Italian Serie A
Milan1Verona0

Milan 1-0 Verona

AC Milan coach Clarence Seedorf shows the thumbs up to his players after Mario Balotelli, left, scored a penalty

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.

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.

Line-ups

Milan

  • 32Abbiati
  • 2De Sciglio
  • 28Emanuelson
  • 34de Jong
  • 17Zapata
  • 25BoneraSubstituted forSilvestreat 52'minutesBooked at 72mins
  • 10HondaSubstituted forBirsaat 63'minutes
  • 18MontolivoBooked at 79mins
  • 45Balotelli
  • 22Kaká
  • 7RobinhoSubstituted forPetagnaat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Mexes
  • 13Rami
  • 14Birsa
  • 16Poli
  • 23Nocerino
  • 24Cristante
  • 26Silvestre
  • 35Coppola
  • 37Petagna
  • 59Vasconcellos Ferreira
  • 81Zaccardo

Verona

  • 1Bittencourt Pinheiro
  • 23GonzálezSubstituted forJankovicat 85'minutes
  • 33Agostini
  • 14CiriglianoSubstituted forDonadelat 90'minutes
  • 18Moras
  • 22MaiettaBooked at 90mins
  • 2Orestes Caldeira
  • 10Hallfredsson
  • 8CaciaSubstituted forMartinhoat 61'minutes
  • 15Iturbe
  • 21Gomez Taleb

Substitutes

  • 3Albertazzi
  • 5Donati
  • 6Martinho
  • 11Jankovic
  • 12Andrade
  • 16Rubin
  • 17Donsah
  • 25Marques Pinto
  • 29Cacciatore
  • 30Donadel
  • 98Borra
Referee:
Mauro Bergonzi

Match Stats

Home TeamMilanAway TeamVerona
Possession
Home70%
Away30%
Shots
Home25
Away13
Shots on Target
Home7
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away10
Fouls
Home11
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Milan 1, Verona 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Milan 1, Verona 0.

Corner, Milan. Conceded by Rômulo.

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

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.

Corner, Verona. Conceded by Cristian Zapata.

Substitution

Substitution, Verona. Marco Donadel replaces Ezequiel Cirigliano.

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

Foul by Emil Hallfredsson (Verona).

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.

Corner, Verona. Conceded by Urby Emanuelson.

Corner, Verona. Conceded by Cristian Zapata.

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

Corner, Verona. Conceded by Urby Emanuelson.

Corner, Verona. Conceded by Urby Emanuelson.

Substitution

Substitution, Verona. Bosko Jankovic replaces Alejandro González.

Corner, Verona. Conceded by Nigel de Jong.

Goal!

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

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

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

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.

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

Foul by Emil Hallfredsson (Verona).

Booking

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

Foul by Riccardo Montolivo (Milan).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Milan. Andrea Petagna replaces Robinho.

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

Foul by Raphael Martinho (Verona).

Corner, Milan. Conceded by Emil Hallfredsson.

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

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

Booking

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

Foul by Matías Silvestre (Milan).

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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