Team news: Genoa were without Domenico Criscito, Nikola Maksimović, Mohamed Farès, Ivan Radovanović, Francesco Cassata, Felipe Caicedo, Mattia Destro, Yayah Kallon, while Milan had to do without the suspended Alessio Romagnoli as well as without Alessandro Plizzari, Davide Calabria, Ismaël Bennacer, Samu Castillejo, Ante Rebić and Olivier Giroud. Kickoff time for Matchday 15 was 20:45 CET at Stadio Luigi Ferraris.

Goals: Ibrahimović (9′), Messias (45+1′, 61′)

Genoa C.F.C. (3-5-2) – Andriy Shevchenko
Salvatore Sirigu; Zinho Vanheusden, Andrea Masiello (76′ Mattia Bani), Johan Vásquez; Paolo Ghiglione, Stefano Sturaro (46′ Hernani), Milan Badelj (62′ Goran Pandev), Nicolò Rovella (76′ Manolo Portanova), Andrea Cambiaso; Flavio Bianchi (62′ Pablo Galdames Millán), Caleb Ekuban.
Unused: Marchetti, Semper; Biraschi, Sabelli; Behrami, Touré; Buksa.

AC Milan (4-2-3-1) – Stefano Pioli
Mike Maignan; Pierre Kalulu, Simon Kjær (5′ Matteo Gabbia (46′ Alessandro Florenzi)), Fikayo Tomori, Theo Hernández; Sandro Tonali (76′ Tiémoué Bakayoko), Franck Kessié; Junior Messias, Brahim Díaz (76′ Alexis Saelemaekers), Rade Krunić; Zlatan Ibrahimović (60′ Pietro Pellegri).
Unused: Mirante, Tătărușanu; Ballo-Touré, Conti; Leão, Maldini.

Referee:  Juan Luca Sacchi.

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Nesta1

Must win game tonight, looks a strong team with tomori bk, tonali kessie pivot and messias on right wing

Dindudre

Why can’t he just try Pellegri ??? This is the same treatment our coaches gave to Paqueta and Andre Silva and made the fans believe they ain’t good enough but look out their and see how great those players turned out when they went to a team that’s playing them regularly. Smh. Give the young guy a chance cos I actually think he could turn out good for us.

Gbenga AJOSE

If he tries Pelegri and we lose the match, you will be among the people to condemn him that he is a gambler. We just lost 6 points and this is not time to do experiment !

Dindudre

I wouldn’t think that’s a gamble because I think we bought him cos we think he’s good enough to play in our team, If we didn’t have Ibra and Giroud available, wouldn’t he be our starter? what if he score 4 goals in 2 starts with Ibra and Giroud out, wouldn’t you be screaming that he should be a regular starter? All I’m saying is we can’t keep depending on a 40 yr Old and a 37 yr old when we have young players we can rely on and we can’t condemn a player when we barely ever give the… Read more »

Gbenga AJOSE

Its like u don’t get it bro… No rational coach in such Pioli circumstances would be experimenting uncertainties for certainties after losing 6 points within two consecutive matches.

SJF

What has Pellegri ever done to deserve that faith?
He literally has not scored in years.
Colombo is the young striker we must give time and opportunity

Oluwashevy

Roman favire of Brest is he our player yet or he is coming January the guy keep scoring

Ronaldinho80

Must win. We are currently on third place and just 2 points above Atalanta.

Oluwashevy

What is this with all this injuries self poli didn’t he know kjaer needed rest or what he sees this players train everyday now

Nesta1

Damn it last thing we needed injury to kyaer, hope it’s just precaution

Ronaldinho80

10th minute nice freekick goal by Zlatan. Ronaldinho like freekick technique pretty unusual for Ibra

Ronaldinho80

Finesse shot

Milan10

baggio-esque*

Ronaldinho80

Jesus f christ it realy was more like baggio. Good memory dude

Milan10

been a while since ibra did that. at psg was the last time i think

Ronaldinho80

Yap there are couple of sweet spots where he does those kind of FK but not many.

Milan10

ibracadabra strikes again, literally. nice freekick by the lion king

Zlat

Can Pellegri do that?

Milan10

the hell is wrong with this ref? if thats yellow for gabbia then at the very least alvarez should’ve gotten one as well for that silly foul on theo

Ranajaya

That one that had Tonali flying too should get at least a yellow. This ref is bias

Milan10

meanwhile, inter and juve get awarded penalties literally every week. hell, they ref even knowingly gave osimhen and abraham weird yellows so they couldnt/cant face juve and inter respectively

Milan10

lol nice maradona-esque sombrero by tomori. how good is this guy

Nesta1

Beast, one of our best signings for sure

Milan10

correctamundo mate. in terms of impact and importance, probably the best. the nesta signing of this milan generation

Milan10

nice messi-esque slalom run by brahim. too bad his finishing just aint as good yet. great winger like messi or henry would’ve aimed at far bottom corner.

