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San Siro (Giuseppe Meazza) 27th October 2012 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: P Mazzoleni

AC Milan AC Milan vs Genoa Genoa

AC Milan 1

S El Shaarawy (77)


Genoa 0

El Shaarawy downs former club

Last Updated: 27/10/12 10:10pm

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Stephan El Shaarawy gives AC Milan the lead

Stephan El Shaarawy gives AC Milan the lead

Stephan El Shaarawy's goal against his former club was enough to earn AC Milan all three points against Genoa at a semi-deserted Stadio San Siro.

The Italy international decided a tense encounter in the 77th minute, resolving Milan's immediate problems in Serie A, but leaving them still with plenty of margin for improvement.

Genoa lost their second game in a row to fall behind Milan in the table with the managerial switch from Luigi De Canio to Luigi Del Neri having no immediate impact.

In a game played in a ghostly atmosphere with many Milan fans voting with their feet against the club's recent poor form, neither side managed to warm the hearts of the few present inside the San Siro.

The tension was clearly getting to the Rossoneri players while Genoa, playing their first game under new coach Del Neri, lacked the organisation or a gameplan to hurt their hosts.

It was not long before the home fans were expressing their displeasure when the passes failed to find their man.

The only moment of danger in the first half came just before its conclusion when Pato appeared to have his shirt tugged inside the penalty area by Cesare Bovo, but the referee waved away Milan's lengthy appeals for a penalty.

There was not much difference about the second half either with nerves still affecting both teams.

With a goalless draw looking increasingly likely, Ignazio Abate was sent through by Urby Emanuelson just to the right of the penalty area in the 77th minute.

The linesman's flag stayed down and the Milan full-back's low cross was met in front of goal by El Shaarawy, who stroked the ball in from five yards.

The former Genoa striker did not celebrate in front of his former club's fans, but the Milan fans celebrated the man who has now accounted for six of Milan's 10 goals in Serie A this season.

Without the Italy international, Milan's plight would be much worse than it is, but thanks to his goal, Milan managed to move up to ninth in the table, giving them a hint of optimism.

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Italian Serie A

Italian Serie A
Pos Team P Pts
1 Juventus 20 49
2 Roma 20 42
3 Napoli 20 36
4 Lazio 20 34
5 Sampdoria 20 34
6 Fiorentina 20 31
7 Genoa 20 28
8 Palermo 20 27
9 Udinese 20 27
10 Inter Milan 20 26
11 AC Milan 20 26
12 Sassuolo 20 25
13 Torino 20 25
14 Verona 20 24
15 Atalanta 20 20
16 Cagliari 20 19
17 Empoli 20 19
18 Chievo 20 18
19 Cesena 20 12
20 Parma 20 10