AC Milan 4 – 1 Sassuolo | Serie A 2018/19

AC Milan 4 - 1 Sassuolo | Serie A 2018/19

AC Milan gain three points after their impressive 4-1 victory against Sassulo in the Serie A on Monday.

AC Milan emerged victorious against Sassulo, a team who were playing surprisingly well this season, blocking their chance of being second in the league below Juventus. Milan won 4-1 away to end a run of three successive draws.

Suso blasted an early strike against the crossbar from a complicated angle but Franck Kessie could have given Milan the lead in the 26th minute. His shot beat Andrea Consigli but lacked sufficient power to cross the line, allowing Pol Lirola to clear off the line. Federico Di Francesco missed an equally golden chance when he drilled at the legs of Gianluigi Donnarumma. 

Franck Kessie made up for his previous mistake when controlled the ball in his own half, sprinted forward before half-time and scored from the edge of the area to give Milan the lead at the 39th minute.

Suso and Samu Castillejo also scored for the visitors with long-range left-foot shots after the break. Suso doubled the score sheet at the 50th-minute as he made his 100th Serie A appearance. Castillejo scored a similar goal at the hour mark for Milan which marked first Rossoneri goal. 

Filip Djuricic secured one goal back for Sassuolo but the team couldn’t win the match that could have led them to the 2nd spot at the Seria A table. Instead, they stand at the 5th now.

Suso managed to fire the fourth for the season and second of the night in stoppage-time. He has been directly involved in the most number of goals (5) for Milan in Serie A this season.

Reports in Italy have suggested Milan’s poor start to the Serie A season meant the club was considering replacing coach Gattuso with former Chelsea and Juventus coach Antonio Conte but this win might be a factor for his extended his stay.

AC Milan host Olympiacos in the Europa League on 4th October, Thursday before welcoming Chievo in Serie A three days later. While Sassuolo have another tough game next Sunday, 7th October against Napoli. 

Also read: Diego Laxalt To AC Milan

Douglas Costa Spitting Scandal – Reactions

Douglas Costa Spitting Scandal - Reactions

Douglas Costa was involved in a running dispute with Sassuolo midfielder Federico Di Francesco throughout the match on Sunday.

The 28-year-old escaped with a yellow card for elbowing and then head-butting his Di Francesco as they tangled before Sassuolo‘s goal. However, Douglas Costa was later sent off after the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) caught him spitting at the same player in another argument in the 93rd minute. 

Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri has denounced the behavior of his player Douglas Costa after he was sent off for his repugnant actions.

Talking to Sky Italy, Allegri said: “Maybe he was irritated at a foul before, but it doesn’t matter, because this absolutely must not happen. The one thing we must avoid doing is falling for provocation.”

“We could’ve scored a third goal, but instead we started to play as individuals, we tried to dribble past everyone, this wound up the opposition, who then reacted badly and you get to situations like Douglas Costa. You just had to see the first three games and how close Ronaldo went to scoring. Again today, he was a little too hasty and eager to score, but it bounced off the post and right into his path. That unblocked him.”

The Brazil international has apologised for his disgusting actions in the match against Sassuolo on social media. Douglas Costa has released a statement through his Instagram account.

The Instagram post read: “I would like to apologise to all Juventus fans for this misleading reaction in today’s game. I also apologise to my team-mates, who are always with me in beautiful and bad moments. It was ugly, I am aware of it and I apologise to everyone for this. I make it clear that this isolated attitude does not correspond to what I have always shown in my career.”

Douglas Costa will pay a fine of €100,000 and be banned for the next 3 games for Juventus, however, an extended ban might be on the cards as well. 

Interestingly, a poll by @TransferPosts on Twitter shows that 53% of the 4047 fans that voted want the Brazillian to be banned for more than 10 games.

A few of the funny football pages decided it was quality meme content, the infamous @TrollFootball in particular.

Juventus – Ronaldo brace sinks gritty Sassuolo

Juventus - Ronaldo brace sinks gritty Sassuolo

Cristiano Ronaldo finally scored his first goal in a Juventus shirt since his move from Real Madrid during the summer. The Ronaldo brace means that the Italian Champions continue their unbeaten run with a 2 – 1 victory against a stubborn and gritty Sassuolo side. The first half of the game was rather redundant and boring as both sides didn’t get going by any standards. However, Ronaldo who was goalless after the first three games since his move away from Real Madrid tapped into net Juventus first goal of the game. Ronaldo’s wait ended after his 28th attempt as he looked increasingly frustrated during the first half of the game. Ronaldo’s first effort of the match in the sixth minute was blocked. He then failed to direct a header on goal and in the 27th minute struck an ambitious free-kick wide from 35 yards. But Ronaldo’s first goal couldn’t have been easier as the Portuguese forward, who tapped in from close range after Sassuolo failed to clear a corner as the ball deflected off the post and fell straight to the feet of a waiting Cristiano Ronaldo

His second goal, however, was more typical of him as he finished off a quick counter-attack by slotting into the corner in the 65th minute. Ronaldo showed excellent pace and composure to finish his side’s counter-attack to perfection, just like he has been doing for the entirety of his career. He could have completed his hat-trick towards the end of the game but the star man missed two easy chances from inside the penalty box. The game, however, ended on a bad note for Juventus as Douglas Costa was sent off after a video assistant referee intervention for spitting at Federico di Francesco, having aimed a headbutt at the same player and appeared to try to elbow him.

Locatelli – Italian midfielder joins Sassuolo from AC Milan

Locatelli - Italian midfielder joins Sassuolo from AC Milan

Sassuolo has completed the signing of Manuel Locatelli from AC Milan on loan with an obligation to make the move a permanent one.

Locatelli will join Sassuolo on loan for a fee of €2 million with an obligation to buy for €12 million (with bonuses). There is no buy-back clause in the contract as the choice of the player.

AC Milan Sporting Director, Leonardo Araujo said: “We have never thought about selling him, but the intention of the player is another thing.”

The two Serie A clubs announced the deal through their clubs’ official websites on Monday.

AC Milan’s official website: “AC Milan announces the agreement for the player Manuel Locatelli to join US Sassuolo Calcio on a loan deal with an obligation to buy. AC Milan wishes Manuel the best of luck in his future sporting career, thanking him for his professionalism and commitment to the Club.”

The Sassuolo official website: “LOCATELLI Manuel (’98, midfielder): acquired as a loan with a redemption obligation from AC Milan. The player will be presented to the press on Thursday 16th August at 3.30 pm at the Seminar Room of the Mapei office in Via Valle d’Aosta, 46 in Sassuolo.”

Locatelli started his career with Atalanta and later moved to AC Milan at the age of 11. With them, the youngster advanced through every youth category in the club before finally making his Serie A debut for Milan’s senior team in 2015/2016 season. The next year he made 25 appearances. Last season he appeared in 21 league matches, most of them as a substitute and represented Mian in 7 matches in the Europa League. 

The midfielder made a total of 63 appearances in his Milan career, registering 2 goals and an assist. The Italy u-21 midfielder now joins fellow Serie A side Sassuolo in search of regular football.

Sassuolo face Inter Milan in their first Serie A fixture of the season on Monday, 20th August.