Must watch highlights of Roma agins AC Milan
- Title : Must watch highlights of Roma agins AC Milan
Before the duel with Roma, Milan were the only European team in a top league to show a pure white vest full of victories. After the 3: 3 this is no longer the case - and both the referee and old star Ibrahimovic played a decisive role.
Milan's coach Stefano Pioli was able to rely on Calhanoglu (back after ankle problems) compared to the 3-1 Europa League win at Celtic Glasgow, but now the failures of goalkeeper Donnarumma and Hauge (both Covid-19) hurt. In any case, the starting XI against Roma had little in common with the one from the Celtic game: With Tatarusanu (goal), Calabria, Bennacer, Saelemaekers, Calhanoglu, and Rafael Leao, six new players were on the pitch. They played for Donnarumma (goal), Diogo Dalot, Tonali, Samu Castillejo, Krunic, and Brahim Diaz.
The Roma also started victoriously in the Europa League - 2-1 with the Young Boys from Bern. Coach Paulo Fonseca had given numerous regular players a break in Switzerland and was now rotating vigorously. Among others, Mirante (Tor), Pellegrini, Veretout, Mkhitaryan, and Dzeko returned. Only Kumbulla, Karsdorp, and Pedro survived the change aria.
Milan got off to a dream start this Monday. The Lombards owed that once again to striker star Ibrahimovic: After two minutes, the Swede overcame Mirante (2nd), who looked a little confused in this scene - fifth goal in the third game for the old master, who thought quickly after a pass into the penalty area the leg extended.
The lead didn't last too long, however, because Milan's goalkeeper Tatarusanu made a bad mistake at a corner: The Romanian dived under the ball - and Dzeko thanked him warmly by headed in from close range (14th).
The Rossoneri were more active in the first half. The Milanese invested more and consequently had more possession of the ball (57 percent) than the Romans who were lurking on the counterattack and also had a better rate of duels (53 percent). Unsurprisingly, there was also a clear increase in opportunities. But because Theo's attempt narrowly missed (28th), Romagnoli found his master with his header in Mirante (29th), Kjaer failed at the right post (30th) and Calhanoglu's remarkable free-kick was also greatly defused by the 37-year-old Mirante (44 .), the break was 1: 1.
Blast after changing sides
The second 45 minutes began to like the first - with a bang! Rafael Leao played his enormous speed on the left-wing and then had an eye for the Belgian Saelemaekers - 2-1 (47th). Dzeko almost gave the right answer again, but this time the Bosnian bet a little too high (53rd).
Questionable penalties here and there
Then the game flattened a little before referee Piero Giacomelli really spiced it up again. First, the 42-year-old gave the Roma a rather questionable penalty (rather a foul from Pedro, Veretout scored 71st), then he sent Milan's coach Stefano Pioli off the pitch for grumbling with red (77th) before he took the next questionable one Elfer gave - this time in favor of the Milanese (Calhanoglu only slightly pushed). Ibrahimovic hit the lower-left corner and marked his third brace in the third Serie A game (79th).