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A. Brignoli
D. Cataldi
2 - 2
A. Romagnoli
Yellow 2nd/RC
N. Kalinić
G. Bonaventura
1 - 2
G. Puşcaş
1 - 1
G. Bonaventura
0 - 1

Match Stats

47% 52%
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 6 7
Total Passes 392 445
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Pos Team P W D L F A +/- PTS Form
1 Juventus JUV Juventus 38 30 5 3 86 24 +62 95 W D W W L
2 Napoli NAP Napoli 38 28 7 3 77 29 +48 91 W W D L W
3 Roma ROM Roma 38 23 8 7 61 28 +33 77 W D W W W
4 Internazionale INT Internazionale 38 20 12 6 66 30 +36 72 W L W L W
5 Lazio LAZ Lazio 38 21 9 8 89 49 +40 72 L D D W W
6 Milan MIL Milan 38 18 10 10 56 42 +14 64 W D W W L
7 Atalanta ATA Atalanta 38 16 12 10 57 39 +18 60 L D D W W
8 Fiorentina FIO Fiorentina 38 16 9 13 54 46 +8 57 L L W W L
9 Torino TOR Torino 38 13 15 10 54 46 +8 54 W W D L L
10 Sampdoria SAM Sampdoria 38 16 6 16 56 60 -4 54 L L L W L
11 Sassuolo SAS Sassuolo 38 11 10 17 29 59 -30 43 L W W L W
12 Genoa GEN Genoa 38 11 8 19 33 43 -10 41 L L L L W
13 Chievo CHI Chievo 38 10 10 18 36 59 -23 40 W W W L L
14 Udinese UDI Udinese 38 12 4 22 48 63 -15 40 W W L D L
15 Bologna BOL Bologna 38 11 6 21 40 52 -12 39 L L L L D
16 Cagliari CAG Cagliari 38 11 6 21 33 61 -28 39 W W L L D
17 SPAL SPA SPAL 38 8 14 16 39 59 -20 38 W L W W L
18 Crotone CRO Crotone 38 9 8 21 40 66 -26 35 L D L W W
19 Hellas Verona VER Hellas Verona 38 7 4 27 30 78 -48 25 L L L L L
20 Benevento BEN Benevento 38 6 3 29 33 84 -51 21 L W L D W


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Benevento notch their first point of the season thanks to the heroics of keeper Alberto Brignoli.  He came forward from the back for the last-chance free-kick and did not disappoint as he connected with a brilliant diving header to send the home fans into raptures. Gennaro Gattuso will be furious with his side for throwing away two points. Milan were poor all afternoon and even though goals from Giacomo Bonaventura and Nikola Kalinic put them ahead they were not convicing and did allow Benevento back into the game when George Puscas scored in the second half. Alessio Romagnoli's dismissal allowed the home side to pour men forward in the dying stage and they were rewarded with Brignoli's dramatic equaliser.
M. D'Alessandro
Yellow Card
D'Alessandro goes into the book.
D. Cataldi
Cataldi whips a dangerous cross into the box and is rewarded as Brignoli comes forward from the back to guide the ball into the bottom corner.
A. Brignoli
GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BRIGNOLI COMES UP FROM THE BACK TO SCORE! The Benevento keeper surely earn his side their first point of the season. Cataldi sends a dangerous cross into the box and Brignoli dives to meet it with a header and he buries his effort into the bottom corner. Stunning scenes at the ​Stadio Ciro Vigorito.
I. Abate
Yellow Card
Abate goes into the book for hauling down D'Alessandro.
D'Alessandro raids down the left flank and gets hauled to the ground by Abate. Benevento have a free-kick in a good position. Can they make it count?
Benevento are firing crosses into the box, but the deliveries from Costa and Letizia from deep have not been good enough.
Puscas tries to latch on to the ball in the box, but the visitors just manage to clear the danger. It's all hands on deck for Milan at the back.
There will be five minutes of added time.
