AC Milan won 2-0 at Benevento despite playing most of the match with 10 men and moved back atop Serie A on Sunday.
Rafael Leão all but secured the victory for Milan with a stunning strike shortly after halftime. A Franck Kessié penalty had given Milan an early lead before Rossoneri midfielder Sandro Tonali was sent off in the 34th minute for a dangerous tackle.
Benevento, which is led by former Milan star player and coach Filippo Inzaghi, missed a penalty.
Milan remained the only unbeaten team across Europe’s top five leagues. Stefano Pioli’s side moved back a point above Inter Milan, which had earlier won 6-2 at Crotone thanks to a Lautaro Martínez hat trick.
Romelu Lukaku had played a part in the buildup and the former Manchester United forward marked his 50th Serie A appearance with a goal of his own seven minutes later, turning and holding off Sebastiano Luperto to fire in Alessandro Bastoni’s long ball over the top.
Martínez completed his hat trick in the 78th, heading in the rebound from close range after Crotone goalkeeper Alex Cordaz had saved Ivan Perišić’s strike. Achraf Hakimi capped a fine day for Inter three minutes from time.
Duván Zapata scored twice as Atalanta beat Sassuolo 5-1 to close in on its opponent in the battle for the top four.
Sassuolo slipped to fifth, a point above Atalanta and two points behind fourth-place Napoli after Gennaro Gattuso’s side won 4-1 at Cagliari.
Roma beat Sampdoria 1-0 to remain third, seven points behind Milan.
At the other end of the table, Torino moved off the bottom spot and out of the relegation zone with a 3-0 win at Parma.
Spezia slipped into the bottom three after losing 1-0 at home to Hellas Verona. Genoa, the other team in the relegation zone, managed to draw 1-1 against Lazio.
Fiorentina drew 0-0 against Bologna.
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