The aim was to reverse a negative trend; instead, AC Milan Primavera suffered a further setback. Today, Hellas ran out comfortable 5-1 winners in Verona, with the result never in question. Yeboah’s brace, goals from Squarzoni and Bosilj – both from the penalty spot – and an own goal from Obaretin condemned the Rossoneri to their worst afternoon and defeat of the season. The team’s only joy of the day was Tolomello’s finish. In such an important match, and with the Diavolo already going through a tough spell, such a big loss wasn’t needed. The performance was missing and the team never got going. The Rossoneri have now suffered five defeats in eight league matches, including their last two (three consecutive losses when the Youth League is also considered).
It was an afternoon to forget. From this point, the only option left is to work hard to try to put things right. A five-point tally isn’t a lot, and it must be added to quickly, but, above all, the group must find their spirit again. The standings don’t make for good reading, and now the Rossoneri need to make the most of the international break to recuperate and rebuild ahead of their next fixture, which will see them host Juve at Vismara at 15:00 CET on Friday 19 November.
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In a first half to forget, the first chance of the game fell to AC Milan in the fifth minute, with Kivila pulling off a brilliant save to keep out Kerkez’s shot from the edge of the area. From the resulting corner, Coubis headed narrowly wide. The Rossoneri then went missing and Hellas Verona struck twice in a matter of minutes. In the ninth minute, Yeboah nodded home Bosilj’s cross to break the deadlock; three minutes later, Squarzoni sent Desplanches the wrong way from the penalty spot following a foul by Nsiala on Bragantini in the box. Robotti and Coubis had efforts after 16 and 24 minutes respectively, but both were imprecise. Things got even worse after 33 minutes, when Yeboah finished off Bragantini’s assist to score his second and Hellas’ third.
Coach Giunti made a triple change at the break, sending on Björklund, Di Gesù and Roback. However, it didn’t result in a change of momentum; on the contrary, Obaretin’s 47th-minute own goal saw the Diavolo fall further behind. With 51 minutes on the clock, Tolomello reduced the arrears with a long-range strike that Kivila should have done better with. It was only a brief moment of joy, with Yeboah hitting the post after 54 minutes and Bosilj going on to net the home side’s fifth with a 73rd-minute spot-kick after Di Gesù had fouled Pierobon. With the match drawing to a close, Yeboah wasted a big chance for Hellas with just the goalkeeper to beat. Full-time.
HELLAS VERONA 5-1 AC MILAN
HELLAS VERONA (3-5-2): Kivila; Redondi, Calabrese, Coppola; Minnocci, Terracciano (46' Colistra), Squarzoni, Pierobon (83' Patanè), Bragantini (64' Grassi); Bosilj (74' Florio), Yeboah (83' Caia). Subs: Boseggia, Patuzzo; Diaby, Ebenguè; Joselito, Turra; Cazzadori. Coach: Corrent.
AC MILAN (3-4-3): Desplanches; Coubis, Nsiala, Obaretin; Borges (46' Di Gesù), Tolomello (74' Rossi), Robotti (46' Björklund), Kerkez; Capone, Nasti (74' El Hilali), Traoré (46' Roback). Subs: Nava, Pseftis; Incorvaia; Eletu; Foglio, Polenghi. Coach: Giunti.
Referee: Zucchetti from Foligno.
Goals: 9' and 33' Yeboah (HV), 12' pen. Squarzoni (HV), 47' own goal. Obaretin (HV), 48' Tolomello (M), 73' pen. Bosilj (HV).
Bookings: 29' Calabrese (HV), 59' Colistra (HV), 72' Di Gesù (M).
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