For all their possession, Milan weren’t convincing and were punished for their profligacy, as Sassuolo turned the game on its head ten minutes later. Scamacca rifled a clearance from a corner back towards goal, and the save from Maignan rebounded into the net off Simon Kjær.
Milan regrouped somewhat after the break, but Sassuolo were always comfortable, and threatened on the counter every time they managed to steal the ball and counter attack, stifling the hosts. Milan never looked entirely secure, and Sassuolo capitalised on their defensive uncertainty, with Domenico Berardi bagging his side’s third of the afternoon, and his tenth goal against Milan in Serie A.
Proceedings got from bad to worse as captain Romagnoli was dismissed after 76 minutes for Milan, ensuring Sassuolo repeated the comeback-style win they secured at San Siro last season. This victory is a much-needed one for the inconsistent Neroverdi, who face another stern test against Napoli on Wednesday. Milan, meanwhile, must bounce back against relegation-threatened Genoa.