Rad Krunic and Diogo Dalot scored in the half, as AC Milan beat Hellas Verona 2–0 to close the gap at Serie A leaders Inter before Manchester United’s Europa League trip. Krunic doubled the visitors’ account from Manchester United’s lender Dalot in a free-kick after 27 minutes after a pause to pull Milan past the triple digits on the Internet.
Champions Juventus are four points behind third-placed Milan, with the game in hand, after claiming their seventh straight win at home, 3–1 against Lazio on Saturday.
Despite the absence of key players including star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic and defender Theo Hernandez, Milan kept the pressure on their city rivals for two weeks after their 3–0 defeat.
Rafael Leo started surfacing in Ibrahimovic’s absence, and after an hour’s quarters the Portuguese threatened that with a header that went to the bar.
The breakthrough came when Krunik was brought right out of the box. The Bosnian midfielder dusted himself off and hit a 27th minute free-kick from Marco Silvestri from a tricky angle for his first league goal in the Milan colors.
Defender Dalot also exploded in the Alexis Selemaikers cross after five minutes in Serie A after the break.
Milan gave United three points ahead of their trip to Manchester for the first 16 matches of their Europa League with United before hosting Napoli the following weekend.
Verona fell to their first home defeat since losing to Inter in the Eighth before Christmas.
Earlier Roma advanced to fourth, thanks to a goal Atalanta had thanks to a Gianluca Manchini, ahead of their Europa League tie against Shekhar Donetsk in Rome.
Manini made the highest jump to turn Lorenzo Pellegrini into the corner after 24 minutes at the Munchini Olympico, beating second-choice keeper Federico Marquetti, who replaced Matia Perrin.
Roma are nine points behind Inter after the win.
“One more step is missing to defeat the big teams, we need to improve because something more is needed to reach the Champions League,” Mancini said.
The downed Croton ended their seven-match defeat with a 4–2 win over the coronovirus hit Torino.
The last two games of the Turin club, against Sasuolo and Lazio, were halted due to the Kovid-19 outbreak.
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