AC Milan's Ante Rebic reacts after missing a scoring chance during a Serie A soccer match between AC Milan and Sassuolo at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy, Sunday, Jan. 29, 2023. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
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Milan’s winless streak reached 6 matches after losing to Sassuolo

AC Milan's Ante Rebic reacts after missing a scoring opportunity during a Serie A soccer match between AC Milan and Sassuolo at the San Siro Stadium in Milan, Italy, Sunday, Jan. 29, 2023 (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

AC Milan’s Ante Rebic reacts after lacking a scoring alternative throughout a Serie A soccer match between AC Milan and Sassuolo on the San Siro Stadium in Milan, Italy, Sunday, Jan. 29, 2023 (AP Photograph/Antonio Calanni)


Milan’s dismal begin to the 12 months went from dangerous to worse on Sunday, probably jeopardizing title-winning coach Stefano Pioli’s job.

Milan had been humiliated 5-2 on the San Siro by Sassuolo to depart the reigning champions winless of their previous six matches. Subsequent is the Italian League derby towards fierce rival Inter Milan subsequent Sunday.

It was the primary time in Milan’s historical past that they conceded 4 targets in consecutive Serie A matches after shedding 4-0 at Lazio midweek. Additionally it is the primary time since 1997 that Milan have conceded 5 targets in a league match at residence.

Milan was additionally knocked out of the Italian Cup by 10-man Torino and misplaced the Italian Tremendous Cup 3-0 to Inter.

The Rossoneri fell to fourth and will drop to sixth on the finish of the day after Roma and Lazio later performed towards Napoli and Fiorentina respectively.

Milan supervisor Paolo Maldini derided ideas in midweek that Pioli’s job could possibly be at stake, simply eight months after main the crew to their first Serie A title in 11 years.

Sassuolo moved as much as sixteenth place, eight factors above the relegation zone, with their first win since mid-October.

Domenico Berardi was as soon as once more a thorn within the Milan facet, with three assists and a aim. Thus, he raised the steadiness of the Sassuolo striker to 11 targets and 7 assists towards Milan.

Milan actually began the stronger facet on the San Siro and Olivier Giroud thought he had given his facet the lead within the eighth minute, but it surely was dominated out for offside.

Then the crew collapsed.

Berardi arrange Grégoire Defrel for the opening aim within the nineteenth minute after which offered one other go for Davide Frattesi to smash Ciprian Tătărușanu simply three minutes later.

The Milan gamers appeared shocked, however managed to scale back the distinction after two minutes, when Giroud despatched a cross from Davide Calabria.

Nonetheless, Berardi headed in a nook on the half-hour mark to revive Sassuolo’s two-goal benefit.

It was the fourth consecutive match that Milan had been two targets down on the break, they usually had been snubbed off the sphere by the San Siro.

Issues went from dangerous to worse instantly after the beginning of the second half as Calabria made a mistake within the first minute of the second half and the Sassuolo ahead took the penalty.

Milan thought he had returned to the sport within the fifty fifth minute, however Ante Rebic’s aim was once more dominated out for offside by the video assistant referee.

Matheus Henrique capped off a memorable Sassuolo recreation within the 79th minute, shortly after approaching, along with his first aim in Serie A – once more arrange by Berardi.

Milan followers started pouring in regardless of a big quantity remaining, cheering their help, when Divock Origi scored a comfort for the hosts two minutes later.


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