Benevento 0-2 AC Milan: Stefano Pioli’s men return to Serie A summit despite Stefano Tonali’s red


Benevento 0-2 AC Milan: Stefano Pioli’s men return to the top of Serie A despite Sandro Tonali getting a straight red in the first half as strikes by Franck Kessie and Rafael Leao prove the difference

  • AC Milan now lead city rivals Inter by a point after victory over Benevento
  • Antonio Conte’s men had thrashed Crotone 6-2 earlier in the day
  • However, goals by Franck Kessie and Rafael Leao proved the difference
  • The visitors won despite having Sandro Tonali sent off in the first half

AC Milan saw off Benevento on Sunday to return to the top of Serie A despite the dismissal of Sandro Tonali on 33 minutes. 

Franck Kessie put the visitors in front from the spot before Roberto Insigne went within a whisker of drawing the hosts level. 

Rafael Leao’s moment of genius put AC Milan 2-0 ahead as they went back top of Serie A

Franck Kessie slotted home from the spot to give Stefano Pioli's men the lead after 15 minutes

Franck Kessie slotted home from the spot to give Stefano Pioli’s men the lead after 15 minutes

The visitors played most of the match with 10 men after midfielder Sandro Tonali was sent off

The visitors played most of the match with 10 men after midfielder Sandro Tonali was sent off

Tonali was then sent for an early bath after his studs grazed Artur Ionita’s right knee and after a VAR review, the punishment was upgraded from a yellow card to a red. 

Rafael Leao then rounded off the scoring four minutes after the break, collecting Ante Rebic’s pass on the edge of the box before exploiting Benevento goalkeeper Lorenzo Montipo’s rash decision to leave his six-yard box as the Portuguese forward brilliantly curled the ball over the head of the Italy youth international while off balance.

The result saw Stefano Pioli’s men restore their one-point lead at the summit following Inter Milan’s 6-2 thrashing of Crotone.