Milan respond to Inter’s victory and expunge Marassi with a test of character. Sampdoria defeated 2-1 with goals from Messias and Giroud. Proof of character of Stefano Pioli’s team, especially after Leao’s expulsion and Djuricic’s momentary equalizer. The Rossoneri then reach Napoli with 14 points and return to the top of the standings waiting for Atalanta, on the field tomorrow against Cremonese. T.re very important points for Pioli who will face Napoli in seven days.
THE MATCH – Milan starts strong immediately with the goal of Messias in the sixth minute on an assist from Leao. However, Sampdoria reacts and hits the crossbar with Filip Djuricic. The match was on from the start and the Rossoneri doubled in 21st with Charles De Ketelaere. Joy that lasts a few seconds for the Belgian, goal disallowed for Giroud’s earlier offside. Pioli’s team does not stop attacking especially with the usual Leao, always dangerous. Double chance for Girodu, on the first very good Audero to reject. The second half starts in the worst way for the RossoneriLeao is expelled for the sum of yellow cards after the Portuguese had tried an overhead kick but hit Ferrari full in the face. He then pushed Sampdoria who found a draw with Djuricic header on an assist from Augello. Try to react Milan first with Hernandez and then with Giroud who heads for Villar’s hand and converts the penalty for the new Rossoneri advantage. In the final, Sampdoria has a double sensational opportunity to equalize, first with Gabbiadini on whom Maignan is careful and then Verde who shoots her on the post. Final forcing of Giampaolo’s team who, however, cannot find the third home draw against the big names. In injury time the blue-circled coach is also sent off.