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Milan v Sassuolo Live Commentary, 4/21/21

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MIL
SAS
H. Çalhanoğlu (30)
G. Raspadori (76)
G. Raspadori (83)
Stadio Giuseppe Meazza

Commentary

That brings an end to our coverage of the Serie A clash between Milan and Sassuolo at Giuseppe Meazza. Thank you very much for joining us. Goodbye!  
Milan will hope to get back to winning ways in their next Serie A match, which is away against Lazio. Sassuolo, on the other hand, aim to make it four consecutive league wins when they host Sampdoria.  
Following an action-packed match, Sassuolo leave Giuseppe Meazza with all three points after a second-half comeback. A pinpoint effort from Calhanoglu opened the scoring on the half-hour mark, but the visitors came out firing in the second half. 12 minutes after coming on, Raspadori steered Toljan’s misplaced shot into the bottom-left corner, before the substitute bagged his brace on 83 minutes with a well-placed drive beyond Donnarumma. Milan pushed for an equaliser, but the Neroverdi defended resolutely to see out the win. 
90' + 4' FULL TIME: MILAN 1-2 SASSUOLO 
90' + 2' Berardi is able break out down the right-hand side of the field, and he is caught by Dalot. Sassuolo win a free-kick. 
90' There will be three minutes of added time at the end of this match. 
89' DANGER! Milan win an indirect free-kick inside the visitors’ box after Consigli palms away Ferrari’s back pass. Diaz tees the close-range set-piece up for Krunic, and his shot cannons off Raspadori and behind for a corner. 
87' Leao lays the ball into Castillejo’s path, but his effort is well blocked in the centre of the penalty area. 
Brahim Díaz
S. Meïté
Milan
86' Milan’s final change sees Diaz replace Meite. Time is running out for the Rossoneri. 
Samu Castillejo
A. Saelemaekers
Milan
86' Saelemaekers also makes way for Castillejo. 
P. Kalulu
D. Calabria
Milan
86' In response to going behind, Pioli brings on Kalulu for Calabria. 
85' ALMOST A THIRD! Haraslin plays in Kyriakopoulos in an advanced position down the left flank, and the full-back's powerful low shot from an acute angle just goes wide.
84' SO CLOSE! Haraslin gets away from Calabria and cuts onto his left foot for a shot inside the box. From a difficult angle, the effort cannons out off Donnarumma’s legs, before the goalkeeper is immediately called back into action to claw the ball away from a goal-bound deflection off Meite. 
D. Berardi
Assist
Sassuolo
83' Berardi delayed the pass as long as possible, giving Raspadori the time to change direction and break away from Tomori. Once the space opened up, he kept his cool and put the effort out of Donnarumma’s reach. 
G. Raspadori
Goal
Sassuolo
83' GOOOOAAAALLL! The away side take the lead! Sassuolo quickly work the ball over to the right, and Berardi cuts onto his left foot before picking out Raspadori in the middle of the penalty area. The striker’s first touch takes Tomori out of the game before he then fires his shot off the far post and into the back of the net. 2-1.
L. Haraslín
J. Boga
Sassuolo
83' Sassuolo make their fifth and final change. Haraslin comes on for Boga. There are seven minutes of normal time left to play. 
82' Calabria dives in a fraction too late and catches Locatelli midway inside the visitors’ half. The referee awards the away side a free-kick.  
80' If Neroverdi find another, they would win consecutive away games in Serie A for their first time since last November, when they won four on the bounce. 
78' Mandzukic impedes Lopez and the away side win a free-kick in their own defensive third. 
G. Raspadori
Goal
Sassuolo
76' GOOOOAAAAAALL! Sassuolo are level! Raspadori picks up the loose ball on the edge of the hosts’ box and sweeps a low pass over to the right for the overlapping Toljan. The full-back seemingly slices his shot straight into Raspadori, who turns it beyond Donnarumma from the centre of the box. 1-1. 
