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Sassuolo 1-2 AC Milan – Serie A – Player Ratings

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After two successive draws in the Serie A, AC Milan returned to winning ways with a 2-1 victory over Sassuolo on Sunday afternoon.

AC Milan maintained their stay at the top of Serie A with a return to winning ways at the Mapei stadium.

Given how much the Rossoneri have dropped points over the last two games, anything short of a win could have seen them lose their grip at the top, depending on other results.

Milan didn’t falter this time around and needed only 26 minutes to get the job done. They were up to a dream start after Leao opened the scoring literally before the game even ‘started’.

In the absence of Ibrahimovic, the young striker scored just after six seconds to record the fastest Serie A goal in history.

It could have been 2-0 up for Milan before the 10th minute but Calhanoglu saw his goal ruled out in the 9th minute due to offside.

Pioli’s men eventually got their well deserved second goal in the 26th minute. Sandro Tonali wisely got out the way of a Theo Hernandez run and made a pull-back for Saelemaekers to tap in.

The second half was pretty quiet from both sides until Berardi scored one in the 89th minute but it only turned out to be a consolation goal.

Seeing that Inter also won, Milan needed that win and still lead the top of the pile by one point. Up next for Pioli and company is a tricky home game against Lazio on Wednesday.

Player ratings

Sassuolo: Consigli (6), Toljan (6), Marlon (6), Ferrari (7), Rogerio (6), Lopez (6), Bourabia (5), Berardi (7), Traore (6), Djuricic (5), Defrel (6)

AC Milan: G Donnarumma (6), Calabria (7), Kalulu (6), Romagnoli (6), Theo Hernandez (8), Kessie (6), Tonali (7), Saelemaekers (8), Calhanoglu (7), Brahim Diaz (6), Leao (8)

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