F. Kessié
Yellow Card
Kessie goes into the book for blocking Benevento's attempt to take a free-kick quickly.
Gyamfi rises in the box to head a loose ball at goal, but from almost 15 yards out the header trickles comfortably into the hands of Donnarumma.
C. Zapata
Zapata replaces Suso for the visitors.
Kessie tries to ice the game by getting the better of Costa and he raid forward with Letizia for company. However, the Milan midfielder fouls the defender in the final third, keeping the match alive.
OVER! Chibsah carries the ball forward from the half-way line before he slides the ball to Coda on the edge of the box. The forward takes a touch before rifling an effort towards the target, only to send his strike narrowly over the bar.
Letizia picks up the ball in the middle of the park and he drives towards the edge of the box. He lofts the ball to the back post for Coda, but his team-mate just cannot stretch to reach it.
M. Coda
L. Memushaj
Memushaj makes way for Coda.
B. Gyamfi
G. Di Chiara
Gyamfi replaces Di Chiara for the home side.
WIDE! Kessie finds space in the right inside channel and he goes for the blast towards the near post, only to fire his effort straight into the side-netting.
Kessie makes a good run into the corner and the pressure he puts on Costa wins a corner for the Rossoneri.
There's a chance now for the home side to earn their first point of the season. Can they punish the 10 men of Milan late in the game?
RED CARD! Letizia surges forward on the break for the home side before he gets brought down by Romagnoli. The referee reaches for his pocket and brandishes a second yellow to the defender. There was not a lot of contact, but the referee was quick to act.
L. Biglia
R. Montolivo
Biglia replaces Montolivo for the visitors.
Bonucci makes a vital intervention at the back to stop the progress of D'Alessandro on the charge once again.
R. Rodríguez
Yellow Card
Rodriguez brings down Brignola and goes into the book.
CHANCE! Di Charia finds Chibsah on the edge of the box and he in turn tees up D'Alessandro for a strike at goal, but he drills his effort straight at Donnarumma. The midfielder had to hit the corner with the time he was afforded there.
Letizia lines up a strike from distance, and although he gets power on his effort, Donnarumma makes a comfortable save. Benevento need another moment of magic.
E. Brignola
V. Parigini
Brignola replaces Parigini for the home side.
The first delivery from Di Chiara is poor and cleared at the near post. However, he gets a second opportunity and he lifts an arcing cross into the middle, but Donnarumma comes off his line to claim over Puscas.
Letizia raids down the right flank and he gets all the way to the byline before hammering the ball across the face of goal. Bonucci has to act at the near post to send the ball behind for a corner as Puscas lurked behind him.
Suso makes a probing run into the final third, but he gets well tackled by Cataldi before he can threaten on the edge of the box.
I. Abate
F. Borini
Borini makes way for Abate.
G. Bonaventura
Bonaventura lifts a pinpoint cross into the box for Kalinic to convert.
N. Kalinić
GOALLLLLLL!!!!! KALINIC RESTORES MILAN'S LEAD! A sickening blow for Benevento as they are punished at the corner. Brignoli punches the first delivery away, but Bonaventura collects the rebound and lifts a dangerous cross to the back post. Kalinic runs into the six-yard box unmarked and guides his header past the Benevento keeper with ease. A nightmare for the home side.
Borini makes a driving run down the right flank and he wins a corner for the Rossoneri, although it was not the correct decision.
Parigini raids down the left flank and puts the visitors under pressure. Kessie and Musacchio are there to stop his run, but Kessie has an injury and has to put the ball out of play.
G. Di Chiara
Yellow Card
Di Chiara kicks the ball away and is booked by the referee.
Benevento have their seventh goal of the season. The challenge now for De Zerbi's men is to build on the strike from the forward.
G. Puşcaş
GOALLLLLLLLLl!!!!!!! BENEVENTO ARE LEVEL! Puscas finds the net from close range as he pounces on a loose ball to fire past Donnarumma. Milan cleared their lines from a corner, but Letizia latched on to the ball and hammered an effort at goal from the edge of the box. Donnarumma made a brilliant reaction save, but could only palm the ball out into the middle of the penalty area. Puscas reacted first and steered the ball home into the net.
