AC Milan continued their unbeaten record in Serie A as they conquered Sampdoria 2-1 on Saturday, despite Rafael Leao’s red card.
The Rossoneri were coming off a Milan Derby victory in the last round and a Champions League draw with RB Salzburg in midweek.
The away side broke the deadlock just five minutes into the game when a loose ball prodded into the path of Junior Messias who finished with a first-time strike.
Milan’s new arrival Charles De Ketelaere thought he had bagged his maiden goal in the 20th minute, but it was wiped out due to Olivier Giroud’s offside position.
The Diavoli were one player down straight after the break when Leao’s overhead kick knocked Alex Ferrari’s head, receiving his second yellow card. The red card means the MVP of Serie A last season will be suspended for the next clash against Napoli.
Sampdoria got back on level terms 10 minutes later when Tommaso Augello rolled across from the left and Filip Djuricic guided his header into the net.
AC Milan quickly restored the lead again when Giroud earned a penalty, and the Frenchman kept his cool to covert it.
Also on Saturday, Giacomo Raspadori’s late goal helped Napoli see off Spezia 1-0 on home turf. The win also sent the Partenopei to the top with 14 points, ahead of AC Milan by virtue of goal difference.
Elsewhere, Inter Milan cruised past Torino 1-0 at San Siro thanks to a last-gasp winner from Marcelo Brozovic.- Advertisement -