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Match Recap and Milan Player Ratings: Juventus 2-1 Milan

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A great game overshadowed by the refs

Juventus v AC Milan - Serie A Photo by Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images

After weeks of poor performances AC Milan finally showed that they are capable of playing with the best of the best in Serie A. Milan came out with energy and kept pressure on Juve for most of the first half. Finally their pressure paid off as the snake Leonardo Bonucci gave the ball away right outside the Juve box where Bakayoko intercepted it and gave it to Piatek to finish. Before this play there was an obvious handball in the box that was not called. Nonetheless Milan were up after 45 minutes.

During the second half Milan were slower but still looked deserving of a result. In soccer however, it only takes a few mistakes to lose a match. That mistake came as Musacchio tackled Paulo Dybala in the box which resulted in a penalty. Dybala stepped up to the spot and buried it. It still seemed like Milan could draw or maybe even win. The referee decided to take control of the game as he missed many calls include a foul in the Juve penalty area late in the game. Another AC Milan mistake cost them as they turned it over in the defensive end and Juventus capitalized. Like many other games in Turin the refs played a big role in deciding the fate of the match.

Now let’s look at the individual player ratings. Be sure to sound off in the comments below and follow us on Twitter @SBNRossonero

STARTING LINE-UP

Pepe Reina: Coming in for the injured Gigio Donnarumma, Reina played a fairly good match. Reina was not at fault for either of Juves goals. He was aggressive when needed to be and solid in situations that could have gone bad for Milan. 6/10

Davide Calabria: Calabria was having a solid game until he costly gave it away. Being pressured in his own end Calabria served the ball up on a platter to Pjanic who found Moise Kean who found the back of the net. 5/10

Mateo Musacchio: Well this was a game to forget for Musacchio. He was the main cause for the first Juve goal by fouling Dybala in the box and giving up a penalty. Musacchio got beat almost all of the second half and was made to look like a fool by Moise Kean on numerous occasions. 4/10

Alessio Romagnoli: For the majority of the game the defence for Milan was solid and Romagnoli played a big hand in that. Again Romagnoli did not let a single player dribble past him. Romagnoli was tested when an energetic Mosie Kean came on late but in one on one situations Romagnoli held his ground. 6/10

Ricardo Rodriguez: This game saw Rodriguez return to his normal form and back to playing good football. He looked composed on the ball again and made many crucial tackles that saved Milan from conceding. 6/10

Franck Kessie: Kessie showed how vital he is to the success of Milan in this game. Kessie does not do anything flashy but does all the little things that help Milan run a fluid system. A right side of Conti/Calabria, Kessie and Suso when playing well is deadly against any team. 6/10

Hakan Calhanoglu: A good performance from Hakan in this match as he continues to prove he should be playing in the central of midfield. He continues to work hard every match and his work rate on both ends of the field prove beneficial to how Milan played for most of the match. 6/10

Tiemoue Bakayoko: Reverting back to his regular position in central midfield Bakayoko fought with everything he had in this match. He was the reason for the first goal scored by Milan and he controlled the midfield during the whole match. This is a player Milan need to buy as he has only got better with time. 6.5/10

Fabio Borini: Lord Borini got a surprise start in this match. Surprisingly Borini did not have a disastrous game. Like usual he tracked back on defence and his effort was unmatched. Offensively he did not contribute much but at the same time did not hurt the team in the final third. 5.5/10

Suso: This game seemed to bring Suso a bit out of his recent poor form. By no means is Suso back to where he was before this slump but this game was a performance in the right direction. As Milan continue to be decimated by injuries Suso will be vital in the last weeks of the season. 6/10

Krzysztof Piatek: Going back to a 4-3-3 formation Piatek was again left alone up top. This game saw Piatek score again after a beautiful Bakayoko interception. Piatek played well in this match and at times is able to hold up play and distribute the ball to the wings. 6/10

SUBSTITUTES

Samu Castillejo: Coming on for Suso in the 76th minute Castillejo did not have much of an impact on the match. He barely saw any of the ball and was dispossessed numerous times. However controversially he was brought down in the box and not awarded a penalty. 5/10

Patrick Cutrone: Coming on with only 5 minutes left in the match Cutrone did not have much time to make an impact. Cutrone used this short time wisely as he made a few plays that led to some Milan chances. 5.5/10

This team continues to fight through injuries and poor officiating. We have seen in the last few weeks Milan getting absolutely no calls especially in the penally box as Milan have been awarded few penalties all year. This performances continues to shine hope that Milan can make it to Champions League. This next game against Lazio will be vital to the season.