AC Milan have beaten Crotone 2-1 at home, surviving an early first half scare to take out all three points, scraping home thanks to some late Lapadula heroics (and no thanks to some Niang failures).
It was all Crotone in the first half, and they would be the first to score with Diego Falcinelli putting the visitors in front to make it 1-0 in the 23rd minute. If Falcinelli didn’t score it may have been a penalty anyway.
Milan struggled for the first 4o minutes of the match, and Crotone could have extended their lead further. Instead, it would be Mario Pasalic who would equalise for the Rossoneri just before halftime with a header coming from a corner.
M’Baye Niang would have a chance to give Milan the lead in the 53rd minute after Gianluca Lapadula was brought down in the box, however his penalty was saved. Niang was having a fairly terrible match, and it looked as if Lapadula wanted to take the penalty, that is until Niang took the ball from him.
It would be Lapadula who would score the eventual winner in the 87th minute.. Keisuke Honda floated in a free kick and it fell to Lapadula, who turned and banged it into the back of the net.
GOAL Lapadula!!! Milan 2-1 Crotone pic.twitter.com/wIoiTYAVlI— Serie A News (@TransfersCalcio) December 4, 2016
That was Lapadula’s first start at home and his first goal at the San Siro.