Had a nightmare facing Balotelli's free kick, parrying one of the striker's deliveries back across his six-yard box to give Montolivo the opportunity to score the opener.
Also couldn't deal with Balotelli, but was on hand to hook away a few dangerous Milan crosses. Unfortunate not to turn home a looping long-range free kick, which eventually found its way into the gloves of Abbiati.
Struggled to deal with the pace and strength of Balotelli throughout, which was eventually illustrated by his two yellow cards resulting in a second-half dismissal.
Struggled to make an impact in the first half, but offered plenty of width in the second, almost setting up Thereau with a clever channel ball. Unfortunate to leave the field injured.
Drove powerfully through midfield at times which Abate really struggled to deal with. Was determined to see the game through until the end despite picking up a painful arm injury and battled on regardless.
Employed some questionable tactics to stop Balotelli from playing at his best in the first half, including an off-the-ball shove. In the second half, this also continued, with the Slovenian picking up a yellow card for a cynical blocking off.
Lead by example for the hosts, using his experience and technical ability to really hold his own in the center of midfield. Gave the ball away a few times unnecessarily in the second half, but was generally a good hub for his side.
Made a couple of decent challenges in the first half, but suffered an injury whilst tackling Abate in first-half injury time and was forced off as a result.
Was bright, pacey and powerful despite a lengthy trip away during the international break. Looked useful in the first half but faded a little bit in the second, however.
Was unfortunate not to see one of Abbiati's spills head in his direction to stab home. Worked hard and ensured that he was in the right areas, but was never presented with good service.
Was bright and creative with the ball at his feet, putting in some reasonable crosses and creating some chances with his neat footwork. His quality of ball lacked at times, but he was one of Chievo's greatest threats.
His handling was questionable in the first half, as he spilled two seemingly tame crosses from Thereau, which almost allowed the lurking Paloschi the opportunity to score. Made one fantastic save to deny Luciano.
Made a couple of cynical fouls, but was generally quite solid. Dominated aerially over Paloschi and wasn't called into question too much when the ball was on the floor.
Did what was asked of him and covered well to shepherd the ball out of play whenever a Chievo long ball went astray.
Had a bright start to the game, but faded a little bit offensively as the match progresses. Drame caused a few problems for the right back with his strength, but generally Abate offered good width for the visitors.
M. De Sciglio
Composed and solid performance from the youngster, who wasn't beaten down Milan's left and yet again showed why he is so highly regarded.
Battled well and shielded his defense well, proving that experience can outweigh pace. Was unfortunate not to score after receiving the ball in space at the edge of the Chievo area, but Puggioni was quick off his line.
Was a powerful and calm distributor in the center of midfield, spraying the ball wide in what was a good demonstration of the distributional talents that the Ghanian midfielder possesses. Battled well.
Was the quickest to react to Puggioni's mistake to poach home from six yards out for the opener. Battled well throughout, acting as the impetus for Milan counterattacks, releasing his teammates with some brilliant passes.
His free-kicks were a constant threat for his side, as Puggioni looked positively shell shocked whenever he had to face one. Was a great lone striker, driving forward at every opportunity and winning plenty of free kicks in the process.
Not the Brazilian's best game. Didn't look entirely comfortable with his deployment in the center of midfield, and was found out to be weak by the physical presence of the Chievo midfield. Squandered a good chance in the second half.
S. El Shaarawy
Had a quiet first half, but played fantastically in the second half. His pace cutting in from the left side was a threat that Chievo failing to deal with - the youngster could get to the byline with ease. Unlucky not to pick up an assist.
Made a bit of an impact after coming on, using his technical ability to ghost past a few defenders at times. Also worked hard defensively, tracking back to dispossess El Shaarawy a couple of times.
Failed to make a big difference to the center of midfield, as Muntari and Montolivo proved to be more than competent adversaries for the substitute.