Europa League, the moviola of Milan and Lazio

During Arsenal-Milan the race director Eriksson grants a non-existent penalty to the Gunners. In Dinamo Kiev-Lazio does not convince Gil Manzano: oversight on the hand of Boyko

Arsenal-Milan – There is a huge black hole in the direction of Eriksson: Arsenal concedes a non-existent penalty on indication from the additional Ekberg. From the series: how to ruin a match and direct the qualification. Perhaps it is the case that the Uefa accelerates the Var project because it is so badly misused: a replay was enough to notice the colossal topica. Welbeck collapses to the ground, late, after Rodriguez’s caress. Simulation evident to be punished with yellow and instead is rewarded with a penalty that puts the English back on track. Eriksson is not new to stuttering directions: yesterday was repeated even on small episodes. On the rest, just after 1-1 Silva turns to the door and the carambola ball on the knuckles of Chambers and then ends up on the arm (wide) of English: we are evaluating it involuntary. In the second half (still on 1-1) Silva always comes into contact with Bellerin in the area: doubtful episode and certainly here the penalty could also be there. Okay, instead, the yellow for simulation shown to Suso.

Dinamo Kiev-Lazio – The management of Gil Manzano is not convincing. At 25 ‘Immobile finds himself without a shoe when he falls in the area, for a touch of Burda on the heel but out of 16 meters: there was still no punishment, not assigned. The most serious mistake on 43 ‘: Boyko overtaken by the lob Immobile touches with his hands outside the area. It would have been punishment from the limit and red for the goalkeeper. Ignored also a tripping over Felipe Anderson penetrating the trocar at half-time.


Milan, Gattuso: “The referee can make mistakes like any other player”

The Milan coach is proud of his: “We showed great solidity, I liked the personality of the team”

Gennaro Gattuso can not be happy. He has also played in the United Kingdom (in Scotland, with the Rangers shirt in the ’97 / ’98 season) and has touched English fair play. He who did not want to believe when he saw the referee Eriksson indicate the spot on the 38th minute. His Milan took the lead at the Emirates Stadium and was putting pressure on Wenger’s Arsenal. Here, from here he wants to restart the Rossoneri coach. From the attitude of Bonucci and his teammates to three-quarters of the race: “I’m proud of my guys and the performance we did in this stadium, we lost the shift at home, what really made me angry is that we do not have to We must play 90. I am nervous about the final result: we must not give up like we did tonight, taking the 3-1 final “.

the penalty for the arsenal – A hint to the offense penalty, however, does: “The players are wrong and, therefore, the referees can also make mistakes.” I do not want to talk about their work tonight. Then a few words on the singles: “Kalinic did not do the preparation, when he is physically good he can give us a big hand, we have three worthy strikers, I will make them rotate, they just have to be ready and work very seriously”. Donnarumma was not precise about the second goal of the Gunners: “Gigio has to raise his head, it was a single episode, he must not be put off, he is one of the best goalkeepers in the world. the rumors of Reina’s arrival or not “. The conclusion is aimed at the season finale: “There are no league matches and an Italian Cup final, we are a young team: we can certainly do more, we showed great solidity tonight and I liked the team’s personality”.

Player ratings – AC Milan 1 – 0 Inter: Donnarumma’s dream debut

AC Milan came out on top in the Coppa Italia quarter-final clash against Inter thanks to a goal in the 104th minute by Rossoneri wonderkid Patrick Cutrone.

After both teams failed to score over 90 minutes despite both sides having enough chances to seal the victory, in the end, AC Milan finally broke the deadlock when Patrick Cutrone took advantage of a mistake in the Nerazzurri defence. Given how the match played out, it was a deserved victory for Gattuso’s Milan who looked like they wanted to win more, whilst Inter looked tired and were on the back-foot but the Nerazzurri had their chances, with Joao Mario squandering an absolute sitter.

AC Milan:

Antonio Donnarumma – 7,5: What a debut by the AC Milan third-keeper whose performance was anything but that of a third-keeper. Shaky start but grew into the match and in the end gave a Man of The Match performance.

