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AC Milan - Salernitana
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Full-time: A routine victory for AC Milan takes them to the top of Serie A. First half goals from Franck Kessie and Alexis Saelemaekers does the job. Their attention immediately turns to Tuesday night's crunch Champions League fixture with Liverpool.
Three more minutes for Salernitana to endure. They'll remain rooted to the bottom of Serie A and today isn't a game that will live long in the memory.
- Yellow cardMilan DjuricSalernitana
Salernitana substitute Duric is the first player booked in a tame second-half.
Milan win a free-kick as Bennacer draws the foul from Schiavone. The hosts are almost there.
This result will send Milan to the top of the Serie A table - at least for a few hours anyway as Napoli host Atalanta later on tonight.
How does he fail to score?! Saelemaekers sets up Diaz on a plate but, with just the goalkeeper to beat and from point-blank range, he side-foots it wide!
- OffLuca RanieriSalernitana
- OnPawel JaroszynskiSalernitana
Pawel Jaroszynski replaces Ranieri in Salernitana's attack.
- OffFranck KessiéAC Milan
- OnSandro TonaliAC Milan
Sandro Tonali comes on for Kessie.
There's a clash of heads as the visitors deliver their corner, Messias is on the ground but should be OK to continue.
The ball bounces around dangerously inside Milan's penalty area following a cross from the right but Milan manage to scramble it behind for a corner.
Confidence is clearly on the rise again which can only bode well for the club ahead of a number of tough fixtures. After Liverpool, Pioli takes his side to Udinese on Saturday and on December 19 they host Napoli in a huge six-pointer at the top of Serie A.
After two concerning successive Serie A defeats, there was a suspicion the wheels were about to come off for title-chasing AC Milan, just like last season. However, this week they've looked close to their best again.
Chance! Diaz is through on goal but Belec is off his line in a hurry to take the ball from his toes!
Another good save! Diaz picks out Messaias with a perfectly-weighed pass and his first-time curler is pushed away by the strong hand of Belec!
Milan carve open the visitors' defence with a move down the right. Florenzi drills it across the face but Veseli is there to intervene.
A touching gesture from Saelemaekers!
Milan fail to add to their lead despite winning a succession of corners.
- OffTheo HernandezAC Milan
- OnFodé Ballo-TouréAC Milan
Hernandez comes off for Fode Ballo-Toure as Pioli makes another change with Tuesday in mind.
- OnFederico BonazzoliSalernitana
He's followed by the introduction of Federico Bonazzoli.
- OffFranck RibérySalernitana
- OnMilan DjuricSalernitana
Milan Duric comes on for the visitors.
As expected, Milan have slowed down the tempo of the game. They had 12 shots on goal in the first half and really should have scored more than two but the urgency has now gone.
Zortea has picked up an injury of some sort and it looks like Salernitana are going to be forced into a sub.
Spreading the goals around!
It's going to take something special for Salernitana to find a way back into this match. Schiavone tries his luck from distance but it's never troubling Maignan, who has almost been a spectator so far.
Close! Florenzi drills a ball across the face of goal but it somehow evades Kessie at the far post!
Salernitana are already enjoying much more possession in the second half. I would imagine Milan will take their foot off the gas now.
Oh and Salernitana also made a change at the break - Grigoris Kastanos - on loan from Juventus - replaced Di Tacchio who had picked up a yellow card.
Kick-off! We're up and running in the second half. Those changes indicate Pioli has Tuesday night's Champions League crunch fixture with Liverpool in mind and the current result affords him the opportunity to give some of his key players some time off.
With the game all but wrapped up, Pioli is going to give Leao and Bakayoko a rest as Junior Messias and Ismael Bennacer come on.
- End of 1st Half
Half-time: Milan are in complete control at the break thanks to goals from Franck Kessie and Alexis Saelemaekers but how it's only 2-0 is a mystery.
Close to 3-0! Krunic flicks on a long kick from Maignan and finds Leao on the left. He cuts it back for Kessie whose first-time shot is agonisingly wide of the near post.
Great chance! Kessie feeds Krunic, who drops the shoulder and has a clear sight on goal. He leathers it but Belec makes a brilliant save! Relentless Milan pressure at the moment!
