Despite the dismissal of Sandro Tonali after 33 minutes, AC Milan saw off Benevento on Sunday to return to the top of Serie A.

Before Lorenzo Insigne went within a whisker of drawing the hosts level, Franck Kessie put the visitors in front of the position.

After his studs grazed Artur Ionita’s right knee, Tonali was then sent for an early bath, and after a VAR examination, the penalty was changed from a yellow card to a red one.

Rafael Leao then completed the scoring four minutes after the break, collecting the pass of Ante Rebic on the edge of the box before exploiting the reckless decision of Benevento goalkeeper Lorenzo Montipo to abandon his six-yard box as the Brazilian brilliantly curled the ball over the head of the international Italian youth when off-balance to restore the one-point advantage of his side at the summit following Inter Milan’s 6-2 thrashing of Crotone.

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