One step forward, two steps back for error-prone Milan as Mario Balotelli misses hatful

Having won their previous two league matches, AC Milan will surely have been hoping to continue their fine run away at Genoa.

Sinisa Mihajlovic’s side headed into this one on the back of two straight league victories and were aiming to make it three in a row for the first time in over a year.

However, they came unstuck inside the opening 10 minutes when Blerim Dzemaili’s free kick caught out Diego Lopez following a deflection off Giacomo Boneventura.

Any hopes of a Rossoneri revival were thwarted by several incidents of poor finishing, notably from Mario Balotelli, who was unable to recreate his recent heroics.

The former Liverpool and Manchester City frontman missed a series of chances which could have given the Rossoneri a route back into the contest.

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The victory was Genoa’s third straight win over the Lombardy giants—the first time they have achieved such a feat since before the Second World War.

After the match, coach Mihajlovic criticised his players for their error-prone performance—accusing them of losing too many individual battles—and it was abundantly clear that there remains a lot more work to be done before the Rossoneri can be considered as the giants they once were.

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