Stadio Comunale Luigi Ferraris, Genova, Italy
55′ Paletta Sent off
79′ Kucka (OG)
AC Milan spurned the chance to move to the top of Serie A after they were thrashed 3-0 by Genoa away at the Stadio Comunale Luigi Ferraris.
A first ever goal on his first ever start from Nikola Ninković put the Rossoblu ahead before Gabriel Paletta received a straight red card for the Rossoneri. Eleven minutes from time, Juraj Kucka put into his own net to double Genoa’s lead before substitute Leonardo Pavoletti made it three on the 86th minute.
After quite an evenly contested first ten minutes the hosts went ahead in the 11th minute when Tomás Rincón’s teasing delivery was met by Ninković with a diving header that beat Gianluigi Donnarumma.
In the 21st minute Milan went close when Alessio Romagnoli fired an effort just wide from-range. Three minutes later the Rossoneri tested Mattia Perin when Giacomo Bonaventura surged forward before firing a tame effort that the keeper saved with ease.
Five minutes into the second-half the visitors went close when Bonaventura fired an effort that Perin was forced to palm behind for a corner. The visitors went close from the resulting-corner when the delivery was pulled back to Manuel Locatelli, whose effort fell to Carlos Bacca but Perin palmed the loose ball away to Paletta, whose deflected effort was claimed by the keeper.
Matters got worse for the already-trailing Milan when they were reduced to ten men after Paletta received a straight red card. The Italian went in firmly on Luca Rigoni with both feet off the ground and left referee Luca Banti with no choice.
Five minutes later the hosts should have had a penalty when former Inter Milan defender Nicolás Burdisso was caught by a very high foot from M’Baye Niang but the referee was somehow unmoved.
In the 67th minute the hosts went close to doubling their lead when Genoa broke with Rincón, who found Rigoni, who found the former again and the midfielder curled an effort just wide.
In the 74th minute Milan had a good chance when Bonaventura found Andrea Poli, who was through on-goal but he fired wide under-pressure.
Five minutes later the Rossoblu doubled their lead when substitute Darko Lazović’s teasing cross was put into his own net by Kucka under-pressure from Pavoletti.
Two minutes later the hosts nearly got a quick-fire second when Miguel Veloso fired an effort at goal but Donnarumma saved with ease.
Five minutes later the Rossoblu sealed the victory when Diego Laxalt played Pavoletti through on-goal, the striker beat Romagnoli before calmly slotting home past Donnarumma.
Two minutes later the hosts thought they had a fourth when Rigoni headed home a Veloso cross, however the midfielder was in an offside position and his effort was chalked off.
In the third and final minute of injury-time Milan went close to a consolation when substitute Suso surged forward but he fired the ball just over the bar.
The result meant that Genoa climbed up to seventh on 15 points whilst Milan missed out on the chance to go top and remained in third on 19 points.