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AC Milan 2 - 1 Palermo: Match Recap

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Milan tried to waste another opportunity to stay close to the top of the table but Lapadula was there to save them.

US Citta di Palermo v AC Milan - Serie A Photo by Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images

It was a great chance for AC Milan to stay stuck to the top of the table and they would have wasted it if it was just for their performance after fifteen minutes of the game. Fortunately, they still managed to get the three points after a poor showing.

The Rossoneri started the game playing aggressively and their press didn’t allow Palermo to get out of their defensive half easily for the first 15 minutes. This led to an early goal by Suso, who beat Josip Posavec with a powerful shot, but then Milan stopped playing. The Rosanero took control of the game and finished the first half with 56% of ball possession, but they couldn’t score thanks to a solid performance by Gabriel Paletta and Alessio Romagnoli.

The second half wasn’t much different. The Rossoneri seemed to be scared to play a physical game, losing possession too easily, while Palermo had another bunch of good opportunity to equalize. Milan managed to keep the 1-0 lead for 26 minutes in this half, but then Ilija Nestorovski deservedly scored his 6th goal of the season and made it 1-1.

The Rossoneri immediately tried to regain the lead with Suso, but Posavec made two great saves to keep it 1-1. Vincenzo Montella had to do something and decided to replace Carlos Bacca, who played terribly, with Gianluca Lapadula with just 10 minutes to play. Fortunately, 10 minutes were enough for the Italian striker to make an impact as he scored his first goal of the season with this beautiful back heel touch.

Milan come back home from Palermo with their second ugly win in two weeks, but that showed once again that this team is ready to fight until the final whistle.