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Milan Player Ratings: AC Milan 2 - 0 Benevento

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An important three points kicking off the final five games of the season.

AC Milan v Benevento Calcio - Serie A Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images

AC Milan beat Benevento 2-0 at the San Siro to ensure they go into the Juventus game at least on level terms with the Bianconeri. Milan welcome back Romagnoli and Ibrahimovic as Hernandez and Calhanoglu score. Here are out player ratings for the game:

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STARTING LINE-UP

Gianluigi Donnarumma: He looked unburdened by the Captain’s armband amidst this contract saga and wasted really tested much. Another clean sheet in the bag. 6/10

Diogo Dalot: A hit and miss game from the right back. He pushed forward well but was often dispossessed and struggled to track back. 5.5/10

Fikayo Tomori: He was tested quite a bit by Lapadula, he did well on occasion to deter his attempts but seemed slightly nervy on other occasions. 5.5/10

Alessio Romagnoli: A solid return for the Captain, his presence was felt throughout the game and defensively he had a pretty quiet game as Benevento often opted for the long shots. 6.5/10

Theo Hernandez: That goal was the epitome of stat-padding for the left back. He was struggling to make runs forward and was challenged a couple of times on the counter. 6/10

Franck Kessie: A pretty good performance outside of the one big slip up. His fake step-over led to the first goal and he set up Ibrahimovic and Saelemaekers with good passes into the box. 7/10

Ismael Bennacer: Another rough match for Bennacer. He picked up a silly yellow card which forced his withdrawal at half time but was largely unable to hit his stride. 5/10

Alexis Saelemaekers: What a player. He struggles technically but works so incredibly hard that it compensates. He could have scored twice in the game but was let down by his touch, he did provide an assist for the first goal though. 7/10

Hakan Calhanoglu: He is getting back to his old self. It was another wasteful performance in general but he took the important chance to open the scoring and did set up his teammates throughout the game. 6.5/10

Rafael Leao: So much talent but such inconsistent delivery. His dribbling was amazing but the final touch whether the shot or the cross or even the pass just wasn’t good enough. 5/10

Zlatan Ibrahimovic: He brought the team back but seemed too focused on personally getting a goal. He wasted a number of really good opportunities but made the right runs and created space. 6/10

SUBSTITUTES

Sandro Tonali: He slotted in really well and despite a few naive errors really controlled the midfield and did well to get the ball moving up the pitch. 6.5/10

Ante Rebic: A couple of good runs, he brought in some pace to the attack. Similar to Ibrahimovic was too eager to take the shot and could’ve done better with some patience. 5.5/10

Samu Castillejo: Strange cameo, he wasted a few good positions with his indecision then committed an inexplicable foul to rule himself out of the Juve game. 4.5/10

Davide Calabria: He didn’t do much in his 15 minutes, there were some hasty tackles when being hit on the counter but nothing of note. 5.5/10

Brahim Diaz: Almost dribbled his way through the entire defence to score but again just gets brushed off the ball more often than not. N/A

Manager

Stefano Pioli: Solid win to boost the confidence of the squad ahead of Juve and simultaneously puts pressure on Atalanta, Lazio, Napoli and Juventus to win today. Odd substitutions given that Diaz, Mandzukic and Hauge needed the minutes more than Rebic and Castillejo. All in all, a relatively straightforward one. 6/10