Patrick Cutrone bagged a brace and Lucas Biglia enjoyed his first Milan goal in a 4-0 thumping of sorry SPAL at the Stadio Mazza.
The Rossoneri are now unbeaten in eight competitive matches and looked to Cutrone in the absence of Nikola Kalinic and suspended Davide Calabria, but Ricardo Rodriguez returned from injury. SPAL were in crisis, managing only one victory in 13 competitive matches and sitting in the drop zone, putting Coach Leonardo Semplici at risk. Francesco Vicari was banned, Marco Borriello, Pa Konate and Eros Schiavon sidelined.
Milan are still unbeaten in Ferrara, winning nine of their 17 visits in the top flight.
It took under two minutes to break the deadlock, as on a short corner, Suso’s cross found a free Alessio Romagnoli header at the back post and Alex Meret parried into the path of Cutrone for a tap-in. Clocked at one minute and 41 seconds, it was Milan’s fastest Serie A goal since 2013.
Manuel Lazzarri caused repeated problems with rapid counter-attacks and runs to the by-line and Federico Viviani nodded wide from a corner.
Franck Kessie was booked and will be suspended for next week’s game with Sampdoria. Hakan Calhanoglu completed a give-and-go to drill wide of the upright and Jack Bonaventura’s volley into the ground was palmed over the bar.
Viviani had a fantastic chance to equalise on 41 minutes when his free kick dipped over the wall and bounced off the upright with Gianluigi Donnarumma stranded. Mirco Antenucci also threatened with a shot charged down in first half stoppages.
Alberto Paloschi came off the bench, marking 10 years to the day since he scored on his Serie A debut for Milan.
However, it was Cutrone who doubled his tally and Milan’s lead with another tap-in, this one at the second attempt after Meret parried a Suso curler into his path.
SPAL gifted the third goal to Lucas Biglia, as Viviani was caught in possession in the final third and the Argentine midfielder’s strike flew into the near bottom corner. It was the ex-Lazio man’s first goal in a Rossoneri jersey.
The rout wasn’t over yet, as Fabio Borini came off the bench and within minutes had added a fourth. Riccardo Montolivo threaded his pass through the eye of a needle and Borini smashed it into the far top corner from a very tight angle.
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