Notes On A 2-0 Win Versus Bologna

Milan started with their not exactly appealing olive green third kit. On the pitch however there was more excitement as De Ketelaere got his first start in Diaz’s spot. Giroud started in Rebic’s spot as well.

The first few featured little more than passing and probing by both teams.

De Ketelaere assisted Leao to open the scoring. The Belgian won the ball just inside Bologna’s half then ran centrally and found Leao on the left. The Portuguese’s almost nonchalant shot somehow beat Lukasz Skorupski in Bologna’s goal. Meanwhile Kalulu was showcasing his prowess while Messias was disappointing on the other end.

Giroud came close to doubling Milan’s lead in the final minute of the first but his low shot after a scrambled play was just wide. Leao could have done the same following a counter but the goalkeeper easily blocked his shot.

The early minutes of the second changed little. The action was mostly farther away from the goals with few chances. The second goal came courtesy of a clearance mistake and Giroud’s acrobatics. The Bologna defender’s attempted clearance fell to Leao who shot towards the right of Bologna’s goal and his shot was diverted in by a jumping Giroud.

Perhaps looking forward to the midweek game and busy schedule coming up a triple sub followed the second goal. Pobega, Adli and Saelemaekers for CDK, Bennacer and Messias. Adli was therefore making his Milan debut.

In the 68th Bologna came close to scoring after an unorthodox looking freekick but the ball just missed the post.

Ballo Toure replaced Theo a bit later as the Frenchman was feeling the effects of a rough looking game. Gabbia replaced Tomori in the final minutes as well.

In the 85th minute Adli had a good chance when his close range jumping shot was denied by Skorupski.

Milan recorded the first shut out and seventh point of the season.