21 May 2017
Three goals in the second half and the Rossoneri clinch sixth place
Against Bologna, AC Milan take home the most precious win in the season. The 3-0 victory in front of more than forty thousand people gives the three points to the Rossoneri who clinch sixth place and make it back into Europe after a three-year absence. A hard-fought win, with all the goals coming in the second spell. Montella’s boys created a lot throughout the game, lacked the final pass, but showed great hunger and desire and managed to take home the win thanks to Deulofefu, followed by Honda - three minutes later. Lapadula’s goal in stoppage time is the right reward for the Red and Black No 9 who went close to scoring on several occasions. AC Milan have now 63 points in the league, with still one game to play - at Cagliari - before the end of the season.
THE MATCH REPORT
In the 2' Lapadula has already the chance to break the deadlock but the striker is ruled offside. The Rossoneri try to control the game, but in the first 45' never actually trouble Mirante. Montella's boys have a great chance in the 14' through Lapadula who though misses an easy goal. In the 23' Montolivo wins back the ball and finds Pasalic who goes for goal but a fine defensive play from Bologna's defence denies the Croatian midfielder. In the 27' Bologna have their chance through Donsah, while in the 29' Lapadula shoots high, once more. As the teams are back for the second half, AC Milan keep pushing hard and first through Romagnoli (48') then through Deulofeu go close to finding the lead. In the 69' San Siro can finally explode with joy as Deulofeu beats Mirante after Mati's fine assist. Flying on the wings of enthusiasm, the Rossoneri double the lead: this time is Honda with a sumptuous free-kick to beat Bologna's 'keeper. It's the 73' and the fans start celebrating. In the final minutes of the game, Lapadula gets his reward as he puts the game to bed scoring the goal for 3-0 and the young Cutrone makes his Serie A debut coming on for Deulofeu.
Montolivo: "I'm happy, we really wanted this sixth place. This is only the beginning, we can aim higher. We did it also thanks to the manager. You can always see his style of play on the pitch".
With today’s goal, Honda has ended a goal drought which lasted 16 Serie A meetings.
THE KEY MOMENT
The turning point is in the 58’ when Montella brings on Honda for Bacca, fielding the Rossoneri in a 4-3-3 and moving Deulofeu on the left. the Spanish international scores the goal that breaks the deadlock followed a few minutes later by Honda’s free-kick which gives the Rossoneri a two-goal lead.
Audi Player Index's was Mati Fernandez with a total score of 738 points. The Chilean was decisive with the two assists for Deulofeu and Lapadula.
AC MILAN-BOLOGNA 3-0
AC MILAN (3-5-2): Donnarumma; Gomez, Paletta, Romagnoli; Deulofeu (85’ Cutrone), Bertolacci (46’ Mati Fernandez), Montolivo, Pasalic, Vangioni; Bacca (58’ Honda), Lapadula. Subs: Guarnone, Storari, Altare, Calabria, Zapata, Kucka, Locatelli, Sosa, Ocampos. Coach: Montella.
BOLOGNA (4-2-3-1): Mirante; Torosidis, Gastaldello, Helander, Mbaye (65’ Kraft); Donsah, Taider; Verdi, Di Francesco (15’ Okwonkwo), Krejci (57’ Rizzo); Destro. Subs: Da Costa, Sarr, Oikonomou, Pulgar, Viviani, Nagy, Umar, Petkovic, Masina. Coach: Donadoni.
Referee: Giacomelli from Trieste.
Goals: 69’ Deulofeu (M), 73’ Honda (M), 90'+1’ Lapadula (M).
Booked: 6’ Helander (B), 69’ Deulofeu (M), 72’ Gastaldello (B), 90'+2’ Cutrone (M).
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