Stephan El Shaarawy marked his 20th birthday with the only goal of the game as AC Milan registered their third Serie A win of the season at the expense of Genoa CFC.
The Italy striker, who started his career with the Rossoblu, was the brightest spark in a first half devoid of meaningful chances. Ignazio Abate threatened after the break with a shot which Sébastien Frey saved with his legs, before Urby Emanuelson released the right-back, who crossed for El Shaarawy to tap in his sixth league goal of the campaign.
Milan climb seven places to eighth as a result, while Genoa, for whom this was their first game under new coach Luigi Del Neri, drop into the bottom half following their fifth match without a victory. Bottom-of-the-table AC Siena halted a run of three successive defeats by drawing 0-0 in the early game with fellow strugglers US Città di Palermo.
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|4||FC Internazionale Milano||8||18|
|9||UC Sampdoria *||8||10|
|10||Torino FC *||8||9|
|14||Atalanta BC *||8||8|
|17||US Città di Palermo||9||7|
|18||AC Chievo Verona||8||7|
|20||AC Siena *||9||3|