AC Milan came close to correction on Thursday night in the Europa League play-off, where Tottenham Hotspur proved particularly to their advantage.
Since the start of the current exercise, theAC Milan had offered four wins in as many games played in all competitions. So there was nothing wrong with these Lombards, whether in Serie A or the Europa League. But this Thursday night, it is an understatement to say that Stefano Pioli’s troop showed a whole new face in the C3 jump-off, on the grounds of Rio Ave.
The 120th minute penalty …
The Rossoneri have validated their qualification, but at what price! At the end of regulation time, the score was even (1-1), and from the start of extra time, the locals took the advantage (2-1, 91st). Milan rushed straight into the wall, until an unexpected penalty transformed by Hakan Calhanoglu (2-2, 120th). Everything will therefore be decided on penalties …
The first 14 shooters transform
The first 14 attempts of the two teams involved shake the nets, when the turn of the youngster comes Lorenzo Colombo, 18 years old. This one misses completely, but the hitter of Rio Ave also fails in stride. Then comes the turn of the goalkeepers, since everyone has already hit, and the two men also miss in quick succession! Ishmael Bennacer, the first shooter of this improbable series, must therefore appear again… And fails. Imitated seconds later by his counterpart in Rio Ave. Finally, Simon kjaer will succeed, him, his second attempt, when Aderlan fails … And here is AC Milan qualified for the group stage of the Europa League (1-1, 9-8, t.a.b.).
Harry Kane and Spurs Festival
For his part, Tottenham had no difficulty getting rid of Maccabi Haifa (7-2), especially under the impetus of Harry kane, author of a hat-trick. Note that the Rangers eliminated Galatasaray SK (2-1), and Wolfsburg fell to AEK Athens (2-1). Celtic FC also continues its adventure thanks to a saving goal from French Odsonne Edouard in Sarajevo (0-1), while Granada and PSV Eindhoven also have their tickets in their pockets.
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