With an angry reaction, after a disastrous first half closed with a double disadvantage, Milan (crippled by heavy absences) overturns Verona and takes the lead for one night, waiting for Napoli’s home match against Toro. Uphill race from the start for the Rossoneri, surprised by the rocket start of Verona: in the 2 ‘Ilic engages Tatarusanu in a deviation for a corner. It is the prelude to the Scaligero advantage: in the 6 ‘Veloso with the head serves Caprari who punches the inattentive defense of Milan and strikes Tatarusanu with a precise right.
The disadvantage hits the Rossoneri, annoyed by the speed and aggressiveness of Verona, in which Lazovic and Barak stand out. The superiority of the Venetians is clear and it is not surprising the sudden doubling. At 23 ‘a brilliant counterattack action delivers an inviting ball to Kalinic’s feet, knocked down in the area by Romagnoli. It is rigor, challenged by the hosts, and the unleashed Barak transforms him with precision. Milan’s reaction is frenetic, but confused: the first shot on goal, central and harmless, comes only on 29 ‘with Saelemaekers. At 35 ‘it rains in the wet for Pioli’s team: Rebic comes out with an injury, replaced by Leao. Milan tries but none of the forwards manages to sting and the team appears disconnected. At the beginning of the second half Pioli inserts Krunic and Castillejo to give some quality to the maneuver. Milan begins to collect corners and make it rain in the area. On one of these, dished up by Leao in the 59th minute, Giroud is good at anticipating Casale, overtaking Montipò with his head. It was the shock that the Rossoneri were looking for and San Siro ignites, pushing his team to comeback. The Verona area is under siege: the midfielder Veloso-Tameze struggles to contain the gusts of Milan.
At 68 ‘Leao touches the intersection of the posts with a shot from the edge. The Rossoneri pressure is unbearable and Verona capitulates in the 75th minute: the referee punishes a trip by Casale on Castillejo with a penalty and Kessie displaces Montipò. The tie pushes Pioli to dare: Ibrahimovic also inside.
The move brings luck: in the 77th minute an awkward intervention by Gunter on a harmless cross from Castillejo causes the Milanista 3-2 own goal. Verona is not there: Barak’s high shot at 81 ‘. But the inertia of the match is now in favor of Milan, which in the final blinds the sweaty victory. –