AC Milan 2-0 Venezia: Brahim Diaz and Theo Hernandez on target

AC Milan 2-0 Venezia: Brahim Diaz and Theo Hernandez on target as Stefano Pioli’s side keep pace with city rivals Inter at the top of the Serie A table

  • AC Milan went into the game knowing they needed a win to keep pace at the top
  • After a goalless first half, Brahim Diaz sent the San Siro into raptures with opener
  • Theo Hernandez then doubled the lead to ensure victory for Stefano Pioli’s side
  • Serie A new boys Venezia stay stuck in bottom three with four losses from five

Goals from Brahim Diaz and Theo Hernandez earned AC Milan a battling 2-0 victory over Venezia on Wednesday to move up to second in the Serie A standings.

The home side, who started the match without a recognised striker as veterans Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Olivier Giroud were again missing through injury, struggled to break down their promoted opponents in the opening period.

Milan upped the ante after half-time, with Hernandez squaring for Diaz to break Venezia’s resistance in the 68th minute.

Theo Hernandez wheels away after netting AC Milan’s second goal of the night against Venezia

French defender Hernandez celebrates after helping his side to a 2-0 lead at the San Siro

AC Milan’s players celebrate in front of the fans after moving level at the top with rivals Inter

AC Milan: Maignan; Kalulu, Gabbia (Tomori 59), Romagnoli, Ballo-Toure (Hernandez 59); Tonali, Bennacer; Florenzi (Saelemaekers 59), Brahim Diaz (Kessie 80), Leao; Rebic (Pellegri 74)

Goals: Diaz 68, Hernandez 82 

Venezia: Maenpaa; Ebuehi (Mazzocchi 74), Caldara, Ceccaroni, Molinaro; Peretz (Crnigoj 53), Vacca (Tessman 82), Busio; Aramu, Johnsen (Okereke), Forte (Henry 53)

Booked: Forte, Caldara

Substitute Hernandez then made sure of a fourth win from five league games this season for Milan eight minutes from fulltime with a fine finish.

The victory moved Stefano Pioli’s team onto 13 points, level with city rivals Inter Milan at the top of the table, while Venezia stay 18th.

Elsewhere in Serie A on Wednesday, promoted Salernitana came from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Hellas Verona and Empoli won 2-0 at Cagliari.

Brahim Diaz had earlier opened the scoring in the second half for Stefano Piolo’s side

AC Milan were without star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who was watching from the stands

Piolo barks instructions at his players and so far this season, they have done the business

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