The Milan does not disappoint expectations and gains access to the quarter-finals of Italian Cup, where he will face the winner between Lazio and Udinese. Pioli’s Rossoneri take the field against Genoa with an opinionated and superficial attitude that allows the former Shevchenko’s team to break the deadlock: on the development of a corner kick beaten by Portanova, the imperious detachment of Ostigard at 17 ‘he leaves no chance for Maignan. After a first half of absolute nothing on the home front, it is the flicker of Giroud at 64 ‘to restore parity. Head. A heavy seal that guarantees Milan the possibility of continuing their game in extra time, which does not smile at a completely exhausted Genoa: Leao at 102 ‘he finds the corner with a mocking cross-shot for Semper, beaten again at 112’ by the newcomer Saelemaekers. The Belgian takes advantage of Theo Hernandez’s assist from the right and closes the game. The curtain falls at San Siro: Milan pass 3-1.
Genoa comes to San Siro without awe and plays a game of absolute level, with a confusing Milan in the first half that concedes a lot and creates little. Leao’s entry into the field turned the game on: the Rossoneri grew and, in addition to grabbing a draw, they proved to be superior to their opponents. After Giroud’s goal, Shevchenko’s team has no choice but to grit their teeth and compact themselves defensively until the penalty shootout lottery.
As anticipated in the tactical analysis of the match, to change the fate of the result is Leao’s entry into the field. The attacker takes the place of a disappointing Rebic in the 62nd minute of the second half: the spaces increase and the team (primarily Leao) undergoes a natural change that leads the Rossoneri to a draw. The Portuguese is not satisfied and wants to leave his personal mark on the match, scoring a goal as fortuitous as it is heavy: wrong cross and ball that slips into the corner where Semper cannot reach. And the laughter during the celebration says it all.
MARKERS: 17 ′ Ostigard, 74 ′ Giroud, 102 ′ Leao, 112 ′ Saelemaekers.
MILAN (4-2-3-1): Maignan; Kalulu, Gabbia, Tomori (from 24 ‘Florenzi), Theo Hernandez; Tonali, Krunic (from 62 ‘Bakayoko); Messias (from 80 ‘Saelemaekers), Maldini (from 62’ Diaz), Rebic (from 62 ‘Leao); Giroud (from 118 ‘Roback). All. Pioli.
GENOA (4-3-3): Semper; Hefti, Vanheusden, Ostigard (from 111 ′ Bani), Vasquez; Portanova (from 106 ′ Ghiglione), Badelj, Melegoni; Yeboah (from 87 ‘Pandev), Caicedo (from 63’ Right), Ekuban (from 71 ‘Cassata). All. Shevchenko.
REFEREE: Aureliano of Bologna.
WARNINGS: Badelj, Tonali, Yeboah, Ostigard, Hefti, Saelemaekers.
Leao 8 – The Portuguese striker splits the game in two and puts an important seal on AC Milan’s painful victory. He allows himself the luxury of an amazing, albeit fortuitous, goal.
Theo Hernandez 7 – The slow start is not convincing, but the Rossoneri captain grows over distance: two assists for Giroud and Saelemaekers, a lot of race on the wing and the personality of an absolute leader of a Milan that doesn’t give up even in the 120th minute.
Giroud 6.5 – Very complicated first half without chances, but Giroud knows how to impose himself over every obstacle: he engages Semper in a super save at the beginning of the second half, then signs the equalizer using Theo Hernandez’s cross.
Rebic 5 – Pioli gives him confidence, the Croatian does not reciprocate. Many mistakes in the first half and little malice: the testimony is given by two tunnels suffered in a few seconds at the hands of Melegoni and Hefti.
Ostigard 6.5 – The new rossoblù signing takes away the satisfaction of the first goal in Italy: perfect detachment on the developments of a corner kick, Theo Hernandez overwhelmed and the ball that displaces the impassive Maignan. In extra time, the Norwegian born in ’99 goes very close to his personal double.
Portanova 6.5 – Good performance by the young man from Genoa, who puts order in midfield and turns off every Rossoneri source with the right aggressiveness. The corner for Ostigard’s winning shot was his.
Issue 6 – Recently arrived at the rossoblù court, the ex Young Boys winger demonstrates the excellent qualities that had been told to us. On the wing he is almost always the protagonist, he does not lack the charisma to try the conclusion towards the goal of Maignan.
Badelj 5 – He looks like the distant relative of the midfielder admired with the Fiorentina shirt. A very long series of naiveté made him a victim of pressure from San Siro. Two lightnesses in the setting phase offer Milan a double opportunity to get back into the game.
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