Milan won 3-1 on the Empoli field in the evening advance of the eighth matchday of Serie A 2022-2023. The Rossoneri took the lead with Rebic’s goal (79 ‘), Empoli responded in the 92nd minute with Bajrami’s free-kick. At 94 ‘and 96’, the goals of Ballo-Touré and Leao gave the victory to the guests. Milan rises to 18 points and remains 3 points behind Napoli. Empoli remains at 7.
The Italian champions conquer the full booty in a race complicated by the injuries that wipe out the squad of Pioli: out Calabria, Saelemaekers and Kjaer. Milan close to scoring in the first half with Leao, who is rejected by Vicario a close conclusion after the initiative of De Keteleare.
Empoli does not renounce to sting when spaces are opened for restarts. Milan tries to raise the pressure in the second half: Giroud on a free kick splinters the crossbar, Vicario saves on a conclusion from Tonali. Ten minutes from the end, Tuscan amnesia. Leao can escape served by a lateral flaw, ball in the center for Rebic who only has to push into the goal: 0-1. Empoli reacts and at 92 ‘finds the same. Bajrami hits a free kick from 22 meters surprising Tatarusanu: 1-1. The draw lasted a few seconds, Milan put their heads forward and Ballo-Touré slipped for the 1-2. Empoli seeks the miracle in the final, but opens up grasslands in front of Leao who in the 96th minute flies on the counterattack and closes the scores: 1-3.
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