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Milan Player Ratings: AC Milan 1 - 2 Atletico Madrid

A good performance from the players but the referee ruined the encounter.

AC Milan v Atletico Madrid: Group B - UEFA Champions League Photo by Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images

AC Milan face Atletico Madrid in the second group stage match of the Champions League at the San Siro. Milan came in with an incredible attitude and showed their European DNA but the side were robbed by the horrific officiating of Cuneyt Cakir. Milan received a red card in the 30th minute and were slammed with an unfair penalty after the 90th minute to steal a win where the Rossoneri were dominant.

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STARTING LINE-UP

Mike Maignan: The keeper had a rough day at the office. He was beaten with a late effort that was a defensive error and went the wrong way for the penalty in the dying minutes. A tough pill to swallow for him. 6.0/10

Davide Calabria: A solid performance from the defender, he held up well against the pressure throughout the game and was a terror in the first half. 6.5/10

Fikayo Tomori: A strong display from the centre back who is easily showing that he is one of the best defenders around. His pace stifled Suarez and his strength overwhelmed Felix for majority of the tie. 7.5/10

Alessio Romagnoli: A good match for 84 minutes but one slip up and he gifted the goal to Griezmann. He lost focus and hesitated when it counter most and this hurt us. 5.5/10

Theo Hernandez: Not much to say. He sprinted up and down the pitch but did not create much. He tried to force a goal late on but counted make it work. 5.5/10

Ismael Bennacer: One of his best performances this season, he used his pace well and held up the ball as needed. His passing broke the lines and set up the attack for most of the first half. 7.0/10

Franck Kessie: He looked uncomfortable from the start but was playing well using his physicality to overpower the Atletico midfield. He received no warning and two harsh yellow cards to get sent off and put the side in a pinch. 5.0/10

Alexis Saelemaekers: What a laborious performance from the right winger. He was shattered by the end as he was all over the place pressing high. 6.0/10

Brahim Diaz: What a player he has shown himself to be. He is incredible on the ball and his dribbling is a sight to behold. He managed to pick up an assist again and was one of the most threatening on the pitch. 7.0/10

Rafael Leao: What a performance from the youngster. He finally showed what he is capable of. He scored a lovely goal and then almost pulled off some magic for another with an overhead kick. He used his pace well and was good with his passing and shooting. 7.5/10

Ante Rebic: A disappointing game for him as he was prematurely withdrawn from the game. He was doing well up until that point but also picked up a yellow for his protest. 5.5/10

SUBSTITUTES

Sandro Tonali: He showed his class coming off the bench. He tirelessly pushed the Atletico midfielders and was driving some counters forward. Good show. 6.5/10

Fode Ballo-Toure: He looks very rough and not on the same page as the rest of the squad. He has good pace but is not doing much with the ball when he gets it. 5.0/10

Pierre Kalulu: He brought some dynamism to the play and allowed the game to speed up when he came on. His passing is getting back to last season’s level as he sets up the play well up front. 6.5/10

Alessandro Florenzi: His two snap shots aside, he didn’t fit in to the set up. 5.5/10

Olivier Giroud: Another player who looked lost on the pitch. He tried to hold up the ball but was too far up the pitch when everyone else was defending. 5.5/10

MANAGER

Stefano Pioli: What a shame for him. He did well to start off with the selection and the tactics pressing Atletico and taking control. He reacted well to the sending off and his changes allowed the team to stay in it but the final ten minutes showed fatigue and poorly executed defensive plan that came under increasing pressure. Good job overall but maybe taking off Diaz and Leao was not well timed. 7.0/10