Serie A highlights: Ibrahimovic brace guides Milan to 2-1 win over Sassuolo

Sassuolo vs Milan highlights: Catch the score, commentary, stats, goals and highlights from the Serie A match at the Mapei Stadium in Sassuolo.

Sassuolo (right) hosts AC Milan with an aim to win all three points to go closer to securing a top-6 finish.   -  AP

Hello and welcome to highlights of the Serie A match between Sassuolo and AC Milan at the Mapei Stadium in Sassuolo.

 

In the end, it's finished Sassuolo 1-2 AC Milan

That's all we have for you today. Thank you so much for joining us. Until next time, its goodbye. CIAO!

Ibrahimovic and Calhanoglu send Milan to the fifth position while Sassuolo suffers its first defeat after the restart.

 

FULL-TIME!!!

90+3' THE REFEREE BLOWS THE WHISTLE AND THAT'S THAT!

Three minutes have been added to the second half

89' SUBSTITUTION FOR MILAN | Traore- IN | Caputo-OUT

85' Seven yellow cards so far. One red and bookings which will result in two Milan players missing the next game.

81' TRIPLE SAVE BY CONSIGLI!! NOTHING IS PASSING ME THIS TIME, SAYS THE SASSUOLO GOALKEEPER! Tremendous work. The flurry of saves started with Kesssie taking a shot from outside the box and Consigli blocking it. The ball falls to Bonnaventura, who is right in front of Consiglu. He shoots and Consigli saves before making another save. 

79' SUBSTITUTION FOR MILAN | Biglia, Bonnaventura- IN | Bennacer, Calhanoglu-OUT

74' BENNACER HITS THE POST! Sassuolo defence caught sleeping again. Defending too deep and giving Bennacer a lot of time and space in the centre. The Milan man obligies an unleashes a vicious left-footed drive and is denied by the left upright.

69' BLAZED OVER! Substitute Calabria is freed on the right side and he darts down the flank before blazing the shot well over the crossbar.

68' SUBSTITUTION FOR SASSUOLO| Duricic- IN |Boga- OUT

65' ZLATAN MISSES! Kessie releases a great, timely pass to Zlatan inside the box and the latter tries to boot it past the Sassuolo keeper on the slide but fails to get any connection whatsoever. This is the second time Ibra has come inches to scoring his hat-trick.

61' YELLOW CARD FOR BENNACER! He will also miss the game against Atalanta with Theo Hernandez.

55' SAVE FROM DONNARUMMA but late off-side callled! Caputo is freed on the right flank and he cuts in before shooting to the near post. Donnarumma makes a good, low save only to see the assistant referee raise the off-side flag.

51' SAVE! Donnarumma pouches the ball comfortably at the near post to make the save after Rogario tried to rifle the ball into the next from the edge of the box on the right.

Magnanelli, Boga, Kyriakopoulous- IN | Raspadori, Haraslin, Muludur- OUT

Three half-time substitutions for Sassuolo:

We are in for an exciting finish to this match. Remember, Sassuolo is a man down.

SECOND HALF BEGINS

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AC Milan started off well and looked like scoring first. The deadlock was eventully broken after a defensive error from Sassuolo. Credit where due, Zlatan pulled off a great diving header to take his side ahead. A few minutes later, AC Milan conceded a penalty in an unfortunate way and Caputo made no mistake in helping Sassuolo draw back level. However, to Milan's respite, the lead was restored eight minutes later when Calhanoglu and Ibra combined again to take their side ahead. Two yellow cards for Sassuolo but two injuries in the defense line for Milan forced Pioli to make tow forced subs. At the stroke of half-time, Bourabia was sent off.

45+6' HALF-TIME!!! An entertaining first half comes to an end! Milan has done well to stay ahead.

45+6' RED CARD! IT'S A SENDING OFF DFOR BOUARBIA! He gets a second yellow card for a reckless challenge on Rebic. This has gone from bad to worse for Sassuolo.

47+2' GOOOOALLLLL!!! ZLATAN WITH THE SECOND!!! CALHANOGLU MAKES UP FOR HIS ERROR WITH A HIGH QUALITY ASSIST! Calhanoglu does well to beat his marker down the centre and set up Zlatan inside the box. The Sweden striker takes the ball around the keeper before tapping it in.

six have been added to the first half.

42' GOOOOALLLLLL!!!!!! CAPUTO, all-time highest scorer in Serie A for Sassuolo delivers under pressure. What a penalty. He goes high to his right, sending Donnarumma the wrong way. This sets up an exciting second half.

39' PENALTY TO SASSUOLO!!! It was a free-kick from the left wing for Sassuolo. The ball was whipped in fast and low for Caputo, but the ball ended up hitting the biceps of Calhanoglu. Referee seeks VAR's help and the spot kick is given.

38' YELLOW CARD! Third of the night and the first for Milan. Theo Hernandez will not be availale for Pioli against Atalanta.

36' Thankfully for Milan, their no.10 is back on the pitch.

34' YELLOW FOR LACATELLI! A late, reckless challenge on Calhanoglu and he is struggling. Looks like, he will be subbed off as well. Currently receiving treatment on the sidelines.

33' SAVED!! ZLATAN HAD A GOLDEN CHANCE TO MAKE IT 2-0! Brilliant ball from the right by Benacer, which finds Ibra on-side and in space at the far post. Ibra's header is weak and enables Consigli to make the save. Corner for Milan but nothing comes off it

31' SUBSTITUTION FOR MILAN | Gabbia IN | Romagnoli- OUT

30' Romagnoli landed awkwardly on his foot and he is in trouble. After a minute, Milan is forced to make another forced change.

