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- 2nd Half
- Ibrahimovic (o.g.)49'
- 1/2 Time
- 1st Half
Bologna - AC Milan
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Four additional minutes.
- GoalZlatan IbrahimovicAC Milan
GOAL! Four. It's so unfair on Bologna, but Ibrahimovic guides it beyond Skorupski. Bennacer made it, the Swede finished it.
- GoalIsmaël BennacerAC Milan
GOALLLLL!!!! It's 3-2! Bennacer! A fabulous hit from the Algerian, just as desperation began to hit. Deflection off Ibrahimovic falls kindly for him, and it arrows into the corner and Milan steal the lead back again.
Bennacer... time to pick a cross... Giroud's header! Great save Skorupski down to his left in the bottom corner.
Corner, Milan. Won by Ballo-Toure off de Silvestri.
Free kick, Bologna. Foul on Binks.
de Silvestri does really well to deal with Calabria's clipped ball towards Ibrahimovic at the far post.
Arnautovic... linking with de Silvestri... Bologna doing well to retain possession with the two man disadvantage.
- Yellow cardAlexis SaelemaekersAC Milan
Yellow card for Saelemaekers for a late challenge on Schouten.
Giroud's overhead kick attempt results in him conceding a free kick.
- OffAaron HickeyBologna
- OnMitchell DijksBologna
Mitchell Dijks replaces Aaron Hickey.
- OffMusa BarrowBologna
- OnLuis BinksBologna
Luis Binks is coming on for Musa Barrow.
- OffNicolás DomínguezBologna
- OnJerdy SchoutenBologna
Dominguez is replaced by Schouten.
- Yellow cardDavide CalabriaAC Milan
Calabria is booked for a cynical challenge on Dominguez.
Bennacer over the free kick.. away... fired in by Calabria, and Bologna get it away.
- OffRade KrunicAC Milan
- OnOlivier GiroudAC Milan
Olivier Giroud replaces Krunic.
- Red cardRoberto SorianoBologna
RED CARD! Soriano is off as well! The dangerous challenge from the captain on Ballo-Toure, studs on the leg, it could easily have been a leg breaker there for the Milan left-back. Bologna down to nine.
Milan have got to go again. The home support is in full voice. Ballo-Toure has taken a knock after delivering a cross and is getting some treatment.
- GoalMusa BarrowBologna
GOAL!!!!! OOOHHHHH!!!! They've done it! Musa Barrow has done it! 2-2! A fabulous counter attack, made by Arnautovic and Soriano, and a fantastic, confident finish by Barrow.
Let's see how the hosts respond now. The supporters are in good voice now.
- Own-goalZlatan IbrahimovicAC Milan
GOAL!! There's a goal back! A fiercely whipped corner in from Barrow, and it's an own goal! Ibrahimovic the guilty party! 2-1!
Hickey wins the corner off de Silvestri.
The delivery is well held by Cipriani.
Barrow does really well twisting and turrning and wins Bologna a corner.
- 2nd Half
And we're back.
- OffSamu CastillejoAC Milan
- OnAlexis SaelemaekersAC Milan
As too Alexis Saelemaekers.
- OffSandro TonaliAC Milan
- OnTiemoué BakayokoAC Milan
Tiemoue Bakayoko comes on.
- End of 1st Half
There's half time. Plenty to mull over, Milan are two up at the break. Back in 15.
One additional minute.
- Yellow cardSandro TonaliAC Milan
There's a yellow card for a late Tonali challenge.
Ballo-Toure skips past de Silvestri for pace, and gets a cross in, but Skorupski claims authoritatively.
Lovely interplay around the edge of the area from the visitors. Ibrahimovic dropped to link with Castillejo, and the Spaniard poked a ball through for Calabria, who fluffs his lines and skies the shot.
It's all Milan here; Bennacer and Tonali are controllng proceedings now, and they're really pressing home that extra man advantage.
