AC Milan s Algerian midfielder Ismael Bennacer (R) shoots to open the scoring during the Italian Serie A football match between Cagliari and AC Milan, on March 19, 2022 at the Sardegna Arena in Cagliari (AFP)
Amid a tight race for the Serie A title, AC Milan is displaying more consistency than its rivals.
On a night when defending champion Inter Milan was held to a 1-1 draw at home by Fiorentina, Milan won at relegation-threatened Cagliari to extend its unbeaten run to eight matches.
Milan remained three points ahead of Napoli, which came from a goal down to beat visiting Udinese 2-1 earlier Saturday.
On a rainy night in Sardinia, Ismael Bennacer scored with a long-distance volley for Milan near the hour mark. The goal was set up by Olivier Giroud, who failed to take advantage of a prime opportunity early on when he missed the target from close range.
Also in the first half, Milan midfielder Franck Kessie hit the post from long range.
Cagliari nearly equalized in the 90th with a shot from Leonardo Pavoletti that hit the crossbar.
Milan won at Napoli two weeks ago, while Inter has gained only seven points from its last seven matches.
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