AC Milan had the perfect opportunity to extend their advantage at the top of the Serie A table to four points, but they squandered the chance as they settled for a 2-2 draw against Hellas Verona on Saturday.
Stefano Piolo will definitely be disappointed with the outcome of the encounter, considering they dominated the proceedings with as many as 34 shots and eight of them on target.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic was guilty of missing a penalty, but other than that, Theo Hernandez was culpable of squandering a couple of sitters. They also had two goals chalked off by the VAR.
Three things we learned:
Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s misses another penalty: The Swede has been disappointing taking penalties of late and he has missed three of his previous five attempts. Against Verona, Milan should have led after the hour mark, but Zlatan fired his effort over the bar. He made amends with a late stoppage time equaliser, but the Rossoneri missed the chance to grab all three points. Franck Kessie, who earned the spot-kick, has converted 15 of his 16 previous penalties and it is not a surprise that Zlatan acknowledged that he would leave the next one for the Ivorian midfielder.
Marco Silvestri’s superb display: The Verona goalkeeper produced a superb performance between the sticks against the Rossoneri as he made as many as seven saves. He did brilliantly to deny Hernandez at the near post and came up with another superb block to restrict Zlatan’s close-range header from the finding the back of the net. The Italian saved yet another effort from Zlatan in stoppage time, but moments later, Brahim Diaz crossed the ball for the 39-year-old to head in his eighth goal of the campaign which levelled the scores.
AC Milan’s missed opportunity: After the 1-1 draws between Atalanta and Inter and Atalanta and Lazio and Juventus respectively, the Rossoneri had the perfect chance to take advantage and increase their points tally over them. However, that was not the case and the likes of Napoli and AS Roma have closed the gap to them to just three points after their respective weekend wins. The Rossoneri will make the trip to Naples to face Napoli after the international break and it could be a tricky challenge for them on the back-to-back winless games across all competitions.
Stats from Transfermarkt.com and Whoscored.com