75' Toljan advances through the middle of park and the space opens up for a shot, which he drags beyond the far post. 
M. Mandžukić
A. Rebić
Milan
74' It is a double change for Milan, with Mandzukic coming on for Rebic. 
R. Krunić
H. Çalhanoğlu
Milan
73' Pioli now turns to his bench for the first time. Calhanoglu, the goalscorer, goes off and is replaced by Krunic. 
M. Lopez
Pedro Obiang
Sassuolo
72' Sassuolo make their fourth change of the match with 18 minutes of normal time left to play. Lopez replaces Obiang. 
70' CRUCIAL BLOCK! Calhanoglu picks out Kessie in the centre of the box, and as the midfielder goes to put his foot through the ball, Ferrari gets across to block the Ivorian’s close-range effort. 
69' Leao picks the ball up in the inside-right channel and Ferrari continues to back away from him. The Portuguese attacker goes for goal, and his strike is gathered in the centre of the goal by Consigli. 
68' Dalot once again advances down the left and the space opens up for him inside. The full-back goes one way and then the other, before lashing an ambitious left-footed effort well wide of Consigli’s goal. 
66' OPENING! Berardi drives down the right and slides a well-weighted throughball into the Milan box for Traore. The substitute latches onto the pass but sends his close-range shot beyond the near post. 
G. Raspadori
G. Defrel
Sassuolo
64' Defrel also makes way for Raspadori.
H. Traorè
F. Đuričić
Sassuolo
63' The visitors make their first change of the match. Traore replaces Djuricic. It remains 1-0. 
J. Toljan
M. Müldür
Sassuolo
63' The visitors’ third alteration sees Toljan enter the fray in place of Muldur. 
61' ANOTHER STOP! Calhanoglu picks the ball up on the edge of the box, opens up his body, and looks to curl a shot inside the near post. Consigli is alert and dives across to his right to make the save. 
F. Đuričić
Yellow Card
Sassuolo
60' Djuricic picks up the first yellow card of the match for cynically sliding in on Leao on the halfway line as the attacker looked to break. He can have no complaints with that decision. 
59' Calhanoglu swings a corner in from the left, but Kessie is adjudged to have fouled Berardi at the near post. Sassuolo get a free-kick inside their box. 
57' Milan have failed to win each of their last two home matches in Serie A on a Wednesday. The last time the Rossoneri played three league games in a row without winning on this day of the week was back in October 2009. 
55' DECENT STRIKE! Kjaer’s forward pass beyond the lines is taken down by Rebic, who tees it up for Saelemaekers. The Belgian sets himself before seeing his well-struck shot from range parried away by Consigli. 
53' WIDE! Kyriakopoulos' out-swinging cross from the right following a short corner is headed wide of the far post by Ferrari. That was not too far away. 
52' After several ricochets on the edge of the penalty area, the ball drops to Defrel, who fires a shot straight at Donnarumma. 
51' Sassuolo are enjoying much of the early possession in the second half. Boga skips beyond Saelemaekers and looks to slide a throughball into Defrel’s path, but Kjaer stands tall to black to the ball on the edge of the box.
49' The away side advance the play down the right through Berardi, who cuts onto his left foot and wins a corner from Kjaer. The set-piece is hooked to safety by Rebic. 
48' Leao clatters through the back of Locatelli in seeking to win an aerial duel, and Sassuolo win a free-kick midway inside their own half. 
46' We are back underway! Sacchi, the referee, blows his whistle and Milan get the second half kicked off. 
Pioli will be pleased by his side’s first-half performance, and will hope for much of the same after the restart. Calhanoglu has continually picked up dangerous positions between the lines to make things happen, while Leao’s tireless running is stretching the visitors’ defence. De Zerbi, on the other hand, will want to see more from his team in the second half. Djuricic has been the danger man thus far, and the Neroverdi will look to get the ball to him at every opportunity in the remaining 45 minutes. 
