AC Milan travelled to face Bologna following the midweek loss to FC Porto. Stefano Pioli started with a varied squad as Krunic, Castillejo, Ballo-Toure got the nod while Ibrahimovic returned to the starting line up too. Milan won 4-2 but struggled despite an early lead as Bologna fought back despite their two red cards during the game. Milan opened the scoring early as Leao scored a fantastic goal with the help from a deflection down that left wing as he caught up with Ibrahimovic’s through ball and swung at the ball from a tight angle. Krunic won a free kick minutes later which saw Bologna get a red card as he was brought down by their last defender Soumaoro. Milan capitalised on that loss as just a minute later, we doubled our lead as captain Calabria scored with a stunning volley following failed attempts from Ibrahimovic and Castillejo in the box. Milan went into half time comfortably in charge at 2-0, Pioli decided to sub off Tonali for Bakayoko and Castillejo for Saelemaekers.
Milan were smacked in the face at the start of the second half as Bologna bounced back with two quick fire goals within three minutes. Ibrahimovic scored an own goal off a corner for their first but Milan’s defence were ripped open by Arnautovic, Soriano and a stunning Barrow finish for the equalising goal past a hapless Tatarusanu.
Milan struggled thereafter for creativity and to force chances as Bologna worked to waste time and disrupt the play as often as they could. Ballo-Toure was the recepient of a nasty foul which earned Sorinao a red card following a VAR review. Giroud was brought on for Krunic and had a stunning attempt on goal which forced a top notch save.
In the final five minutes of the game, Milan finally took their chances as Bennacer scored a stunning volley from outside the box after a Bakayoko cross was haphazardly cleared. In the 90th minute, Bennacer made a great run forward and played a simple pass to Ibrahimovic on the edge of the box who curled it past Skorupski into the back of the net for 4-2/