A good performance from AC Milan Primavera, who won their first point in the Youth League by drawing 1-1 with Atlético Madrid at Vismara. Antonio Gala's first goal of the season, coming at the end of the first half, cancelled out the initial opener scored by El Jebari. The Rossoneri were determined and proactive in the second half as they went in search of the goal that would give them all three points against a high-level opponent, while they defended tidily and repeatedly proved dangerous on the counterattack.
Giunti's team put on an excellent showing, displaying some progress after last weekend's league defeat against Atalanta. Of particular note were excellent individual performances from Di Gesù, who provided the assist for Gala to make it 1-1, together with Alesi, who could be found everywhere from deep in midfield to the attacking phase, as well as Bosisio and Coubis in defence. The Rossoneri will pause their commitments for the moment due to the international break: the next fixture will be in the league, against Napoli at Vismara on October 15 at 15:00 CEST.
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Coach Giunti made some changes to the team that lined out in the last round of the championship, as Alesi, Roback, and Capone lined up as the attacking trio for the first time, much like Obaretin and Bosisio in the centre of defence. The Rossoneri started well, dominating the first quarter of an hour with Gala going close in the 6th minute and a right-footed shot from outside the area by Capone in the 14th. Eventually, the guests came out fighting, first hitting the crossbar with Martín in the 21st minute and then taking the advantage with a goal in the 22nd minute, as El Jebari’s shot from inside the box was too good for Desplanches. Atlético had taken control of the match, but AC Milan would show up in the 39th minute with Di Gesù trying his luck from range, and then in the 44th minute the Rossoneri equaliser arrived: Di Gesù read the incisive run of Gala who didn’t tremble in front of Iturbe and ended the first half with a goal
The Rossoneri believed in themselves and brought on an attacking substitution as Rossi replaced Bright at half-time. In the 47th minute, Capone was set up by Bozzolan but his right-footed effort was deflected away. Atlético responded with Martín: in the 50th minute, he brought a great save out of Desplanches, and in the 60th minute the away number 9 was anticipated well by Bosisio before he could get his kick away. After numerous substitutions the Rossoneri regained courage, coming close to making it 2-1 as Alesi took a shot that skimmed off the far post. AC Milan believed in it, and had the last chance in injury time: in the 93rd minute, Rossi had the chance to finish off a counter attack from close range but his shot was blocked by the host defence. Final whistle.
AC MILAN 1-1 ATLÉTICO MADRID
AC MILAN (4-3-3): Desplanches; Coubis, Bosisio, Obaretin (87' Nsiala Makengo), Bozzolan (70' Kerkez); Bright (46' Rossi), Di Gesù, Gala; Alesi, Roback (64' Amore), Capone (70' Foglio). Subs.: Pseftis; Björklund. Coach: Giunti.
ATLÉTICO MADRID (4-4-2): Iturbe; Diez, Boñar, Camara, Navarro; Alb. Moreno (92' Valdera), Barrios (82' Gismera), Serrano (82' Curras), Corral; Martín, El Jebari (75' Vilan). Subs.: Alv. Moreno; Kostis, Ricoy. Coach: Ortega Garcia.
Referee: Miroslav Zelinka (Czech Republic).
Goals: 22' El Jebari (A), 44' Gala (M).
Booked: 24' Obaretin (M), 58' Corral (A), 70' Capone (M), 86' Foglio (M).
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