Notes On A Disappointing 1-1 Tie At Lille
Injury enforced changes meant a 4-2-3-1 that looked more like a 4-3-3 with Rebic operating as a withdrawn center forward or left winger.
The first half was mostly ineffective with neither team creating anything early and Milan ended the half with zero shots on goal.
Tonali in particular remained a point of concern, unable to pass well and unable to keep it simple. Hauge getting a first start was mostly invisible and was eventually substituted.
The second half brought on an immediate redemption. Deep in Milan’s half Tonali found the ball passed long to Rebic who ran forward with Castillejo. The Croatian passed the ball to the Spaniard who scored smartly evading the tracking defender.
A brief period of livelier play followed but without too much threat on either goal.
After a throw in deep in Milan’s half Lille equalized, it seemed as if the whole of Milan’s 11 fell asleep as the ball found its way to the penalty spot and Jonathan Bamba beat Donnarumma.
Expected subs like Diaz and Krunic changed little. The former easily lost the ball trying to do too much.
The team ran out of gas late as a not so energetic Lille retained possession in the hopes of late win.