There's nothing Bologna can do at the moment. It seems as though everything is going against them, and the referee blows for another free kick for Milan.
- GoalDavide CalabriaAC Milan
GOAL! There's two. Davide Calabria, who hasn't started the game brilliantly, and he's smashed it home after Skorupski flaps at a Ballo-Toure cross. It cannons off Nicolas Dominguez on the line but beats the Argentine for sheer pace and power. 2-0.
- Yellow cardMarko ArnautovicBologna
Hickey... great ball... Arnautovic makes a good run, and he's claiming Cipriani fouls him, and he reacts angrily and gets a booking for his troubles.
Arnautovic is fuming as the referee deems he's fouled Calabria after he wins the initial aerial challenge in the box.
Calabria... into Ibrahimovic... Theate gets tight and does well to clear into touch.
Svanberg... lovely diagonal to set up a countering transition for Bologna... Hickey... ooh, his first touch lets him down... but he strikes! High and wide, under the attentions of Calabria.
More pressure from Milan, neatly worked from side to side... Tonali to Calabria, whose cross is knocked down by Ballo-Toure, and the ball richochets and sits up for Ibrahimovic to try and nod home! But the Swedish veteran can't muster the power and Skorupski holds.
It's Dominguez as the single pivot in midfield at the moment with Soriano and Svanberg flanking, and Barrow is closer to Arnautovic up top now.
Bologna have reorganised themselves into a back four for now. Gary Medel and Theate as the centre-back partnership. Hmmm.
Ibrahimovic... hard and low, into the wall.
Bennacer is there too, but it's only going to be one man, surely.
Here's the resulting free kick... Zlatan Ibrahimovic over it...
- Red cardAdama SoumaoroBologna
RED CARD! Adama Soumaoro has been sent off! He was the last man! Rade Krunic was felled by the Frenchman, drew the foul, and the hosts have it go from bad to worse. They're down to ten inside the first quarter of the game.
Ballo-Toure tries to roll de Silvestri, but the referee waves play on despite the left-back's complaints.
Let's see how the hosts react now having fallen behind, somewhat against the run of play. In the meantime, Arthur Theate makes a strong yet fair challenge on Samu Castillejo.
- GoalRafael LeãoAC Milan
GOAL!!! It's Rafael Leao for Milan! A cruel deflection in a situation that didn't seem all that dangerous, but the Portuguese's pace got him in behind Medel, and his left-footed effort loops up over the Chilean veteran and gives Skorupski no chance. Unfortunate for the hosts, who had started brightly.
It's another lung-busting burst from Svanberg as he breaks the line, but the speedy Tomori glides in and nicks the ball at the last.
Poor backpass from Bennacer, and Barrow leaps onto it, but his first touch lets him down and Milan come back forwards.
Svanberg over the corner, it's a decent one... Cipriani was struggling... Theate and Arnautovic attacked it at the far post! It's just wide. Great chance for the hosts.
Barrow's delivery, Calabria gets it away, but haphazardly off his thigh and it's out for a corner.
Aaron Hickey is felled tightly against the left byline by Samu Castillejo, and Bologna have a free kick.
Dominguez does brilliantly to shadow Leao cutting inside and he blocks the shot, before stealing the ricochet away from the Portuguese, releasing Svanberg, who wins a throw after a solid burst through the centre of the pitch.
Bennacer and Tonali over it... it'll be Tonali, but it's poor and Hickey clears with his head.
Free kick, Milan. Soumaoro just rakes Ibrahimovic's achilles and Milan have a decent chance to whip in a cross.
Leao feeds Ballo-Toure, and gets it back again, and they win the throw off the left hand side deep in Bologna territory.
Tomori coolly cuts out a speculative driven through ball from Svanberg but gives it straight back to Domiguez, and the ball comes out to Aaron Hickey, whose right-footed curler is tame and easily held by Cipriani.
