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M. Gobbi
Yellow Card
P. M'Poku
R. Meggiorini
I. Abate
Yellow Card
J. Mauri
A. Poli
F. Cacciatore
Yellow Card
G. Bonaventura
Yellow Card
S. Pepe
V. Birsa
S. Pellissier
A. Floro Flores
Luiz Adriano
J. Ménez
L. Castro
Yellow Card
J. Ménez
Yellow Card
D. Dainelli
Yellow Card
C. Abbiati
G. Donnarumma
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Stats

Possession
% %
10
6
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 5 1
Total Passes 329 533

Commentary

Well, that’s all from me for now. It has been an absolute pleasure to bring you all the action from the Stadio Bentegodi this afternoon, where it has finished goalless. Until next time, thank you and goodbye!
It was a disciplined and efficient performance from Chievo, who did all they could to muster what would have been a first victory over Milan since 2005. The Rossoneri did go close during the second half, with Abate and Bertolacci both rattling the woodwork in quick succession, but in the end they lacked the quality in the final third to get what would have been a vital win in the hunt for the European-qualification spots.
FULL-TIME! It’s all over in Verona, where it has finished 0-0 between Chievo and Milan, though the hosts thought they had won it in the final moments thanks to Cacciatore’s header, which proved to be offside and was correctly ruled out. It was a poor performance from the visitors, whose hopes of qualifying for the Champions League seem to be fading away.
We’re into the final seconds now as Chievo lodge one final attack, but Hetemaj’s raking pass is just too long for Pepe, who cannot keep it in play.
M. Gobbi
Yellow Card
Chievo
A free-kick now for Milan at the other end after Gobbi fouls Abate, which Honda delivers. But once again, the cross is a poor one, and it does not beat the first Chievo defender. We are now into the second minute of four minutes of stoppage time.
OFFSIDE!!! Chievo’s celebrations are cut short. It appeared that the full-back had given them a famous victory after heading home from Pepe’s free-kick, but the goal is disallowed thanks to the linesman’s flag! That’s devastating for the hosts!
GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!! CACCIATORE HEADS HOME FOR CHIEVO!!!!!
P. M'Poku
R. Meggiorini
Chievo
A final substitution now for the hosts as Riccardo Meggiorini makes way for Paul-José M'Poku.
CLOSE! Pepe curls in the free-kick, which forces Abbiati into back-pedalling onto his goal-line, but the strike only nestles on the top of the netting.
That’s a great run from Meggiorini, who bursts past Abate with ease down the left and the experienced full-back has no choice but to scythe him down on the edge of the area, resulting in a yellow card for the Milan defender.
I. Abate
Yellow Card
Milan
Yellow card Ignazio Abate
J. Mauri
A. Poli
Milan
And, likewise, there is a final substitution for Milan, with Andrea Poli being replaced by José Mauri.
A flashpoint now in the game as, inexplicably, pushes over Cacciatore after a foul from the Chievo man. A booking is brandished by the referee, though it is unclear as to who exactly it is directed at...
F. Cacciatore
Yellow Card
Chievo
Well, it turns out that it is two bookings. The first yellow card goes to Chievo's Fabrizio Cacciatore.
G. Bonaventura
Yellow Card
Milan
The second yellow card is directed at Giacomo Bonaventura, for his reaction to the foul.
Pinball in the Milan area after the visitors fail to clear a Chievo corner. Possession eventually falls to Cacciatore 18 yards out from goal, but he can only direct his strike over the bar.
CLOSE! Another gilt-edged chance for Milan as Bonaventura, in one fluid movement, takes a drilled pass under his spell before playing in Bacca with an exquisite throughball. The Milan striker turns his marker well, only to once again trip at the opportune moment and Bizzarri gets out quickly to smother the ball.
