Notes On A Big Chance Thrown Away With A 0-0 Versus Cagliari
Ibra was the only player missing for Milan.
Rebic had an early half chance with the weak shot missing the far side but overall Milan had more of the ball while Cagliari looked organized. Saelemaekers forced a good Alessio Cragno save from long range as Milan continued the upper hand without too much threat.
Cagliari grew as the half went on but Milan attempted dangerous balls and had two chances to open the scoring from a freekick. Donnarumma didn’t look very secure when the ball found its way to the Milan box.
The 0-0 half time score was frustrating but also an indication that Leonardo Semplici had his team well organized.
leao came on for Saelemaekers for the second half. The team seemed nervous and clumsy with the ball.
The best chance of the game fell to Cagliari. Leonardo Pavoletti had a close range header saved well by Donnarumma. The defending was lackluster. Cagliari were now dominating possession.
Donnarumma made another excellent save from a Diego Godin header while Castillejo, Meite and Dalot replaced Diaz, Bennacer and Calabria.
Castillejo missed the goal with a close shot from a cross and Calhanoglu wasted more than one chance. More shots and chances were wasted or missed. Milan huffed and puffed. Madzukic, a useful tall forward, was brought with only 2 minutes of regular time left.
Samu worked hard at least but nothing came of the final minutes of possession.
The 0-0 was a very big chance thrown out to for all intents and purposes get back to the Champions League. It was now left to the final week meeting with Atalanta.