AC Milan Primavera have now gone four matches without defeat, with the Rossoneri picking up a solid point against an Atalanta side in the same area of the table today. Following Michelis’ early goal, Gyabuaa equalised in the second half as the two teams played out a 1-1 draw. It was a fair result after an even encounter where good football was played and various chances were created. More positive signs for Coach Giunti’s side, then, who have added to their tally after drawing against Roma and Genoa and beating Cagliari.
Particularly noteworthy was Nikos Michelis’ performance: the Greek defender scored his second goal of the season and made at least three decisive interventions. The other members of the Diavolo’s backline – Stanga, Coubis and Oddi – also did well, while Frigerio and Mionić displayed real selflessness in midfield. The Rossoneri now sit on 24 points in the league ahead of their big showdown against Juventus next Saturday.
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Giunti made two changes to the side he selected against Cagliari, with Stanga and Tonin both named in the starting line-up. After a slow opening ten minutes where both teams looked to figure one another out, AC Milan struck the first blow: Michelis met El Hilali’s corner and headed home to give the Rossoneri the lead. The Diavolo sought to build on their early advantage, with El Hilali getting into threatening positions with 21 and 26 minutes on the clock. The hosts almost levelled matters in the 35th minute, when Cortinovis hit the post. Then, Michelis did well to get in the way of attempts from Kobacki and Sidibe after 39 and 42 minutes respectively.
Atalanta went on the hunt for an equaliser after the restart, but the centre-back pairing of Stanga and Michelis ensured that efforts from Vorlicky and Kobacki in the opening ten minutes of the half came to nothing. The home side continued to push forward and found the net in the 69th minute, when Gyabuaa finished off Scalvini’s assist following a corner. Despite having been pegged back, AC Milan ended the match well. After 82 minutes, Frigerio let fly with a fine right-footed strike, forcing Dajcar into a difficult stop. Then, an 89th-minute counter-attack involving the substitutes Nasti and N'Gbesso ultimately fizzled out, with the latter just failing to strike at the right moment. The very last attempt of the match came from Vorlicky for the hosts, but Jungdal denied him in stoppage time.
ATALANTA 1-1 AC MILAN
ATALANTA (4-3-1-2): Dajcar; Ghislandi, Scalvini, Šutalo (79' De Nipoti), Ruggeri; Gyabuaa, Zuccon (31' Giovane), Sidibe; Cortinovis; Kobacki, Vorlicky. Subs.: Sassi, Scanagatta, Hecko, Renault, Ceresoli, Grassi, Bonfanti, Giovane, Oliveri, Mehic, Falleni. Coach: Brambilla.
AC MILAN (4-3-3): Jungdal; Coubis, Stanga, Michelis, Oddi (59' Obaretin); Frigerio, Brambilla, Mionić; Tonin (59' Nasti), El Hilali (46' Robotti), Roback (74' N'Gbesso). Subs.: Moleri, Desplanches; Kerkez, Filì, Tahar, Saco, Cretti, Tolomello. Coach: Giunti.
Referee: Delrio from Reggio Emilia.
Goals: 10' Michelis (M), 68' Gyabuaa (A)
Booked: 74' Giovane (A), 85' De Nipoti (A)
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