CHANCE! The free-kick is a poor one from Pepe, but the Chievo substitute does get a chance to make amends when he latches onto a long pass in the area. His initial shot is blocked, but on the second attempt he works it back out to Hetemaj. The Finland full-back tries to bend a cross to the far post with the outside of his boot, but Pellissier is unable to latch onto it and apply the finish.
Milan are furious, now, as Chievo are presented with a free-kick 25 yards from goal after the official had deemed - incorrectly so - that Pellissier had been fouled by Alex.
MILAN HIT THE WOODWORK… TWICE!!! Well, what a chance that was for the visitors to take the advantage. First it was Abate who hammered a strike goalwards that Bizzarri somehow managed to parry onto the right-hand post. The rebound fell back out to Bertolacci, who drove a first-time half-volley straight at the target, only for it to clatter off the crossbar. That should have been 1-0 to Milan!
Pepe’s first involvement of the game is to loft in the delivery from the resulting free-kick. The rebound falls out to Pellisier, but he is just unable to get his shot off under pressure from Alex.
S. Pepe
V. Birsa
Chievo
A second change now for Chievo, as the former Juventus midfielder Simone Pepe is brought on in place of Valter Birsa.
Brilliant work from Pellissier, as the 36-year-old uses all of his experience to hold the ball up against Alex down on the right before being fouled by the Brazilian.
Milan have one more substitute left at their disposal, and you feel that if they are to get any success from this game then they have to add a bit more width to their side, as by playing centrally they are playing straight into the hands of their hosts, who are set up to be extremely narrow.
It has been an attritional game so far, with both sides lacking quality in the final third. Bonaventura has been able to add a bit of that much-needed quality when his teammates have managed to find him, and once again he lofts an inch-perfect pass into the path of Bertolacci, but his low cross is easily blocked by Dainelli.
HIGH AND WIDE! A really promising Chievo attack results in Cacciatore latching onto a loose ball on the edge of Milan’s penalty area, but the full-back can only hammer his effort way off target.
Solid defending once again from Alex, who stewards Gobbi out of play expertly down on the left. The former Chelsea defender has been pretty-much faultless so far this afternoon.
S. Pellissier
A. Floro Flores
Chievo
A substitution with a bit of history added to it now, as Antonio Floro Flores is replaced by Chievo's veteran forward Sergio Pellissier, who scored in the Verona-based outfit's last victory against the Rossoneri back in 2005.
Poor! Bonaventura has been typically excellent this afternoon, but he takes a truly terrible free-kick which he strikes straight into the Chievo wall...
Luiz Adriano
J. Ménez
Milan
A quick change now for Milan before the free-kick is taken, as Luiz Adriano - who was due to move to China in the January transfer window only for that transfer to break down - replaces Jeremy Menez.
L. Castro
Yellow Card
Chievo
A free-kick now in a really dangerous position for Milan, as Bertolacci is felled on the cusp of the Chievo area by Castro, who duly goes into the book. Honda and Binaventura stand over the set-piece...
A half-chance for Chievo, who have certainly been pushed back by the visitors so far in the second half. Birsa chips a long-ball forward that Meggiorini almost gets on the end of, but Abbiati is out quickly to smother the danger.
Superb, sublime play from Bonaventura, as he tricks his way down the left wing with some excellent and intricate footwork. He eventually nudges it through the legs of Cacciatore before slipping a precise pass onto Antonelli. The full-back drills a cross into the feet of Bacca, but his touch is again a poor one and Dainelli is abel to pounce on the loose ball and hook it clear.
MISS! ABC should have given Milan the lead, there! The visitors worked a counter-charge down the right wing, which eventually resulted in Honda drifting  in a cross towards the back post. The aforementioned Colombian rises highest to meet it, but he can only direct his header into the side-netting, to the delight of the Chievo faithful.
SAVE! Milan mount a glut of pressure but a move breaks down thanks to a heavy touch by Bacca, and the hosts counter courtesy of Birsa, who, with no other options open to him, tries his luck from range, but Abbiati is equal to it.
