Notes On A 2-0 Win At Cagliari With More Selection Headaches
An injury riddled line up missed Theo, Bennacer, Calanoglu, Rebic, Saelemaekers, Gabbia and Leao. The latter due to suspension.
Early minutes most of the action was in Cagliari’s half. Diaz buzzed around well and in the 7th minute Charalambos Lykogiannis made contact with Ibra in the box, a quick check VAR check awarded the penalty which somewhat surprisingly Ibra took himself. It was converted for the lead.
In 24th minutes Calabria took a long shot that forced Alessio Cragno into a diving save. In the 36th minutes he was close again, he got his left foot following a scramble in the box and hit the post.
Cagliari got into the match more late in the first and on one move Romagnoli got a yellow for blocking Cagliari player, a yellow which means he will be suspended for week 19 versus Atalanta.
The second half started with Kalulu replacing Kjaer.
Ibra scored on a good run from a long Calabria pass but the 52nd minute goal needed VAR review to confirm the Swede was an just level.
Perhaps Cagliari’s best chance came in 63rd minute hen Giovanni Simeone made it through the central defense but Donnarumma blocked his shot well.
Saelemaekers made his injury return for a mostly uninvolved Hauge. In the 72nd Meite his Milan debut coming on for Tonali. Saelemaekers’ return was short lived as he got an almost immediate yellow for a high foot and a second soft yellow to earn himself a red.
As Cagliari found more room and had a penalty claim Conti came on for perhaps his final minutes in a Milan jersey.
The match finished with another 2 goal game for Milan with plenty of selection headaches yet to come.