Milan escapes the ‘scudetto’. From leading to being at the expense of Inter to not be, if he wins tomorrow in his visit to Parma, 6 points behind the head after suffering an unexpected setback against Udinese at San Siro (1-1). With just one win in the last 4 days, Stefano Pioli’s team has squandered much of their hopes of winning Serie A for the first time in ten years.
Ibra in the stands
Zlatan Ibrahimovic, injured on Sunday in the victory against Roma (1-2), made a hiatus in his controversial participation in the Santremo Festival to assist helplessly in the stands to the Milan debacle, which missed his goals.
The first part was soporific and played at a slow pace. A thick Milan, without a Hakan Çalhanoglu also injured in Rome, did not have depth on the wings against a Udinese that was limited to accumulating troops in the center. In the absence of football and notable actions in both areas, some hard tackles took the game out of the monotony.
Romagnoli avoids the 0-1 on the line
After the break, the game was animated and Udinese did not take the lead in the 48th minute when Roberto Pereyra intercepted a bad transfer from Theo Hernandez to Gianluigi Donnarumma and his center of the back line was headed by Ilija Nestorovski, but Alessio Romagnoli Providential, he took the ball in the same line.
Milan reacted with a double chance, but then the figure of goalkeeper Juan Musso emerged, deflecting a shot from Soualiho Meïté over the crossbar and, in the ensuing corner, repelled Franck Kessié’s header (52 ‘).
Becao opens the scoreboard
If in the first half he had not stepped into the area, Udinese sowed panic on the few occasions that he approached in the second and, after Fernando Llorente jumped onto the field, he took advantage of a set piece to score with the complicity of Donnarumma. Rodrigo Becao headed a corner, Nestorovski did not touch the ball and the goalkeeper ‘Rossonero’ had no reflexes to shake it off (68 ’).
Milan had more than 20 minutes to react but the responsibility of knowing that their hopes of winning the ‘scudetto’ were hanging by a thread weighed on them and they showed an alarming lack of resources to overcome Udinese’s solid defensive device.
Larsen ‘gives’ a point with an absurd penalty
And Milan was lucky that in the last play of discount Jens Stryger Larsen committed an absurd penalty by clearing a cross from Ante Rebic with his hand raised. He was converted by Kessié and avoided the most absolute debacle of the ‘Rossoneri’.
Milan: Donnarumma; Kalulu (Calabria, 63 ‘), Kjaer, Romagnoli,
Theo Hernandez; Tonali (Meïté, 46 ‘), Kessié; Castillejo (Saelemaekers, 75 ‘), Brahim Díaz (Hauge, 63’), Rebic;
Udinese: Musso; Becão, Bonifazi, Nuytinck; Molina, De Paul, Makengo (Fernando Llorente, 56 ‘), Arslan (Walace, 71’), Zeegelaar (Larsen, 71 ‘); Pereyra (Samir, 82 ‘); Nestorovski
Goals: 0-1 Becão (68 ‘), 1-1 Kessié (pen.) (97’)
Referee: Davide Massa. Cards: YELLOWS: Rebic (24 ‘), Theo Hernandez (32’), Zeegelaar (54 ‘), Romagnoli (92’), Kessié (93 ‘)
Stadium: Behind closed doors at San Siro