Notes On A Relatively Easy 4-0 Win Vs Crotone
Still dealing with absentees in Diaz, Tonali, Bennacer and Kjear out and with Calhanoglu only able to be on the bench.
A good passing movement involving Calabria, Leao and Ibra led to the former shooting the ball in but Ibra was called offside in the action.
Crotone threatened, got the first corner of the match and came close.
In the 11th minute Theo collected the ball deep and made one of his famous runs all the way to the Crotone box, Leao’s eventual shot was well blocked.
The game settled into somewhat tame half chances but the deadlock ended in the 31st minute with an excellent one two with Leao freeing Ibra who finished very well for the lead.
The half time score was 1-0 with Rebic doing very well and Saelemaekers poor on the opposite side.
Castillejo came on for Saelemaekers for the second half kick off. The start of the second was relatively quiet until the 61st minute when a good take away led to Leao almost beating Alex Cordaz in the Crotone goal. Right after the chance the Portuguese was subbed out as Calhanoglu made a return to thhe pitch.
Moments later Rebic and Hernandez made their way through the left wing traffic, the latter crossed low for a wide open Ibra who tapped the ball in on the far side for one of his easiest goals.
It didn’t take long for Milan to score again. Hakan took a corner and Rebic jumped well and headed it somewhat easily and just over a minute later the Croat made it 4-0 when Ibra’s shot was punched out and fell to Hakan, the Turkish international crossed to Rebic who shot it in this time.
Mandzukic and Hauge came on for Ibra and Rebic.
The game moved towards the 90 with a few more half chances as Romagnoli and Calabria got yellows. The latter will miss the week 22 match at Spezia due to yellow accumulation.
The 4-0 was the season’s biggest margin for Milan.