After three wins in a seven-day span, Milan failed to put a single shot on goal in a 2-0 away defeat at Sampdoria.
Duvan Zapata found the breakthrough for the hosts in the 72nd minute. Milan failed to clear the ball, and Cristian Zapata headed the ball back into the middle of the box rather than trying to push it wide. The defender’s mistake led to a simple finish for his cousin, who now has two goals for Sampdoria on loan from Napoli.
Milan hardly caught a glimpse of goal before the 70th minute, when Nikola Kalinic blasted a first-time effort over the crossbar.
The Rossoneri were put at risk of going behind inside five minutes at the Massari when referee Paolo Valeri awarded Sampdoria a penalty for a handball on Franck Kessie. VAR prevailed for Milan, as replays showed Kessie clearly kept his arm down at his side when he blocked Ivan Strinic’s cross.
Milan already looked defeated and deflated when Sampdoria doubled the lead in stoppage time. Ricardo Alvarez was on the pitch for a matter of moments before burning Milan’s sluggish defense with a blistering run that finished with Gianluigi Donnarumma hopelessly trying to stop a low, driven shot that went in off the far post.
Vincenzo Montella stuck with the 3-5-2 against Sampdoria, but made two changes from the midweek win over SPAL. Suso and Giacomo Bonaventura replaced Andre Silva and Hakan Calhanoglu, respectively. Playing out of his usual position on the right wing, Suso looked uncomfortable playing as a second striker. The Spaniard was hardly involved for Milan, as they failed to produce anything resembling a threatening attack.
Milan’s defeat sees them fall six points off the pace in Serie A, with Juventus and Napoli both winning at the weekend. The Rossoneri remain on 12 points after six matches. Both defeats have come away from the San Siro.
Montella’s side will have a chance to turn things around at the San Siro Thursday, when they host Croatian champions Rijeka in the Europa League. Milan won their opening match of the group stage 5-1 against Austria Wien, so a home European match could be a boost for the Rossoneri before the Serie A campaign takes a challenging turn in October.