AC Milan recorded their fifth win of the season on Sunday night with a 3-1 victory in Verona against Chievo.
Goals from Juraj Kucka and M’Baye Niang either side of the half gave the Diavolo a comfortable lead, and although Birsa’s free-kick got the hosts back into it, Bacca’s deflected shot at the end sealed the deal.
Milan struggled to establish an early hold on the game, with the hosts proving effective in their pressing style.
However, it was Milan who had the first clear-cut chance of the game when Suso’s cross from the right was glanced by Gianluca Lapadula, but Fabrizio Cacciatore was on hand to clear off the line.
Valter Birsa was the main threat for Chievo, with the former Milan man not afraid to shoot given space, and in the 19th minute he curled an effort wide of Donnarumma’s right post.
After a lull in chances it was the Rossoneri who did take the lead right on the stroke of half time. Cacciatore gifted possession to Milan, and Kucka made him pay by unleashing a thunderbolt into the top left corner from 25 yards.
M’Baye Niang was on hand to double the lead straight after the break. The Frenchman twisted and turned on the edge of the area before firing past Sorrentino into the right side of the goal to make it 2-0.
Eight minutes later the points should have been wrapped up as Suso’s blocked shot eventually found Niang, who headed over with Sorrentino stranded.
In the 63rd minute Lapadula had a chance to get the goal his performance deserved as he bundled through on goal, but the Chievo ‘keeper was equal to his effort.
The hosts got back into the game in the 76th minute courtesy of Birsa, who fired a wonderful free-kick into the top right corner past a helpless Donnarumma.
However, the win was secured in the final minute of added time, with substitute Carlos Bacca’s flick taking a huge deflection off Dainelli and trickling into the bottom corner.