CLOSE! Milan launch a swift counter, with Bonaventura the architect. He slides a neat pass onto Menez before driving into the Chievo area and regaining possession. He jinks inside onto his right foot before hammering an effort at goal, but it files a yard over the crossbar. The winger - who has seven goals to his name this campaign - has looked the most likely to cause trouble to Chievo’s defence so far this afternoon.
That’s wasteful! Chievo work a smart move from the free-kick, with Hetemaj sliding a pass into the feet of Castro. The Agrentine twists and turn his way into the penalty area, only to then drive an effort starlight into Abate, who makes an easy block.
A free-kick now for Chievo in a central area just over the half-way line following a heavy collision between Alex and Floro Flores, whois having to receive some treatment, but looks to be okay to continue...
STAT FLASH - Milan have won 16 of their last 18 meetings with Chievo, drawing the other two matches 0-0. Can the hosts prevent the Rossoneri extending that record this afternoon?
We are back up and running in Verona, with the hosts, donning their typical yellow and blue strip, getting proceedings under way in the second half. The hosts will be attacking from right to left in this half...
While Milan have undoubtedly been poor so far, credit has to go to Chievo who have been on the front-foot since the off. The visitors have forged out some chances, however, with Hinda going agonisingly close to netting with a superb, curling strike from a free-kick. However, in open play it has all been rather congested, with the hosts packing their penalty area and allowing no space for Bacca or Menez. Milan would be perhaps better served in getting it wide and adding more width to their game. Bonaventura has been the player that has unlocked packed defences so far this term, but the visitors have, for some reason, not played it to the former Atalanta playmaker regularly enough for him to have a real impact thus far.
HALF TIME! That’s it for the first-half in Verona, where the score is still level at 0-0 between Chievo and Milan. The visitors have been rather underwhelming so far in what really is a vital game for then if they are to mount a serious challenge on making it into the top three. The hosts have seen the better of the chances, with Milan’s substitute goalkeeper Abbiati - on for Donnarumma who had to leave the field due to a head injury - twice being called into action by Floro Flores and Meggiorini, who has never scored against the Rossoneri, respectively.
CLOSE! Milan get forward swiftly on the counter, with Bonaventura making a sublime, slaloming run into what is a fully-congested penalty area. The visitors eventually work it out to Poli on the edge of the area, but he can only drag his strike wide.
The fourth official has indicated there will be a minimum of three minutes of added time, as Chievo win a throw-in deep in Milan territory. Can either side muster a final opportunity in the first half?
J. Ménez
Yellow Card
Milan
Well, it’s been a full-blooded affair so far this afternoon and the referee has mainly kept his cards in his pocket. However, there is no such leniency for Menez, who goes into the book for a late lung on Birsa.
SO CLOSE!!! Honda hammers in a venomous, dipping and swerving strike from the resulting free-kick. It beats Bizzarri all-ends up, but just whistles wide of the top-right corner of the Chievo net.
D. Dainelli
Yellow Card
Chievo
Dainelli does not get away with that foul, however! The Chievo defender had stepped out to attempt to nip in ahead of Menez, but sold himself short and was swiftly turned by the Frenchman, who he had no chocie but to bring down.
The visitors have managed to finally sustain some possession in recent minutes, with Bacca running the channels well in order to stretch Chievo. However, the homes side remain steadfast in their defending, as Dainelli stewards Bacca out of play with a fair, but hefty, challenge.
Milan work a patient move forward, with Poli lofting a throughball on towards Bacca, who had drifted out to a position wide on the right. The Colombia forward attempts to steer a volleyed-cross back into the penalty area, but his pass is slightly wayward and Cesar is able to get back and hook it away ahead of Menez.
STAT FLASH - Chievo have only lost one of their last six home games in Serie A (W2 D3), but have dropped the joint-most points from leading situations so far this campaign. They have certainly seen the better chances in this game so far, with Milan mainly restricted to counter-attacks in the first half...