Ronaldinho80

Omg i like what Diaz is doing he just needs to improve last touch. He lack so little to achieve crazy solo goals. He is at 95 %

Ronaldinho80

Bravo junior he has just scored his second very inportant goal for ACM

Caesar

Tomori is just too good!!!

Nino

Messias Jr. This guy is intelligent.

Nesta1

Oh yes, finally penny’s dropped and playing a right winger who adds goals to the team!!!

Milan10

nice pallonetto header by messias. just sign him already milan.

Nino

The guy is intelligent. He knows football.

Milan10

truly a cinderella man. if milan win scudetto, de laurentiis should make a movie about him haha

Roberto Giano

First half : Genoa played well but Milan played very well. Excellent connection among Milan’s players

Roberto Giano

Diaz has found his form back

Milan10

are we done with these typical uninitiated “messias is a flop” and “ibra shouldnt play” nonsense yet?

Nesta1

Messias will make our right side so much stronger, and zlatan will always score goals. Just needs a young striker to give him a rest now and again and cover for injuries.

Milan10

correctamundo mate. dont worry, andriy “the giant” silva will be just that once he come back with paquelme. oh wait

SJF

For god sake just stop that nonsense. Sooo boring

Milan10

aah one of my fav uninitiated. thought u’d never visited this blog because milan won thus no one to bitch about.
btw, the messias says hi. dont worry, he loves all the sinners (uninitiated) and the pious (milan10ians) equally. all u need to do is ask for forgiveness and repent. come back to light, come back to milan10ian way

SJF

I’m very happy Messias is finally able to contribute.
Hope he stays fit now. A right wing who scores goals, yipee!!

Milan10

thats the spirit. ur slowly but surely turning into bona fide milan10ian. im proud of u mate

Christian

Immediately sign Branislav Ivanovic !!!

Baresis Dream

Far from the best first half we’ve seen from the boys, but the result is all that matters. Both goals were kindda also on Sirigu, and Genoa in general are one of the weakest teams in serie a (especially with all their absentees). Regardless, leading 2-0 at halftime is never something to complain about.

Tonali and Kessie look good, and it really comforting to see Tomori back. On the other hand, Kajaer’s injury looked really worrying, and it might prove the most significant minute of tonight’s match.

Dindudre

Same here bro. I thought we didn’t really play well but managed to score 2 goals so I’m happy about that. lol
Our game tactics and attitude needs to change honestly.

Baresis Dream

Yeah mate, a win is a win a win. Who cares how they play

Roberto Giano

Messias is an excellent header. very different characteristic compared to Saele

Ronaldinho80

Messias is much more attacking minded and unpredictable. Unpredictability is great asset to have especialy in combination with quick mind and vision.

Ronaldinho80

Unless you are Roben than you just run 35km/h cut left and dont give a fuck

Roberto Giano

Rovella of Genoa looked very promising

Nino

Good first half.
Obviously a technical game. Ibra is playing very smart to conserve energy. Pellegri will probably come in around 60 mins to replace him. Hopefully before then, Milan will have put in another goal or two.

Baresis Dream

Nice call on the sub in the precise minute

Ronaldinho80

Napoli and Sassuolo still 0:0 fingers crossed guys

Ronaldinho80

1:0 for napoli never mind

Milan10

like i said a while back: get fabian ruiz

Milan10

pioli, ur precious kruniesta is being fouled left and right. quick, sub him off and play leaonaldo so he wont get injured

Nino

…and that’s the minute Krunic told the world his footballing IQ is limited.

milan4lyf

He doesn’t really have footballing IQ and everyone knows that. He is mostly used for the energy he brings in the field which is really a positive and very few players is capable of doing that. But sacrificing effectiveness for energy.. is it really worth it? Since results are coming, no one is questioning it. Lack of effectiveness of one players puts added pressure on the rest of the players to cover for him which only increases possibility of losses in game and injury.

Milan10

lets go pellegri. seize the opportunity to prove urself like the messiah

Oluwashevy

Napoli taking a cruise the league gonna be damn long just hope for consistency from Milan because everyone aiming for scudetto

Ronaldinho80

Junior second goal i am so glad for that guy.

Ronaldinho80

What a left footer

Patinho

Messias does what a player in his position has to do – score.

Jay

Saladmaker as a starter ends from here ! Thq god

Milan10

the legend of saladmaker the belgian schweinsteiger starts here*

Milan10

nice messi-esque finish by the messiah. now thats how u finish brahim: calm, collected, straight at the far bottom corner.
another maldini’s masterclass.

Nino

Precision shooting. Messias Jr… That’s how to do it.

dejan10

Messias wasn’t even a professional player until age 25 or something. What a story.

Ronaldinho80

I have also read something in that context. He is also very humble and grateful for the opportunity Milan has given him

milan4lyf

Messias wasn’t a professional until 28. And damn, this is a fairytale in football.

dejan10

Tomori and Magic Mike coming back are key. Now we’ll be fine going forward – until there’s another flurry of injuries, which is pretty much inevitable with MilanLab.

