Two late goals in the space of three minutes gave new AC Milan boss Clarence Seedorf his second straight Serie A win since taking over at the San Siro.

Milan, who replaced Massimiliano Allegri with Seedorf after a terrible start to the season, trailed when Marco Sau slotted in against the run of play.

The visitors equalised through Mario Balotelli's bending 20-yard free-kick.

And substitute Giampaolo Pazzini helped Milan move up to ninth by swooping on Keisuke Honda's right-wing cross.

The comeback win against 14th-placed Cagliari demonstrated the new-found belief among Milan's players since Seedorf's return to the San Siro.

The 37-year-old Dutchman, who played for the Rossoneri from 2002 until 2012, had never coached a professional team before his appointment earlier this month.

But, despite a Coppa Italia defeat by Udinese in midweek, the four-time Champions League winner appears to have already instilled more resilience, with Milan also beating Verona thanks to a late Balotelli goal  on Seedorf's managerial debut.

Elsewhere, neighbours Inter Milan were jeered off the San Siro pitch after being held to a 0-0 draw by rock-bottom Catania.

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

Cagliari

  • 25 Avramov
  • 14 Pisano
  • 29 Murru
  • 05 Conti Booked
  • 15 Rossettini
  • 13 Astori
  • 21 Dessena (Ibraimi - 89' )
  • 07 Cossu Booked
  • 09 Sau (Cabrera - 69' Booked )
  • 51 Pinilla
  • 20 Ekdal (Eriksson - 76' )

Substitutes

  • 10 Ibraimi
  • 16 Eriksson
  • 22 Cabrera
  • 24 Perico
  • 26 Adán
  • 34 Del Fabro
  • 38 Solinas

Milan

  • 01 Amelia
  • 02 De Sciglio
  • 28 Emanuelson (Abate - 77' )
  • 18 Montolivo
  • 13 Rami
  • 25 Bonera
  • 10 Honda
  • 34 de Jong (Muntari - 69' )
  • 45 Balotelli Booked
  • 22 Kaká
  • 07 Robinho (Pazzini - 60' )

Substitutes

  • 04 Muntari
  • 05 Mexes
  • 11 Pazzini
  • 14 Birsa
  • 20 Abate
  • 21 Constant
  • 24 Cristante
  • 35 Coppola
  • 59 Vasconcellos Ferreira
Ref: Daniele Doveri

Match Stats

Shots

7 21

On target

1 8

Corners

4 9

Fouls

21 19

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Cagliari 1, Milan 2.

90:00 +5:08 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Cagliari 1, Milan 2.

90:00 +4:33

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

90:00 +4:33

Foul by Agim Ibraimi (Cagliari).

90:00 +3:35

Giampaolo Pazzini (Milan) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +3:35

Foul by Daniele Conti (Cagliari).

90:00 +1:52

Offside, Milan. Sulley Ali Muntari tries a through ball, but Giampaolo Pazzini is caught offside.

90:00 +1:28

Foul by Francesco Pisano (Cagliari).

90:00 +1:17

Keisuke Honda (Milan) wins a free kick on the left wing.

90:00 +0:16

Foul by Matias Cabrera (Cagliari).

90:00 +0:07

Giampaolo Pazzini (Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

88:40 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Cagliari. Agim Ibraimi replaces Daniele Dessena.

88:37 Booking

Booking Andrea Cossu (Cagliari) is shown the yellow card.

88:36 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Cagliari 1, Milan 2. Giampaolo Pazzini (Milan) right footed shot from very close range to the top right corner. Assisted by Keisuke Honda with a cross following a corner.

87:42

Corner, Milan. Conceded by Davide Astori.

86:51 Booking

Booking Mario Balotelli (Milan) is shown the yellow card.

86:04 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Cagliari 1, Milan 1. Mario Balotelli (Milan) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the high centre of the goal.

84:59 Booking

Booking Matias Cabrera (Cagliari) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.

84:54

Hand ball by Matias Cabrera (Cagliari).

84:36

Corner, Milan. Conceded by Daniele Conti.

84:06

Corner, Milan. Conceded by Francesco Pisano.

83:38

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

83:38

Foul by Andrea Cossu (Cagliari).

82:25

Corner, Milan. Conceded by Daniele Dessena.

82:19

Attempt blocked. Kaká (Milan) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Keisuke Honda with a cross.

81:59

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

81:59

Foul by Sebastian Eriksson (Cagliari).

81:42

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

81:42

Foul by Sebastian Eriksson (Cagliari).

81:24

Sulley Ali Muntari (Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

81:24

Foul by Matias Cabrera (Cagliari).

80:47

Attempt missed. Mario Balotelli (Milan) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left from a direct free kick.

80:04

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

80:04

Foul by Daniele Conti (Cagliari).

77:44

Foul by Daniele Bonera (Milan).

77:44

Mauricio Pinilla (Cagliari) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

76:52 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Milan. Ignazio Abate replaces Urby Emanuelson.

76:22

Offside, Cagliari. Francesco Pisano tries a through ball, but Mauricio Pinilla is caught offside.

75:22 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Cagliari. Sebastian Eriksson replaces Albin Ekdal.

73:55

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

73:20

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

73:20

Foul by Daniele Dessena (Cagliari).

72:23

Attempt missed. Mauricio Pinilla (Cagliari) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Matias Cabrera.

71:45

Foul by Giampaolo Pazzini (Milan).

71:45

Luca Rossettini (Cagliari) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

70:14

Foul by Keisuke Honda (Milan).

70:14

Daniele Conti (Cagliari) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

68:59 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Milan. Sulley Ali Muntari replaces Nigel de Jong.

