Rafael Leao turned on the style late on to beat Verona and end Milan’s season with a win, but Hellas will get to face Spezia in a relegation play-off.

The Rossoneri already had fourth place locked down, but it was all to play for as Hellas needed to get a better result than Spezia to avoid relegation or match their score for a play-off. Spezia were beaten 2-1 by Roma, so they’ll face off for the single showdown.

Ismael Bennacer and Zlatan Ibrahimovic were out injured, the Swede set to say goodbye to the fans after the final whistle as his contract will not be renewed. He was visibly moved as the crowd saluted him with the message ‘GodBye.’ Kevin Lasagna, Ondrej Duda and Thomas Henry were out of action.

Theo Hernandez had penalty appeals waved away and Junior Messias saw a couple of attempts deflected wide, while Malick Thiaw did just enough to stop Cyril Ngonge setting up Adrien Tameze from nine yards.

After a give-and-go with Olivier Giroud, Theo Hernandez flashed the ball across the face of goal too hard for anyone to get the tap-in.

On the stroke of half-time, the referee was called to an on-field VAR review for the late Ngonge challenge on Brahim Diaz. Giroud stepped up and converted the penalty to put Milan in front.

Theo Hernandez went on a promising run, but tried to set up Giroud and it was intercepted by Sulemana, then Mike Maignan got away with a huge risk as he rushed outside the penalty area for a sliding tackle on Ngonge and just about managed to get the ball.

Ngonge should’ve rolled across for two teammates waiting to tap in from six yards after skinning Fikayo Tomori down the right, but instead went for goal and hit the side-netting.

Verona did manage to equalise on 72 minutes when Milan were caught napping, as Darko Lazovic pulled it back from the by-line and Marco Davide Faraoni was ready to nod in at the back post.

Milan felt they should’ve had a penalty moments later, when Rafael Leao’s header struck Faraoni on the arm, but the referee and VAR opted to play on.

Instead, Leao ran wild in the final stages, as first he started from midfield and cut inside to beat Montipò with a low drive, then he turned on the style.

In the second goal, he shrugged off one defender, combined with Alexis Saelemaekers, then dummied another defender and the goalkeeper before depositing into an empty net.

Saelemaekers almost had another in stoppages, his right-foot curler thumping the crossbar.

Milan 3-1 Verona

Giroud pen 45 (M), Faraoni 72 (V), Leao 85, 92 (M)

Player statistic

1st half
Olivier Giroud Penalty 45+1'    
2nd half
    50' Yellow card Giangiacomo Magnani
    60' Yellow card Ibrahim Sulemana
    61' Yellow card Juan Cabal
    72' Goal Davide Faraoni
(Assist: Darko Lazovic)
    77' Yellow card Fabio Depaoli
Rafael Leão
(Assist: Fikayo Tomori)
Goal 85'    
Theo Hernández Yellow card 89'    
Rafael Leão
(Assist: Alexis Saelemaekers)
Goal 90+2'    

Match statistic

79
Possession %
21
14
Total shots
6
5
Shots on target
1
5
Shots off target
4
4
Blocked shots
1
7
Corners
1
2
Offsides
3
5
Fouls
18
Milan
Verona

Starting lineups

16
Goalkeeper
89'
2
Defender
84'
23
Defender
28
Defender
19
Defender
10
Midfielder
71'
33
Midfielder
71'
8
Midfielder
30
Attacker
84'
9
Attacker
17
Attacker
1
Goalkeeper
5
Defender
29
Defender
23
6
Defender
32
Defender
84'
61
Midfielder
77
Midfielder
84'
4
Midfielder
60'
26
Attacker
78'
19
Attacker
60'

Substitutes

24
Defender
1
Goalkeeper
5
14
Midfielder
46
Defender
20
Defender
27
Attacker
7
Midfielder
40
Midfielder
32
Midfielder
71'
90
71'
25
84'
56
Midfielder
84'
83
Goalkeeper
89'
30
Attacker
17
22
Goalkeeper
24
Midfielder
42
Defender
34
Goalkeeper
10
Midfielder
25
Attacker
3
Defender
2
7
Midfielder
60'
8
Midfielder
60'
38
Attacker
78'
27
Defender
84'
28
Midfielder
84'

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