Milan has taken an important step towards the 1/8th finals of the Champions League with a big 0-4 victory over Dinamo Zagreb. The Italian top club jumps over Red Bull Salzburg to second place in Group E. Charles De Ketelaere once again kicked off at Milan, but was substituted after a pale first half shortly after the break.

Dinamo Zagreb – Milan in a nutshell:

  • Key moment: Milan put the game in a decisive fold with a goal shortly before and shortly after the break. Gabbia sends the Italian champion into the dressing room with a good feeling, Leao can easily increase the score early in the second half.
  • Schlemiel of the match: For Robert Ljubicic it will be a night to forget. The Croat pushed Dinamo Zagreb completely into the abyss after the 0-2. First he caused a penalty, which Giroud converted nicely. Then he also made it 0-4 himself with an unfortunate own goal.
  • Remarkable: Milan ensured a very special score tonight. The visitors hit in the 39th, 49th, 59th and 69th minute. It is also only the 4th time that Milan has scored four goals in an away match in the Champions League.

De Ketelaere shares in malaise at moderate Milan

Despite the mounting criticism, also from coach Stefano Pioli, Charles De Ketelaere was allowed to start in the base at Milan. A new chance to let go of the frustrations, but also in Zagreb it was a disappointing evening for the young Red Devil.

CDK nevertheless eagerly started the match and soon brought Giroud into position after a nice infiltration in the sixteen, but the Frenchman was flagged. After just 10 minutes, Peric took a shot from Kjaer off the line and De Ketelaere’s attempt was also blocked in the restart. Immediately the young Belgian’s only goal attempt in the first half.

Just like De Ketelaere, Milan as a team could not leave its mark. Tatarusanu even had to work on a shot by Ivanusec, a dangerous shot from Ristovski was blocked by Kjaer. On the half hour De Ketelaere reappeared, but his pass to Leao didn’t look like anything. Immediately afterwards, Livakovic held Zagreb upright on a header from Giroud.

Shortly before half time, the home team had a cold shower. After an unnecessary foul by Petkovic, Tonali dropped a free kick in the box. Gabbia dived for the ball and headed Milan ahead.

Milan shifts gear, Zagreb goes head-down

The second half started with a false note for De Ketelaere, he was immediately booked for a foul on Misic. Shortly afterwards, he was sent off on the left by Hernandez and was able to strike face-to-face with Livakovic, but Peric threw himself in front of the shot. The advancing and detached Hernandez and Rebic threw their arms in the air in frustration.

Frustrations that were forgotten a little later, because after a goal shortly before the break, Milan also made one shortly after the break. Leao walked through the Croatian defense and aimed the 0-2 in the short corner. De Ketelaere was allowed to join in the celebrations for a while, but was then taken to the side in the 52nd minute.

From the bench, he watched Milan skilfully chop up Dinamo Zagreb. With some help from the home team, because after a foul by Ljubicic on Tonali, the ball went on the spot. Giroud did not miss the chance and scored the 0-3 high in goal.

Things got even worse for the unfortunate Ljubicic. Giroud was not good at Leao’s cross, but the ball hit Ljubicic’s chest and disappeared into goal: 0-4.

Giroud was still unsuccessfully looking for the 0-5 and was replaced by Origi ten minutes before the end. He immediately provided an assist for Pobega, but was offside and so the party was cancelled. Only for Livakovic Krunic had the best chance of 0-5, but he couldn’t get the ball past the goalkeeper.

De Ketelaere’s match:

  • 22 ball keys
  • 9 passes (the least)
  • 2 shots (0 framed)
  • 9 ball losses
  • 1 dribble (0 passed)
  1. second half, minute 91 match over
  2. second half, minute 90. End. Milan records a big 0-4 victory at Dinamo Zagreb and thus takes an important step towards the 1/8th finals. The Italian top club jumps over Red Bull Salzburg to second place in Group E. For Dinamo Zagreb, the story seems to be over at the championship ball. .
  3. second half, minute 88. Rebic also does his share. He can push through to the left and unload with a crossed shot, but his effort bounces wide. .
  4. second half, minute 84. Krunic misses the 0-5. Now it’s Krunic who gets a great chance to make it 0-5. He comes face to face with Livakovic, but he can actually work the shot into a corner. They can’t believe their eyes on the Milan bench. .
  5. No assist for Origi. Pobega makes it 0-5 after a clever tap from Origi, but the newly replaced Belgian was offside and so the party is canceled for Milan. . second half, minute 82.
  6. second half, minute 81. Substitution at AC Milan, Divock Origi in, Olivier Giroud out
  7. second half, minute 81. Origi is allowed to participate for a while. It was immediately Giroud’s last achievement. He is taken to the side, Origi is allowed to complete the final phase. .
  8. second half, minute 80. It just doesn’t work for Giroud. Giroud shakes his head again. Again he collides with an excellent save by Livakovic. The goalkeeper reacts excellently to the header of the French attacker on a corner. .
  9. second half, minute 75. Substitution at Dinamo Zagreb, Marko Bulat in, Josip Misic out
  10. second half, minute 75. Substitution at Dinamo Zagreb, Petar Bockaj in, Mislav Oršic out
  11. second half, minute 74. Will the home team score another goal? In any case, they do everything they can to make another honor saver. Orsic tries with a place ball, but his shot goes just wide. .
  12. second half, minute 70. Substitution at AC Milan, Tommaso Pobega in, Ismaël Bennacer out
  13. second half, minute 70. Substitution at AC Milan, Junior Messias in, Rafael Leão out
  14. second half, minute 70. Substitution at AC Milan, Fodé Ballo-Touré in, Theo Hernandez out
  15. Owngoal during second half, minute 69 by AC Milan’s Robert Ljubicic. 0, 4.
  16. second half, minute 69. Ljubicic makes things worse. Things are going from bad to worse for Zagreb. Leao leaves everything and everyone behind on the left and goes in search of Giroud. He can’t quite reach the cross, but the ball then bounces unluckily against Ljubicic’s chest. He sees how the 0-4 disappears into goal. .
  17. Giroud wants more. At Giroud, the hunger has not yet been quenched. The French attacker unpacks with a great flight shot. Livakovic is at his best and pushes the ball over the bar. . second half, minute 65.
  18. second half, minute 64.
  19. Ivanusec tests Tatarusanu. Ivanusec takes another look at the cannon. He strikes from the edge of the sixteen, but Tatarusanu goes flat. It’s a bit of desperation now for the home side. . second half, minute 64.
  20. second half, minute 59. Giroud gets the job done. Giroud does not miss the chance and aims the penalty high into the goal. Milan has its sheep on dry land and is suddenly back on track for a place in the 1/8th finals of the Champions League. .

Source: Sporza

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