Milan strengthened their Serie A title with a formidable 3-2 away win in opposition to Atalanta on Sunday night time.
Davide Calabria, Sandro Tonali and Rafael Leao scored for Stefano Pioli’s facet, with Duvan Zapata and Mario Pasalic at the online. The consequence introduced Rossoneri as much as second place within the desk – two factors behind early leaders Napoli
The guests took simply 28 seconds to open the scoring with Calabria driving by way of the objective from the fitting again and knocking residence after his first effort was saved.
Atalanta responded nicely to this early setback and Milan had Mike Maignan to thank for maintaining them within the recreation. The Rossoneri goalkeeper made good stops from Zapata and Davide Zappacosta in the midst of the primary half when La Dea threatened.
Atalanta had been pressured to recognize their waste simply earlier than the break when Tonali picked Remo Freuler’s pocket and completed calmly.
Alexis Saelemaekers must have put Atalanta up yet another, however he fired into the facet netting after breaking free on the left after 80 minutes.
Milan ultimately prolonged their benefit when Rafael Leao hit Theo Hernandez’s crossbar to proceed his advantageous begin to the season.
Before the top, Atalanta returned to some satisfaction when Zapata thumped his penalty previous Maignan after substitute Junior Messiah was penalized for a handball within the field. With seconds left to play, Mario Pasalic haunted his former membership and knocked residence to create a tense end.
Here are your Milan participant rankings from Bergamo …
Maignan was spectacular in objective / Marco Luzzani / Getty Images
Mike Maignan (GK) – 7/10 – Made three wonderful stops to preserve Milan forward in the primary half.
Davide Calabria (RB) – 8/10 – What a recreation. He bombed ahead and received his facet off to a excellent begin with a improbable objective. Injury is an actual concern.
Simon Kjaer (CB) – 7/10 – Calm and composed. A real defensive chief for this Milan facet. The efficiency was much more spectacular when he returned from damage.
Fikayo Tomori (CB) – 7/10 – Another promising show. Deserves his newest name from England to its present kind.
Theo Hernandez (LB) – 8/10 – Solid and gave his facet a lot of breadth. The supply was additionally fairly distinctive and he registered an help.
Tonali scored a uncommon objective / Marco Luzzani / Getty Images
Sandro Tonali (CM) – 8/10 – One of his finest matches for Milan. He was all over the place and deserved his objective, which got here as a direct consequence of his arduous work and intelligence.
Franck Kessie (CM) – 7/10 – All-action show. Was responsible of some negligence however matched Atalanta’s midfield for power.
Brahim Diaz (AM) – 6/10 – Nice and spirited. Looked drained in direction of the top – most likely as a result of he performed a lot soccer lately.
Rebic by no means stopped working / Marco Luzzani / Getty Images
Alexis Saelemaekers (RW) – 6/10 – Started the press with an lively show. A little bit of a waste in entrance of objective, although. A miss within the second half was particularly dangerous.
Ante Rebic (ST) – 7/10 – Led the road successfully, drove the channels and noticed many alternatives for his facet. Finished with X key cross.
Rafael Leao (LW) – 7/10 – Barely concerned in possession throughout a lot of the recreation. Improved with a devastating end within the second half.
Junior Messiah – 5/10 – The sentence was very harsh.
Ismael Bennacer – N / A
Fode Ballo – N / A
Pietro Pellegri – N / A