AC Milan warmed up for a midweek showdown with Juventus by defeating Benevento 2-0 on Sunday despite playing most of the match with 10 men, to remain unbeaten atop Serie A.

Rafael Leao all but secured the victory for Milan with a stunning strike shortly after halftime. A Franck Kessie penalty had given Milan an early lead before Rossoneri midfielder Sandro Tonali was sent off in the 34th minute for a dangerous tackle.

Benevento, which is led by former Milan star player and coach Filippo Inzaghi, missed a penalty.

Milan remained the only unbeaten team across Europe’s top five leagues. Stefano Pioli’s side is one point above Inter Milan, which won 6-2 at Crotone thanks to a Lautaro Martínez hattrick.


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