Genoa and AC Milan looked destined for a goalless draw on Sunday, however Andre Silva’s header in the dying seconds gave the Rossoneri a shock 1-0 victory to keep their Champions League charge alive.
After Giacomo Bonaventura and Luca Rigoni saw goals correctly called back via VAR, it was the young Portuguese striker – who came on for Hakan Calhanoglu in the second half – to net his first Serie A goal, as he expertly headed home a Suso cross with the final flick of the ball.
It’s an important result for the Rossoneri, as it not only comes days after a disappointing 2-0 defeat to Arsenal in the Europa League, but it also sees them climb to within six points of Lazio – who rescued a 2-2 draw with Cagliari earlier in the day – for fourth place with a game in hand.
Heavy rain hit the Stadio Luigi Ferraris, but things calmed down before kick-off, allowing the match to begin on time.
Bonaventura started by firing over the bar in the opening stages, while Mattia Perin got a hand on Nikola Kalinic’s effort from close range to keep the match level.
Milan kept most of the possession, but Genoa managed to get in on the action when Diego Laxalt’s pass across goal just missed the foot of Andrej Galabinov.
The Bulgarian headed wide of the mark later in the half, but it was Milan who looked as though they had taken the lead in the 42nd minute. Bonaventura headed home from a corner, but Calhanoglu – who initially nodded the ball on – was deemed to be in an offside position.
The half ended with Calhanoglu failing to take advantage of Davide Braschi’s poor clearance, as the Turk fired over the mark from just outside the penalty area.
Genoa thought they had taken the lead in the 53rd minute after Rigoni headed home from an Oscar Hiljemark free-kick, however VAR was used to overturn the result after replays showed the Grifone man started from an offside position.
It should have been 1-0 for the home side moments later when Ervin Zukanovic was left all alone in the box, however he somehow managed to head the ball wide of the mark despite being under no pressure.
Bonaventura’s effort from distance whistled past the post before firing another shot minutes later, this time into the arms of Mattia Perin.
The rare attempts on goal did little to alter the pedestrian pace of the encounter however, as the two sides battled, but failed to produce much in terms of clear cut chances.
With the match headed for a draw, Andre Silva – who came on for Calhanoglu – got his head on a Suso cross, and it found its way past Perin, giving the Portuguese striker his first Serie A goal, but more importantly, three points for the Rossoneri.
Up next for Milan in Serie A is a home match with Chievo, but not before the return leg of their Europa League tie with Arsenal. As for Genoa, they travel to the Stadio San Paolo for a clash with Napoli.