Milan: Despite the absence of his coach and star striker, AC Milan maintained their unbeaten start to the Serie A season with a 2-0 win over Fiorentina on Sunday, ensuring they would finish at the top of the table by the end of the week.
In the first half an Alessio Romagnoli header and Frank Casey won a penalty against watching Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who was injured but cheering his teammate from the stand.
Rosoneri moved five points clear of Inter Milan and Sassuolo, both of whom played on Saturday. Roma could go three points below Milan in second place, if they win later in Napoli then what an emotional match it would be. It is Napolis’ first Serie A game since former player Diego Maradona died in his native Argentina on Wednesday.
A tribute was paid to Maradona at San Siro, as all the Serie A matches were over this weekend. It included a minute of silence for the former Napoli player, while his image was again displayed on the stadium screen in the 10th minute in honor of his shirt number.
Milan took the lead in the 17th minute when Romagnoli put a headache in a corner on the back post.
Duan Vlavavi almost got it right soon but his effort was taken to the post by Gianluigi Donnarumma.
Instead, it was Milan who doubled their lead in the 28th when Casey converted a penalty after being sacked by Alexis Salemmakers by German Pazella.
The cases were saved five minutes after Fiorentina goalkeeper Bartomiz Dragovsky’s foul play by Marton Cesare on Theo Hernandez.
Milan could have extended their lead early in the second half but Hakan Alhanalas’ strike came to this post.
Tolga Arsenal, Ignacio Puseto and Fernando Forrestieri scored for Udinese before the late Ciro Immobile penalty.
Bologna beat bottom club Croton 1-0. Spezia was playing after Cagliari.
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