WASTEFUL! Milan counter brilliantly after a brief spell of Chievo pressure. Bacca leads the charge, driving forward at pace through the hosts’ half. He had Bonaventura totally unmarked to his left, but instead elected to go for the Hollywood pass through to Menez. He manages to get it through the legs of Dainelli, but Cesar gets across to cover his teammate and clear the danger.
SAVE! What a game we have on our hands in Verona! Milan look to get on the front foot through Bacca, but the Colombian is robbed of possession expertly by Gobbi, who kick-starts the Chievo counter with a precise pass into Birsa, who in turn feeds  Meggiorini. The former Inter Milan striker powers into the area before drilling a low effort towards the far corner, but he directs it too close to Abbiati, who sticks out his right leg to make the stop.
CHANCE! A patient move from Milan results in the visitors getting forward down the right before swiftly switching the play. Bonaventura slides a perfect pass into the path of Antonelli, who pulls back a driven low cross towards the centre of the penalty area. Bacca looks set to get on the end of it, but he loses his footing at the vital moment and the chance goes amiss...
Finally, there is a brief lull in the pace of the game as Chievo retain some possession in the middle of the park and attempt to forge a patient move forward. However, Birsa is eventually shirked off the ball by Honda, who tees up Menez but only after he had been fouled by Floro Flores, and the referee duly pulls play back.
A corner for Milan on the right is cleared by the hosts, and Floro Flores is able to latch onto the loose ball. He drives away from Abate, but is swiftly smothered by Antonelli, who manages to get goal-side of the Chievo forward and play a simple back pass back to his goalkeeper, who duly clears the danger.
GREAT SAVE!!! What a stop by Abbiati. The 38-year-old has only just come onto the field of play, and his first action of the game - indeed, his first action of Serie A this term - is to get down low and make a superb finger-tip stop to prevent Floro Flores netting with a low strike from the edge of the area.
C. Abbiati
G. Donnarumma
Milan
That change sees Gianluigi Donnarumma replaced by the veteran shot-stopper Christian Abbiati, who has been utilised as Milan's goalkeeper in the domestic cup competitions this term.
Well, it seemed that the Milan physios had deemed Donnarumma to be fit to carry on, but it appears that was a mistake as the young goalkeeper really looks to be struggling. It could well be concussion, and the visitors are taking no risks, meaning that a first substitution of the game is imminent.
Both players are back to their feet now, with Cacciatore seemingly coming off worse and having to have his head covered in a bandage as the referee signals play-on...
A much-needed pause in play now, as Donnarumma and Cacciatore both have to receive treatment following a collision in the Milan penalty area following a Chievo corner. It has certainly being a fast-paced and enthralling start at the Stadio Bentegodi, but the scores remain level at 0-0.
CHANCE! Great work from Bonaventura on the left as he slips a precise pass into the feet of Menez. The France forward jmanages to negotiate his way into the area with a sinking run before attempting to hammer a cross to the far post. It is blocked by Cacciatore and rebounds back into the path of the aforementioned ex-PSG man, who tries his luck from close-range with a half-volley, but Dainelli got back well to make the block on the goal-line.
ALMOST! An end-to-end game, now, as Milan counter swiftly down the right flank, with Honda teeing up Abate who lofts a cross into the centre of the area. Bacca is well-placed to meet it, but the former Sevilla striker jumps just a second too early and ends up getting under the ball, meaning that he can only direct a tame effort away from the target rather than trouble Bizzarri. Better from Milan!
The yellow shirts of Chievo continue to flood forward, as the hosts maintain the pressure and prevent Milan from making any headway out of their own half. Gobbi makes a fine run down the left, taking on Abate and sliding a neat reverse pass into Floro Flores, but the forward can only drag his low shot wide of the left-hand upright.
