Sassuolo 1 -4 AC Milan: Suso double lifts under-fire Gattuso

Franck Kessie, Suso and Samu Castillejo scored fine goals as AC Milan won 4-1 at Sassuolo to ease the pressure on coach Gennaro Gattuso.  
Gennaro Gattuso's position as AC Milan's head coach was strengthened by a timely 4-1 win at high-flying Sassuolo, which featured a trio of brilliant goals.

Reports in Italy suggested Milan's poor start to the Serie A season meant the club were considering replacing Gattuso with former Chelsea and Juventus coach Antonio Conte.

But Franck Kessie's 20-yard drive got Milan up and running at the MAPEI Stadium on Sunday, with Suso and Samu Castillejo also scoring from outside the penalty area in the second half.

A second from Suso in injury time sealed a win that breaks a run of three straight draws in the league and moves the Rossoneri into the top half, while Sassuolo – who got a goal back through Filip Djuricic – stay fifth after missing the chance to climb into second spot.

Suso thundered an early strike against the crossbar from a tight angle but Kessie should have given Milan the lead in the 26th minute - his dinked finish beat Andrea Consigli but lacked enough power to cross the line, allowing Pol Lirola to clear off the line.

Federico Di Francesco missed a similarly golden chance when he drilled at the legs of Gianluigi Donnarumma when fed by Domenico Berardi, then Ignazio Abate's wonderful challenge prevented a certain Sassuolo goal.

Kessie made amends for his earlier miss by breaking the deadlock in the 39th minute, smashing a low drive into the bottom-right corner from 20 yards to round off a 50-yard run.

Another fine finish doubled Milan's advantage five minutes after the restart, with Suso – making his 100th Serie A appearance – cutting in off the right flank to whip home a 25-yard curler.

Milan gave up leads in their least two Serie A games but Castillejo seemingly made the points safe, scoring his first Rossoneri goal with another terrific left-foot shot from distance on the hour mark.
Although Sassuolo responded through Djuricic to spark a nervy finale, Suso scored again with the last kick of the game – his deflected shot surviving a VAR review – to boost Gattuso.

What it means: Relief for Gattuso

Gattuso has been batting away questions about Conte all season but speculation reached fever-pitch in the build-up to this game. In truth, Milan did not play that well – although they were missing injured striker Gonzalo Higuain – but individual quality hauled them to a much-needed victory in front of the watching sporting director Leonardo.

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