Mario Balotelli played a part in all the goals of the team on Thursday but Milan provided a performance that left coach Mihajlovic furious yet again.
With many players away on international duty, Mihajlovic let youngsters and bench players the nod in a friendly match against Mantova F.C from Lega Pro.
Mario Balotelli and Alessio Cerci started together in attack with Riccardo Montolivo holding the midfield. Balo scored after just three minutes with a right-foot curler.
Nocerino could’ve doubled the lead afterwards but it was Mantova who scored with Giuseppe Ungaro beating Christian Abbiati. Mantova scored again before the 30th minute as Milan failed to deal with a free kick floated into the box and Andrea Trainotti put the ball in the net.
Just before half time, Balotelli got the ball from a corner and managed to get it to Andrea Poli who scored to make it 2-2. Mihajlovic made changes in the 2nd half and slotted Balotelli in the trequartista role. Balo was fouled in the box in the 62′ minute and let second half substitute Luiz Adriano take the penalty and give Milan the advantage back. That was also the final result – 3-2.
As reported by acmilan.com: “Having got back in front, Milan controlled the match for large spells of the second half although teenage shot-stopper Gianluigi Donnarumma, on for Abbiati at the half time break, was called upon on a couple of occasions.” The fans were impressed with Donna again.
Those who watched the match – and especially coach Sinisa Mihajlovic – saw a Milan that was poor even against a Serie C side. Milan have a lot of work to do and the reserves will have to do better.
Milan’s starting XI against Mantova: Abbiati; Abate, Alex, Mondonico, Zucchetti; Poli, Montolivo, Nocerino; Bonaventura; Cerci, Balotelli. Bench: Donnarumma, Spinelli, Llamas, Suso, Gamarra, Maleberti, Papasodaro, De Piano, Casiraghi, Hamadi, Luiz Adriano.
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