AC Milan shrugged off a boycott by their fans to beat Cagliari 3-1 at am almost empty San Siro to end a three-game winless run.
Angry AC Milan supporters have refused to attend Saturday’s Serie A match against Cagliari in protest at the way the club is being run, leaving the San Siro looking like a ghost town.
Before the game, Milan’s Curva Sud ultras group called for fans to avoid the match and to also stop buying official merchandise until the club’s top brass offer more transparency as per their future plans.
The win eased the pressure on embattled Rossoneri coach Filippo Inzaghi as Milan’s ninth win of the campaign moved them up to seventh place ahead of the remainder of the weekend fixtures.
Menez opened the scoring on 21 minutes when he controlled well on the left edge of the area before firing a great curling shot through the hands of Zeljko Brkic at the goalkeeper’s far post. Cagliari, who welcomed back Zeman two weeks ago following the sacking of Gianfranco Zola, levelled in fine style when Farias dribbled around Philippe Mexes to fire across Diego Lopez and inside the Spanish ‘keeper’s far post.
Mexes made up for his error only two minutes later when he met a corner on the edge of the box with a volley which bounced and travelled through Cagliari’s defence untouched before leaving Zeljko stranded. Menez wrapped up the points 12 minutes from time when he beat the Cagliari ‘keeper from the spot. Milan moved up to seventh to sit 26 points behind leaders Juventus.
Juventus host Genoa boasting a 14-point lead on stuttering challengers Roma, who are in danger of being overtaken by city rivals Lazio, who sit in third only one point further adrift. Roma are away to third-from-bottom Cesena while Lazio host Verona earlier Sunday.
Napoli, in fourth at three points behind Lazio, host Atalanta while Sampdoria and Fiorentina, one point further adrift in fifth and sixth, respectively host Inter and travel to Udinese. Earlier, Chievo earned a precious 1-0 win over Palermo to pull themselves 11 points clear of the drop zone.