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AC Milan registered a vital win at the Mapei Stadium on Sunday night as they defeated Sassuolo 2-0.

Alessio Romagnoli gave Milan the lead five minutes before the break, heading home a corner at the near post, while Suso struck in the second half to make sure of the points.

The win means that Vincenzo Montella’s side move up to seventh in the Serie A table, but are still 11 points from the top four.

The Rossoneri started the game on the front foot, and Consigli was on hand to save a dipping free-kick from Hakan Calhanoglu in the second minute.

Eleven minutes later Vincenzo Montella was forced to make a change as Davide Calabria came off injured in place of Ignazio Abate, further worsening Milan’s problems at full-back.

Consigli was on hand again to make two good saved before the break; the first coming from a Fabio Borini shot, the second an effort from Nikola Kalinic that was rather more impressive.

From the latter save came Milan’s opener however, as Romagnoli rose highest from the resulting corner to head past Consigli at the near post.

The visiting side started the second half on top as well, with midfielder Franck Kessie launching a low shot at Consigli just after the hour mark that was tipped away.

In the 67th minute Milan did get the crucial second goal; Suso cutting in smartly from the right wing before firing a shot into the top left corner past Consigli.

The home side struggled to get a foothold back into the game, with the Rossoneri instead coming close to adding a third through Riccardo Montolivo and Borini; the former dragging a shot wide, the latter seeing his effort parried.

As the full-time whistle blew, a grin from Montella told the whole story. A valuable three points, but work still to do for Milan.

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