Algerian Bennacer restores Milan's three-point lead

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Last updated on 19 March 2022.From the section European Football

Ismael Bennacer scores for AC Milan at CagliariThe top four in the table are separated by 10 points

AC Milan survived a late scare at Cagliari to restore their three-point lead at the top of Serie A.

Algeria midfielder Ismael Bennacer volleyed in from Olivier Giroud's lay-off to break the deadlock just before the hour mark.

Leonardo Pavoletti's 90th-minute header struck the Milan crossbar as they held on for a third straight 1-0 win.

Giroud and Brahim Diaz fired wide before half-time, while Franck Kessie's long-range strike hit a post.

Napoli, who earlier came from behind to win 2-1 at home to Udinese, are second in the table.

Udinese led through Gerard Deulofeu, but Napoli's Victor Osimhen made it four goals in two games with a rapid double early in the second half.

Udinese's on-loan Arsenal defender Pablo Mari was shown a red card late on.

Defending champions Inter Milan drew 1-1 at home to Fiorentina to trail rivals Milan by six points, albeit with a game in hand.

Lucas Torreira put Fiorentina in front just after half-time before Denzel Dumfries hit straight back.



Formation 3-1-4-2

  • 28Cragno
  • 3Goldaniga
  • 66Lovato
  • 15Altare
  • 27GrassiSubstituted forKeitaat 82'minutes
  • 12BellanovaBooked at 77minsSubstituted forPereiroat 81'minutes
  • 8Marin
  • 29Chagas EstevaoSubstituted forZappaat 75'minutes
  • 22LykogiannisSubstituted forDeiolaat 68'minutes
  • 30Pavoletti
  • 10Geraldino dos Santos Galvão


  • 1Aresti
  • 9Keita
  • 14Deiola
  • 20Pereiro
  • 23Ceppitelli
  • 25Zappa
  • 31Radunovic
  • 32Ceter
  • 33Obert
  • 39Kourfalidis
  • 44Carboni

AC Milan

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 16Maignan
  • 2Calabria
  • 20Kalulu
  • 23Tomori
  • 19Hernández
  • 4Bennacer
  • 79Kessié
  • 30MessiasSubstituted forSaelemaekersat 78'minutes
  • 10DíazSubstituted forKrunicat 72'minutes
  • 17da Conceição LeãoSubstituted forRebicat 71'minutes
  • 9GiroudSubstituted forIbrahimovicat 87'minutes


  • 1Tatarusanu
  • 5Ballo-Touré
  • 8Tonali
  • 11Ibrahimovic
  • 12Rebic
  • 13Romagnoli
  • 25Florenzi
  • 33Krunic
  • 41Bakayoko
  • 46Gabbia
  • 56Saelemaekers
  • 83Mirante

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  1. Match ends, Cagliari 0, AC Milan 1.

  2. Second Half ends, Cagliari 0, AC Milan 1.

  3. Attempt blocked. Ante Rebic (AC Milan) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Alexis Saelemaekers.

  4. Corner, AC Milan. Conceded by Giorgio Altare.

  5. Attempt blocked. Alexis Saelemaekers (AC Milan) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ismaël Bennacer.

  6. Ismaël Bennacer (AC Milan) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  7. Foul by Giorgio Altare (Cagliari).

  8. Foul by Ante Rebic (AC Milan).

  9. Edoardo Goldaniga (Cagliari) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Mike Maignan (AC Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Foul by Keita Baldé (Cagliari).

  12. Attempt blocked. Razvan Marin (Cagliari) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  13. Leonardo Pavoletti (Cagliari) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Gabriele Zappa with a cross.

  14. Attempt missed. Matteo Lovato (Cagliari) header from very close range misses to the right. Assisted by Razvan Marin with a cross following a corner.

  15. Corner, Cagliari. Conceded by Davide Calabria.

  16. Substitution, AC Milan. Zlatan Ibrahimovic replaces Olivier Giroud.

  17. Davide Calabria (AC Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Foul by Keita Baldé (Cagliari).

  19. Attempt missed. Ismaël Bennacer (AC Milan) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left following a corner.

  20. Attempt blocked. Olivier Giroud (AC Milan) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Theo Hernández with a cross.

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