AC Milan fall to Juventus 2-1 late as a controversial penalty is converted by Paulo Dybala, extending the Bianconeri’s home win streak to 31.
Here is how we rated the individual performances of the Rossoneri on Friday.
Gianluigi Donnarumma (9.0) MOTM: What more can be said about Milan’s superstar keeper? Donnarumma made nine saves Friday night, keeping the Rossoneri in this one with his incredible work in goal. Late-game controversy aside, the 18-year old did everything imaginable to earn a result, making him the easy Man of the Match winner.
Cristian Zapata (6.5): All in all, it was a serviceable performance by Zapata who played as a right-back. Marko Pjaca and a few others got the best of him at times, but the Colombian did what he could given the environment he was placed in.
Gabriel Paletta (6.5): Milan’s back line was tasked with absorbing heavy pressure throughout, and Paletta remained strong enough to earn a good rating.
Alessio Romagnoli (7.0): Romagnoli, as the defensive playmaker in the back, did well in initiating from the back, all while executing some timely challenges. His yellow card, however, means he will miss the next match v Genoa.
Mattia De Sciglio (7.0): A solid game for Milan’s captain in the left-back position. De Sciglio kept Dani Alves in check, making a few clinical tackles and clearing his lines in pressurized situations.
Jose Sosa (7.0): Easily Milan’s best midfield performance came from their regista. Sosa seldom gave away possession, something that was truly needed especially with Kucka starting from the bench. He played the simpler balls, and occasionally, picked out a teammate with a riskier one.
Andrea Bertolacci (6.0): An improved second half was not enough to salvage his rating. Bertolacci earned a few fouls in tight areas, but the former Genoa midfielder simply could not leave his mark on this one.
Mario Pasalic (6.0): The Croatian, like Bertolacci, could not settle into this match. At times, he looked very nervy in possession, often rushing his ball when he perhaps had another touch in him to play a more accurate pass.
Lucas Ocampos (6.0): In relief of Suso, Ocampos immediately had his work cut out for him. He worked hard, often trying to invite his teammates to press Juventus in the second half, but the attacking element to his game never really came out.
Carlos Bacca (7.0): We knew possession would favor Juventus, and that Bacca’s touches were going to be limited. However, late in the first half, he did well with his best chance, scoring Milan’s only goal with a composed finish past Buffon. Perhaps Bacca’s confidence is back?
Gerard Deulofeu (7.0): Since arriving on loan, Deulofeu has provided a different element to Milan’s attack. Direct runs combined with blistering pace made him one of the Rossoneri’s main outlets today, applying pressure in the attacking phase. His run and assist to Bacca was yet another instance of Deulofeu’s good run of form since his January move.
Andrea Poli (7.0): Poli did exactly what he was asked: work. Upon his arrival to the pitch early in the second half for Bacca, the Italian held his own, keeping his cool in possession and playing the safe ball.
Juraj Kucka (7.0): Most felt the Slovakian should have started from the jump, and based on his performance off the bench, there is a strong case to made. Kucka slowed the game down when needed and did well to retain possession in both halves.
Leonel Vangioni (n/a): The Argentine was not on the pitch long enough to make a proper assessment.