner, Verona. Conceded by Urby Emanuelson.

87:03

Corner, Verona. Conceded by Cristian Zapata.

86:53

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

86:35

Corner, Verona. Conceded by Urby Emanuelson.

86:07

Corner, Verona. Conceded by Urby Emanuelson.

84:29 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Verona. Bosko Jankovic replaces Alejandro González.

83:30

Corner, Verona. Conceded by Nigel de Jong.

81:57 Goal scored

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

80:46

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

80:46

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

79:58

Attempt missed. Rômulo (Verona) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Alejandro González.

79:37

Nigel de Jong (Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

79:37

Foul by Emil Hallfredsson (Verona).

78:49 Booking

Booking Riccardo Montolivo (Milan) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

78:48

Foul by Riccardo Montolivo (Milan).

78:48

Rômulo (Verona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

77:34 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Milan. Andrea Petagna replaces Robinho.

75:42

Mattia De Sciglio (Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

75:42

Foul by Raphael Martinho (Verona).

73:54

Corner, Milan. Conceded by Emil Hallfredsson.

72:59

Attempt blocked. Kaká (Milan) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

72:39

Attempt missed. Emil Hallfredsson (Verona) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left following a set piece situation.

71:42 Booking

Booking Matías Silvestre (Milan) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

71:41

Foul by Matías Silvestre (Milan).

71:41

Juan Iturbe (Verona) wins a free kick on the right wing.

70:41

Attempt saved. Juan Iturbe (Verona) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Rômulo.

70:13

Attempt saved. Robinho (Milan) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

69:15

Attempt blocked. Kaká (Milan) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Nigel de Jong.

68:06

Attempt saved. Mario Balotelli (Milan) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Robinho.

67:38

Attempt blocked. Nigel de Jong (Milan) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Riccardo Montolivo.

67:18

Robinho (Milan) hits the left post with a right footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by Valter Birsa.

66:26

Attempt missed. Juan Gomez Taleb (Verona) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Juan Iturbe with a headed pass.

64:50

Corner, Verona. Conceded by Christian Abbiati.

64:48

Attempt saved. Raphael Martinho (Verona) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Alessandro Agostini.

62:22 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Milan. Valter Birsa replaces Keisuke Honda.

60:18 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Verona. Raphael Martinho replaces Daniele Cacia.

59:39

Attempt missed. Riccardo Montolivo (Milan) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Urby Emanuelson.

57:04

Foul by Riccardo Montolivo (Milan).

57:04

Juan Iturbe (Verona) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

55:35

Attempt missed. Keisuke Honda (Milan) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Mario Balotelli.

54:43

Corner, Verona. Conceded by Cristian Zapata.

54:27

Attempt blocked. Mario Balotelli (Milan) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

53:49

Mario Balotelli (Milan) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

53:49

Foul by Ezequiel Cirigliano (Verona).

52:38

Foul by Kaká (Milan).

52:38

Alejandro González (Verona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

51:58

Attempt missed. Riccardo Montolivo (Milan) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Nigel de Jong.

51:37 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Milan. Matías Silvestre replaces Daniele Bonera.

50:24

Offside, Verona. Rômulo tries a through ball, but Daniele Cacia is caught offside.

50:10

Attempt blocked. Keisuke Honda (Milan) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Riccardo Montolivo.

49:21

Foul by Kaká (Milan).

49:21

Ezequiel Cirigliano (Verona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

49:03

Hand ball by Daniele Cacia (Verona).

46:07

Attempt missed. Rômulo (Verona) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

45:00

Second Half begins Milan 0, Verona 0.

45:00 +0:01 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Milan 0, Verona 0.

44:51

Attempt missed. Riccardo Montolivo (Milan) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Nigel de Jong.

44:20

Corner, Milan. Conceded by Vangelis Moras.

42:37

Nigel de Jong (Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

42:37

Foul by Juan Gomez Taleb (Verona).

41:11

Foul by Riccardo Montolivo (Milan).

41:11

Rômulo (Verona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

40:17

Attempt saved. Mario Balotelli (Milan) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

39:34

Mario Balotelli (Milan) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

39:34

Foul by Ezequiel Cirigliano (Verona).

38:47

Attempt saved. Mario Balotelli (Milan) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Urby Emanuelson.

38:20

Attempt saved. Mario Balotelli (Milan) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Robinho.

37:25

Corner, Milan. Conceded by Domenico Maietta.

37:21

Attempt blocked. Riccardo Montolivo (Milan) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Kaká.

36:54

Attempt saved. Emil Hallfredsson (Verona) left footed shot from more than 35 yards is saved in the centre of the goal.

35:46

Corner, Verona. Conceded by Daniele Bonera.

34:28

Attempt missed. Mario Balotelli (Milan) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Robinho.

34:00

Attempt blocked. Robinho (Milan) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Daniele Bonera.

32:55

Offside, Verona. Daniele Cacia tries a through ball, but Rômulo is caught offside.

32:49

Attempt blocked. Daniele Cacia (Verona) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Juan Iturbe.

29:22

Dangerous play by Riccardo Montolivo (Milan).

29:22

Alejandro González (Verona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

28:16

Mattia De Sciglio (Milan).

28:16

Juan Gomez Taleb (Verona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

27:14

Urby Emanuelson (Milan) wins a free kick on the left wing.

27:14

Foul by Juan Iturbe (Verona).

25:06

Attempt missed. Juan Iturbe (Verona) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

24:25

Hand ball by Nigel de Jong (Milan).

23:46

Corner, Verona. Conceded by Mattia De Sciglio.

23:25

Foul by Robinho (Milan).

23:25

Rômulo (Verona) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

22:32

Daniele Bonera (Milan) wins a free kick on the left wing.

22:32

Foul by Daniele Cacia (Verona).

20:38

Offside, Verona. Rômulo tries a through ball, but Daniele Cacia is caught offside.

19:30

Riccardo Montolivo (Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

19:30

Foul by Emil Hallfredsson (Verona).

18:56

Attempt missed. Mario Balotelli (Milan) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Keisuke Honda.

15:44

Foul by Urby Emanuelson (Milan).

15:44

Daniele Cacia (Verona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

13:20

Attempt missed. Mario Balotelli (Milan) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Kaká with a through ball.

12:02

Attempt missed. Keisuke Honda (Milan) left footed shot from long range on the right is too high from a direct free kick.

11:12

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

11:12

Foul by Juan Gomez Taleb (Verona).

7:57

Attempt missed. Kaká (Milan) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Keisuke Honda with a cross.

6:03

Attempt blocked. Urby Emanuelson (Milan) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Keisuke Honda.

1:21

Attempt saved. Robinho (Milan) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kaká.

0:30

Corner, Milan. Conceded by Alessandro Agostini.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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