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Milan Lucky To Beat Bologna In Narrow Win

Carlos Bacca's early penalty saw Milan earn a valuable three points against a visibly distraught Bologna side.

Carlos Bacca converts the winning penalty against Bologna
Carlos Bacca converts the winning penalty against Bologna
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Despite a man advantage, Milan were fortunate to beat Bologna away at the Renato Dall'Ara on Sunday. Carlos Bacca's early penalty was enough to secure an important three points allowing Milan to overtake Sassuolo and move back into sixth place, at least until the Neroverdi's match against Frosinone on Sunday.

Milan desperately needed a win following a run of poor results against relegation struggling sides and despite a lacklustre performance, the Rossoneri will gladly take the three points. Carlos Bacca's penalty was enough to see off the Rossoblu who lost defensive midfielder Amadou Diawara to a red card in the twelfth minute, yet without the spot kick, it's hard to imagine that Milan would have broken the deadlock at all. Luiz Adriano narrowly headed wide in the second half, but created little of note otherwise.

Roberto Donaodni's side have been on a poor run of form over the last month, yet it's fair to say that they gave Milan the run around for much of the ninety minutes. Once again, Milan's performance was painfully ordinary. Slow, turgid and dull are just some of the adjectives that best encapsulate Milan's current style of play right now. Despite facing off against 10 man for almost eighty minutes of the match, Milan were the side that looked short a man much of the time with Bologna surpassing them in just about every area on the pitch.

Davide Calabria failed to impress in what was a rare start for the nineteen year old right back, with his mistakes frequently putting his team mates under pressure. Similarly the midfield were entirely ineffective and the likes of Riccardo Montolivo and Andrea Bertolacci struggled to cope with Bologna's high pressing. Bologna nearly earned a deserved equaliser in the final minutes of the match as Adam Masina fired a shot in at the far post, however he was judged to be offside by the linesman.

Another infuriating performance from the Rossoneri, but at least we got a win this time. Whether Milan can hold on to sixth place will depend on whether or not Sassuolo can beat Frosinone on Sunday. Otherwise, Milan will have to take all three points from the final game of the season, a home match against 3rd place Roma and hope that Esuebio Di Francesco's side slip up.