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Man of the match – Franck Kessié (8) : After the disappointment of the elephants’ non-qualification for the 2022 World Cup, Franck Kessie released a big performance tonight. Imperial defensively, he completely numbed the midfielder of Atlético in the first period. Also interesting offensively, he places a cross on the head of Junior Messias in the 90 ‘which gives the Milanese their first victory against the Colchoneros in the Champions League.
Atlético Madrid (3-5-2)
Jan Oblak (5): He cashed the game goal of the meeting on a header from close range. Very little used, it is impeccable on a powerful strike from Romagnoli at the end of the match.
Mario Hermoso (3): Technically and defensively, it was difficult for him tonight. Kalulu’s speed often got him in trouble in the first half. He is the one we have seen the least in the Madrid defense. It gives way to Renan Lodi at the 64 ‘.
Jose Gimenez (5): Very aggressive, as usual, the Uruguayan defender was solid in defense. His only mistake of the game and his bad marking on Messias which resulted in the only goal of the match and the defeat of his family.
Stefan Savic (6): For 90 minutes the score was blank and the Montenegrin is not for nothing. He saves a 70 ‘goal by throwing himself on a strike from Bakayoko while Oblak was beaten.
Koke (5): The Spanish midfielder rarely takes the light, but that it is important for Atlético. In recovery, recovery, he also offers solutions in attack. His solidity contributed to the control of his team until the opening of the Rossoneri score.
Yannick Carrasco (4): With only 20% of his duels won and nearly 17 balls lost, the Belgian did not weigh much on the meeting. Absent defensively, he often left his lane empty allowing Kalulu and Saelemaeckers to project themselves and bring danger without too much difficulty.
Rodrigo De Paul (3): The Argentinian environment has accustomed us to better. Moved in the first half by the physique Franck Kessié, he was much too imprecise in his transitions. Apart from 2 dangerous strikes, it is a game to forget for him. Sime Vrsaljko replaces it at 77 ‘.
Thomas Lemar (3): Like the midfielder of Atlético, the Frenchman was not successful. He returned from the break with good intentions and landed Atlético’s first shot on target at 74 ‘. Not at all successful, Angel Correa returning to its place in the 64 ‘did not do any better.
Marco Llorente (5): Kieran Trippier injured, the versatile Spanish midfielder was preferred to Vrslajko to move to the right piston position. His match is more than correct, he multiplies the centers and defensive returns. A lot of play tonight for the young Spaniard.
Luis Suarez (2): The Uruguayan striker was not decisive against AC Milan. Very discreet in attack, he has not hit once on goal. Luis Suarez has scored only once in 5 Champions League games this season. Invisible, it comes out at 77 ‘for Matheus cunha.
Antoine Griezmann (5): Grizzou had a better performance than Suarez, he cumulates a total of one shot. More involved on the other hand in the construction of the game, the French number 8 has not been able to obtain or create a clear opportunity. Seeing his team undergo, Diego Simeone wanted to play the draw card and replaced Griezmann with Geoffrey kondogbia at the 81 ‘. We know the rest …
AC Milan (4-2-3-1)
Ciprian Tatarusanu (6): The Romanian doorman passed through Nantes or Lyon had a good match. One word to describe his match would be « vigilance ». Not really worried, he still had to work on two strikes in Madrid.
Théo Hernandez (7): Present in defense, decisive in attack, the French side was everywhere tonight. He could have scored a very nice goal in the 33 ‘but his left strike flees the frame. It is he who shifts perfectly Kessié who addresses the decisive center.
Alessio Romagnoli (6): If Suarez and Griezmann did not exist in attack, it is mainly the fault of the Milan defense. Author of a serious and solid performance, the Rossoneri captain can be proud of his team’s performance today.
Simon Kjaer (5): The Danish defender didn’t have to step in and show his power during the game. Not sure if he takes a shower when he goes into the locker room.
Pierre Kalulu (6): The former Lyon right-back spent the first 45 minutes in Atlético’s half of the field. He hurt Hermoso and the Madrid defense with every climb. After giving a lot, he came out in the 65 ‘for another former Ligue 1, Alessandro Florenzi.
Franck Kessié (8): See above
Sandro Tonali (6): The very young Italian midfielder had a very complete match. Valuable in the recovery and decisive in the recovery, the Italian prodigy greatly participated in the control of the match of his team. He comes out at 65 ‘for the former Frenchman from Atlético, Tiémoué Bakayoko.
Brahim Diaz (7): On loan from Real Madrid, the young Spanish number 10 showed exceptional technical mastery against one of the most defensive teams in Europe. Sharp in his catch of balls, he gave a hard time and strongly destabilized the Madrid defense. Ishmael Bennacer replaces it at the 78 ‘.
Rade Krunic (4): The Bosnian is undoubtedly the Milanese least in view of this meeting. Organizer of the game at first, he left the construction of the game to Hernandez, Diaz and Késsié in a second. It comes out at 65 ‘for Junior Messias. This is the beautiful story of the day. For his first Champions League match, the 30-year-old Brazilian striker, an amateur still four years ago, is the one who allowed AC Milan to win after a very closed meeting.
Alexis Saelemaekers (5): It’s hard in today’s football to find players as invested, determined and fighting as he is. The Belgian medium to give everything this evening. He put intention in all his catch of balls and in all his races.
Olivier Giroud (5): With Rebic injured and Zlatan on the bench, he was the star of Milan’s attack. A role he took on before leaving with an injury in the 66 ‘. The Swedish giant, Zlatan Ibrahimovic returned to his place under the whistles of the Wanda Metropolitano.