Milan’s run in the Europa League stops in the round of 16. After the 1-1 draw at Old Trafford, the Rossoneri lost 1-0 at San Siro to Manchester United and left the scene by order of the Red Devils. The former Juventus player Pogba will decide the match against the Meazza, who scored in the 3 ‘of the second half as soon as he entered the field. Pioli’s team is not demerit but pays for the many absences especially in the advanced department with Leao, Rebic and Mandzukic unavailable and Ibrahimovic returning from the injury on the pitch in the final half hour without affecting.
Before the initial whistle of the match, the two teams kneel in support of the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement and the fight against racism. Very aggressive start of the English who press very high and immediately put a couple of dangerous balls in the area, Milan closes under the line of the ball and gives little to the guests. Fifteen minutes before United’s first conclusion after a nice duet between Shaw and Bruno Fernandes with a high conclusion of the latter. Milan responds with a right from Kessié from 25 meters, saved on the ground by Henderson.
As the minutes go by, the boys from Pioli grow up. In the 24th minute, a nice foray by Hernandez anticipated a corner at the moment of the shot. At 35 ‘counterattack of the’ Devil ‘with Castillejo who tries to serve Kessié anticipated in extremis by Lindelof. At 41 ‘Milan maneuvered well inside the United trocar, the ball reached Saelemaekers who tried with his right foot, Henderson put in a corner after a diving save. In the last action of the first half the hosts close to the advantage, the Rossoneri break on the right with Saelemaekers who puts in the middle a great ball for Krunic who from a very good position sends to the side.
At 3 ‘of the second half the Red Devils unlock the game with Pogba, just entered in place of Rashford. The former Juventus player solves a scrum in the penalty area by kicking at the near post from close range. A few minutes pass and Pogba goes away on the left, serves Greenwood in the area who kicks at the far post with his left, finding Donnarumma’s careful response. At 19 ‘the time comes for Ibrahimovic who enters in place of Castillejo. The entry of Ibra wakes up Milan which becomes dangerous in the 24th minute with an action by Calhanoglu, the Turkish goes to the right puts a tense ball in the middle, Maguire anticipates Kessié by a whisker.
Shortly after another good ball from Calhanoglu, put in the middle for the head of Kessié who turns, widening the trajectory too much. At half an hour it is Ibra who touches par with a header stopped by Henderson’s great save. At 34 ‘another AC Milan initiative with Hernandez putting in another good ball but once again Saelemaekers is anticipated by the English defense. At 39 ‘Brahim Diaz restarts at speed and returns the ball to Theo Hernandez, McTominay’s dangerous deviation towards Henderson who blocks. At 44 ‘the hosts are unbalanced and allow space on the counterattack: James hits a good ball for Pogba’s head, the Frenchman hits but the ball ends up high.