Kessie celebrates his fifth-minute opener
Important tackle! Milan build an impressive move down the right. Saelemaekers rolls it to Diaz who backheels it into the path of Leao but an important challenge from Gyomber stops him in his tracks!
Salernitana force another corner but again it ends in frustration for the visitors as Bakayoko rises highest to head clear.
Salernitana can only clear to the edge of the penalty area where the unmarked Diaz is waiting. He controls on the chest but gets his shot all wrong. Pioli can't hide his frustration.
Leao powers forward as he skips past one challenge after another before unloading with a shot. It's deflected behind and Milan have their corner.
- Yellow cardFrancesco Di TacchioSalernitana
Di Tacchio catches Krunic from behind with a late challenge and goes into the referee's book.
Confidence is high in the Milan ranks as demonstrated by Hernandez's decision to try an ambitious shot from distance. It's always rising and this time Belec has nothing to do.
Ribery may have slowed down but he's still clearly got ability and it's his good work that creates the space for Zortea to have a shot. But he scuffs it wide.
Bakayoko is the first player to receive a yellow card - for a foul on Simy.
Florenzi sends his corner to the near post but Schiavone reacts quickest to head clear.
Salernitana look totally out of their depth - it's wave after wave of Milan attack at the moment. Leao gets a shot away now but it's deflected behind for another corner.
- GoalAlexis SaelemaekersAC Milan
GOAL! AC Milan 2-0 Salernitana (Alexis Saelemaekers): Oh, that is delightful! Brahim Diaz receives the ball in a central area and switches it to Saelemaekers on the right side of the penalty area. He checks inside, creating space for the shot and fires it inside the far post. He then runs over to the touchline and raises Simon Kjaer's shirt!
- OffPietro PellegriAC Milan
- OnRade KrunicAC Milan
Rade Krunic replaces Pellegri who has disappointment written all over his face.
Sadly, Pellegri - on his first start this season - has picked up an injury after falling awkwardly and it doesn't look like he's going to be able to run this off.
Just wide! Milan pile forward on the counter attack. Bakayoko rolls a dangerous ball across the face of goal searching for the fully stretched Diaz but he can't quite direct it on target.
A rare Salernitana attacks forces a corner. Ribery takes it - of course he does - but Bakayoko reacts quickest to clear for Milan.
Hernandez whips the corner delivery into the heart of the visitors' penalty area. He's searching for Pellegri but it's just over his team mate's head.
Milan are hungry for early goals, and here comes Theo Hernandez sprinting down that left flank again, forcing a corner.
- GoalFranck KessiéAC Milan
GOAL! AC Milan 1-0 Salernitana (Franck Kessie): Leao drives down the left, gets to the by-line and picks out Kessie who applies the finish with a first-time side-footed shot! A dream start for the hosts!
Milan goalkeeper Maignan takes a chance by rushing off his line to clear a ball over the top but gets there first.
- 1st Half
Kick-off! And the match is live!
Five minutes until kick-off at San Siro! It's AC Milan versus Salernitana in Serie A!
Salernitana will be the 40th team Stefano Pioli has faced as a coach in Serie A: so far, the only sides he hasn’t won against are Carpi, Messina and Reggina.
Milan are pictured wearing shirts in support of Simon Kjaer who is set to miss six months after ACL surgery.
Did you know? Milan have lost just one of their last 20 Serie A matches against newly promoted sides (W14, D5), keeping twelve clean sheets in the process.
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These two sides have not met in league action since 1999 when Milan won 3-2, with Oliver Bierhoff netting a brace and George Weah also registering on the scoresheet.
You have to go back to October for the last time Milan won on home soil!
Zlatan was on target last time out as Milan bounced back from two successive defeats...
Pietro Pellegrini makes his first start of the season as Olivier Giroud is injured and Zlatan Ibrahimovic is rested. Alessio Romagnoli returns from suspension to take his place at the heart of Milan's defence. The visitors have Franck Ribery leading their attack.
TEAMS - Milan XI: Maignan, Florenzi, Tomori, Romagnoli, Theo Hernandez; Kessie, Bakayoko, Saelemaekers, Brahim Diaz, Leao, Pellegri /// Salernitana XI: Belec, Bogdan, Gyomber, Veseli, Zortea, L. Coulibaly, Di Tacchio, Schiavone, Ranieri, Ribery, Simy.
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