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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)

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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 21 50
2 Roma 21 43
3 Napoli 21 39
4 Lazio 21 34
5 Sampdoria 21 34
6 Fiorentina 21 32
7 Palermo 21 30
8 Genoa 21 29
9 AC Milan 21 29
10 Sassuolo 21 28
11 Torino 21 28
12 Udinese 21 28
13 Inter Milan 21 26
14 Verona 21 24
15 Atalanta 21 23
16 Empoli 21 20
17 Cagliari 21 19
18 Chievo 21 18
19 Cesena 21 15
20 Parma 21 10