Player ratings like Rossoneri keep the Champions League dream alive


Milan live and kick in the Champions League this season after a late goal from Junior Messias gave them an important 1-0 victory over Atletico Madrid on Wednesday.

The victory means that there is a three-way, matchday six play-off between Rossoneri, Atletico and FC Porto in Group B to decide who will join Liverpool’s jumping leader in the last 16.

The first half was a crazy deal with clear chances for a prize. There were only six goal attempts in total, which brought together an xG value of only 0.27.

Rodrigo De Paul fired a long shot that never seemed to bother Ciprian Tatarusanu, while Pierre Kulu saw a shot from inside the penalty area saved by Jan Oblak.

Immediately after the break, Thomas Lemar finally found a gap in the midfield and he broke through before shooting a tame effort against the goalkeeper.

Shortly after the hour, it was Milan’s turn to threaten the Atleti goal, with Simon Kjaer nodding just over from Theo Hernandez’s free kick. Rossoneri went even closer 10 minutes later with substitute Tiemoue Bakayoko who got his shot from inside the area blocked on the line by Stefan Savic.

Milan would have another almost miss with five minutes left to play when Zlatan Ibrahimovic slipped through before he saw his effort spectacularly kept away by Oblak. Seconds later, however, they scored with Junior Messiah nodding Franck Kessie’s excellent post in the unguarded net.

Matheus Cunha then dismissed a golden opportunity to equalize before the end, and got completely wrong on his feet when he tried to hit Marcos Llorente’s post.

A dramatic final in Group B will see Porto – who lost to Liverpool 2-0 tonight – start the final match day one point ahead of both Milan and Atletico in second place.

This is how both sets gave players ratings …

Savic did well / Quality Sport Images / GettyImages

Jan Oblak (GK) – 6/10 – After a quiet night, he was called to action at the end and made two good saves.

Stefan Savic (CB) – 7/10 – Made an important block to deny Bakayoko at the end. Atelti’s best defender but could not prevent the defeat.

Jose Gimenez (CB) – 6/10 – 71% passing accuracy is a bit worrying. Lost the Messiah for the goal too.

Mario Hermoso (CB) – 6/10 – Tried to help in possession whenever possible. Involved in the balls up that led to Milan’s goal.

Koke enjoyed the pin of the match / OSCAR DEL POZO / GettyImages

Marcos Llorente (RWB) – 6/10 – Huffed and inflated by the impact was minimal. Unconvinced that this is his best role but must tonight.

Thomas Lemar (CM) – 6/10 – Surprised that he was taken off when he most likely seemed to force something out for the visitors.

Koke (CM) – 6/10 – Horrible, nasty player. He must be a nightmare to face.

Rodrigo De Paul (CM) – 6/10 – The bright spark in an offensively bad first half. Did his best to gain ground with very little space to work in.

Yannick Carrasco (LWB) – 4/10 – Very quiet. Gave away the ball a lot too.

It was a tough night for the attackers / David Lidstrom / GettyImages

Luis Suarez (ST) – 3/10 – Barely included in the game. When he got the ball, he should have done more.

Antoine Griezmann (ST) – 5/10 – More involved than Suarez. He looked more likely to make something happen as well.

Angel Correa (CM) – 5/10

Renan Lodi (LB) – 5/10

Matheus Cunha (ST) – 2/10 – Unforgivable miss at the end.

Sime Vrsaljko (CM) – N / A

Geoffrey Kondogbia (CM) – N / A

What a match / Denis Doyle / GettyImages

Ciprian Tatarusanu (GK) – 6/10 – Excellent. He’s a very capable substitute for Mike Maignan, not because he had so many chances to prove it.

Pierre Kalulu (RB) – 6/10 – A threat in the last third. Have not asked too many questions by Carrasco.

Simon Kjaer (CB) – 8/10 – Good leadership at the back. He is a real elite defender.

Alessio Romagnoli (CB) – 8/10 – Impressive in the absence of Fikayo Tomori. Authoritative in its defense and spotless in possession.

Theo Hernandez (LB) – 7/10 – Shook off an early shot to play well. His delivery was excellent.

Kessie was stylish on the bowl / Soccrates Images / GettyImages

Franck Kessie (CM) – 8/10 – So rarely gave away the ball. You can see why he is a wanted man. Set the winner.

Sandro Tonali (CM) – 7/10 – Enjoyed the midfield battle during the first half, with two interceptions and three tackles. Took off at the hour.

Rade Krunic (CM) – 5/10 – Nothing to report at all. At least he didn’t go down without explaining himself first.

Giroud was put through the ring by the Atleti defense / David Lidstrom / GettyImages

Brahim Diaz (RW) – 5/10 – Atleti shut him down with a series of offenses. Six, to be exact.

Olivier Giroud (ST) – 4/10 – Comically isolated during large parts of the game. Fought hard but fed off leftovers.

Alexis Saelemakers (LW) – 4/10 – Full of energy and pressed well but the offensive performance was poor. However, got gas on the fans at the end.

Zlatan’s hopes for the Champions League remain in pace / Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno / GettyImages

Tiemoue Bakayoko (CM) – 3/10 – Missed a golden chance after coming in. Thankfully for his side, it did not matter in the end.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic (ST) – 6/10 – Denied by Oblak twice. Probably overwhelmed by not having won it for his side. After all, he is a lion.

Junior Messiah (CM) – 7/10 – A very unlikely hero for his side.

Alessandro Florenzi (RB) – 6/10

Ismael Bennacer (AM) – N / A

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