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Fiorentina v Milan Live Commentary, 20/11/2021

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4 - 3
FIO
MIL
A. Duncan (15)
R. Saponara (45+1)
D. Vlahović (60)
D. Vlahović (85)
Z. Ibrahimović (62)
Z. Ibrahimović (67)
L. Venuti (90+6 og)
Stadio Artemio Franchi

Commentary

That's all for now though, goodbye!
The result means that Fiorentina climb up to sixth, while Milan remain in second. Napoli now have the opportunity to move three points clear of Milan at the top of the table tomorrow.
Fiorentina claim their first home win over Milan since 2015, with a thrilling 4-3 victory. The hosts made a fast start when Tatarusanu spilled a corner, allowing Duncan to tap in from close range. Milan rallied well though and squandered plenty of opportunities to equalise through Leao and Ibrahimovic. And Fiorentina punished their profligacy on the stroke of half-time when ex-Milan attacker, Saponara, bent in a beautiful strike from 25 yards. The hosts added to their lead in the second half when Vlahovic rounded Tatarusanu and finished from a tight angle. But then they wobbled: Ibrahimovic hit a quickfire double to bring Milan back into it, but Vlahovic sealed a brilliant win with a superb strike from 20 yards late on. Venuti's late own goal was only to be a consolation for Milan, as Fiorentina held on to secure a 4-3 win.
90' + 7' FULL TIME: Fiorentina 4-3 Milan
L. Venuti
Own Goal
Fiorentina
90' + 6' And Venuti scores an own goal! 4-3! Theo lobs a cross into the box and Ibrahimovic climbs highest to head it against the far post. However, the ball ricochets off Venuti and straight into the net!
T. Hernández
Yellow Card
Milan
90' + 5' Theo is shown a yellow card after reacting to Castrovilli's bad foul.
G. Castrovilli
Yellow Card
Fiorentina
90' + 5' Castrovilli is booked for a dangerous challenge on Theo that could have warranted further punishment.
90' + 4' Milan are still pushing for a third goal, but their hopes are quickly fading.
Y. Maleh
A. Duncan
Fiorentina
90' + 3' Duncan is replaced by Maleh after a superb display that was capped off by a goal and an assist.
90' + 1' Six minutes of stoppage time are added on.
89' Well, Fiorentina responded superbly to Ibrahimovic's double. They could have easily folded and allowed Milan to complete the comeback, but instead, they made some alterations and it looks as though they're now on the cusp of securing a huge win.
87' Gonzalez looks incredibly confident all of a sudden and he beats Theo before drilling in a low cross from the byline that Tatarusanu pushes away!
N. González
Assist
Fiorentina
85' Gonzalez did brilliantly. He pressed Theo all the way towards his own box and won possession back, allowing Vlahovic to clinically fire in a super effort from 20 yards!
D. Vlahović
Goal
Fiorentina
85' VLAHOVIC SEALS IT! 4-2. It's another poor mistake from Milan. Gonzalez rips possession from Theo on the edge of the box and it breaks for Vlahovic, who whips in a brilliant low finish from 20 yards!
84' Messias attempts to fly past Igor down the outside, but the defender just about manages to hold him off and shield the ball away.
82' Odriozola requires treatment after colliding with Giroud. It was a heavy challenge in the air from the striker and Odriozola might not be able to continue.
R. Krunić
Rafael Leão
Milan
80' Another change for Milan: Leao is replaced by Krunic in attack after a thrilling display.
78' Saponara tumbles under pressure from Messias inside the box, but the referee waves play on.
76' Fiorentina have rallied since Ibrahimovic's double. They've cut the mistakes out their game and now look more prepared to face a late barrage.
I. Bennacer
S. Tonali
Milan
74' Tonali heads off to be replaced by Bennacer as Milan search for an injection of energy in midfield.
73' Ibrahimovic now has 11 goals against Fiorentina in Serie A. He's now the 24th player in Serie A history to reach double figures against four different sides in the competition (his other three have come against Roma, Palermo and Parma).
71' Saponara lashes over from 20 yards as Fiorentina attempt to reestablish their two-goal lead.
N. González
José Callejón
Fiorentina
69' Callejon also makes way with Gonzalez taking his place in attack.
G. Castrovilli
G. Bonaventura
Fiorentina
69' Fiorentina make two changes as they try and halt Milan's momentum. Bonaventura is replaced by Castrovilli.
T. Hernández
Assist
Milan
67' It was a superb assist from Theo. He began by outmuscling Odriozola and then once he was free, he kept his composure and picked out Ibrahimovic for his second goal of the game!
Z. Ibrahimović
Goal
Milan
67' IBRAHIMOVIC AGAIN! 3-2. Milan pull another goal back. Theo races towards a loose ball and breezes past Odriozola near the byline, before drilling a low cross into the six-yard box. Ibrahimovic promptly moves into position and runs onto the cross to slam it into the net from close range!