68:29 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Cagliari. Matias Cabrera replaces Marco Sau because of an injury.

67:52

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

66:19

Corner, Cagliari. Conceded by Riccardo Montolivo.

65:27

Attempt saved. Mattia De Sciglio (Milan) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

64:55

Corner, Milan. Conceded by Davide Astori.

64:07

Attempt blocked. Keisuke Honda (Milan) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

63:09

Foul by Keisuke Honda (Milan).

63:09

Nicola Murru (Cagliari) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

60:52

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

60:52

Foul by Daniele Dessena (Cagliari).

60:32

Foul by Kaká (Milan).

60:32

Daniele Dessena (Cagliari) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

59:58 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Milan. Giampaolo Pazzini replaces Robinho.

59:39 Booking

Booking Daniele Conti (Cagliari) is shown the yellow card.

58:52

Attempt missed. Keisuke Honda (Milan) left footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Robinho.

57:43

Attempt missed. Robinho (Milan) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

54:50

Attempt missed. Mauricio Pinilla (Cagliari) right footed shot from more than 35 yards misses to the right.

54:25

Foul by Adil Rami (Milan).

54:25

Mauricio Pinilla (Cagliari) wins a free kick on the left wing.

53:39

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

52:03

Foul by Urby Emanuelson (Milan).

52:03

Andrea Cossu (Cagliari) wins a free kick on the right wing.

51:12

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

51:06

Delay in match Marco Sau (Cagliari) because of an injury.

50:34

Foul by Keisuke Honda (Milan).

50:34

Marco Sau (Cagliari) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

49:09

Foul by Daniele Bonera (Milan).

49:09

Marco Sau (Cagliari) wins a free kick on the right wing.

46:07

Attempt missed. Riccardo Montolivo (Milan) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

45:00

Second Half begins Cagliari 1, Milan 0.

45:00 +0:59 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Cagliari 1, Milan 0.

44:17

Corner, Cagliari. Conceded by Keisuke Honda.

43:44

Corner, Cagliari. Conceded by Daniele Bonera.

43:43

Attempt blocked. Daniele Dessena (Cagliari) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Marco Sau.

42:07

Foul by Mario Balotelli (Milan).

42:07

Albin Ekdal (Cagliari) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

40:48

Urby Emanuelson (Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

40:48

Foul by Andrea Cossu (Cagliari).

39:50

Foul by Mattia De Sciglio (Milan).

39:50

Nicola Murru (Cagliari) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

38:47

Corner, Milan. Conceded by Francesco Pisano.

38:43

Attempt saved. Keisuke Honda (Milan) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Mattia De Sciglio with a cross.

37:31

Attempt missed. Riccardo Montolivo (Milan) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left following a set piece situation.

36:44

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

36:44

Foul by Davide Astori (Cagliari).

35:53

Offside, Cagliari. Andrea Cossu tries a through ball, but Nicola Murru is caught offside.

34:45

Foul by Kaká (Milan).

34:45

Nicola Murru (Cagliari) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

34:05

Corner, Milan. Conceded by Davide Astori.

33:46

Keisuke Honda (Milan) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

33:46

Foul by Albin Ekdal (Cagliari).

33:07

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

33:07

Foul by Andrea Cossu (Cagliari).

32:46

Foul by Mattia De Sciglio (Milan).

32:46

Mauricio Pinilla (Cagliari) wins a free kick on the left wing.

29:57

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

29:57

Foul by Daniele Dessena (Cagliari).

27:56 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Cagliari 1, Milan 0. Marco Sau (Cagliari) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Mauricio Pinilla.

26:37

Foul by Kaká (Milan).

26:37

Davide Astori (Cagliari) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

24:50

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

24:50

Foul by Andrea Cossu (Cagliari).

22:16

Offside, Cagliari. Daniele Conti tries a through ball, but Mauricio Pinilla is caught offside.

19:23

Attempt missed. Nicola Murru (Cagliari) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Albin Ekdal.

17:55

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

17:26

Corner, Milan. Conceded by Vlada Avramov.

17:22

Attempt saved. Keisuke Honda (Milan) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Mario Balotelli with a through ball.

16:34

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

15:19

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.

14:49

Foul by Robinho (Milan).

14:49

Francesco Pisano (Cagliari) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

13:26

Offside, Cagliari. Andrea Cossu tries a through ball, but Marco Sau is caught offside.

12:23

Attempt missed. Nicola Murru (Cagliari) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Andrea Cossu following a corner.

12:01

Corner, Cagliari. Conceded by Adil Rami.

10:26

Foul by Nigel de Jong (Milan).

10:26

Andrea Cossu (Cagliari) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

9:28

Corner, Milan. Conceded by Vlada Avramov.

9:22

Attempt saved. Mario Balotelli (Milan) left footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal.

8:42

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

8:42

Foul by Nicola Murru (Cagliari).

8:05

Foul by Mario Balotelli (Milan).

8:05

Daniele Conti (Cagliari) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

7:23

Foul by Mattia De Sciglio (Milan).

7:23

Mauricio Pinilla (Cagliari) wins a free kick on the left wing.

6:02

Attempt missed. Robinho (Milan) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Mario Balotelli.

4:39

Attempt blocked. Robinho (Milan) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Kaká.

4:12

Attempt missed. Robinho (Milan) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Mattia De Sciglio.

2:58

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

2:58

Foul by Francesco Pisano (Cagliari).

2:33

Foul by Mario Balotelli (Milan).

2:33

Albin Ekdal (Cagliari) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

1:39

Marco Amelia (Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

1:39

Foul by Andrea Cossu (Cagliari).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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