VERONA, Italy, March 7 (Reuters) – Spectacular goals from either side at half-time earned AC Milan an important 2-0 victory at Hellas Verona on Sunday as Stefano Pioli’s side reduced the ‘gap on his rival Inter Milan at the top of the Serie A classification at three points.

Without injured top scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who was watching from the stands, Milan took the lead in the 27th minute when Rade Krunic landed a stunning free kick into the net – the first Bosnian league goal for Milan.

The second of the visitors, five minutes into the second half, was equally impressive, as Diogo Dalot scored his first Serie A goal since arriving on loan from Manchester United in the top corner.

Milan have only earned a second victory in their last seven games in all competitions to move up to 56 points, three behind Inter, who are in action against Atalanta on Monday, and four ahead of third-placed Juventus, who has one less match. . Verona remains eighth.

With Inter picking up speed in recent weeks, it was crucial for Milan to close the gap at the top after dropping two points in their midweek home draw against Udinese.

However, the injured title hunters looked blunt in attack early in Verona, and it took something special for Krunic to beat Pioli’s side up front, opening their Milan Serie A account in style.

Verona entered the competition in good form, undefeated in their last four league games, and continued to press, but the last pass has deserted them time and time again.

There were plenty of goals in the other Serie A afternoon kick-offs, as Fiorentina and Parma drew 3-3 while Crotone boosted their confidence with a 4- win. 2 on his compatriots Torino.