Soccer-Milan return to top of Serie A with battling victory over Genoa

16/4/2022 12:30:00 AM

Soccer-Milan return to top of Serie A with battling victory over Genoa

Soccer-Milan return to top of Serie A with battling victory over Genoa

MILAN (Reuters) - Goals from Rafael Leao and Junior Messias earned AC Milan a 2-0 victory over relegation-threatened Genoa on Friday, with Stefano Pioli's side returning to the top of Serie A.

Inter Milan had briefly climbed to the Serie A summit after their 3-1 success at Spezia earlier on Friday, putting pressure on their great rivals to respond as Milan look to win the Scudetto for the first time since 2011.With league leaders AC Milan not in action until later on Friday, the champions knew that victory in Liguria would lift them to the top of Serie A.Qatar will host the World Cup from Nov.The source said the deal to buy the Serie A club was close to being completed.

Without a goal in their previous two league games, Milan did not take long to get on the score sheet in the San Siro, with Pierre Kalulu picking out the perfect cross for Leao to volley home in the 11th minute.But they again fell flat in the second half, struggling to find that killer second goal, with Genoa causing problems down the other end.Chances came and went as Inter looked for the crucial second goal, before Argentine striker Lautaro Martinez nudged one into the net in the 73rd minute to put his side in command.Milan kept coming and finally made one count as Brazilian midfielder Messias hammered home three minutes from time to seal the win.Under plans unveiled in February, Serie A was looking to organise a special tournament in Orlando, involving all of the league's 20 clubs, utilising players that had not been called up for their national teams in Qatar.After securing their first win in three league matches, Milan moved onto 71 points from 33 matches, two clear of Inter who have a game in hand.The hard-fought success moved Inter onto 69 points from 32 matches, one ahead of Milan prior to their clash with Genoa at San Siro.Genoa remain 19th on 22 points, three points from the safety zone.

(Reporting by Peter Hall, editing by Pritha Sarkar) Article type: metered."I think it was a victory of maturity," Inzaghi told Sky Sport Italia.(Reporting by Elvira Pollina; Editing by Toby Davis) Article type: metered.

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