19 February 2017
AC Milan take home three precious points in the race for Europe with two goals in the first 45'
Three important points. This is the round up of the match played at San Siro this Sunday night by Vincenzo Montella's side who continue their positive streak after the late win in Bologna and the 1-1 draw in Rome against Lazio. AC Milan now have 44 points putting only 4 points between them and the 6th place, and pulling away from Fiorentina. The mind now goes to the next match, away to Sassuolo.
Relive AC Milan-Fiorentina play by play
THE MATCH REPORT
For the 25th round of Serie A, the Rossoneri are back at San Siro to face direct rivals Fiorentina in a very important match to continue the race for the Europa League. Vincenzo Montella has still to make do with a few injuries but has the chance to field Paletta who makes up the 4-man defence together with Abate and Vangioni, full backs, and Gustavo Gomez in the centre to support him. In midfield, Sosa finds a place in a starting berth, while up front the coach fields the trident with Deulofeu, Bacca and Suso.
The match starts at a high tempo and the Red and Blacks find the opening goal with Kucka. AC Milan win a free-kick which is whipped into the box, and the Slovakian gets there before Davide Astori to head it into the back of the net. It's though a short-lived lead for the Rossoneri since only 4 minutes later, Fiorentina find the goal for 1-1 with Kalinic who gets onto the ball before Gomez and beats Donnarumma from point-blank range.
The Rossoneri keep pressing hard on the accelerator and 30' into the first half make it two: Deulofeu does well to run towards the goal skipping past two players and to fire a precise shot that beats Tatarusanu. It's 2-1 to AC Milan. Before the end of the first half, Pasalic has the chance to make it three but his shot is deflected onto the post by the Viola 'keeper.
In the second 45', Montella's boys lower the tempo and do well to defend against waves of Fiorentina pressure which almost makes it count on the 55' with Sanchez: the Colombian fires high over the bar what looked like a certain goal.
The coach tries to strengthen the midfield bringing on Bertolacci for Deulofeu. It's the 73'. The Viola side keep possession but never trouble Donnarumma and its' AC Milan to go close to putting the match to bed with Abate who though strikes right at the 'keeper from inside the box.
The ref awards 5 minutes of added time, but the result doesn't change. It's 2-1 to AC Milan.
Deulofeu: "I'm really happy. It was a hard game, which we managed to win with the goals in the first half. It was important to take home the three points. Our work is paying off, we have to continue training hard day after day. We knew Fiorentina are a good team, but we have shown great spirit of sacrifice".
It's the first goal in Serie A for Deulofeu, who managed to score after 5 shots on goal (10 shots in total) in Serie A. The Spaniard last scored on 28th December 2015 in the Premier League (Everton-Stoke City).
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MAN OF THE MATCH
Audi Player Index's man of the match is Juraj Kucka who scored a total of 782 points. Also against the Viola, the Slovakian midfielder has shown all his qualities, defensive and offensive, as shown by the header that gave his team the lead.
AC MILAN-FIORENTINA 2-1
AC MILAN (4-3-3): Donnarumma; Abate, Gomez, Paletta, Vangioni; Kucka (73' Zapata), Sosa (86' Poli), Pasalic; Suso, Bacca, Deulofeu (73' Bertolacci). Subs: Plizzari, Storari, Calabria, Zucchetti, Mati Fernandez, Honda, Locatelli, Lapadula, Ocampos. Coach: Montella.
FIORENTINA (3-4-2-1): Tatarusanu; Sanchez, Gonzalo Rodriguez, Astori; Chiesa (71' Tello), Borja Valero, Vecino, Salcedo; Ilicic (81' Saponara), Cristoforo (71' Badelj), Kalinic. Subs: Sportiello, Babacar, De Maio, Milic, Satalino, Hagi, Tomovic, Maxi Olivera. Coach: Paulo Sousa.
Referee: Paolo Valeri from Roma.
Goals: 16' Kucka (M), 20' Kalinic (F), 31' Deulofeu (M).
Booked: 44' Salcedo (F), 46' Vangioni (M), 52' Gomez (M), 52' Vecino (F), 74' Suso (M).
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