Letizia tries to pick out the run of Parigini down the left, but he overhits his cross to the back post. Di Chiara was screaming for the ball behind the winger and both players make the point to their team-mate that he chose the wrong option.
We're back underway in this Serie A clash.
It has not been perfect but Milan lead Benevento at the break in Gennaro Gattuso's first game in charge of the club. The home side could have stunned the Rossoneri, but Vittorio Parigini headed wide of the post from close range. He was duly punished when Milan took the lead five minutes later through Giacomo Bonvenatura as he headed home after a scramble in the box. Gattuso will be satisfied with the lead, but will want to see more from his team in the final third in the second half.
The referee ends the first half.
There's a slight melee at the end of the half after a challenge from Cataldi on Borini, but the referee manages to calm the tensions between the two sides.
BLOCK! Di Chiara finds space down the left and he beats the challenge of Borini. He fires his cross low into the box, but Puscas sees his effort blocked by Bonucci. Memushaj collects the rebound and goes for the drive, only to be denied by again by a wall of white shirts.
That goal is a hammer blow for the home side. They've been in the contest and should have been ahead through Parigini, but he missed his header while Bonaventura converted his opportunity. That's the difference in the match.
G. Bonaventura
GOALLLLLL!!!!! MILAN TAKE THE LEAD! Bonaventura notches the first goal of the Gattuso reign as he heads home from close range, directing his header low into the bottom corner to beat Letizia on the line. Kessie's cross from the right had put the Benevento defence in trouble. Bonaventura's initial header was nodded on by Kalinic and cleared off the line. However, Bonaventura pounced on the rebound to put his team ahead.
Milan probe the home side's defences on the edge of the box before Borini whips the ball in with pace towards the near post, but Costa clears behind.
From the resulting corner, Donnarumma gathers the ball at his near post from D'Alessandro's cross. Benevento are making life difficult for Milan this afternoon. Gattuso will not be a happy man in the dugout.
Letizia finds space down the right and he tries to fire a low ball across the face of goal, but Rodriguez makes the block to send it behind for a corner.
CHANCE! Benevento should be ahead, but Parigini heads wide of the target from six yards. D'Alessandro raided down the right and just kept the ball in play before sending a perfect cross into the box. Parigini ran onto the delivery and was unopposed in the air. However, with only Donnarumma to beat he headed his effort wide of the post. A shocking miss.
SAVE! Suso takes the free-kick and hammers an effort towards the near post, but Brignoli watches the ball all the way and makes the save with relative ease.
D. Cataldi
Yellow Card
Cataldi goes into the book for his loose challenge.
Suso weaves his way between Cataldi and Parigini and the former sticks out a leg to stop the progress of the Milan midfielder. The visitors have a free-kick on the edge of the box on the right flank.
OVER! Bonaventura has not shied away from taking shots from distance this afternoon and he does so again with his left foot from 30 yards, only to hammer his effort well over the bar.
Kalinic gets pulled back by Cataldi as he surges upfield, but the referee does not book the Benevento midfielder. That will not do anything for Milan's level of frustration.
BLOCK! Cataldi lines up the strike, but he can only blast his effort straight into the wall and the ball heads out for a throw-in. A disappointing effort from the midfielder.
A. Romagnoli
Yellow Card
Romagnoli is booked for his handball on the edge of the box.
Puscas collects on the edge of the box and fires on the turn. Romagnoli makes the block, but his arm outstretched as the ball strikes it. The referee awards the home side a free-kick in a dangerous position.
Suso tries to weave his way through into the box, but Costa stops his progress and clears his lines. Benevento have been solid bar one mistake from Letizia at the back.
WIDE! Letizia sends a looping cross to the back post and Parigini does a good job of heading back towards Memushaj for a strike. He fires the ball at goal on his left foot, but his effort slides wide of the target.
