It was a draw that didn’t affect their position in the group, enabling AC Milan to remain in second, and therefore in a qualifying place; however, Lille remain top of the group, one point ahead, and Sparta Praha sit in third, one behind. After the 1-1 result at the Pierre Mauroy, the Rossoneri rose to seven points following a difficult game that, at times, lacked menace. At the end of matchday 4 in Group H of the Europa League, let’s take a look at some statistics that came from the pitch:
1- AC Milan scored their first goal against Lille in a European Competition in 316 minutes (no goals scored in the first three encounters).
2- AC Milan’s goal was their only shot on target during the game.
3- Excluding the qualifiers, AC Milan have scored in seven consecutive away games in European competitions for the first time since December 2009.
4- For the first time since last June in the Coppa Italia (against Juve), the Rossoneri were unable to score at least two away goals, putting an end to their streak of thirteen away games with more than two goals to their credit.
5- Today's AC Milan starting eleven is the fifth youngest lineup seen so far in this season's Europa League (average age of 23 years and 360 days).
6- Following Castillejo's goal, there have now been twelve AC Milan goal scorers this season, at least two more than any other Serie A outfit. Samu scored his second goal in the Europa League today, 1687 days after his first one scored in a Villarreal kit (April 2016).
7- Simone Kjær made 118 passes at the Pierre Mauroy; a record in a single match for the Danish defender since he signed for AC Milan.
8- Theo Hernández and Ismaël Bennacer both played their 50th match today in the Rossoneri shirt across all competitions.
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