Mar 032021
 

Romagnoli made a return to the starting 11 along side Kjaer, the latter fell injured at an early Milan corner but was able to stay on. The team missing Ibra and Calhanoglu.
Much of the early minutes had Udinese sitting back with compact lines and happy to have Molan probing. In the 20th minute Diaz tested Juan Musso in Udinese goal and more like his quick movement looked to be needed.
It took until the 40th minute for the next notable chance, Castillejo beat the Udinese well and his low shot was saved. In between the action several niggling fouls and questionable calls were made.
The 0-0 half tie score was very indicative of the half.
Meite came on at the half for Tonali. Surely Tonali was injured otherwise there was little reason to withdraw him.
Soon after Romagnoli saved a goal off the line after a Theo back pass had gone awry.
The livelier minutes continued as both goalies were tested and saved well.
Calabria and Hauge came on to try to change the game. The latter making a very rare appearance.
It was Udinese who took the lead however. A cross into the box was headed in by Rodrigo Becao and eluded all including Donnarumma in somewhat bizarre fashion. The goalkeeper’s sight was at least partially blocked.
Saelemaekers came on Castillejo as Milan searched for a goal.
Udinese were reduced to 10 men as recent sub Samir went down injured and Udinese had used their 3 sub periods, not 3 subbed players, this being a pandemic era subs rule.
The game was heading for a very poor loss when Jens Stryger Larsen raised hi hand way up and the cross hit his hand fro one of the clearest penalties.
Kessie converted with his trademark cool way and salvaged a point.
The last kick of the game did not hide the fact Milan were extremely disappointing. A 1-1 draw was flattering and poor.

 Posted by on March 3, 2021

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