AC Milan, Cagliari, Clubs, Italian Serie A, Story

MILAN — AC Milan brought in high-profile players in the offseason, but it is a youth academy graduate who is proving the difference.

Patrick Cutrone scored again Sunday to help Milan to a 2-1 victory against Cagliari in Serie A. It was the 19-year-old’s third goal in his last three matches.

Napoli and Lazio also won, while Fiorentina lost again — at home to Sampdoria.

Milan coach Vincenzo Montella said “these wins are worth a lot in the grand scheme of a league campaign, I hope we can get more wins like this.”

Milan, who were bought by a Chinese-led consortium in April, have spent more than €200 million ($234m) on players and they have now won all six competitive matches this season in Serie A and Europa League, scoring 15 goals and conceding their first against Cagliari.

Cutrone had already scored three of those and he added a fourth in the 11th minute, getting in front of his marker to tap in Suso’s cross.

Cagliari hit the post through Marco Sau and leveled early in the second half as the Milan defense allowed a ball to be played across the area for Joao Pedro to slot home.

However, Suso curled in a free kick in the 70th to take all three points for Milan.

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