D'Alessandro collects down the right and he is afforded space and time to send a low cross into the box. However, there's no black shirt attacking the ball and it allows Donnarumma to gather with ease.
Milan clear the danger from the set-piece and Kessie surges forward on the counter. He raids past a couple of challenges, but then takes a heavy touch to break into the box, allowing Di Chiara to shield the ball out of play.
Letizia sends a good cross into the box from the right flank, and Borini has to act at the back post to steer the ball behind under pressure from Parigini.
Kalinic rises in the box to head Bonaventura's free-kick towards goal, but the striker is caught offside, moving a fraction too early.
Rodriguez swings a dangerous cross towards the near post, but Kalinic handles the ball as he tries to take it in stride.
CHANCE! Letizia plays the ball straight into the path of Kalinic in the box as he tries to send the ball back to Brignoli. The striker fires at goal, but the Benevento keeper makes a fine save. Suso tries to fire through a crowd on the rebound, but Brignoli is back to make a comfortable save on his line.
OVER! Bonaventura has been active in the final third and he goes for his third effort of the game, but he fires his strike well over the bar.
Parigini raids down the left flank for the home side and lifts a cross into the box, only for Bonucci to head away from Puscas.
Milan have established control of the game in the early stages of the contest and the home side are having to defend deep to keep them at bay.
OVER! Rodriguez sends a low cross into the box that Kalinic just cannot make contact with at the back post. Kessie keeps the attack alive and sends a lofted ball towards Bonaventura, but he sends his effort just over the bar.
Bonaventura sends his effort through the wall, but Brignoli is able to make a comfortable save to claim the ball.
Milan get an early chance to threaten from a free-kick 25 yards from goal as Cataldi brings down Montolivo. Bonaventura will take the set-piece.
We're underway at the Stadio Ciro Vigorito.
The players are out on the pitch, so we should be underway shortly.
STAT ATTACK! AC Milan have won only three of their last 12 away league matches against newly-promoted teams in Serie A (D6 L3).
STAT ATTACK! This is the first meeting between Benevento and Milan.
Mateo Musacchio and Fabio Borini are recalled to the line-up in Gattuso's first game in charge, with the Italian opting to start with Nikola Kalinic to spearhead the attack ahead of Andre Silva.
Benevento have made four changes from their defeat last time out to Atalanta. Gaetano Letizia, Ledian Memushaj, Vittorio Parigini and George Puscas all get the start today, with Puscas leading the line in attack.
Milan subs: Calabria, Silva, Gomez, Zapata, Abate, Biglia, Paletta, Storari, Antonelli, Cutrone, Locatelli, Antonio Donnarumma.
MILAN (3-4-2-1): Donnarumma; Musacchio, Bonucci, Romagnoli; Borini, Kessie, Montolivo, Rodriguez, Suso, Bonaventura; Kalinic.
Benevento subs: Belec, Del Pinto, Coda, Piscitelli, Viola, Gyamfi, Venuti, Kanoute, Lombardi, Antei, Gravillon, Brignola.
BENEVENTO (4-1-4-1): Brignoli; Letizia, Djimsiti, Costa, Di Chiara; Memushaj, Chibsah, Cataldi; D’Alessandro, Puscas, Parigini.
The team news has been announced and we'll start with the home side.
Gattuso has been handed a welcome opening match against pointless Benevento. The newly-promoted side have not managed to claim a single point from any of their 14 matches this term, scoring just six goals in the process. Roberto De Zerbi will be desperate for any sort of positive result to get his side off the mark.
Gennaro Gattuso makes his bow in the Milan dugout today after being announced as Vincenzo Montella's successor. The Rossoneri are currently seventh in the table, well off the pace of the Champions League places. Milan's form had not been atrocious under Montella with two wins in their last six matches, but defeat to Napoli and a goalless draw against Torino ended his reign.
Good morning and welcome to the live commentary of the Serie A clash between Benevento and Milan at the Stadio Ciro Vigorito.