10 February 2018
Patrick’s brace and goals from Biglia and Borini complete a solid display against SPAL
The Red and Blacks extend their unbeaten run in Ferrara to eight games after a solid 0-4 win thanks to a goal in each half by Cutrone – who is gaining the boss's trust to start – and strikes by Biglia (his first in the Red and Black) and Borini. SPAL had drawn four of their last five home games, including the 1-1 tie against Inter last fixture. It was not supposed to be easy, but the Rossoneri were clinical and made most of their opportunities count sealing a convincing performance and a heavy win. We have now 38 points, provisionally reached Sampdoria in sixth place, and stand 7 points away from Champions League qualifying spots. Yet, the focus now goes to Europa League as AC Milan will face Ludogorets next Thursday at 7.00 PM in the first leg of the Round of 32.
AC Milan play in a 4-3-3 system with Cutrone up front from the start. Only 90 seconds into the game and is precisely Patrick the man to break the deadlock! Suso sends a cross finding Romagnoli, whose header is blocked by Meret, and then the No.63 pounces on the rebound. In the 33’, Calhanoglu fires from distance but his effort ends wide and two minutes later, Bonaventura’s shot is parried away by the keeper. SPAL react in the 42’ and go tremendously close through Viviani who hits the woodwork with a free-kick. The second half starts at a slower tempo with the Rossoneri playing more conservatively and showing solidity in defence. In the 65’, Suso makes a waving run into the area and triggers a shot which is blocked by the keeper but there is Cutrone, again, well positioned to pounce on the rebound. Only a few minutes later Biglia wins the ball back in the opposition half and with a curled shot makes it three. Just before the final whistle, Borini nets the fourth after a powerful shot from inside the area. It’s all AC Milan, it’s 0-4 in Ferrara.
SPAL 0-4 AC MILAN
SPAL (3-5-2): Meret; Simic, Salamon, Felipe; Lazzari, Kurtic, Viviani, Grassi (62’ Schiattarella), Mattiello (84’ Dramé); Everton Luiz (54’ Paloschi), Antenucci. Subs: Gomis, Marchegiani, Dramé, Costa, Vaisanen, Konate, Schiattarella, Vitale, Paloschi, Bonazzoli, Floccari. Coach: Leonardo Semplici.
AC MILAN (4-3-3): Donnarumma; Abate, Bonucci, Romagnoli, Rodriguez; Kessie (84’ Borini), Biglia (75’ Montolivo), Bonaventura; Suso, Cutrone (77’ André Silva), Calhanoglu. Subs: Donnarumma A., Guarnone, Antonelli, Bellanova, Gomez, Musacchio, Zapata, Locatelli, Mauri, Montolivo, Borini, André Silva. Coach: Gennaro Gattuso.
Referee: Maurizio Mariani
Goals: 2' and 65' Cutrone (M), 73' Biglia (M), 90+1' Borini (M)
Booked: 17’ Kessie (M), 29’ Simic (S), 40’ Biglia (M), 51’ Mattiello (S), 70’ Schiattarella (S), 81’ Bonucci (M).
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