66' Well, that goal has given Milan belief again. They're pouring forward once more and you sense that it might be difficult for Fiorentina to hold on.
64' Milan want a penalty after Leao gets tripped inside the box, but it seems as though there was an offside in the build-up and there'll be no spot-kick.
Z. Ibrahimović
Goal
Milan
62' IBRAHIMOVIC! 3-1. Is there hope for Milan? Bonaventura surrenders possessions to Ibrahimovic with a loose pass on the edge of the box, and the striker takes one touch before lashing a vicious strike past Terracciano from 12 yards!
A. Duncan
Assist
Fiorentina
60' It was a beautiful pass from Duncan. He spotted the run of Vlahovic and put the perfect weight on the pass to ensure that he'd get there before the goalkeeper!
D. Vlahović
Goal
Fiorentina
60' VLAHOVIC! 3-0! It's a brilliant goal from Vlahovic. Duncan sets the striker through on goal, with a clever pass over the top of the defence. Vlahovic keeps his composure and rounds Tatarusanu, before firing a powerful strike in from a tight angle!
59' Well, that's a big move from Milan. They weren't playing too badly, but head coach, Stefano Pioli, has seen enough and they've made a triple change to try and get back into this.
Junior Messias
A. Saelemaekers
Milan
57' Saelemaekers also departs with Messias taking his place.
A. Florenzi
P. Kalulu
Milan
57' Milan make a triple substitution to try and turn this one around. The first sees Kalulu make way for Florenzi.
O. Giroud
Brahim Díaz
Milan
56' Giroud will now partner Ibrahimovic up top after replacing Diaz.
56' Diaz tumbles following a challenge from Tatarusanu and Milan cry out for a penalty. However, the attacker was offside in the build-up ensuring that the referee doesn't have to make a decision.
55' Tonali's corner is cleared by Venuti, allowing Torreira to unleash Callejon on the break. However, Callejon couldn't quite hold his run and the move ends with an offside call.
54' CLOSE! Milan are getting closer and closer. A sweeping move ends with Kessie feeding Leao out wide, and the attacker promptly bends a 20-yard strike just over the far corner!
52' CHANCE! Leao latches onto Saelemaekers' cross and knocks it down for Ibrahimovic, who smashes it wide from six yards!
50' Despite the scoreline, Milan played well in that first half and will be hopeful of mustering a comeback. In the first 45, they managed seven shots from inside the box compared to Fiorentina's four.
48' Vlahovic requires treatment after Theo slams into him after the ball went out of play. Theo's lucky not to receive a booking, but Vlahovic should be okay to continue.
46' Milan get the second half underway.
Milan created enough chances in that half to know that they can still recover in this one. However, Ibrahimovic and Leao will know that they need to be more clinical after the interval.
Fiorentina take a surprising 2-0 lead into the break. This game burst into life quickly: on 15 minutes Tatarusanu spilled a cross and with Gabbia hesitating, Duncan snuck in to open the scoring from close range. Milan reacted strongly though and created a number of chances. Leao had a number of opportunities to level the scores, but the best chance fell to Ibrahimovic who wastefully headed wide from Kjaer's wicked cross. And the visitors were punished for their misses when Saponara curled in a brilliant strike on the stroke of half-time to make it 2-0.
45' + 2' HALF TIME: Fiorentina 2-0 Milan
D. Vlahović
Assist
Fiorentina
45' + 1' It was a simple lay-off from Vlahovic and surely even he didn't expect what was to follow from Saponara!
R. Saponara
Goal
Fiorentina
45' + 1' GOALLL! SAPONARA! 2-0. Saponara comes back to haunt his old team with a brilliant strike! Vlahovic holds it up on the edge of the box before laying it off to Saponara. The attacker steadies himself with one touch, before bending a superb 25-yard strike beyond Tatarusanu and into the far corner!
45' Tonali's corner falls to Ibrahimovic who flicks it wide from 10 yards.
43' Vlahovic and Kjaer are tangling every time they compete for the ball and it's making for a thrilling battle.
41' Huge miss! Kjaer whips in a brilliant cross from deep, presenting Ibrahimovic with a simple chance inside the six-yard box! However, the striker makes the wrong connection with his header and he diverts it well wide.
39' It's been frantic over the last 10 minutes. Milan are creating chances at will, but Fiorentina still carry a significant threat on the break — especially with Vlahovic up top.
37' CLOSE! Biraghi's low cross trickles across the box, before falling to Bonaventura. The midfielder rides one challenge before pulling a 12-yard shot just wide of the post!
35' CHANCE! Kjaer picks out Leao with a superb pass over the top. Odriozola attempts to bring Leao down, but the attacker keeps going before stumbling and forcing a strong save from Terracciano with a close-range strike. If Leao had gone down, Odriozola could easily have been shown a red card!
