AC Milan looked poor for much of the game, but in the end a Suso free kick was enough for Milan to share the points with Real Betis Balompié in today’s Europa League match played at the Estadio Benito Villamarín.
Milan would go down early, as Real Betis would take the lead in the 12th minute. After pouncing on a turnover, the Betis players gave a masterclass in attacking movement which led to a goal being scored by Giovani Lo Celso.
In the first 30 minutes, Betis made 285 passes, while Milan made 121 https://t.co/dJrj7s0zAN— Milan Eye (@MilanEye) November 8, 2018
To say that Real Betis looked more comfortable on the ball is a huge understatement as they seemed to toy with Milan at times, and easily could have had two more goals if not for last-ditch defending or back luck. Antonio Sanabria had a shot that literally went inches wide of the post in the 27th minute.
Milan did get a free kick in a dangerous position after Tiemoue Bakayoko did well to make a good move to get free outside of the Betis box, but the free kick didn’t really result in anything and Milan were unable to get anything on the board.
Milan started to play better in the second half as the team started to wake up and look for a response to Betis’ opening goal.
as a small consolation, bakayoko has been looking more comfortable/confident as he gets more appearances. Not a replacement for Biglia by any means, but still a positive— demo (@demosthenes_4) November 8, 2018
One of the positives from the match was the play of Tiemoue Bakayoko, who has started to look more comfortable the more he has played. He had his best game in a Milan shirt against Udinese, and he was actually pretty decent for Milan against Betis, or at least one of the better players while much of the team played pretty poorly.
Milan would score a goal a goal in the 62nd minute from a Suso free kick. Suso had gone close only minutes earlier and after Mateo Musacchio won a free kick outside of the box, Suso’s free kick flew into the top corner of the net. Bakayoko missed a header, and he’ll probably say it was on purpose, but his open look froze the keeper and the ball went just over Bakayoko’s head and past the keeper.
Terrible collision between #Kessie and #Musacchio.— SerieAchannel (@SerieAchannel) November 8, 2018
Both teams frantically calling for the medic, both #Betis and #Milan medic run onto the pitch. Mateo will be taken off, Romagnoli on.
1-1 | 81' #BetisMilan #UEL pic.twitter.com/Oa8AHkp9SW
Franck Kessie collided with Musacchio in the 79th minute and would be taken off on a stretcher, as players from both teams immediately waved to the sideline after Musacchio went down. Kessie was also injured on the play, but he was fine to continue. It appeared that Musacchio was knocked out on the play, as Kessie’s forehead had made contact with what appeared to be the temple area of Musacchio’s head and the Spaniard was limp with his eyes closed on the ground after the collision.
Pepe Reina would make a fantastic save to deny an almost certain equalizer for Real Betis, but Milan were able to keep Betis from scoring any more goals.
To add to the injury totals, Hakan Calhanoglu limped off in the 80th minute and looked injured. Ignazio Abate had come on earlier for Diego Laxalt and so Gattuso was forced into his final change as Andrea Bertolacci came on for Calhanoglu for the remainder of the match and stoppage time.
Kessie would go down injured in stoppage time as well, but he was good to continue and the match ended in a one-all draw, with the additional injuries being the bigger story than the result.