Serie A round-up: Milan move to second with Empoli win

AC Milan secured an emphatic 4-1 victory over out-of-sorts Empoli in their Serie A clash at the Stadio Carlo Castellani on Saturday evening.

  • Empoli 1 AC Milan 4
  • Lapadula opens scoring
  • Saponara makes it 1-1
  • Suso puts Milan ahead
  • Costa OG makes it 3-1
  • Lapadula grabs his brace

Match summary

Milan ran riot away from home but were made to work hard as the scores were level at the break following Gianluca Lapadula and Riccardo Saponara's efforts.

However, in the second half the flood-gates opened with Suso, an Andrea Costa own goal and another Lapadula strike securing a 4-1 win.

Full report

Milan looked threatening from the kick-off and after some neat inter-play on the 15th minute mark they took the lead their number nine Gianluca Lapadula, as he ran onto a neat Suso ball just inside the area.

It wasn't going to be the first time that the Rossoneri found their way past a visibly angry Lukasz Skorupski in the Empoli goal.

However, the mood soon changed around the Carlo Castellani, as two minutes later Riccardo Saponara scored an absolute cracker from 25-yards out.

The two early goals set the tone of play as an open attacking affair kicked off in the second-half.

Former Liverpool playmaker Suso, who provided the first of the evening, grabbed one of his own after Ignazio Abate put the goal-scoring opportunity on a platter for the Spaniard.

Vincenzo Montella barked orders from the touchline urging his side forward, clearly not content with the slender one goal lead and he was rewarded with two more goals.

First an own goal from defender Andrea Costa, just after the hour mark and then in the 77th minute, the off season signing from Pescara, Lapadula struck his second of the evening.

The 4-1 victory now puts Montella's men into second place, seven points behind leaders Juventus.

In the other Serie A game between Torino and Chievo at the Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino, the home side picked up a narrow 2-1 win to move into an impressive sixth place.

Siniša Mihajlovic's side have been impressive of late and picked up the win courtesy of goals from winger Iago Falque, while forward Roberto Inglese scored for Mussi Volanti.