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Rossoneri Round-up for February 16th: Ricardo Rodriguez backs up his talk with a goal

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Ricardo Rodriguez said Wednesday in an interview that other teams “feared” playing Milan in the Europa League.

And while it was easy to dismiss his words as bluster, or even pan his comments as potential to motivate Ludogorets, he put his, um, foot where his mouth is, as he scored the second goal for the Rossoneri after coming on a substitute in the second half.

Looks like Gattuso’s instructions to not look past Ludogorets were listened to by the players on the team, especially considering the other results from Serie A teams in the Europa League.

On to the links.

AC Milan and Italian Football Links

Milan beat Ludogorets 3-0 in Bulgaria, setting them up very nicely for the return leg of the tie at San Siro. [AC Milan Offside]

Napoli didn’t fare nearly as well as Milan, as they lost to RB Leipzig in the first leg of their Europa League tie. [The Siren’s Song]

Atalanta was denied a draw against Borussia Dortmund thanks to the heroics of on-loan Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi. [Fear The Wall]

Mauro Icardi and Ivan Perisic are both doubts for Inter Milan’s fixture against Genoa this weekend. []

World Football Links

Santos Laguna proved once again that their hot start to the Clausura season was no fluke by dispatching Club León 5-1. [FMF State of Mind]

Arsenal also took care of business in the first leg of their Europa League tie, overcoming Östersunds FK in Sweden. [The Short Fuse]

Can’t make this stuff up. One of the former owners of Portsmouth FC in England, Sulaiman Al Fahim, has been jailed for stealing the £5 million he used to buy the club from his wife. []

Callum McGregor scored a late goal and Celtic FC beat Zenit St Petersburg in their first round tie at Celtic Park. []