Zlatan Ibrahimovic had a fantastic goal harshly, but correctly, disallowed and so it is 0-0 at the break between Fiorentina and Milan.
Hakan Calhanoglu returned from injury with Matteo Gabbia stepping into defence for his first Serie A start, as Rade Krunic, Simon Kjaer and Lucas Biglia didn’t make the trip. Dusan Vlahovic kept his spot alongside Federico Chiesa, with Patrick Cutrone on the bench against his former club, Franck Ribery and Christian Kouame long-term absentees. It was an emotional comeback to the Stadio Franchi for Stefano Pioli, who helped the team get through the Davide Astori tragedy. There was even a banner: ‘Real man and great leader. Stefano always one of us.’
It was a difficult start for Gianluigi Donnarumma, as his gloves were stung by Nikola Milenkovic on a surprising run forward, then Federico Chiesa pounced on a poor back-pass only for Gaetano Castrovilli to balloon over from 12 yards.
At the other end, Ante Rebic sprung the offside trap for a glancing header well saved by Bartlomiej Dragowski from close range.
Pol Lirola’s deflected header tested Donnarumma, then Milan thought they had taken the lead through Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
The Swede was a one-man battering ram, catching Dalbert in possession, skipping past one tackle, riding another and scoring past the on-rushing Dragowski. However, it was disallowed using VAR because of handball. Although Ibra’s arm was flush to his torso and it was kicked on to him from close range, the new rules state that the usual caveats do not apply when it is a forward either scoring the goal or gaining control of the ball with an arm.
Fiorentina 0-0 Milan (Half-Time)
Fiorentina:Dragowski; Milenkovic, Pezzella, Caceres; Lirola, Duncan, Pulgar, Castrovilli, Dalbert; Vlahovic, Chiesa
Milan:G Donnarumma; Conti, Gabbia, Romagnoli, Theo Hernandez; Kessie, Bennacer; Castillejo, Calhanoglu, Rebic; Ibrahimovic
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