Despite being outnumbered for an hour, Milan won 2-0 on Sunday against newly promoted Benevento and claimed first place in the Italian Serie A. Franck Kessie from penalties and Rafael Leao scored the goals for the Milanese, who Sandro Tonali lost after a little over half an hour to a hard red card.
The -referee had shown the 20-year-old midfielder the yellow card, but was corrected by the VAR.
After this further victory, Milan are still the only undefeated team in the top five leagues in Europe. Another touchstone will follow on Wednesday in the home game against defending champion Juventus Turin. Juve prevailed again on Sunday evening almost two weeks after the bitter 3-0 defeat against Florence, beating Udinese at home 4-1 (1-0). In addition to superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, who tied a brace (31st, 70th), Federico Chiesa (50th) and Paulo Dybala (93rd) also scored for the home side, Aaron Ramsey failed from the penalty point (52nd). Marvin Zeegelaar’s goal for 1: 3 (90th) would have only meant cosmetic results anyway. Juve are ten points and one game less behind Milan fifth.
Milan’s first pursuer, one point behind, is still city rivals Inter Milan, who prevailed 6-2 in the home game against newly promoted Crotone thanks to four goals after the break and achieved their eighth win in a row in Serie A.
The -storm duo Lautaro Martinez and Romelu Lukaku paved the way to victory.