Sulley Muntari scores winner goal for AC Milan to win againt Chievo

Sulley Muntari

AC Milan’s pursuit of the Serie A title looks to be back on despite recording an underwhelming 1-0 victory over Chievo at the Bentegodi on Tuesday.

An early strike from Sulley Muntari was enough for the Rossoneri to return to the summit, and although an uncomfortable night was endured in Verona for the Milanese outfit, some may argue it was the performance of champions in-elect, having ground out the three points.

The champions gave a first league start of the season to Mattia De Sciglio at left-back, while Gennaro Gattuso was welcomed back into the XI for the first time since September, but even he failed to provide inspiration to what was a lacklustre Milan display.

An uncertain beginning to the match saw the visitors frequently squander possession, with Michael Bradley and co. doing their utmost to unsettle their lethargic visitors, who struggled to stamp their authority. However, they were handed a reprieve just seven minutes in.

A counterattack lead by Robinho found Rossoneri team-mate Muntari, who popped up near the goalmouth and, helped by on a bobble, fired a low shot from distance past Stefano Sorrentino for 1-0 and an undeserved Milan lead.

However, the goal did not act as a tonic for Massimiliano Allegri’s, and Chievo will have been deeply disappointed not to have found the equaliser before the interval. More hustling and bustling ensued, but Cyril Thereau failed to make his chances count.

The Frenchman was presented with a headed opportunity and a powerful shot following Luca Rigoni’s good work, but Christian Abbiati played a key role in ensuring his net was not exploited throughout the encounter.

Robinho again flattered to deceive in a Milan jersey, but he came agonisingly close to doubling the lead for his side after some magnificient individual play. The Brazilian shifted past Francesco Acerbi, but his left-footed strike came a whisker away of beating Sorrentino.

The status quo was carried over into the second half, as Chievo again dominated much of the play. They restarted with two more chances, but Bradley’s strike was straight at Abbiati, while Sergio Pellissier failed to make the rebound count, having blazed hopelessly over the bar.

The Flying Donkeys’ endeavour showed no signs of abating, and the introduction of Luciano promised more inventive football from the hosts. However, Milan remained rigid in their approach and continued to keep the result in their favour.

The remainder of the contest saw opportunism come at a premium. Domenico Di Carlo’s men did not throw in the towel and did their best to salvage what they could, but Pellissier, who tried his best to act as a targetman, was only fed with scraps.

Alessandro Nesta’s handball in the box was the only other noteworthy shout for Chievo, and even then the defender threw up his arm for an offside call, which referee Paolo Valeri agreed without hesitation.

However, late drama saw Acerbi appear to have scored an equaliser deep in injury time, but the stopper was adjudged to be offside and Milan now move two points clear of arch-rivals Juventus at the top of Serie A. Chievo, however, remain ninth in the standings.

Source Goal.Com


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