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)