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Genoa 1-2 AC Milan: Pepe Reina saves injury-time penalty as Milan hold on

Pepe Reina
Pepe Reina saved a 95th-minute after fouling Genoa's Christian Kouame

Pepe Reina saved an injury-time penalty as struggling AC Milan beat Genoa to distance themselves from the Serie A relegation places and ease the pressure on manager Marco Giampaolo.

In an incident-packed match featuring four red cards, the visitors fought back with two goals in six second-half minutes through Theo Hernandez and Franck Kessie's penalty.

Lasse Schone's sublime free-kick had given Genoa a half-time lead.

Milan climb to 11th with victory.

Milan breathe sigh of relief after tense win

Succeeding Gennaro Gattuso as Milan boss in June, former Sampdoria manager Giampaolo had come under increasing pressure following the 18-time champions' dismal start to the campaign.

The seven-time champions of Europe had already suffered four defeats in their opening six league games, having been well beaten by Fiorentina last weekend.

Schone's opener for fellow strugglers Genoa, who sit second from bottom, provided relief for Giampaolo's counterpart Aurelio Andreazzoli - but the contest turned in the 51st minute as Hernandez beat Andrei Radu at his near post.

Moments later, Milan were awarded a penalty after a lengthy Video Assistant Referee review found Davide Biraschi guilty of handball, with the defender duly dismissed.

Genoa goalkeeper Radu denied substitute Rafael Leao at close range as the visitors, reduced to 10 men following a second yellow card for right-back Davide Calabria, chased a third.

With the drama not over, former Liverpool goalkeeper Reina brought down Christian Kouame before denying Schone from the spot in the 95th minute to secure a crucial three points.

A first red card of the match had been awarded to Genoa's Riccardo Saponara after comments he made from the bench, while Milan's unused substitute Samu Castillejo received the game's fourth for a similar offence shortly before the final whistle.

Line-ups

Genoa

Formation 3-4-1-2

  • 97Radu
  • 17RomeroBooked at 88mins
  • 2ZapataBooked at 23mins
  • 4CriscitoSubstituted forBiraschiat 11'minutesBooked at 56mins
  • 18Ghiglione
  • 20SchöneBooked at 67mins
  • 21Radovanovic
  • 33Pajac
  • 8LeragerBooked at 64minsSubstituted forPandevat 88'minutes
  • 11Kouamé
  • 99PinamontiSubstituted forFavilliat 73'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Goldaniga
  • 9Sanabria
  • 13El Yamiq
  • 14Biraschi
  • 15Jagiello
  • 19Pandev
  • 22Marchetti
  • 29Cassata
  • 30Favilli
  • 32Ankersen
  • 91Saponara
  • 93Chitolina Carniel

AC Milan

Formation 4-3-3

  • 25Reina
  • 2CalabriaBooked at 79mins
  • 43Campos Duarte da Silva
  • 13Romagnoli
  • 19Hernández
  • 79Kessié
  • 20BigliaBooked at 62mins
  • 10CalhanogluSubstituted forTolentino Coelho de Limaat 45'minutesBooked at 84mins
  • 8Fernández Saez
  • 9PiatekSubstituted forda Conceição Leãoat 45'minutes
  • 5BonaventuraSubstituted forContiat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Bennacer
  • 7Castillejo Azuaga
  • 11Borini
  • 12Conti
  • 17da Conceição Leão
  • 18Rebic
  • 33Krunic
  • 39Tolentino Coelho de Lima
  • 46Gabbia
  • 68Rodríguez
  • 90Donnarumma
Referee:
Maurizio Mariani
Attendance:
22,486

Match Stats

Home TeamGenoaAway TeamAC Milan
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home14
Away9
Shots on Target
Home6
Away6
Corners
Home7
Away0
Fouls
Home23
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Genoa 1, Milan 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Genoa 1, Milan 2.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Foul by Lasse Schöne (Genoa).

  5. Dismissal

    Samu Castillejo (Milan) is shown the red card.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Cristián Zapata (Genoa) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Cristian Romero with a headed pass following a corner.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Genoa. Conceded by Pepe Reina.

  8. Post update

    Penalty saved! Lasse Schöne (Genoa) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom left corner.

  9. Post update

    Penalty conceded by Pepe Reina (Milan) after a foul in the penalty area.

  10. Post update

    Penalty Genoa. Christian Kouamé draws a foul in the penalty area.

  11. Booking

    Cristian Romero (Genoa) is shown the yellow card.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Genoa. Goran Pandev replaces Lukas Lerager.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Lukas Lerager (Genoa) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Andrea Favilli.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Lasse Schöne (Genoa) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left from a direct free kick.

  15. Booking

    Lucas Paquetá (Milan) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Lucas Paquetá (Milan).

  17. Post update

    Cristian Romero (Genoa) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Rafael Leão (Milan).

  19. Post update

    Cristián Zapata (Genoa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

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

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Saturday 5th October 2019

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Inter Milan66001321118
2Juventus6510115616
3Atalanta6411159613
4Napoli64021510512
5Roma6321119211
6Lazio6312114710
7Cagliari631296310
8Torino6303101009
9Hellas Verona72326519
10Parma7304810-29
11AC Milan730469-39
12Fiorentina6222111018
13Bologna62227708
14Udinese621335-27
15Sassuolo62041112-16
16Brescia620479-26
17Lecce6204612-66
18SPAL7205613-76
19Genoa7124815-75
20Sampdoria7106416-123
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