After a tightly-contested opening half, Milan take a one-goal lead in at half-time. The Rossoneri started on the front foot, but the best early chance fell to Boga, who was denied at close range by Donnarumma after 13 minutes. On the half-hour mark, Pioli’s side found the breakthrough. A switch of play into Calhanoglu opened up the space for the Turkish international to pick out the top-right corner with a curling strike. Berardi came close to levelling the score on the brink of half-time, although a last-ditch tackle from Dalot kept the visitors at bay.  
45' + 1' HALF TIME: MILAN 1-0 SASSUOLO
45' There will be one minute of added time at the end of the first half.
43' VITAL BLOCK! Djuricic drops into a pocket of space a few yards outside the hosts’ penalty area and receives the ball from the left. The midfielder lifts his head up and lays a pass off to Berardi, who sees his close-range shot deflected out for corner off Dalot. 
41' The visitors look to advance down the left, but Kyriakopoulos’ pass into Djuricic is overhit and Kjaer comes across to put the ball out for a throw-in. 
39' Berardi is being tightly marked by Dalot, and the full-back is adjudged to have been a little too physical in trying to regain possession for the Rossoneri. Free-kick to Sassuolo down the right flank.
37' Milan have won their last two Serie A games. The last time they enjoyed a longer run was last January, and that streak began against Sassuolo. 
35' Sassuolo look to work a short corner from the right into the box. Locatelli’s out-swinging cross following the set-piece is closed down by Calhanoglu and the hosts clear their lines. 
33' Leao tries his luck from range after being picked out by Kessie, but his driven effort misses to the right of Consigli’s goal. 
32' Locatelli catches Kessie and the referee awards Milan a free-kick inside their own half. 
A. Saelemaekers
Assist
Milan
30' Calabria deserves credit for his part in the goal. The full-back began the move with a powerful throw-in down the right-hand side to set Saelemaekers away, and he showed great composure to play a well-weighted pass to Calhanoglu. The resulting strike was out of the top drawer, leaving Consigli with no chance. 
H. Çalhanoğlu
Goal
Milan
30' GOOOOAAAALLLL! What a superb strike! After some neat play down the far side, Saelemaekers switches the ball over to the left. Calhanoglu receives the pass, takes a couple of touches to get the ball out of his feet, and curls his shot into the top-right corner from the left side of the box. 1-0. 
28' Dalot picks out Calhanoglu in the inside-left channel, and the midfielder turns onto his right foot before floating a cross into the box. The delivery evades everyone and runs behind for a goal-kick. 
26' GOAL-SAVING BLOCK! Dalot lifts an inch-perfect throughball into the box and beyond the visitors’ defence for Leao to chase. The striker controls it well and sets himself for a left-footed shot, but Kyriakopoulos dives across to deflect the strike behind for a corner. 
24' NOT FAR AWAY! Berardi looks to bend the ball into the top-right corner, but he just does not get enough dip on the strike and it sails just over the bar. 
23' Berardi slips the ball through Meite’s legs and wins a free-kick right on the edge of the Milan box from the Frenchman. Berardi is standing over the set-piece. 
21' Kjaer launches a long, searching pass down the field for Rebic to chase, although the Croatian just made his run a fraction too early and is flagged for offside.  
19' Djuricic is seeing plenty of the ball at the moment. This time he drifts over to the left to try and make something happen, but the move breaks down as Kyriakopoulos is tackled by Meite. 
17' Calhanoglu floats a cross deep into the box, and Calabria arrives to steer a tame header wide to the right of Consigli’s goal. 
15' There is going to be a brief stoppage in play as Kjaer is down after clashing with Donnarumma from the resulting corner. He is now back to his feet. 
13' GREAT CHANCE! Milan fail to deal with a cross from the left and Djuricic plays a clever reverse pass into Boga’s path. From the left side of the box, the Ivorian places his side-footed effort straight at Donnarumma, who made himself big to make the stop. 
