Brescia 0-1 AC Milan: Fourth consecutive win for Pioli’s men as Rebic saves the day again

AC Milan managed to secure their fourth consecutive win in all competitions this evening, beating Brescia away from home. However, the game was far from easy for the Rossoneri as the home side controlled the play, creating several chances to really threaten their opponents. 

Brescia completely owned the first 15 minutes of the game, managing to play out of Milan’s pressure and thus gaining even more confidence as the minute passed. After just two minutes, Simon Kjaer was booked for the Rossoneri as he brought down Torregrossa, which meant he had to be careful the entire game. 

Stefano Pioli’s men, however, did manage to create some chances after a very dominant period for Brescia. In the 15th minute, Bennacer found himself in a good position after good combination play in a tight situation. The Algerian, though, couldn’t get a shot away.

The Rossoneri continued to create a few half-chances, including a Zlatan Ibrahimovic header, but the scores remained level. Instead, Brescia started to take over once again as they racked up multiple chances. In the 35th minute, Donnarumma was forced to a great save to keep his side in the game.

Just five minutes later, Ibrahimovic was served with the best chance of the first half. However, the Swede failed to tuck it away from close range, disappointing the Milan fans that made the trip to Brescia. Certainly, he should have converted the chance just before the half-time break.

The second half picked up where the first one left off, as the home side continued to give Milan a very hard time with several good chances. Somehow, the Rossoneri – and especially Donnarumma – managed to avoid conceding, much to the frustration of the Brescia players and their fans.

In the 58th minute, Pioli brought on Ante Rebic, who was the game-winner last week against Udinese. The Croatian brought a spark to the attacking phase and Milan also managed to slow down Brescia’s play, which resulted in a very tight game where it looked like one individual performance would decide it all.

Roughly ten minutes after the substitution, Hakan Calhanoglu picked out Ibrahimovic at the far post with a lovely pass, perfectly placed into the Swede’s stride. The latter then played a low cross into the box, with Samu Castillejo being the destination. The defender got in the way but the ball eventually ended up at the feet of Rebic.

The former Frankfurt man made no mistakes as he gave Milan the lead with less than 20 minutes to go, once again making a big difference off the bench. As mentioned, the Rossoneri managed to put a stop to Brescia’s attacking play, at least limiting it to a few half-chances here and there.

In the 86th minute, Hernandez came close to securing the win as he hit the bar with a powerful strike, following a lovely run from his own half. Fortunately, Milan managed to see out the game and thus grab their fourth consecutive win, which goes to show that they are on the right track.

Of course, there is still a long way to go, although the points are all that matter for the time being. On Tuesday, the Rossoneri will take on Torino in the quarter-finals of Coppa Italia, hoping to make it five wins in a row.

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