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.
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.
87' Leao lays the ball into Castillejo’s path, but his effort is well blocked in the centre of the penalty area. 86' Milan’s final change sees Diaz replace Meite. Time is running out for the Rossoneri. Samu Castillejo A. Saelemaekers 86' Saelemaekers also makes way for Castillejo. 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.
32' Locatelli catches Kessie and the referee awards Milan a free-kick inside their own half. 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.
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.
Milan v Sassuolo Live Commentary & Result, 4/21/21, Serie AThat 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.
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.
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.
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.