Serie A round-up: Gennaro Gattuso records his first win as AC Milan boss
Last Updated: 10/12/17 11:50pm
Gennaro Gattuso recorded his first win as AC Milan head coach with a 2-1 Serie A victory at home to Bologna.
Gattuso suffered the ignominy of his team becoming the first to drop points against bottom-of-the table Benevento last weekend but it was a totally different feeling for him on Sunday.
The Rossoneri started well and were ahead after only 10 minutes. Nikola Kalinic headed down a long pass from Ignazio Abate for Jack Bonaventura, whose low finish from just inside the area took a deflection and wrong-footed goalkeeper Antonio Mirante.
It was the first league goal Milan had scored at San Siro since September 20.
The lead did not last long, though, as two former Milan players combined to bring Bologna level. Mattia Destro's pull back from the left was finished off by Simone Verdi from 12 yards out.
Bonaventura's second goal in as many games put Milan back in front after 76 minutes and moved them to within three points of the European places.
Earlier in the day, Napoli missed the opportunity to return to the top of the table as they were held to a goalless home draw by Fiorentina.
After leaders Inter Milan and third-placed Juventus shared the same scoreline on Saturday evening, a win for Napoli would have seen them leapfrog Inter but they could not make a breakthrough against a dogged Fiorentina team.
The closest they came to a goal was at the start of the second half when Piotr Zielinski's shot was turned onto a post by goalkeeper Marco Sportiello.
It had been a similar story for Roma in the early kick-off as they too had to settle for a 0-0 draw at Chievo. The Giallorossi had the opportunity to close to within three points of Inter but found Chievo goalkeeper Stefano Sorrentino in terrific form.
His best work came in the 24th minute when he first repelled Patrik Schick's back heel and then got up quickly to deny Gerson on the follow up.
At the other end of the standings, Crotone's losing run extended to five matches with a 2-1 defeat at Sassuolo, who moved out of the relegation places. Edoardo Goldaniga and Matteo Politano scored for the hosts before a Francesco Acerbi own goal gave Crotone some hope.
Verona looked like they would climb out of the bottom three after goals from Alessio Cerci - from the penalty spot - and Martin Caceres put them in control away at relegation rivals SPAL.
However, Alberto Paloschi and Mirco Antenucci struck in the final four minutes to rescue a point for the hosts, with Antenucci levelling things up at 2-2 with the game's second spot-kick.
Benevento remain at the foot of the table after losing 2-0 at Udinese, with Antonin Barak and Kevin Lasagna on the score sheet.