AC Milan unloaded the frustration of the last weeks on Sunday evening in Sassuolo – Boateng & Co.
The script actually seemed to be about to kick off: The little Sassuolo, eleventh last year, would jump to second place in Serie A for the first time ever with a home win against the big but crisis-ridden AC Milan and Kevin-Prince Boateng would further aggravate the situation at his beloved ex-club.
Instead, what happened in Sassuolo on Sunday evening was that AC Milan freed themselves with a deserved 4-1 away win, the hosts conceded their second defeat of the season and Kevin-Prince Boateng remained pale.
In an entertaining first run, Kessié, whose lifter had been scratched off the line a quarter of an hour earlier, finished his solo run from his own half with a 16-metre shot to 1-0 (39th) in a counterattack. The strong Suso, who had already failed after four minutes on the outer post, increased five minutes after the restart with a firecracker from the penalty area border. And when Castillejo did not hit the ball from the distance (60th), the preliminary decision was made. Sassuolo only shortened Djuricic’s time by substituting Djuricic for the ex-Mainzer (68th), before match winner Suso scored in injury time with a deflected free-kick post-shot to the final score.
The Milaners, who lacked goalscorers Higuain with muscular problems and the stricken Cutrone and Borini were only sitting on the bench, had left Sassuolo to play right from the start, but they did well with this approach – because the defence was better in the second run than in the first, where Sassuolo had twice sniffed at the lead. With three draws to his name, the second win of the season has coach Gennaro Gattuso breathing a sigh of relief.