Montella said earlier this week that he believed Milan could still make Europa League qualification. Well, by some miracle, they took one step towards this belief.
After Napoli thrashed the heck out of Bologna 7-1 last in their last match, it was expected that the Rossoneri could do something similar. These expectations were too high.
Milan lost Alessio Romagnoli to an injury early on in the first half, and then a player to a red card in both halves. Two players, two red cards. 11 v 9. Gabriel Paletta received his second yellow card for a foul in the 36th minute of the match, however Donnarumma was able to keep Milan in the match and they went into halftime still at 0-0.
Donnarumma doing his best to keep Milan in the match:
Donnarumma FC pic.twitter.com/Bk7TV1QTwn— Paracelsus (@DoctorDrugFree) February 8, 2017
Gustavo Gomez replaced Manuel Locatelli at the break, and it appeared as though Milan may just be able to hold on for a draw.
Somehow, SOMEHOW, Bologna couldn’t score. Given a multitude of chances, and having two more men than Milan (at times, 3 more men thanks to Poli being injured), they just couldn’t capitalise.
Bologna will be regretting those missed opportunities for days. Pasalic, somehow, scored for Milan in the 89th minute. The Rossoneri overcame the two man deficit to record an unbelievable 1-0 win, mainly thanks to Donnarumma and his superb goalkeeping.
GOAL PASALIC!!!! Milan score and take the lead with 9 men!! #BolognaMilan pic.twitter.com/TYsu8jHVUr— Serie A News (@TransfersCalcio) February 8, 2017
For 89 minutes the match belonged to Bologna, until Pasalic broke their hearts and sent Milan fans into a frenzy.