Ignazio Abate – 6: Did his duties well both offensively as well as defensively, especially in the first half. Had to be brought off early in the second half due to an injury.

Leonardo Bonucci – 5.5: The weakest link in the Rossoneri defence, missing simple passes, as well as being caught out of position time after time. Former AC Milan coach Fabio Capello said about him that “he is a good passer of the ball, but he does not how to defend.”

Alessio Romagnoli – 7: Was Milan’s defensive pillar and cleaned up behind Bonucci time and time again. Kept Icardi quiet for the entire match, which says it all.

Ricardo Rodriguez – 6,5: A solid performance by the Swiss international. Missed one or two crosses where he should have done better, but overall did well.

Franck Kessie – 7: Lungs of steel. Ran tirelessly throughout the entire match illustrating why Milan broke the bank to sign him from Atalanta. Best performance since signing for Milan.

Manuel Locatelli – 5.5: Did not have a great evening, losing a lot of balls in midfield as well as being too rash in challenges which forced him to concede unnecessary free-kicks. Brought off in 73rd minute.

Lucas Biglia – 7: Starting to look like the player Milan thought they had signed from Lazio. Hardly put a foot wrong, dictated the tempo of the Rossoneri’s midfield and demonstrated the intelligence he has. Gave his best performance in a Milan shirt.

Suso – 6,5: AC Milan’s own Mr. Derby lived up to the expectations in a derby yet again. Although not as dominant as is previous derbies he oozes class, brilliance and possesses the ability to do the unexpected.

Nikola Kalinic– 6: Had a decent first half where he forced Handanovic to make a couple of good saves. As the match wore on, he grew more and more tired resulting in him being more and more anonymous. Brought off in the 76th minute for Cutrone.

Giacomo Bonaventura – 6: Played 1-1 vs Joao Mario in missing an absolute sitter. Is an irrational player, but struggled offensively so instead he put in a decent shift to help the team.   

Substitutes: Davide Calabria (6,5), Hakan Calhanoglu (6), Patrick Cutrone (7).


Samir Handanovic – 6: Did what he needed to do but like rest of Inter looked tired causing him to make simple mistakes. No chance on the goal.

Joao Cancelo – 6.5: Inter’s best player on the night. Starting to show his qualities offensively as well as defensively. Form is on the rise.

Andrea Ranocchia – 6: The former Inter captain did well, keeping things simple as well as keeping a cool head. Solid performance.

Milan Skriniar – 5,5: Given the high level of performances he has spoilt Inter fans with this season, last night was a step in the wrong direction. 

Yuto Nagatomo – 6: Matched Suso preventing the Spaniard from giving a stellar performance in yet another derby. Has been Inter’s best and most consistent left full-back so far this season.

Roberto Gagliardini – 5,5: Not at all the type of performance Inter needed to see from the former Atalanta player. Brought off in 75th minute for Marcelo Brozovic.

Matias Vecino – 6: Such an important player for Inter, linking up defence with attack and despite not having the best of nights he never stops trying.

Antonio Candreva – 5: Usually Inter’s Mr. Derby, but was completely out of form throughout the night. The fact that he wasn’t the worst Inter player of the night speaks volumes as to the Nerazzurri’s performance. 

Joao Mario – 4: Absolute shocker. Painful to watch. Had his chance to prove why he should play more but probably played himself out of the starting line-up for a long time, if not forever, if transfer rumours are to be believed. Replaced in 67th minute by Borja Valero.  

Ivan Perisic– 4.5: Probably his worst performance since joining Inter. Unable to do anything of consequence despite playing 120 minutes. Should be benched until he regains his form, but unlikely given the lack of squad depth.

Mauro Icardi – 5: See above re Perisic. Inter need their captain during the most critical part of the season, who instead looks tired and out of form.

Substitutes: Borja Valero (6), Brozovic (5.5), Eder (5).