Bologna held AC Milan to a 0-0 draw on Monday, keeping them one point clear at the top of Serie A.
The weekend victories by Inter Milan and Napoli put pressure on Milan, who were without coach Sinisa Mihajlovic due to his cancer treatment.
The hosts failed to score in the first half, with French striker Olivier Giroud’s header brilliantly saved by Lukasz Skorupski.
After the interval, Milan coach Stefano Pioli sent on Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but the experienced Swede couldn’t inspire his team to victory as Bologna held on for a draw.
Milan lead Napoli by 67 points with seven games left to win their first Scudetto since 2011. Inter are three points behind the leaders despite having played one fewer game. It stays 12th.
Milan have won recently, but their performances have not been stunning, and they were not at their best against Bologna at San Siro.
Despite having 33 attempts on target, they were primarily limited to long range efforts, even with Ibrahimovic on the field.
“We couldn’t find that small twist, that shot that might transform it.” “We tried everything else,” Pioli told Sky Sport Italia.
“I completely deny we were pressured mentally” (after wins by Inter and Napoli). To the final third, the squad displayed the necessary demeanor and mindset.”
Mihajlovic congratulated his Bologna team.
Assistant manager Emilio De Leo admits it’s been tough. “Mihajlovic implored us not to let go, as he is doing. He was pleased with himself.
He spoke to the team after the game. He congratulated the team via video call. The squad was ecstatic. We made his night.”