Milan frustrated by gritty Carpi

AC Milan failed to make their home advantage count as they played to a goalless draw with relegation-threatened Carpi at Giuseppe Meazza on Thursday night.

Cristian Brocchi’s men could not convert their first-half dominance into goals as a lacklustre Carpi failed to make any notable impact on proceedings.

Despite creating several good goal-scoring chances, Milan showed a lack of cutting edge in front of goal as the opening 45 minutes ended scoreless.

In fact, Kevin-Prince Boateng’s saved effort in the sixth minute was Milan’s only shot on target, with Carlos Bacca, Alessio Romagnoli and Alex all failing to find the mark.

The second half started at a cautious tempo but eventually sprang to life just before the hour mark as Carpi lodge their first effort on goal. However, Kevin Lasagna saw his shot from outside the box kept out by Milan keeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, before Raphael Martinho shot high and wide of the hosts’ goal in the 68th minute.

Milan midfielder Jose Mauri went agonisingly close to breaking the deadlock in the 74th minute but saw his header from the centre of the box fly just wide of the right-hand post.

The Italy U21 international again went close four minutes later, this time shooting high and wide with a speculative effort from outside the area.

The two sides had one last chance apiece in the last few minutes of the encounter, but the scoreline remained unchanged.

Carpi’s Marco Crimi saw his goal-bound shot from outside the box saved in the top-left corner by Donnarumma, while Mauri again failed to hit the target with a headed effort in the second minute of added-on time.