33' Diaz forces a good save from Terracciano with an eight-yard strike. However, Ibrahimovic was offside in the build-up and any goal wouldn't have counted.
31' CLOSE! Milan slice through the hosts again, and this time Leao curls a low effort from 20 yards, forcing Terracciano into a scrambling save to tip it behind!
29' Chance! Milan carve through Fiorentina with a flowing move that culminates with Diaz slipping a pass through to Leao. However, with just one more defender to beat, Leao can't quite engineer space to shoot and it runs through to Terracciano!
27' Leao is caught offside, following another long ball over the top of the defence.
25' Venuti calmly knocks Kessie's cross back to Terracciano.
23' It's been a good response by Milan. Conceding a goal of that nature must have been a hammer blow, but they've quickly set to work on finding an equaliser and they've already created a few chances.
21' Close! Leao rides a number of challenges, before rifling a fierce effort from 25 yards that Terracciano tips over!
20' Tonali thumps a powerful strike from 25 yards, but Terracciano gets behind it and pushes the shot away!
19' CHANCE! Vlahovic rises highest to meet Callejon's cross, before steering a header narrowly over the bar from six yards!
17' Tatarusanu made the initial mistake there, but Gabbia was at fault too. He had the opportunity to hack it clear, but waited for his goalkeeper to react allowing Duncan to open the scoring!
A. Duncan
Goal
Fiorentina
15' DUNCAN! 1-0 FIORENTINA! It's a terrible error from Tatarusanu who drops a corner inside the six-yard box. Gabbia gets there first but attempts to shield it for his goalkeeper to pick up, and Duncan nips in to tap it in from close range!
13' Saelemaekers turns Callejon's cross behind. Milan struggle to clear a succession of corners as Fiorentina pile on the pressure.
11' Odriozola beats Theo with a clever move, but Kessie anticipates the danger and rushes across to dispossess the wingback.
9' Igor finds Saponara with a long pass towards the byline, but Saponara's touch carries it out of play.
7' Chance! Tonali picks out Leao's run in behind the defence, with a beautifully clipped pass. However, his touch is too heavy and Venuti recovers to block his effort away!
5' Ibrahimovic clinically finishes off a one-on-one, but it won't count — the flag was immediately raised for offside.
3' Fiorentina's last home win against Milan in Serie A was back in August 2015: 2-0 thanks to Marcos Alonso and Josip Ilicic goals – two away wins for the Rossoneri and three draws since then.
1' Fiorentina get the first half underway.
The players are emerging from the tunnel and kick off is just seconds away!
Fiorentina will be wary about falling behind today. Milan are one of just two sides yet to lose a single point from a winning position in Serie A so far this season, while Fiorentina are one of two sides yet to gain a point from behind this term.
Milan make four changes to the side that drew with Inter prior to the international break. Tomori, Calabria, Ballo-Toure and Krunic make way for Gabbia, Kalulu, Theo and Saelemaekers.
Fiorentina make three changes to the side that lost narrowly to Juventus last time out. Milenkovic is unavailable following a red card in that game and he’s replaced in defence by Venuti. Martinez and Castrovilli also drop out with Igor and Duncan coming in.
SUBS: Junior Messias, Pietro Pellegri, Rade Krunic, Olivier Giroud, Ismael Bennacer, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Alessio Romagnoli, Antonio Mirante, Sebastiano Desplanches, Alessandro Florenzi, Fode Ballo-Toure.
MILAN (4-2-3-1): Ciprian Tatarusanu; Pierre Kalulu Kyatengwa, Matteo Gabbia, Simon Kjaer, Theo Hernandez; Sandro Tonali, Franck Kessie; Alexis Saelemaekers, Brahim Diaz, Rafael Leao; Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
SUBS: Sofyan Amrabat, Gaetano Castrovilli, Youssef Maleh, Aleksa Terzic, Riccardo Sottil, Louis Munteanu, Marco Benassi, Antonio Rosati, Nicolas Gonzalez, Michele Cerofolini.
FIORENTINA (4-3-3): Pietro Terracciano; Alvaro Odriozola, Lorenzo Vinuti, Igor, Cristiano Biraghi; Giacomo Bonaventura, Lucas Torreira, Alfred Duncan; Jose Callejon, Dusan Vlahovic, Riccardo Saponara.
Milan, meanwhile, are firmly in the title race. They’re level on points with first-placed Napoli, having won 10 of their 12 league games so far this year. With Napoli visiting Inter tomorrow, they’ll be aiming to pile the pressure on their rivals with three points today.
Hello and welcome to live commentary of this Serie A fixture between Fiorentina and Milan. Fiorentina have been inconsistent of late with three losses and two wins from their last five, but they’ll be hoping to find some rhythm today with victory over an impressive Milan side.