AC Milan left him behind, but he eventually managed to defeat Bologna nine at Stadio Renato dall’Ara on Saturday night, winning 3-2 in the final.
Everything looked rosy for Milan when Rafael Leao scored with a deflected shot and the home side received their first red card of the evening as Soumaoro beat Rade Krunic, Davide Calabria doubling the advantage before the break.
Nonetheless, the home side roared back and scored a quick brace after the break thanks to an own goal from Zlatan Ibrahimovic and a strike from Musa Barrow, before Soriano went red for a bad late buffer on Fode. Ballo-Toure.
Just as it looked like two valuable points were going to be lost, Ismael Bennacer put Milan back in the lead in the final ten minutes before Ibrahimovic scored to put some shine on the score.
The victory puts the Rossoneri at the top of the table at least until tomorrow afternoon, when Napoli face Roma, and they can also watch Inter against Juventus with some peace of mind.
Head coach Stefano Pioli made two changes to the starting lineup from the midweek loss to Porto as he battled nine different absences. Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Samu Castillejo each got their first starts of the season for Olivier Giroud and Alexis Saelemaekers respectively.
The home side started out more clearly as Milan struggled to get into the game and were guilty of giving up cheap possession in their own half a few times, and Ciprian Tatarusanu was called into action in the sixth minute, making an easy stop to deny Hickey’s curling effort.
Bologna continued to have the best of early exchanges and Milan got away with a poorly defended corner in the 14th minute with Tatarusanu ousted and Arnautovic happily wide headed at the far post.
There was an awkward moment for Skorupski in the Bologna goal as he came out of his line and managed to beat Leao to a ball behind, recovering in time to see the Portuguese winger make a shot well beyond.
The first goal of the match, despite all the pressure at the start, went to Milan. A fantastic pass from Ibrahimovic freed Leao behind the Bologna defense and he stabilized before firing a shot that deflected Medel who attempted to block and nestled inside the near post with Skorupski rooted in his line.
There was a great moment shortly after the opening goal as Soumaoro was given a red card, who knocked down Krunic as the Bosnian apparently pursued a lost cause and was seen as the last man.
Ibrahimovic had a chance to double the advantage three minutes before the half hour mark as a cross was cut at the far post where Ballo-Toure brought him back into the danger zone and the Swede couldn’t find the power to overtake Skorupski.
Ten minutes before the break, Milan doubled their advantage thanks to full-back Davide Calabria. A cross was drawn up at the far post by Ballo-TourÃ© and found its way to Krunic whose first shot in the box deflected into the path of Calabria who rushed in, stepped in and hammered the ball. free in the roof of the net via a diversion.
Two changes were made by Pioli at the break as Alexis Saelemaekers and Tiemoue Bakayoko entered in place of Castillejo – who took a hit in the later stages of half-time – and Tonali.
The first chance in the second half saw Bologna cut the deficit in half and that came thanks to a helping hand from their visitors. A corner was whipped to the near post where Bakayoko missed his header and the ball deflected towards Ibrahimovic to make the score 2-1.
Moments later it was 2-2. A ball behind Soriano was snagged by Barrow who had gained the upper hand over Calabria and he finished inside the near post past Tatarusanu to level the scores and compound a nightmare start in the first half.
However, there was another big moment in the game as Bologna received their second red card of the game. While Ballo-TourÃ© passed the ball, Soriano followed with his crampons at the ankle of the Senegalese international and the VAR dismissed him rightly.
Pioli made a change before the resulting free kick could be taken as Krunic made way for Olivier Giroud, with a 4-4-2 in which the formation changed.
The game then naturally turned into an attacking and defending battle, with the home side making a triple change to try and solidify, presenting Milan with a wall of defenders trying to break through what they’ve gotten from. wrong to do.
Skorupski made an excellent save with 15 minutes remaining as a Bennacer cross was directed to the lower corner by Giroud, and shortly after safely recovering a shot from the Algerian who was alone 25 yards away.
Bologna had a chance to secure what would have been a miraculous lead, with Arnautovic recovering a clever reverse pass but seeing his shot saved by Tatarusanu from a narrow angle, and the Romanian saved a corner header.
Over the minutes, Milan found a way to break through a resolute defense from Rossoblu. Bakayoko walked past his man and saw his cross diverted to the edge of the box where Bennacer was waiting to fly into the bottom corner with precise, controlled effort.
As the clock struck 90 minutes, a fourth goal was added and it came through Ibrahimovic. The forward found some room at the edge of the box to open up his body and complete a precise shot inside the far post and secure his second of the young season.