AC Milan’s players had a tough opening weekend at the EUROs as all three players who played were dealt losses and the player’s performances were not benefitting their sides with Simon Kjaer being the exception with a standout display in a moment of crisis.
Hakan Calhanoglu (Lost 3-0 to Italy)
Calhanoglu occupied a blended role for Turkey between a left sided midfielder and a central attacking midfielder. He was almost entirely ineffective and he looked to be having a bad day. There were too many misplaced passes, very slow turnaround of the play and a general confusion on the attacking plan. His side struggled to feed Burak Yilmaz the needed passes to create chances in front of goal hence he discouraged a lot of Milan fans to buy into his contract renewal.
Simon Kjaer (Lost 1-0 to Finland)
Kjaer had a tough weekend but emerged as a hero for the part he played in the incident involving the collapse of Denmark international Christian Eriksen during their Euros opener. Kjaer was quick to respond when Eriksen collapsed, he prevented him from swallowing his tongue, thereafter encouraging his teammates to form a wall around the player to protect his privacy and finally consoling the wife of the player on the sidelines. Kjaer tried to continue playing but was withdrawn early in the second half as it was difficult for him to see out the game. He captained his side well through the traumatic experience but they fell 1-0 to Finland.
Ante Rebic (Lost 1-0 to England)
Rebic had an overall disappointing game against England as him and his side failed to take their chances and fell behind to an easy goal that could affect the course of their tournament this early on. Rebic needs to better adapt to playing as the sole striker and needs to make better use of the few opportunities he gets.