The first half started off with a bang. Jakov Puljic, the HNK Rijeka striker scored a wonderful freekick, where he placed the ball pefectly into the top left corner. No chance for Storari in net. Overall the game wasn’t worth watching at all. No big chances on both sides. Milan had more possession the whole game, but especially the midfield was lacking creativity. We have to admit, that Rijeka had more shots during the first half and Milan didn’t find any way through the Rijeka defense.
Only two minutes into the second half, HNK Rijeka scored their second goal. Mario Gavranovic converts a nice cross from Zoran Kvrzic in the 47. Minute. We could talk about Storaris positioning, but he isn’t the one to blame.Milan recognized that they’re in deep trouble, and they invested more for the game. But like in the first half, the clear chances were missing. The Rossoneri had a couple of long shots, deflected shots and Freekicks, like the one from Lucas Biglia in minute 77. Gattuso first subbed in Abate for Zanellato, and a little bit later Riccardo Forte, from our Primavera, got his chance to play for the First-Team. He replaced Antonelli. After 94 minutes without a single shot on target for Milan, the Referee Istvan Vad blew the final whistle.
Once more our fans, especially the “Curva Sud” showed great support again, like the whole season before. True Rossoneri really. At least Gennaro Gattuso made sure that our main team gets to rest, so they are ready for our Serie-A game against Bologna. And it was a great opportunity for our rotation-players to prove on european stage. The debut of Forte was great to see, and it was a great gesture from our Coach to let play the less used players. How ever, losing away is never great! But always: Forza Milan!
Match Review: HNK Rijeka – AC Milan