Clarence Seedorf made a winning start to life on the AC Milan bench thanks to a late penalty from Italian international Mario Balotelli.
It's the Dutchman's first coaching job after an illustrious playing career and his first proper outing on the Milan bench was a testing game against high-flying Verona.
But Milan were able to overcome a spirited visiting side with an 82nd minute penalty as Balotelli calmly wrong-footed the goalkeeper to net the match winner.
"It's a victory that we are dedicating to Seedorf," Balotelli said on Sky Sport after the final whistle.
"The first game is the most difficult and in a difficult situation we were able to win it.
"Clarence asked us to play for four attackers and asked us to press immediately when we weren't in possession and it worked because we were able to get the ball straight back."
image: © praguegallagher