AC Milan put relegation battlers Lecce to the sword on Monday night as they ran out 4-1 winners at the Stadio Via del Mare.
The Rossoneri were wasteful in the opening 45 minutes and had Samu Castillejo’s neat finish to thank as they went in one up at the break, but Mario Mancosu’s penalty early in the second half pegged Stefano Pioli’s side back.
Nonetheless, Milan for once showed their ruthless edge scoring twice in three minutes before the hour mark, first through Giacomo Bonaventura’s instinctive finish and then when Ante Rebic finished a 1-on-1 perfectly.
The result means that the Diavolo keep up the pace in the fight for the final Europa League spot, drawing back level with Napoli on 39 points, albeit having played a game more.
Pioli made two changes to the starting XI which were knocked out of the Coppa Italia by Juventus the week before last, with Castillejo and Theo Hernandez both returning from suspension and slotting straight into the line-up.
The first half-chance went to the home side as a ball was swung over from a short corner from Petriccione that was headed comfortably over by Meccariello in the end.
Milan began to attack themselves and cut Lecce open down the left, with Ante Rebic’s cut-back from the byline eventually scrambled clear with Castillejo arriving.
The Rossoneri started to see the lion’s share of the ball thanks to their high press, and Castillejo saw a shot deflected narrowly wide of the near right post. From the resulting corner…
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