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Ac Milan bite back to beat Verona 3-2 to top Serie A

AC Milan won a dramatic 3-2 comeback victory over Hellas Verona on Saturday evening, moving to the top of Serie A for the third time in four games as Igor Tudor’s side threw away a 2-0 lead for the third time in four games.

Verona, who had scored within the first 15 minutes of a game five times this season, had Milan worried when Ivan Ili forced backup goalkeeper Ciprian Tătărușanu into a low save after only three minutes.

They came back moments later, and this time they were successful, with Gianluca Caprari reacting to a through ball and firing home to give his side the lead.

Milan appeared sluggish in possession and off the ball, allowing Verona to break into the box on the break, and when Alessio Romagnoli was caught behind Alessandro Prontera, he gave away a cheap penalty.

After a VAR review, Antonn Barák converted to double the visitors’ lead, and Milan’s problems worsened before the halftime whistle, with the ‘Rossoneri’ losing Ante Rebi in the 35th minute.

He had been their only threat going forward, and despite Rafael Leo’s needed change of pace, it appeared that Verona would secure the day’s big surprise.

Further substitutions ahead of the second half gave the ‘Rossoneri’ a huge boost, and after better spells of possession, Olivier Giroud headed in a tremendous cross from Leo after an hour to cut the deficit in half and change the complexion of play.

Following Giroud’s goal, Milan upped the ante and came close through Leo before finally drawing level when Franck Kessie converted a penalty won by Samu Castillejo with 15 minutes remaining.

The penalty was quickly followed by a bizarre third to put Milan ahead, as Koray Günter turned a cross into his own net, sending the home fans into raptures.

Stefano Pioli’s side held on for three points to take the lead in Serie A and end Verona’s four-game winning streak in dramatic fashion.

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