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Match Recap: Milan Outscore Frosinone, Grab Important 4-2 Victory

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The first half did not end well for Milan, trailing 1-0 against a not-so-impressive Frosinone, but after the break the team came back onto the pitch with a different approach and outscored the Ciociari.

Jack Bonaventura is unstoppable: 4th goal of the season in Serie A.
Jack Bonaventura is unstoppable: 4th goal of the season in Serie A.
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In what should have been a relatively easy month for the Rossoneri, they managed to only come away with two points of a possible six in two consecutive dreary draws with relegation-threatened sides. With pressure mounting, three points have never been more important for Milan, and especially Siniša Mihajlović, than they were on Sunday. Except for the 2-0 victory over Sampdoria in the Coppa Italia's Round of 16, Milan had looked aboslutely abysmal lately, and desperately needed the three points to regain confidence and continue their run to a European spot.

Sinisa Mihajlović knew that this would not have been an easy match, and for this reason, he opted to field Giacomo Bonaventura, despite the fact that he was not perfectly fit, and rely on a hybrid 4-4-2/4-2-4 formation with M'baye Niang and Carlos Bacca at forward and Keisuke Honda on the right. The Rossoneri's game plan was to control the match by playing aggressively and forcing Frosinone off the ball in order to avoid their dangerous counterattack. Alas, things did not go according to plan in the first half since Milan struggled to create scoring chances, despite the possession they had, and even allowed the Ciociari to score an on a well-executed through ball for Daniel Ciofani.

Mihajlović appeared upset at the end of the first half, with his team trailing 1-0 and showing their usual weaknesses against defensive formations. Fortunately, the Rossoneri came back onto the pitch with a different approach, scoring twice in the first ten minutes of the second half thanks to Ignazio Abate (who had scored only once in eight years at Milan!) and Carlos Bacca and gaining the control of the match. Stats don't lie: the Rossoneri completely outplayed Frosinone during the second half and even increased their lead after Alex's goal at minute 77. This lead only lasted six minutes, since another mistake by the defenders led to Federico Dionisi's header, setting the result to 3-2. Bonaventura then scored the game-ending goal on a great finish during the third minute of stoppage time.

Milan is now six in the standings with 28 points. This puts them four points behind fourth-placed Roma, who are currently sitting in the last spot for European qualification. Given the jockeying at the top of the table that's characterized this particularly competitive season, to say that Milan definitely remain in the hunt for a European spot would not be hubris.