Key to Milan’s recent run of form - a 12-match unbeaten run in all competitions followed by that loss to Sassuolo - has been the fine displays of Kucka in the heart of their midfield. And the power of the Slovakia midfielder has certainly been missed in the early stages here, as the visitors find themselves getting pushed further and further back by Chievo…
It has been a really sloppy start from the visitors in Verona, as Chievo flood forward at pace following a mistake by Poli in midfield. Donnarumma gets down well to make a save from Birsa’s rasping effort, only for the 17-year-old shot-stopper to then concede possession with a loose pass out to his defence. Meggiorini looks to capitalise, but he can only drill his strike wide of the target.
A quick note on the teams. It appears that Kucka has taken a knock in the warm-up, and as such has dropped out of the Milan squad all together. Mihajlovic has brought in Menez in his place, and switched back to the 4-4-2 system that he has been employing in recent fixtures.
KICK-OFF! We are under way here in Verona, as Milan get proceedings up and running. The hosts quickly win possession back and forge an early attack, with Radovanovic powering an effort goalwards from the edge of the area. Chievo scored in the first minute against Napoli last week, but the midfielder’s strike sails way off target on this occasion.
We are just moments away from kick-off now in Verona, ahead of the landmark 25,000th Serie A fixture. While mathematically this is not a ‘must-win’ match for the visitors, their Champions League hopes took a huge blow with last-week’s slip-up, and they cannot afford any more surprise defeats if they are to somehow manage to claw their way into the top three come May.
There are four changes in total then for the hosts from the line up that started in the 3-1 defeat to Napoli last time out. Out go Frey, M’Poku, Rigoni and veteran forward Pellissier, with Hetemaj, Floro Flores, Meggiorini and Gobbi coming in to replace them. As for the visitors, Mihajlovic makes three changes in total, switching from a 4-4-2 to a 4-3-3 formation. Balotelli, Zapata and De Sciglio drop to the bench, with Abate, Romagnoli and Poli coming in.
TEAM NEWS - Milan substitutes: Lopez, De Sciglio, Mauri, Mexes, Menez, Adriano, Zapata, Abbiati, Balotelli, Boateng, Locatelli, Calabria.
TEAM NEWS - Milan (4-3-3): Donnarumma; Abate, Alex, Romagnoli, Antonelli; Poli, Bertolacci, Kucka; Honda, Bacca, Bonaventura.
TEAM NEWS - Chievo substitutes: Spolli, Rigoni, Pinzi, Pepe, Ninkovic, Sardo, Frey, Pellissier, Bressan, Costa, M’Poku, Seculin.
TEAM NEWS - Chievo (4-3-1-2): Bizzarri; Cacciatore, Dainelli, Cesar, Gobbi; Castro, Radovanovic, Hetemaj; Birsa; Meggiorini, Floro Flores.
The team news is in now from Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi, so without further ado, let’s check on the full starting line ups, starting off with the hosts...
Coppa Italia finalists Milan, on the other hand, had gone nine games unbeaten before their 2-0 defeat to Sassuolo last time out. However, they have won only two of their last five league outings, and will be without the presence of head coach Sinisa Mihajlovic on the touchline in Verona after the Serbian was sent to the stands in last weekend’s defeat. A victory today, against a side they have not lost to in over 10 years, would see them close the gap between themselves and fifth-placed Fiorentina to three points.
Chievo, who could move up into the top half with a win today, have lost 20 games against Milan so far - more than against any other top-flight opponent. Rolando Maran’s side have only managed to score one goal in their last nine league match-ups against Milan, and have only managed two victories against the Rossoneri in Serie A.
Hello and welcome, folks, to this LIVE coverage of AC Milan’s visit to Chievo in Serie A. The Rossoneri sit in sixth heading into their 29th fixture of the campaign, trailing third-placed Roma by nine points, though a victory today would see them expand the gap between themselves and Sassuolo, who lost out to Juventus on Friday.
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