Milan traveled to the Bentegodi late Saturday afternoon to take on last place Hellas Verona in hopes of closing the gap to three points between them and fifth place Fiorentina.
Coming off last weeks scoreless draw against Carpi, Milan once again wasted a chance to move closer to Fiorentina and an automatic Europa League berth for next season. While the first half was fairly dull, Milan still found away to take the lead into the locker room after forty-five minutes. However, a dismal second half resulted in Milan leaving the Bentegodi with plenty of soul searching to be done as we approach the final matches of the season.
Here are the player ratings for Milan in their loss against Hellas Verona:
Donnarumma(8.0 MOTM): The unanimous best player for Milan on a very disappointing afternoon. Made a huge point blank save on Pazzini only seven minutes into the match. Most of his work was done in the lsat twenty minutes as he made save after save to preserve the 1-1 result for Milan. Unfortunatly, he could do nothing to keep out Siligardi’s extra time winner.
Abate(6.0): Milan’s primary right back but in yet another workman like effort on a disappointing afternoon. Abate showed his energy throughout the match and looked to get forward when the opportunity presented itself.
Zapata(7.5): The 29 year old Colombian international was gifted his first start under new coach Christian Brocchi. Made a critical challenge on Ionita with 6 minutes left to keep the score at 1-1 and was by far the best defender of the afternoon for the Rossoneri. Looked comfortable and concentrated throughout and was never beaten for pace by the Verona attack.
Romagnoli(5.0): The Italian U-21 international was not tested much by the Verona attack in the first half. However, the second half was a much different story, in the 72nd minute Romagnoli was deemed to have handled that ball in the box resulting in a penalty for Verona which Pazzini converted. The likes of Juanito Gomez and Romulo tested Romagnoli’s composure in the last 10 minutes.
De Sciglio(N/A): Also making his first start under new coach Christian Brocchi, De Sciglio injured his face in a tough collision with Wszolek only seven minutes in. While he was allowed to continue after almost 6 minutes of medical attention, the medical staff was not able to stop the bleeding. Therefore we are unable to assess the performance of the young Italian.
Kucka(5.0): The Slovakian put in a very sluggish performance which is very much unlike him given his form this season. Was often lost in the midfield and failed to get involved in the attack when Milan pushed forward. A disappointing performance all around for Milan’s main ball winner in the midfield.
Montolivo(5.5): An average performance for the Milan captain. Montolivo was responsible on the defensive side but failed to really create anything moving forward. Won a few challenges in the middle to retain possession but often got lost in the middle as the ball was worked around him.
Mauri(5.5): The 20 year old was given his first start of the season and battled well in midfield throughout his time on the pitch. Seemed disoriented at times in the second half and made some questionable decisions on the ball resulting in him being replaced by Luiz Adriano with fifteen minutes remaining.
Honda(5.0): The Japanese international looked good offensively in first half and it was his rebound which Menez finished off to give Milan the lead after twenty minutes. Being placed in the trequartista role, Honda did his best to create chances for both Menez and Bacca. However, it was his reckless outstretched arm the resulted in the 94th minute winner for Siligardi.
Menez(5.0): The Frenchman scored his first goal in over a year in the twentieth minute. Tapping home a spilled rebound off Honda’s effort from 20 yards out, it seemed to be a very positive start for Menez. After the goal Menez continued to look for goal but made a number of questionable decisions. The second half was a dificult one for him as he was consistently muscled off the ball by the Verona back line.
Bacca(4.5): It was simply not Bacca’s day in front of goal. Milan’s leading goal scorer wasted numerous chances throughout the match which ultimatly came back to haunt the Rossoneri. The Colombian had a great chance late on to slide the ball over to Menez to grab a late winner but completely missed the ball. Never really looked on the same page as Menez, arguably the worst performance of the season for Bacca.
Antonelli(6.0): Came on in the 33rd minute for the injured De Sciglio. Offered much more going forward delivering many quality crosses in hopes of Milan grabbing a second goal before halftime. Controlled the left flank well until late on when Verona started controlling the game late on.
Luiz Adriano(5.5): Was substituted on for Jose Mauri in hopes of strengthening the attack for a late winner. Put in a good effort with only 15 minutes of time but found it difficult to create a chance.