Baresis Dream

Sassoulo – Napoli 2-2!

SheerWill96

I was about to say that.

Baresis Dream

3-2!!!

Baresis Dream

Damn, spoke too soon

SheerWill96

3-2 now

Baresis Dream

unfortunately not, god damn var

SheerWill96

Sassuolo with the lead

SheerWill96

Oh shit! Goal was chalked off.

Charlie

Shevchenko pretending like his not enjoying Milan win

dejan10

Haha – he was practicing that look before the game.

dejan10

I had a feeling we’d win big tonight after that Sassuolo sh*t show. Feel sorry for Sheva for another loss – hope he does well this season.

Charlie

yea I wish him well, starting with the game against Juve

Milan10

well, xmas comes early for milan; a god and a messiah won the match for them. congrats to john malkovich and the boys for the competent performance and for picking up themselves after back to back serie a losses. nice winning mentality. maignan and especially tomori really brought back stability to milan defense. shame about kjaer’s injury though. like i said before fiorentina game, sooner or later this would happen and pioli should’ve trusted gabbia more, because young players need game time to develop further. kaluluan thuram also played cb like a veteran. the 2 fb, especially theo really made… Read more »

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Nino

If Milan manages to pull through December without further injuries and a good management of Ibra, I’m sure a new striker will come, especially if Pellegri has to leave early to Genoa. I have a feeling Faivre will arrive. I suspect Milan don’t want to aggravate Brest that’s why they’re silent. It’s obvious the kid wants Milan. He has to learn to respect his present employer. Perhaps a CB may arrive, especially with Kjaer’s injury. All in all, we’ll see what Christmas gifts Gazidis and management will bring to strengthen the team. Scudetto is a strong reality. UCL second round… Read more »

Nino

Genoa’s Portanova seems like a smart player. Maybe Milan can poach him. Give ’em Castillejo.

Milan10

correctamundo mate. hell, i wouldnt mind maksimovic as well

Milan10

i read that pellegri himself denied he ever said he wanted to leave. its just hoax. for 1m + 6m option to buy, i think he’s very low risk deal. very low downside. i dont know about u but i often watch matches of milan’s ex like andriy, paquelme and even ely, bonad10nho, kucka and saponara. and they all perform very well. my point is, milan have bad habit of letting (unpolished) gems go way too easily. for 7m, milan could do way worse than pellegri and i dont think its wise not to redeem him. vlahovic etc is just… Read more »

Oluwashevy

Napoli survive lol what a league? Well happy it was a draw in which there almost lost so the league still very much open

Emmy ApacheB

Great result and good play
so sorry for Shevchenko as he’s our legend but life has to go on
Honestly am still very weak after the Sassuolo game because I was shocked
milan should players should focus more on their jobs more than talking
Forza Milan

milan4lyf

This season is Fire. Inter Napoli and Milan are in the race with Atalanta breathing down our neck. Midseason is where Atalanta and Inter always show their best which is what I am worried about specially Milan’s recent tendency of running it down during the mid over the last 6 years. and the games before Genoa is a sign of intense worry. It’s like the whole team depends on Tomori which is a big red flag. A CAM and a CB is a must sign this Winter to plug the holes in our formation. I am already reading news that… Read more »

Davide

Forza milan!!!!!!

Roberto Giano

Pellegri has been given 30 minutes to show what he can do and against a not strong team. but no single movement convinced me. Milan should get another striker at this transfer window or call our young striker on loan

SJF

We really need a fit striker in their prime.
Next season Colombo can replace Pellegri, he is a huge talent.

Keep one of Ibra/Giroud
Sign a proven striker, Vlahovic (the gift for winning scudetto)
Bring back Colombo

Caesar

Pellegri would have scored if Theo had squared the ball to him. Don’t judge the boy too fast yet. He has not even started a match for milan and you are already writing him off. This was exactly the same thing many people here said about Messias. 30mins is not enough for a striker to prove himself in most cases.

SJF

I think almost every player on our team has been injured this season already.

Alexis, Tonali and maybe Kalulu the only exception.

Milan lab was supposed to give us an advantage in this area. Seems it needs some major rejuvenation!!

Nesta1

Kyaer reports say operation on knee so out for season. Jesus just when I thought the injury situation couldn’t get worse

SJF

That’s a huge blow. He has been a leader for us.
I do believe in Kalulu and Gabbia, so they will get chances there.
Roma and Tomori will have to stay fit tho

SJF

Any time I see Kalulu play I cant believe how composed he is.
It’s only a year ago he was making his first senior starts.
What a talent!

Nesta1

Yes I rate him highly, quick strong can play right bk or cb. As u say given his age what a player he is and will get better.

Oluwashevy

Don’t get out of the season or out of the year till next year because out of the season is a huge blow and we have to act swiftly to go get a reliable defender because we can’t really rely on Roman and off course his contract issues is another thing I don’t like this news