AC Milan beats Fiorentina 2-0 to stay high, unbeaten


MILAN (AP) — Regardless of the absence of its coach and star striker AC Milan maintained its unbeaten begin to the Serie A season by beating Fiorentina 2-0 on Sunday to make sure it will finish the weekend on the high of the desk.

An Alessio Romagnoli header and a Franck Kessie penalty within the first half secured the victory in entrance of the watching Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who was injured however cheering his teammates on from the stands.

Milan coach Stefano Pioli was additionally nonetheless absent after testing optimistic for the coronavirus.

The Rossoneri moved 5 factors away from Inter Milan and Sassuolo, which each performed on Saturday. Roma can transfer into second, three factors under Milan, if it wins at Napoli later in what will likely be an emotional match. It’s Napoli’s first Serie A sport since former participant Diego Maradona died on Wednesday in his native Argentina.

There was a tribute to Maradona at San Siro, as there was in all of the Serie A matches this weekend. That included a minute’s silence for the previous Napoli participant, whereas his picture was additionally projected on the stadium screens once more within the tenth minute, in honor of his shirt quantity.

Milan took the lead within the seventeenth minute when Romagnoli was left unmarked to move in a nook on the again publish.

Dusan Vlahovic nearly equalized shortly after however his effort was tipped onto the publish by Gianluigi Donnarumma.

As a substitute, it was Milan that doubled its lead within the twenty eighth when Kessie transformed a penalty after Alexis Saelemaekers was tripped by German Pezzella.

Kessie had one other penalty saved by Fiorentina goalkeeper Bartlomiej Dragowski 5 minutes from time following a foul by Martin Caceres on Theo Hernandez.

Milan might have prolonged its lead early within the second half however Hakan Calhanoglu’s strike got here off the publish.

OTHER MATCHES

Udinese was lacking numerous gamers due to the coronavirus however managed to win 3-1 at Lazio.

Tolgay Arslan, Ignacio Pussetto and Fernando Forestieri scored for Udinese earlier than a late Ciro Motionless penalty.

Bologna beat backside membership Crotone 1-0. Cagliari was enjoying Spezia later.

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