An excellent opening 30 minutes and Youns El Hilali's first two goals of the season helped AC Milan Primavera return to winning ways after two consecutive losses. Today, the Rossoneri got the better of Ascoli at Vismara, emerging 2-1 victors following a match that they largely controlled. The Diavolo's sixth victory of the season has seen them move towards the playoff zone, and Coach Giunti will be happy that his side have bounced back following defeats to Sampdoria and Inter. In addition to the match-winner's brace, the performances of Filì, Bright and Nasti were also particularly noteworthy. Another positive is the fact that the Rossoneri did well to see the match out in the closing stages, even after Obaretin had been sent off. AC Milan's next match will be on Saturday 6 March, when they'll face Fiorentina away from home at 13:00 CET. The Diavolo will be looking to gain revenge after recently losing against the Viola in the Coppa Italia.
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Coach Giunti made a few changes to the team that started against Sampdoria, fielding Tahar, Tonin and captain Brambilla from the start. The match began in the best possible fashion for the Rossoneri, who commanded possession early on. On the six-minute mark, El Hilali managed to find Nasti, who was brought down in the area. El Hilali then stepped up and scored the resulting penalty. It was a goal that really boosted the Italo-Moroccan, who made it 2-0 after 22 minutes with a powerful right-footed effort from the edge of the area that left Bolletta with no chance. The Rossoneri came close to adding a third through Tonin, whose shot was deflected behind for a corner. The away side managed to respond, with D'Agostino winning a spot-kick that Alagna converted with 35 minutes on the clock.
Filì was brought on for Tahar at half-time, and AC Milan immediately threatened after the restart through El Hilali. However, there were very few chances during the first 30 minutes of the second half. In the 77th minute, Filì did well to stop a particularly dangerous Ascoli counter, while Obaretin then received a second yellow card three minutes later to leave the Rossoneri down to ten men. Despite being a man down, the Diavolo came closest to scoring in the final few minutes as Bright fired over the bar.
AC MILAN 2-1 ASCOLI
AC MILAN (3-4-3): Moleri; Tahar (46' Filì), Michelis, Obaretin; Bright, Brambilla, Frigerio, Kerkez (62' Oddi); Tonin (78' Di Gesù), Nasti (62' Olzer), El Hilali. Substitutes: Pseftis, Desplanches; Pobi, Grassi, Mionić, Robotti, Saco. Coach: Giunti.
ASCOLI (4-3-1-2): Bolletta; Gurini, Markovic, Alagna, Pulsoni (71' Marucci); Lisi, Ceccarelli (78' Re), Colistra; Olivieri; D'Agostino, Intinacelli (78' Cudjoe). Substitutes: Raffaelli, D’Ainzara, Suliani, Rosolino, Silvestri, Riccardi, Marucci, Palazzino, Luongo. Coach: Seccardini.
Referee: Caputi from Livorno.
Goals: 7' pen. and 21' El Hilali (M), 36' pen. Alagna (A).
Bookings: 39' Nasti (M).
Sent off: 80' Obaretin (M).
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