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Serie A: AC Milan beat Genoa to hold league summit amid takeover talk

AC milan can keep top of Serie A this weekend thanks to Friday’s 2-0 win over troubled Genova after inter city struck first with a 3-1 ending at Spezia.

Milan, who are reportedly to be sold to Bahrain based investment firm Investcorp, rescued the summit once briefly being bumped down to second before kick-off before of over 70,000 fans at the San Siro.

But Leao’s soft 11th-minute volley from Pierre Kalulu’s cross and a Junior Messias strike with 3 minutes remaining were enough for Stefano Pioli’s side to take care of their two-point lead over local rivals inter.

Attention can now turn to third-placed napoli who face in-form Roma on Monday evening hoping to move level on sixty nine points with inter, whereas Juventus sit 9 points off the pace prior their home fixture with Bologna on saturday.

“The a lot of games we play, the a lot of important every match becomes,” said Messias.

“We knew today would not be straightforward however we tend to were smart and that we got the 3 points that create us want to stay fighting.”

Portugal forward Leao’s sumptious finish was the highlight of an otherwise uninspiring show that showed why city have struggled to put away Serie A’s lesser lights since the flip of the year.

‘Positive energy’

Milan kept their seventh straight clean sheet all told competitions — having lost right-back Davide Calabria to a stomach bug shortly before come out — however it had been an evening of few possibilities for the seven-time European champions.

Olivier Giroud’s miscued overhead kick in the 57th minute was the first actually smart opportunity once Leao’s opener.

Leao then went close to doubling the hosts’ lead once he forced a good save from Salvatore Sirigu, however Messias place the home crowd into party mood once he smashed in the second after being denied by the italy international within the genoa goal.

“We need to make the pressure feel like nothing quite positive energy, because we are difficult for one thing that when we started operating along was unthinkable,” said Pioli to DAZN.

Milan currently face inter within the second leg of their Italian Cup semi-final on tuesday before travelling to Rome to face Lazio next weekend as takeover speak hots up.

Neither milan nor Investcorp would comment to afp over reports that the club was set to be sold-out by american investment fund Elliott for around one billion euros ($1.08 billion).

Elliott took control of the club in 2018 when previous owner Li Yonghong defaulted on a loan taken bent finance the 740 million-euro purchase of milan from former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi.

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