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Milan Player Ratings: Milan 2-2 Genoa

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Milan drop points in a disappointing effort

Genoa CFC - AC Milan - Serie A Photo by Paolo Rattini/Getty Images

After dropping points against Parma on Sunday, Milan had the opportunity to right the ship and get a victory against struggling Genoa. Injuries to key players saw Milan lineup with a starting eleven that wasn't the strongest and a makeshift back line that included Pierre Kalulu playing centre back. Nonetheless AC Milan had to go out and win this match. Other than the match actually starting there wasn't much of note in the first half. Milan had two chances, one from Rebic and the other from Romagnoli but they couldn't capitalize. Into the half the match was tied 0-0.

The second half on the other hand had a lot more action and goals. Just two minutes into the second half former Milan player Mattia Destro pounced on a rebound and scored to put Genoa up 1-0. Milan decided to answer 5 minute later as Davide Calabria struck the ball perfectly into the bottom corner to level the match at 1. Milan then took the opportunity to bring on some substitutes to inject some life into the squad. However, it didn't pan out that way as Mattia Destro scored again to put Genoa up 2-1. It didn't seem like Milan were going to crawl back into the match but thankfully the team found life. On a corner in the 83rd minute Pierre Kalulu found the ball at his feet and snuck it into the net to level the match up at 2-2. Unfortunately Milan were unable to get the 3 points and settled for another draw narrowing their lead at the top of the Serie A table.

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STARTING LINE-UP

Gianluigi Donnarumma: Gigio played fine again in this match. Both goals he couldn't be blamed for but he did make a great save on an attempt by Gianlucca Scamacca. 6.5/10

Davide Calabria: Calabria is turning into a monster. He continues to put in great performances. His strike was a thing of brilliance. However at the end of the match he shouldn't have taken that long range attempt. 7/10

Pierre Kalulu: Kalulu had a Jekyll and Hyde match. His aggressiveness was very nice to see but in the air at his height it was hard for him to defend. Also his strength against the Genoa strikers was an issue. However he does show promise and he did score. 6/10

Alessio Romagnoli: I thought that Alessio had another good performance. He could have done better with marking on Genoa’s first goal. If he was tighter to the striker then Genoa wouldn't have be given a golden opportunity. 6/10

Diogo Dalot: Dalot didn't impress me in the slightest in this match. He didn't bring that speed and energy that we've seen from him in the past. He was mediocre at best. 5.5/10

Franck Kessie: Franck played an ok match but not amazing. Like Romagnoli he could have had better marking on Genoa’s first goal. Kessie not tracking back as much could be a sign of his fatigue playing so much this season. 6/10

Sandro Tonali: Like Franck, Sandro wasn't expectational. He defended well in the middle of the pitch but some of his passes were off and not finding their target. This is going to be his time to shine with Bennacer out. 6/10

Samu Castillejo: Samu has a great work rate and is very good tracking back but his good qualities stop there. On the ball he is so wasteful and at times so selfish. Right wing is a desperate need. 5.5/10

Hakan Calhanoglu: Hakan is very frustrating to watch because he sees and attempts the pass that is needed but he can't find that touch to release the attacker. Also he is wasteful at times giving the ball away too easily. 6/10

Rafael Leao: Leao was tried both at left wing and striker against Genoa. He was ineffective in both positions. In this match I saw little fight from Leao and it costed him almost all of his offensive opportunities. 5.5/10

Ante Rebic: At this point I feel bad for Rebic. He had a beautiful individual effort but he couldn't score. Hopefully Ibra gets back so he can move to left wing again. 5.5/10

SUBSTITUTES

Jans Petter Hauge: I felt that Hauge was struggling again versus a tightly packed defence. Although he did have one golden chance that just narrowly missed. 5.7/10

Alexis Saelemaekers: Saelemaekers came on and played a bit better than Samu. He was swinging in cross but nobody could get on the end of them. 6/10

Brahim Diaz: I actually thought Brahim brought life and energy to the team once he came on. He was good on the ball trying to break through the Genoa defence. 6/10