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Milan end Chievo home run to go third

Juraj Kucka scores for AC Milan

Slovakia international Juraj Kucka scored his first goal since January

AC Milan ended Chievo’s 12-match unbeaten home run to move up to third place in Serie A with a fourth win in five games.

Juraj Kucka put Milan ahead just before half-time with a 25-yard shot into the top corner before M’Baye Niang drove home the second in the 46th minute.

Ex-Milan midfielder Valter Birsa curled home a free-kick to pull a goal back.

But Dario Dainelli’s own goal in injury-time sealed the win for Milan, who last lost to Chievo in 2005.

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AC Milan’s players paid tribute to injured captain Riccardo Montolivo after scoring their second goal

Chievo, who would have gone third in the table themselves with a victory, had failed to score in their five previous home games against Milan in a barren run stretching back to 2011.

Birsa’s third goal of the season ended that sequence but Milan would have won more comfortably but for fine second-half saves from Stefano Sorrentino, who kept out a Niang free-kick and denied Gianluca Lapadula a first Serie A goal.

Sorrentino was finally beaten again in stoppage time when a wayward shot from Carlos Bacca hit Dainelli and rebounded into the net as Milan moved to within five points of league leaders Juventus.

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Match ends, Chievo 1, Milan 3.

Second Half ends, Chievo 1, Milan 3.

Own Goal by Dario Dainelli, Chievo. Chievo 1, Milan 3.

Attempt missed. Carlos Bacca (Milan) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Andrea Poli.

Fabrizio Cacciatore (Chievo) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Giacomo Bonaventura (Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Fabrizio Cacciatore (Chievo).

Offside, Milan. Gianluigi Donnarumma tries a through ball, but Carlos Bacca is caught offside.

Giacomo Bonaventura (Milan) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Fabrizio Cacciatore (Chievo).

Substitution, Milan. Carlos Bacca replaces M’Baye Niang.

Attempt saved. Valter Birsa (Chievo) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Dario Dainelli.

Corner, Chievo. Conceded by Alessio Romagnoli.

Attempt missed. Gabriel Paletta (Milan) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Giacomo Bonaventura with a cross following a set piece situation.

M’Baye Niang (Milan) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jonathan de Guzmán (Chievo).

Attempt blocked. José Sosa (Milan) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Andrea Poli (Milan) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ivan Radovanovic (Chievo).

Substitution, Milan. Andrea Poli replaces Suso.

Suso (Milan) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Massimo Gobbi (Chievo).

Foul by Ignazio Abate (Milan).

Jonathan de Guzmán (Chievo) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Riccardo Meggiorini (Chievo) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Suso (Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Riccardo Meggiorini (Chievo).

Substitution, Chievo. Sergio Pellissier replaces Antonio Floro Flores.

Goal! Chievo 1, Milan 2. Valter Birsa (Chievo) from a free kick with a left footed shot to the top right corner.

Gabriel Paletta (Milan) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Gabriel Paletta (Milan).

Antonio Floro Flores (Chievo) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Giacomo Bonaventura (Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Fabrizio Cacciatore (Chievo).

Offside, Chievo. Jonathan de Guzmán tries a through ball, but Antonio Floro Flores is caught offside.

Foul by Suso (Milan).

Massimo Gobbi (Chievo) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution, Milan. José Sosa replaces Gianluca Lapadula.

Gianluigi Donnarumma (Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lucas Castro (Chievo).

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/37672991