Cagliari 0-1 AC Milan: Ismael Bennacer restores three-point lead

Cagliari 0-1 AC Milan: Ismael Bennacer restores three-point lead

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Last updated on 19 March 202219 March 2022.From the section European Football

The top four in the table are separated by 10 pointsAC Milan survived a late scare at Cagliari to restore their three-point lead at the top of Serie A.

Algeria midfielder Ismael Bennacer volleyed in from Olivier Giroud’s lay-off to break the deadlock just before the hour mark.

Leonardo Pavoletti’s 90th-minute header struck the Milan crossbar as they held on for a third straight 1-0 win.

Giroud and Brahim Diaz fired wide before half-time, while Franck Kessie’s long-range strike hit a post.

Napoli, who earlier came from behind to win 2-1 at home to Udinese, are second in the table.

Udinese led through Gerard Deulofeu, but Napoli’s Victor Osimhen made it four goals in two games with a rapid double early in the second half.

Udinese’s on-loan Arsenal defender Pablo Mari was shown a red card late on.

Defending champions Inter Milan drew 1-1 at home to Fiorentina to trail rivals Milan by six points, albeit with a game in hand.

Lucas Torreira put Fiorentina in front just after half-time before Denzel Dumfries hit straight back.

Line-upsCagliariFormation 3-1-4-2

28Cragno

3Goldaniga66Lovato15Altare

27Grassi

12Bellanova8Marin29Chagas Estevao22Lykogiannis

30Pavoletti10Geraldino dos Santos Galvão

28Cragno3Goldaniga66Lovato15Altare27GrassiSubstituted forKeitaat 82’minutes12BellanovaBooked at 77minsSubstituted forPereiroat 81’minutes8Marin29Chagas EstevaoSubstituted forZappaat 75’minutes22LykogiannisSubstituted forDeiolaat 68’minutes30Pavoletti10Geraldino dos Santos GalvãoSubstitutes1Aresti9Keita14Deiola20Pereiro23Ceppitelli25Zappa31Radunovic32Ceter33Obert39Kourfalidis44CarboniAC MilanFormation 4-2-3-1

16Maignan

2Calabria20Kalulu23Tomori19Hernández

4Bennacer79Kessié

30Messias10Díaz17da Conceição Leão

9Giroud

16Maignan2Calabria20Kalulu23Tomori19Hernández4Bennacer79Kessié30MessiasSubstituted forSaelemaekersat 78’minutes10DíazSubstituted forKrunicat 72’minutes17da Conceição LeãoSubstituted forRebicat 71’minutes9GiroudSubstituted forIbrahimovicat 87’minutesSubstitutes1Tatarusanu5Ballo-Touré8Tonali11Ibrahimovic12Rebic13Romagnoli25Florenzi33Krunic41Bakayoko46Gabbia56Saelemaekers83MiranteReferee:Marco Di Bello

Attendance:12,309

Live TextMatch ends, Cagliari 0, AC Milan 1.

Second Half ends, Cagliari 0, AC Milan 1.

Attempt blocked. Ante Rebic (AC Milan) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Alexis Saelemaekers.

Corner, AC Milan. Conceded by Giorgio Altare.

Attempt blocked. Alexis Saelemaekers (AC Milan) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ismaël Bennacer.

Ismaël Bennacer (AC Milan) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Giorgio Altare (Cagliari).

Foul by Ante Rebic (AC Milan).

Edoardo Goldaniga (Cagliari) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Mike Maignan (AC Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Keita Baldé (Cagliari).

Attempt blocked. Razvan Marin (Cagliari) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Leonardo Pavoletti (Cagliari) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Gabriele Zappa with a cross.

Attempt missed. Matteo Lovato (Cagliari) header from very close range misses to the right. Assisted by Razvan Marin with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Cagliari. Conceded by Davide Calabria.

Substitution, AC Milan. Zlatan Ibrahimovic replaces Olivier Giroud.

Davide Calabria (AC Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Keita Baldé (Cagliari).

Attempt missed. Ismaël Bennacer (AC Milan) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left following a corner.

Attempt blocked. Olivier Giroud (AC Milan) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Theo Hernández with a cross.

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