Before tonight's match, things were not looking up for Milan. Alessio Romagnoli, Jose Sosa, and Carlos Bacca were ineligible to play because of suspensions. Ignazio Abate, Giacomo Bonaventura, Riccardo Montolivo, and Suso are all injured. Because of this, Milan lined up as follows:
In the 2nd minute, Andrea Bertolacci went down and Montella was forced to substitute the midfielder for Manuel Locatelli. In the first ten minutes or so, Genoa started the game off strong. Milan looked lifeless until the 19th minute when Deulofeu changed the dynamic of the match as he had an excellent run down the middle of the field until cutting onto his right foot and just missing the goal.
Nearly right after, Milan had a free kick that was just wide. Following a prolonged period of pressure from Genoa, Milan scored one of the most beautiful goals of the season. Lapadula fired a one-touch pass into the box, and Matías Fernandez chipped the ball over the keeper. Milan dominanted the rest of the half as Genoa frequently gave up possession.
The second half was all Milan. At times, Genoa seemed to be playing ultra defensive which allowed Milan to take their time and exploit the space. Everytime Milan got in possession of the ball their attack would end in some chance. Milan had 20 shots, and of those 5 shots were on target; meanwhile Genoa had 8 shots and only 2 of those shots were on target. Clearly, even though Milan was not clinical in their finishing and should of had three 3 or 4 goals by the end of the game, Genoa was the weaker side.
Milan currently sit in 6th place and must continue to fight for a place in European competition.