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Milan Player Ratings: Milan 1-0 Sparta Prague

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The young guns catapult Milan to finish top of the group

FBL-EUR-C3-SPARTA PRAGUE-MILAN Photo by MICHAL CIZEK/AFP via Getty Images

After securing a spot in the next round of Europa League, AC Milan had the luxury of giving young talent vital minutes for growth. This young Milan group looked confident and energetic in their play. For a match that didn't mean a lot to either team, it was competitive and at times very feisty. Milan opened up the scoring in the 23rd minute with another outstanding effort from Jans Petter Hauge. In the first half Milan were the team with the better chances but couldn't take advantage of those opportunities.

The second half was a more back and fourth affair with both teams having chances. As the second half went on more reckless challenges started to happen. Eventually this ended with a Sparta Prague player getting a red card in the 75th minute. From that point on Sparta Prague actually looked like the better side but Ciprian Tatarusanu denied them of any goals. In the end, the kids got it done and secured Milan’s place at the top of the group.

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STARTING LINE-UP

Ciprian Tatarusanu: Tatarusanu played a very good match. I wouldn't say he made up for the stinker against Roma but he did make crucial saves that ultimately won Milan the match. 6.5/10

Andrea Conti: This was Conti’s first game back from injury and he didn't look that great. He looked even slower than he was before and defensively he was a bit of a step behind. 5.5/10

Leo Duarte: Against Sparta Duarte was actually not terrible. He was more composed than usual but still nothing from him jumped out as overly impressive. 6/10

Pierre Kalulu: What an overall solid debut for Pierre Kalulu. I was impressed by how poised and confident he played. Kalulu surely showed his promise. 6.5/10

Diogo Dalot: In my opinion Dalot has been better on the left as to the right. In this match he joined in on the attack beautifully and had nice link up play with Hague. However there were a few moments of questionable defending. 6.3/10

Rade Krunic: Krunic got another chance to prove that he could play in the defensive midfield. He did better in this match but still doesn't offer anything great to Milan. He did look more mobile though but once he was playing in the attack then he started making poor decisions. 6/10

Sandro Tonali: This is the Tonali that Milan fans want to see. He was active in this match on both ends of the pitch. He fought well in the midfield and his passes were so crisp. He was the one pushing the play forward even if the Milan attackers couldn't find the final touch. 7/10

Samu Castillejo: Samu was ok but like Krunic nothing amazing. He had a few good moments on the ball but his decision making in the final third was questionable. 6/10

Daniel Maldini: I think it is clear that Daniel is not ready for prime time yet. He wasn't quick enough on the ball and at times was too tricky for his own good. A loan spell would help. 5.5/10

Jans Petter Hauge: Another great performance from Hauge. The kid continues to impress and continues to score. Just wait till he reaches his potential. 7/10

Lorenzo Colombo: Colombo didn't show much during his time on the pitch. You can see he is strong but needs time, like Maldini a loan might be a good option. 5.7/10

SUBSTITUTES

Rafael Leao: Leao came on and looked tired and sluggish. He was also fairly wasteful in the final third, constantly slipping. 5/10

Franck Kessie: Kessie came on to steady the ship and he did exactly that. 6/10

Brahim Diaz: N/A