Zlatan Ibrahimovic has given Milan the half-time lead over Bologna with a simply towering header on the Theo Hernandez cross.
This was the first Serie A game of the season for the Rossoneri, although they already beat Shamrock Rovers 2-0 in the Europa League preliminary round on Thursday. Ante Rebic was suspended for that game and stepped in here for Alexis Saelemaekers, with Alessio Romagnoli, Andrea Conti, Mateo Musacchio and Rafael Leao unavailable. Bologna only missed banned Gary Medel in midfield.
The lockdown measures were eased, allowing 1,000 people into San Siro, so Milan invited local healthcare workers as a thank you for their tireless efforts during the pandemic.
Roberto Soriano had his shot deflected wide within 90 seconds after a defensive error, while Takehiro Tomiyasu got a decisive touch to push Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s angled drive inches past the far post after the Swede’s spectacular turn.
Ismael Bennacer wasted a huge opportunity when Ibrahimovic’s pull-back from the by-line surprised Lukasz Skorupski, prodding over an empty net from six yards on the rebound.
Ibrahimovic broke the deadlock on 35 minutes with a simply towering header on Theo Hernandez’s cross, redirecting it in with power and precision from nine yards. It was his second goal in as many games after the Europa League trip to Ireland.
Moments later, Ibra was about to score on a give-and-go with Rebic, denied by the last-ditch Danilo sliding tackle. Bologna also threatened, Theo Hernandez with a crucial defensive header to prevent Riccardo Orsolini tapping in a Rodrigo Palacio cross at the back post.
Milan 1-0 Bologna (Half-Time)
Ibrahimovic 35 (M)
Milan: G Donnarumma, Calabria, Gabbia, Kjaer, Theo Hernandez; Bennacer, Kessie; Castillejo, Calhanoglu, Rebic; Ibrahimovic
Bologna: Skorupski; De Silvestri, Tomiyasu, Danilo, Dijks; Schouten, Dominguez; Orsolini, Soriano, Barrow; Palacio
Ref: La Penna
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