Franck Kessie scored his first Serie A goal of the 2021-22 campaign as AC Milan rebounded from two goals to defeat Verona 3-2 on Saturday night.
The Ivorian international’s second-half effort from the penalty spot helped the hosts restore parity before Koray Gunter’s home goal gave Stefano Pioli’s men maximum points.
AC Milan came on after their 3-2 away away from Atalanta, while the Mastiffs traveled to San Siro unbeaten in their last four games in all competitions.
Verona got off to a good start in the seventh minute after Gianluca Caprari took advantage of a pass from captain Miguel Veloso to beat goalkeeper Ciprian Tatarusanu.
With the home side still trying to come back, Igor Tudor’s side doubled their advantage in the 24th minute thanks to Czech international Antonin Barak coming in from the penalty spot after Alessio Romagnoli’s challenge on Alessandro Will prontera.
Things got worse for Pioli’s side as Ante Rebic was forced to injure himself in the 35th minute. He was then replaced by Rafael Leao, who set the pace for AC Milan’s attack.
A minute before the hour mark, the hosts closed the gap thanks to Olivier Giroud who was put in place by Leao.
The comeback was complete in the 76th minute when Kessie converted a penalty won by Samu Castillejo.
The victory was sealed for the 18 Serie A kings two minutes later as Gunter turned the ball into his own net to delight home fans.
Despite a late rally from the visitors, Pioli’s men have held on to their seventh victory of the current campaign.
Kessie and Senegalese Fode Ballo-Touré were in action for the Rouge et Noir. While Algerian Ismael Bennacer – who was named in the starting XI – was replaced by Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the 77th minute.
For Verona, Cameroonian midfielder Adrien Tameze replaced Miguel Veloso on the hour mark, but Ghanaian Philip Yeboah and Cameroonian Martin Hongla played no part in the five-goal thriller.
AC Milan are the guest of Bologna on October 23 for their next league outing. Before that, they travel to Portugal for a meeting with FC Porto on Tuesday.