28' The action resumes at the Mapeil Stadium.

26' The players will now take the first cooling break of the match.

22' YELLOW CARD! Bourabia is the first man to be booked tonight for his dangerous tackle on Zlatan.

19' GOOOOALLLLL!!! AND IT HAD TO ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC! MILAN HAS BROKEN THE DEADLOCK! Peluso with a horrendous pass from his box as he hit it directly to Bennacer. Bennacer then plays it right to Calhanoglu, whose cross into the box is met by Zlatan, who dives low to head the ball into the back of the net.

16' FREE-KICK FOR MILAN Ibra is brought down and this a good distance for Milan. Zlatan gets it over the wall BUT IT'S JUST OVER THE CROSS BAR!

15' SAVE! Rebic, once again from the left flank, threatens to score. This time, a step-over to his right followed by a shot at goal but Consigli saves it with ease.

14' SAVE! A minutes later, at the other end, Berardi drops his shoulder at the edge of the on the right and tries to find the near bottom corner. But the connection is weak and Donnarumma makes the save.

13' PELUSO BLOCKS!! What an important sliding block that from Federico Peluso. Rebic is freed on the left wing with a through ball and he squares it on time for Zlatan but Peluso intercepts with a sliding clearance.

11' Substitution for Milan: Calabria- IN| Conti- OUT

10' Injury concerns! Conti seems to have suffered an injury and his immediate replacement Calabria is warming up. Looks like he will be coming on. Conti is back in his feet but he will be coming off!

7' CORNER! Good start to the game by Sassuolo, which wins its third corner. The delivery from the right post is short and cleared away by the Milan defenders.

6' LOCATELLLI GOES WIDE! Locatelli is played to down the shoulder, he takes a couple of touches to his right before unleashing a fierce strike. But the ball swerves away off target.

5' FOUL! Berardi is pulled down by Bennacer!

4' CORNER FOR SASSUOLO! As Bennacer deflects the shot past the byline. Nothing comes off the first one, whichis taken short and quickly. Sassuolo win another one. This time, the ball is swung and headed by Rebic.

3' CHANCE! Half chance for Sassuolo. Muldur zips down the right flank and cuts it back in near the byline but the ball is blocked.

200th appearance for Donnarumma today!

Sassuolo gets the match underway!

FIRST HALF BEGINS!!!

We are ready for the action. LET'S PLAY!!

The players have made their way out. First AC Milan followed by the home team.

We are just minutes away from live action.

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LIVE UPDATES

-> A win today will take AC Milan to fifth, but Roma and Napoli will still have a game in hand. On the other hand, Sassuolo will remain eighth even it wins but will bridge the gap.

-> AC Milan is currently seventh in the table with 56 points, while Sassuolo is eighth at 48 points.

-> Milan hasn't had the best of the season at home. It has won only eight of the 17 games, collecting 29 points.

-> Since the restart, the Rossoneri have been in top form, winning six of its eight games and losing just two. Sassuolo is unbeaten in its past eight matches, having won and drawn four.

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STARTING XIs are out:

Sassuolo: Andrea Consigli, Mert Muludur, Marlon Santos, Federico Peluso, Rogerio, Mehdi Bourabia, Manuel Locatelli, Domenico Berardi, Giacomo Raspadori, Lukas Haraslin, Franceso Caputo

AC Milan: Gianluigi Donnarumma, Andrea Conti, Theo Hernandez, Alessio Romagnoli, Simon Kjaer, Ismael Bennacer, Alexis Saelemaekers, Hakan Calhanoglu, Frank Kessie, Ante Rebic, Zlatan Ibrahimovic

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RECENT FORM GUIDE IN SERIE A:

Sassuolo: W,W,W,W,D, D

AC Milan: D,W,W,D,W,W

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MATCH PREVIEW:

Both AC Milan and Sassuolo are eyeing a win tonight to go closer to finishing in the top-6 of the Serie A standings.

Milan, which is currently seventh, is eight points ahead of Sassuolo at eighth. Both team have won 14 of the available 18 points in their last six fixtures and come into this game high on confidence.

AC Milan, not too long ago, scripted a magnificent comeback against Juventus to win 4-2. While Sassuolo held Juventus to a 3-3 draw in its previous match.

Milan hasn't had the best of the season at home. It has won only eight of the 17 games, collecting 29 points.

Sassuolo on the other hand, has played 18 games on the road and lost six, won six and drawn as many. 18 points for them on the road.

A win today will take AC Milan to fifth, but Roma and Napoli will still have a game in hand. On the other hand, Sassuolo will remain eighth even it wins but will bridge the gap.

Since the restart, the Rossoneri have been in top form, winning six of its eight games and losing just two. Sassuolo is unbeaten in its past eight matches, having won and drawn four.

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PREDICTED STARTING XI:

Sassuolo: Pegulo; Mulder, Santos, Ferrari, Rogerio; Djurcic, Locatelli, Traore; Raspadori, Caputo, Boga

AC Milan: Donnarumma; Calabria, Kjaer, Romagnoli, Hernandez; Bennacur, Kessie; Saelemaekers, Calhanoglu, Rebic; Ibrahimovic

Where can you watch the game live in India?

Serie A 2019-20 Sassuolo vs Milan live streaming will be available on Sony LIV in India for premium users. It will also be telecast live on the Sony Sports Network.