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AC Milan vs Udinese 1-1 Player Ratings

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AC Milan went ahead early thanks to a wonderful Suso goal, but could not hang on in the second half as they conceded the equalizer with 10 men to leave Udine with a point.

Here are the Rossoneri player ratings from their 1-1 draw with Udinese.

Gianluigi Donnarumma (7): The teenager made three key saves throughout the keep the Zebrette in check, but conceded an unlucky own goal in the second half via deflection that ultimately was the difference between three points and just the one.

Ignazio Abate (6.5): A decent performance from the veteran right-back. Abate charged forward often and did well enough on the back end with three tackles.

Leonardo Bonucci (6.5): Milan’s captain was overall solid today, passing with an 81% accuracy and executing six long balls. Udinese’s late goal came off the former Juventus defender before taking a glance shot off Donnarumma into the net.

Alessio Romagnoli (7): The young Italian defender stood out as Milan’s best performer in the back today. Quick to clear his lines and working well to initiate from the back with Bonucci, Donnarumma and the rest of the defensive line. He also was a force in the air, winning four aerial battles.

Davide Calabria (5.5): The young 21-year-old defender was playing on par for the most part, but committed two yellow cards that forced Gattuso’s hand in the second half to play a bit more cautiously instead of attacking the win.

Franck Kessie (7.5): It was another strong performance in the middle of the park for the Ivorian who has come to life under Gattuso’s guidance. Two aerial battles won and four tackles to hold down the Milan midfield.

Lucas Biglia (6): Overall, an underwhelming day at the office for the Argentine ‘regisa’. Too complacent in picking his passes and resorted to playing the ball back to a defender facing pressure. Milan’s midfield needs much more from Biglia moving forward.

Giacomo Bonaventura (6.5): All in all, Bonaventura fulfilled his handed assignment today, retaining possession, winning fouls and combining well with left-winger Hakan Calhanoglu on his way to an impressive 93% passing.

Suso (8) MOTM: The Spaniard broke his scoreless drought in a massive way with a 9th minute screamer from way out. On the ball, Suso was the skilled, tricky winger making things happen in the final third with two dribbles and plenty of crosses.

Andre Silva (6): We saw signs of what Andre Silva could bring from the start of the match; supportive in the buildup, skilled on the ball with good footwork and winning fouls. The Portuguese did have one good look in the first half that could have resulted in his first Serie A goal, but was unable to head his chance past the keeper. Milan fans hope that despite failing to get on the scoresheet, Silva can build off this performance going forward and prove to Gattuso he deserves more minutes.

Hakan Calhanoglu (6): The Turkish playmaker has come into positive form lately, and is growing with every match, but today, he was less impactful than what we’ve seen in recent weeks as he couldn’t really work his way into the game.

Substitutions

Luca Antonelli (6): The Italian came on in the 71st minute to replace Bonaventura and provide defensive cover in the back after Calabria was sent off. Antonelli only had a handful of touches but did enough in the penalty area on corners to clear the danger.

Nikola Kalinic (N/A): The Croatian had one decent look in the final portion of the match after Kessie swung in a solid cross, but was unable to get it on target.

Fabio Borini (N/A): The former Sunderland and Roma man did not get on the ball enough to properly assess his performance.

Gennaro Gattuso (7): The fiery Milan manager did well to get his team prepared for this match after the mid-week draw with Lazio in the Coppa Italia, but probably leaves this match disappointed in not picking up the away victory. The Rossoneri won the possession battle, and did well enough defensively, yet weren’t clinical enough in the final third to ultimately get all three points.

Senior Editor and Social Media Manager of Italian Football Daily. Milanista from New Jersey, USA. Follow me on Twitter at @Matt_Santangelo.

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