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Milan Player Ratings: AS Roma 1 - 2 AC Milan

Milan pick up a crucial three points ahead of the derby.

AS Roma v AC Milan - Serie A Photo by Danilo Di Giovanni/Getty Images

AC Milan took on AS Roma at the Stadio Olimpico and dealt the side a massive blow ending their unbeaten run at home and ending Jose Mourinho 43 game unbeaten run at home as well. It was a good night as Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored his 400th domestic league goal and his 150th in Serie A. Milan win 2-1 and announce themselves as the team to beat in the race for the top four this season.

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STARTING LINE-UP

Ciprian Tatarusanu: His is growing in confidence with each game and pulled off lots of routine saves in this one but also some stunning ones. Nothing he could do on the El Shaarawy goal but held up well and deserved more. 6.5/10

Davide Calabria: Another convincing display from the right back as he grows as a defender and as a leader. He largely kept Vina out of the game and Mkhitaryan was anonymous because of his aggressive approach. He drove us forward on multiple occasions and is whipping in really nice crosses. 6.5/10

Fikayo Tomori: Tomori held up well but in all honesty looked edgy in the first half with a couple of mistakes. He looked sharper in the second half but not his best performance. 6/10

Simon Kjaer: MOTM. What a game for the Dane which was exemplified by his top notch goal saving clearance on Zaniolo’s header. He was decisive throughout the game and kept the lines clear for most of the game. He had the awkward clearance on Pellegrini late on but regardless was solid and kept Abraham silent. 8/10

Theo Hernandez: What an immature performance from a key player. Ridiculous tackle to get sent off and he kept making the same mistakes of running into a wall throughout the game. Flop of the match as he put us in a unneccesarily difficult position. 5/10

Ismael Bennacer: He is such an underrated player. His interceptions and passes forward were vital to both our moves going forward that resulted in goals. He does so well to disposses players and close down spaces quickly. 7/10

Franck Kessie: The President is hitting his stride again. He was a menace in the midfield bullying Zaniolo, Pellegrini, Veretout and Cristante. He was cool as ice on the penalty and played his role well dropping deep to defend. Top notch performance. 7/10

Alexis Saelemaekers: A mixed game for the Belgian. He has not looked his best since the renewal and similarly struggled to make things work in this game. 5.5/10

Rade Krunic: Krunic is doing well to fill in for Diaz without any creativity. His movement and passing is not special but keeps things moving along. He managed to always be the extra man in the box or pulling a defender which has opened space for Leao and Ibrahimovic which was needed. 6/10

Rafael Leao: Leao humiliated Rui Patricio only for it to be called offside. The audacity to lob the keeper and easily finish it off shows his confidence and growth under Pioli. He was the attacking threat for us and did his job well create chances and stressing out Karsdop. 6.5/10

Zlatan Ibrahimovic: What a clinical game from the 40 year old. Brilliant free kick. Stunning assist for Leao but was chalked off, Incredible second goal but also chalked off and wins the penalty for our second goal. All in just 58 minutes. 8/10

SUBSTITUTES

Olivier Giroud: Struggled to contribute due to the red card but did not help much as he failed to hold up the ball. 5.5/10

Fode Ballo-Toure: An odd performance as he seemed to lose his progress from recent games. He wasted some good opportunities on the counter and was rather easily beaten by Zaniolo and Peres. 5/10

Tiemoue Bakayoko: Solid performance from the midfielder as he showed how well he can be to manage the midfield. He frustrated the attackers forcing them to resort to long shots for a good 10/15 minutes and pulled off great tackles. 6.5/10

Sandro Tonali: Quiet performance. He focused on positional play as opposed to his usual aggressive physical style but did his job. 6/10

Alessio Romagnoli: A shame his clearance led to the goal but was otherwise good. He drove forward well and make some good blocks keeping Tatarusanu covered. 6/10

Manager

Stefano Pioli: He outplayed Mourinho. He chose to attack knowing well that Roma would sit back and his gamble paid off as Ibrahimovic was clinical in front of goal and to be honest Roma got lucky not to concede many more. Only criticism on his part was that he should’ve subbed Hernandez off at the 60th minute. He was already booked and Zaniolo kept pestering him, that forced the uncomfortable finish. 7.5/10