Milan claims a vital win in top four race


Milan - Bologna 2:1 (1:0)

Gennaro Gattuso's side achieved a win at San Siro and extended their hopes of Champions League football next season. Suso scored an opening goal in the 37th minute after solo action and quality hit from the edge of the box to give Milan lead in the game. Before the goal, there was drama on the touchline as Gattuso and his player, Tiemou Bakayoko were involved in a heated discussion. On-loan Chelsea midfielder was called on to replace the injured Lucas Biglia, but later Gattuso decided to instead put in Jose Mauri, causing a nervy reaction of Bakayoko. Fabio Borini replaced Hakan Calhanoglu in the second half and put Milan in control with his goal, seven minutes after he was subbed in. But, the celebration didn't last long as a veteran striker, Mattia Destro replied in 72' minute for Bologna. Destro scored against his ex-club and put more fire in the game.

Milan had 10 men for the last 15 minutes after Lucas Paqueta was sent off. Paqueta was dismissed for reacted angrily to a harsh tackle, receiving the second yellow card in just one minute. Plenty of work for the referee. Bologna's Nicola Sansone was given a second yellow card in stoppage time for arguing with the opponent, while Dijks was shown a straight red card for his loud disagreement with a referee, immediately after the final whistle. Asked about the mini incident with his midfielder, Gattuso said: "I told Bakayoko to warm up, he took his time and I choose Mauri," Gattuso informed reporters. "I have 27 players, we wear a glorious shirt and I have to be objective and honest in everything I do."

The win lifted Milan to fifth place ahead of Roma due to the head-to-head record. Three games before the season go to an end, Rossoneri are three points behind Atalanta who sits in the fourth place. Qualifications for the Champions League is the minimum Milan was aiming for this season. Milan will travel to Florence for their next game before welcoming Frosinone in second to last game before the break. Closing game is against middle-table Spal, on the road. Bologna still needs a mathematical confirmation for survival but is in a good position with five points of advantage to the 18th placed Empoli.


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