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Milan Player Ratings: Milan 3-3 Roma

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The referee makes a mockery of the match

AC Milan v AS Roma - Serie A Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images

After beating Celtic 3-1 in the Europa League, AC Milan turned their attention to Roma. Milan had shocking news on match day where they saw both Gianluigi Donnarumma and Jans Petter Huage test positive for Covid-19. With Gigio testing positive Stefano Pioli had no other choice but to put in Ciprian Tatarusanu. Milan started off the match absolutely boom as they scored 2 minutes in with a beautiful assist by Rafael Leao and nice finish from Zlatan. However, Roma responded nicely gaining a large possession of the ball and creating scoring chances. Roma equalized off a corner and a mistake by Tatarusanu. Like Roma, Milan answered back nicely attempting to create chances to put them up a goal. Milan had some chances of their own but could only muster hitting the post. A back and fourth 45 minutes saw the match tied.

Now the second half was extremely eventful to say the least. Two times in the second half Milan took the lead and both times Roma fought back to tie the match. The match ended up as a draw but that isn't the biggest story of the match. The biggest story of the match was mistakes by both the referee and Milan. This referee was god awful and made so many mistakes for both sides. The penalties on both ends were clearly not penalties but the referee decided to give them anyway. Plus there were calls that just left you shaking your head. If I was rating the ref he would have scored a 0/10 and I’m being generous. Another story of the match is that Milan made too many mistakes. Mistakes by the keeper and defending set pieces really cost Milan against Roma.

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STARTING LINE-UP

Ciprian Tatarusanu: As a veteran Tatarusanu should be better than that. He should have done much better on Roma’s first goal. At other points in the match he gave up juicy rebounds that eventually lead to a gifted Roma penalty. 4.5/10

Davide Calabria: Calabria was completely lost today. He had a string of good matches but against Roma it stopped. He had some moments of good defending but the majority of moments he was getting killed by the Roma left side. 5.5/10

Simon Kjaer: Kjaer played well but he was still at fault on one of Roma’s goals. He should be doing better defending a set piece and it was disappointing to see him making that mistake. 6/10

Alessio Romagnoli: Like Kjaer, Alessio had some good moments but he also had a moment that allowed Roma to score. Yes, Tatarusanu should have got the ball but Romagnoli should have defended Dzeko better. 5.7/10

Theo Hernandez: Lately Theo has been awful on both ends. He is either just in a rut at the moment or fatigue has taken over him. As my commentators mentioned he didn't look like he wanted the ball. This could be because throughout the match none of his passes found their target. 5.5/10

Franck Kessie: Franck continues to be so vital to the team. Throughout the match he broke up the play from Roma. His presence in the Milan midfield is a key for the team. 6.5/10

Ismael Bennacer: Bennacer was good for the most part but there were some times in the match where he was overpowered trying to defend the Roma players. But overall a positive performance. 6.4/10

Alexis Saelemaekers: Saelemaekers had a nice goal in the match but other than that he didn't offer much to the team. Every pass from Saelemaekers was not on point and this cost Milan a few scoring opportunities. The right side of the team has to be better. 5.7/10

Hakan Calhanoglu: Calhanoglu recovered fairly quickly from his ankle injury but he didn't have much of the impact for much of the match. Usually Hakan is lively and all over the pitch but against Roma he didn't look for the ball. Maybe we can chalk this up to injury. 6/10

Rafael Leao: Rafael Leao has instances of pure brilliance on offence. Both of his assists were superb and great to see. However Leao needs to be more consistent and make the easy pass. To go along with that the pressing of Leao leaves much to be desired. The talent is there for Leao he just needs to put it all together. 6.5/10

Zlatan Ibrahimovic: Zlatan just can't stop scoring and his age isn't effecting him. Without his holdup play Milan could be lost on the offensive end. 6.5/10

SUBSTITUTES

Samu Castillejo: All I saw Samu do was run and track back on defence basically. Aside from a few crosses inside the box he didn't offer much. 6/10

Rade Krunic: I don't think Krunic at CAM is what Milan needed against Roma. Krunic just doesn't bring offensive creativity to the Milan side. 6/10