The game: 1-1
Following Chelsea’s defeat in Zagreb earlier in the evening, AC Milan traveled to Austria to challenge Red Bull Salzburg in the Champions League. Like the Blues, the Rossoneri faced a tough opponent on Tuesday night. Led in the score, the Italian champions were able to come back before the break but failed to create enough chances to win (1-1).
The two formations delivered a very disjointed game, between phases of great intensity and sudden drops in rhythm. The rhythmic start to the match gave rise to many attempts on both sides, without precision following. Faced with Italian masters of the ball, the Austrians managed to be more sharp. Covered by Pierre Kalulu, Noah Okafor put down the French defender with a dribble before deceiving Mike Maignan by finding the small net (28th). A shame given the face of the match, it was on the counter-attack that Milan picked up. Launched on the left side, Rafael Leao has, as often in recent months, found the solution by serving on a plateau Alexis Saelemaekers (40th).
Not down, Salzburg went into overdrive after the break. And it took a very solid Mike Maignan (56th and 62nd) for the Italians not to give in again. Calmer after the hour of play, the meeting was again packed in the last moments. Philipp Kohn came out well in front of Brahim Diaz (84th) and, above all, was very happy to see Leao’s shot crashing into his post in the dying moments (90+4). A few minutes earlier, Theo Hernandez had offered a match point that Benjamin Sesko failed to convert (88th).
Rafael Leao is the Serie A player with the most assists in all competitions in 2022. The Portuguese gave his 11th caviar of the year tonight.
The player: Fernando hurt
The former Chakhtior Donetsk player was on his feet this Tuesday evening. Already stirring in the first period and author of a first shot on target stopped by Mike Maignan (24th), he gave the ball for the opener to Noah Okafor (28th). The Brazilian raised his voice again after the break. But he misses the target in the area (53rd) and sees Maignan intervene once again (56th). Before giving way to the hour mark.