Scudetto holders Milan dropped their first set of points in Serie A this season as Atalanta managed to hold onto a 1-1 scoreline on their home base.
Labelled as one of the most intriguing encounters of the weekend, the game between Milan and Atalanta saw spectators in droves filling the seats at Gewiss Stadium. In the 29th minute, the Rossoneri were handed the first setback of the night, with Ruslan Malinovskyi finding the opener from Joakim Mæhle’s delivery.
In the second half, Stefano Pioli shifted his focus toward the bench to shake up the play’s mood. Alexis Saelemaekers, a second-half substitution for the visitors, showed his presence of mind and tracked the ball that was a lost cause to those Atalanta defenders. Retrieving the position, the Belgian found Ismaël Bennacer, whose curling effort restored parity in the game.
Rossoneri and La Dea pushed their limits and tried to salvage that decisive goal, but the referee blew the final whistle, with the clubs sharing the spoils at the end. Here are the player ratings from Milan’s 1-1 draw against Atalanta.
Atalanta: Musso (6.5); Toloi (6), Demiral (6.5), Djmsiti (6.5); Hateboer (6), De Roon (6.5), Koopmeiners (5.5), Maehle (6.5); Pasalic (6); Zapata (5.5), Malinovskyi (7.5)
Substitutes: Muriel (6), Scalvini (6), Lookman (6.5), Okoli (N/A), Zortea (N/A)
Milan: Maignan (7); Calabria (6), Kalulu (6), Tomori (6), Theo Hernández (7); Tonali (6.5), Bennacer (7.5); Messias (5.5), Brahim Díaz (5), Leao (6); Rebic (6)
Substitutes: De Ketelaere (6), Giroud (5.5), Saelemaekers (6.5), Origi (6), Florenzi (N/A)
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