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Milan Player Ratings: Milan 3-2 Hellas Verona

Milan show heart and determination at the San Siro

AC Milan v Hellas Verona FC - Serie A Photo by Emmanuele Ciancaglini/CPS Images/Getty Images

After what felt like an eternity on international break, AC Milan returned to action against Hellas Verona. The first half for Milan was just like the ending too Romeo and Juliet, completely tragic. Milan looked extremely sluggish and couldn’t string passes together if their life depended on it. In just the seventh minute Verona took advantage of a Milan mistake in the defence and took the lead. The goal against didn't light a fire under Milan and instead they looked disjointed. In the 24th minute Verona struck again with a penalty kick to double their lead. At the break Verona were up 2.

To start the second half Milan continued with their sluggish play but as the half went on you could see the fight and determination of the team. In the 59th minute Milan finally broke the seal with a Giroud header that found that back of the net, this was the spark Milan needed. In the 75th minute Milan were on the attack again and of all people Samu Castillejo was taken down inside the box. Kessie bravely stepped up to take the penalty and he cooly converted levelling the score at 2. In the 78th minute it was Samu again who put a cross into the box that was ricocheted into the back of the net by the Verona defender. With that goal Milan sealed the victory 3-2.

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STARTING LINE-UP

Ciprian Tatarusanu: Tata came in and did his job, he wasn't spectacular but he also didn't make any glaring mistakes. 6 /10

Davide Calabria: Calabria continues his solid form on both ends of the pitch. I felt in the first half he was one of the few players that really showed that they wanted to win as he had a few runs which created chances. 6.5/10

Fikayo Tomori: Tomori great once again. On the first Verona goal he was a bit slow to react but it was also a fluke play so I don't blame him much. I also love how passionate he is on the pitch. You always see him show emotion. 7/10

Alessio Romagnoli: I thought Alessio was good and the penalty on him was bit harsh. He does have to do a better job at reading still but overall solid job. 6.5/10

Fode Ballo-Toure: This was a disaster for Ballo-Toure. He was making mistakes left and right on the pitch and was clearly one of the slops of the match. Ballo-Toure can’t have performances like this, especially in the absence of Theo. 4.5/10

Ismael Bennacer: Defensively Bennacer was a monster in this match, mainly in the second half. His last second tackles really gave Milan the fighting spirit to go on and fight. There were a few times that he scared me as he was careless on the ball. 6.5/10

Franck Kessie: Franck put in a good shift again mainly in the second half. He wasn't overly amazing but he did his job in many areas and it is nice to see him score the penalty, now all he has to do is sign the contract extension. 6/10

Alexis Saelemaekers: Like Ballo-Toure, Alexis didn't have the best of matches. He misplaced many passes and his dribbling was very off. Dissapointing after just signing his extension. 5.5/10

Ante Rebic: Rebic looked fairly good for the 30 minutes he was on the pitch. However, he got hurt and it seems like he shouldn't have been risked for this match. 6.5/10

Daniel Maldini: Daniel was pretty much absent for his time on the pitch. Aside from his one volley, I didn't notice him at all and many times he left Giroud isolated up top. 5/10

Oliver Giroud: This was a hard match for Giroud to get involved in. For the fist half he wasn't a factor but as Milan got more into the match he became more of a focal point. He had a great header to spark the comeback. 6/10

SUBSTITUTES

Rafael Leao: Leao was a game changer and he continues to grow into the player that Milan thought he would be. Leao had the assist to Giroud and had the pass leading to the Castillejo foul. 7/10

Samu Castillejo: After all the trash that I threw on Casti, he won this match for Milan and credit to him. He showed his heart and was involved in two goals that turned the tide of the match. After the match he was crying on the pitch that shows how much this meant to him. 7.5/10

Rade Krunic: Krunic put in a steady shift and it seems that he has grown a bit to become a solid player. Of course, he isn't going to wow but he is versatile, especially in a injury crisis. 6.5/10

Zlatan Ibrahimovic: Ibra didn't do a whole lot when he was on the pitch but it was good to get him on the pitch again. 6/10

Sandro Tonali: N/A

Manager

Stefano Pioli: Pioli didn't get it right with the starting lineup and tactics at the beginning of the match but he adjusted and made the right adjustments. His subs turned the tide of the match and really punched Hellas Verona in the face. Pioli and his subs have been perfect so far this season. Hopefully that continues and he keeps growing tactically. 7/10