Barrow checks inside and looks up, with time to cross.. in towards Arnautovic, but Tomori wins it but can only knock it down... and there's not a single Bologna body there!
A hopeful punt from Theate towards Barrow evades Calabria initially, but the right-back wins the throw at the second attempt.
Decent move from Milan down the left, but Leao overhits the pass for Ballo-Toure on the overlap and Skorupski has a goal kick.
Immediately Milan get on the front foot; they're getting feet on the ball early, ensuring that Bologna can't get a foot in themselves.
For those who missed them, here are the team line-ups:
Bologna: Skorupski, Soumaoro, Medel, Theate, de Silvestri, Dominguez, Svanberg, Hickey, Soriano, Barrow, Arnautovic.
Milan: Cipriani, Calabria, Kjaer, Tomori, Ballo-Toure, Bennacer, Tonali, Castillejo, Krunic, Leao, Ibrahimovic.
10 minutes to kick off.
15 minutes to go.
Half an hour to kick off.
On the home bench, star names include Riccardo Orsolini, previously on the radar of Borussia Monchengladbach, and Andreas Skov Olsen who challenges the Italiian for the right-wing berth when the Rossonblu adopt a back-four shape with wide men. Defensive midfielder Jerdy Schouten also misses out, and some could argue that the Dutchman would have added more balance to the home side's midfield. Target man Federico Santander is always dangerous off the bench with his clever movement and aerial ability, whilst talented full-backs Ibrahima Mbaye and Mitchell Dijks, as aforementioned, also miss out.
There's no Franck Kessie nor Ante Rebic either for Stefano Poli, and first-choice goalkeeper Mike Maignan also misses out.
With Milan, though, it's relatively straight forward to see what they're going to try and do. Bennacer and Tonalii will get on the ball early and look to dictate the game's flow and tempo, with the Algerian given more licence to roam and drive through the gears and through the lines with the ball. Krunic offers a presence in a more advanced role; he'll assist the press and look to hone in on the more creative outputs of Svanberg and Dominguez, as well as slotting in alongside the double pivot when Milan decide to drop off a tad more. Theo Hernandez is a huge loss at left-back, but Fode Ballo-Toure has deputised decently and deserves a crack in the first team.
The back three of Bologna worries me slightly. Gary Medel in the middle of it as the 'libero' has worked previously, but against a striker with the 6'5" height of Ibrahimovic, he could well struggle; he himself being only 5'7". Arthur Theate has been decent this season and deserves a chance to stake his claim for a regular starting spot, whilst Soumaoro is the most senior option available to Sinisa Mihajlovic. Scottish youngster Aaron Hickey has played exceptionally well this term and starts again over Mitchell Dijks, and some may argue that a midfield 'trio' of Svanberg, Soriano and Dominguez isn't balanced enough.
Milan are in a classic 4-2-3-1: Ciprian Tatarusanu has Davide Calabria, Simon Kjaer, Fikayo Tomorii and Fode Ballo-Toure, and Ismael Bennacer and Sandro Tonali are the comfortable ball-playing orchestrators in the engine room. Rade Krunic is back in the side as the 10, with Rafael Leao and Samu Castillejo either side of him. Veteran legend Zlatan Ibrahimovic leads the line, and will look to pull Leao and Castillejo infield off their flanks and into play with knock-downs and flick-ons.
Bologna are in their usual 3-4-2-1: Lukasz Skorupski is shielded by a back three of Adama Soumaoro, Gary Medel and Arthur Theate, with Lorenzo di Silvestri and Aaron Hickey holding the width. The midfield two of Matthias Svanberg and Nicolas Dominguez is creative, with the Argentine adding a bit more bite when it comes to the challenge. Musa Barrow and Roberto Soriano 'flank' Marco Arnautovic - but the Italian will play more as a number 10, with the Gambian forward more advanced, almost alongside Arnautovic as a second striker.
Let's dissect these team selections, shall we?
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