AC Milan’s Serie A struggles continues with defeat to Sampdoria

AC Milan continues to struggle in their new Serie A campaign after a weekend which saw them lose by 2-0 to Sampdoria, condemning them to their second defeat of the season.

Sampdoria started on the front foot, and were initially awarded an early penalty after two minutes when a cross from Ivan Strinic hit the arm of Franck Kessie.

However, the referee then changed his decision after reviewing the incident on video, as Franck Kessie’s arm was against his back when it was hit by Ivan Strinic’s cross.

Although Samp also had a host of chances, they only opened their account through striker Duvan Zapata.

Zapata, who was up against his cousin Cristian Zapata, exploited a mistake when the Milan defender mistakenly headed an attempted clearance towards him and scored from six yards, breaking the deadlock in the 73rd minute, while his teammate substitute Ricardo Alvarez wrapped up the win with a breakaway goal in stoppage time.

Milan — who spent £175m this summer — would slip to six in the table. While they remain one point above Sampdoria, they are six points behind leaders Napoli and Juventus.

Ahead of Milan were also their city rivals Internazionale, who stay two points behind the top two after a narrow 1-0 victory over Genoa, with Lazio three points further back after beating Hellas Verona 3-0.

Samir Handanovic pulled off a number of saves to keep Inter in the game until a late goal finally helped the Nerazzurri secure a 1-0 win over Genoa, which ended the match with nine men. Both dismissed players were sent off in injury time.

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