11' ON TARGET! Dalot finds himself high up the field and darts inside onto his right foot. The full-back opts to tries his luck from the edge of the box, although his pulled shot is comfortably saved by Consigli at the near post.
9' Some one-touch passing in the centre of the pitch creates space for Saelemaekers, who turns and looks to play a throughball down the left for Rebic. Muldur read the danger and slid in to make a vital interception. 
7' Kessie slides the ball down the right flank for Leao, who opts to drive at Kyriakopoulos. The striker skips past his man and delivers a low cross into the box, which Marlon knocks to safety. 
5' GOOD STOP! Calhanoglu picks the ball up on the edge of the Sassuolo penalty area and cuts onto his right foot. The Turkish midfielder looks to fire across the goal, and Consigli is down quickly to make the save. 
3' The away side are pressing high up the park in the opening exchanges in seeking to put Milan under some early pressure. Donnarumma plays a slack pass down the left flank, and Berardi wins a throw-in from Dalot. 
1' Kick-off! The referee, Juan Luca Sacchi, blows his whistle and Sassuolo get the game underway.
The teams are out, and kick-off will soon be upon us here at Giuseppe Meazza. 
Milan are unbeaten in their last nine Serie A games against Sassuolo (W7 D2), after losing four of their previous six league meetings against the Neroverdi.
The hosts come into this match second in Serie A. Pioli’s team are nine points behind first-placed Inter and two ahead of Atalanta. The Rossoneri have lost just one of their last six league matches, although they have been victorious in only one of their previous five home games. Sassuolo, meanwhile, are currently in eighth place. The visitors have, however, won just two of their last six away fixtures, and have conceded nine goals in that time.
Stefano Pioli makes three alterations from the Milan line-up that beat Genoa last time out. Calabria, Dalot and Meite come in to start in place of Kalulu, Theo Hernandez and Ismael Bennacer. The latter misses out with an ankle injury. Roberto De Zerbi, meanwhile, makes five changes for this clash. Marlon, Kyriakopoulos, Locatelli, Berardi and Defrel replace Chiriches, Rogerio, Lopez, Traore, and Raspadori. Francesco Caputo is still unavailable for selection with a fitness issue.
SASSUOLO SUBS: Gianluca Pegolo, Rogerio, Vlad Chiriches, Jeremy Toljan, Federico Peluso, Francesco Magnanelli, Hamad Traore, Lukas Haraslin, Mehdi Bourabia, Maxime Lopez, Giacomo Raspadori, Brian Oddei. 
MILAN SUBS: Ciprian Tatarusanu, Andreas Jungdal, Alessio Romagnoli, Matteo Gabbia, Pierre Kalulu Kyatengwa, Sandro Tonali, Rade Krunic, Jens Hauge, Samu Castillejo, Brahim Diaz, Mario Mandzukic. 
SASSUOLO (4-2-3-1): Andrea Consigli; Mert Muldur, Marlon, Gian Marco Ferrari, Giorgos Kyriakopoulos; Pedro Obiang, Manuel Locatelli, Filip Djuricic; Domenico Berardi, Jeremie Boga, Gregoire Defrel.  
MILAN (4-2-3-1): Gianluigi Donnarumma; Davide Calabria, Simon Kjaer, Fikayo Tomori, Diogo Dalot; Soualiho Meite, Franck Kessie; Alexis Saelemaekers, Hakan Calhanoglu, Ante Rebic; Rafael Leao. 
Milan, who recently withdrew from the European Super League, come into this game full of confidence following their 2-1 victory against Genoa in their previous Serie A match. The Rossoneri were one of 12 founding sides within the breakaway tournament, and they followed Juventus in withdrawing earlier today amid backlash from supporters. Sassuolo, on the other hand, will also hope to continue their good form after beating Fiorentina 3-1 last time out.  
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