Team news: Milan were without Ignazio Abate, Luca Antonelli, Leonardo Bonucci, Gabriel Paletta, Alessio Romagnoli, Lucas Biglia, Jose Sosa and Carlos Bacca. Craiova had to do without Apostol Popov. Kickoff time for the 2nd leg of the Europa League third qualification stage was 20:45 CET.

Goals: Bonaventura (9′), Cutrone (52′)

AC Milan (4-3-3) – Vincenzo Montella
Gianluigi Donnarumma; Andrea Conti, Cristian Zapata, Mateo Musacchio, Ricardo Rodriguez; Franck Kessié, Manuel Locatelli, Giacomo Bonaventura (81′ Fabio Borini); Suso (65′ Hakan Çalhanoğlu), Patrick Cutrone (70′ André Silva), M’Baye Niang.
Unused: Storari, Calabria, G. Gomez, Montolivo.

CS Universitatea Craiova (4-3-3) – Devis Mangia
Nicolae Calancea; Radoslav Dimitrov, Hrvoje Spahija, Renato Kelić, Tiago Ferreira; Fausto Rossi (46′ Alexandru Mateiu), Hristo Zlatinski, Nicușor Bancu; Gustavo Vagenin, Alexandru Băluță (65′ Mihai Roman), Alexandru Mitriță (82′ Cristi Bărbuţ).
Unused: Mitrovic, Briceag, Barthe, Screciu.

Referee: Nikola Popov (BUL).

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Phildadon1899

I like this group. Can someone post the link for the game here when able? I am at work and cant find it.

ghost

we got u.. once its up..

Mansa

Good thing Suso is back. Hope we win and win convincingly. #forzamilan

Apache

Milan should go all out to attack from the first blew to finish. We should use this match to send messages to Seria A clubs that Milan is back. Forza Milan

RKaY

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I-Milan

“In the past, the club always chose the captain. This season, the new management has asked me to pick the captain among the new signings as a symbol of the club’s new era. I’m taking my time to choose the right person.”

Come on, Coach. Every Milanista knows who the Captain is. It’s not as if you’re going to give the armband to Borini – after all, he’s a new arrival.

LB19 – SKIPPER
LB21 – VICE

RKaY

Regarding the lineup, this is a very young team we are fielding. Will be a great experience for them to play in such a large crowd with Europe on the line. Time to step up!

*bank rumors are a bit worriesome, but let’s save that for after the match, fassone is very transparent I’m sure he will explain within he next few days. strong performance please!*

Milan Boy

Please this bank rumour is not palatable at all. I hope it doesn’t turn out for the worst as it will be a demoralizer.

VanBasten

milan boy i some how dot knwo how to look at this bank rumors it gave us some chances to see bad close to bad is too bad (zapata-paletta) bad close to good is good to improve(zapata-musaccio) musaccio seem a realy good one also that we should not treat some players like we did once the big money came (from unkown surces) why biglica when we have our own flesh locatelli who proved that he is capable of playing against even big one(remember against juve) this year he has a beast called kessie to cover him and mauri-the guy is… Read more »

Milan10

Winning convincingly vs random club whose name people cant even spell is nice way to boost milan squad’s confidence but im much more worried about probability of bonucci AND biglia deals falling through. Thats like taking girl of ur dreams out on a date but then getting ur credit card rejected. Thats beyond embarrassing. I really hope new mgmt can sort this out asap because if they dont then milan resurrection project, be it short term or long term, will abruptly end before it even begins, and this time i dont think theres a silver lining, let alone going back.… Read more »

Phildadon1899

I dont think its a problem. Just stupid rules that are in place that we need to get around. I trust the board to figure it out ASAP.

VanBasten

mate i see u. montella also needs to learn from this this is not football manager whe you can restart just some young unknown chinese owner promises money where not even lippi who lived years in china know them why selling lapadulla when the guy was soo good why not trut mauri and locatelli see how zapata improves close to GOOD player like musaccio hope montella breaks this speed and is now aware before loosing his face totaly better trust in what he had and not sell out players who realy did the job when asked just for bonucci of… Read more »

Milan10

Correctamundo mate

gallo

Hey i guess no one understands you please make your article more understandable

VanBasten

thank u. was just trying to support players like mauri locatelli and calabria to givin more trust and sharing my opinion as a supporter that for montella better trust first in the players who helped u last year to reach euro leage and look at the ones who coming back from loan like mauri not trust some unknown rich person who buys your club and promises u a transfermarket freedom almost football manager style then u might end up dreaming having buyed bonucci and biglica but the credit card was not accepted will try to articulate my writings better im… Read more »

Tkonami

is dstv showing this match ?

Psalmist

SS3

Milan10

Why am i not surprised that don bonad10nho is the first goalscorer at san siro? I bet he’ll be that last one to score too. He truly is alfa and omega.

Phildadon1899

Kessie scored. What are you talking about? LOL

Phildadon1899

nevermind. I was on the phone and missed that Kessie’s didnt count. and missed Bona’s goal. My bad

Milan10

This, mates, is why we shouldnt buy counterfeit products.

Signor milan

Pls any link ?

Milan10

Youtube is ur friend mate

Baresis Dream

20 min – and that’s why Donna is the best Italian GK.

Milan10

Buffon says buongiorno

Baresis Dream

He would have sprained his back trying to make that save.

Milan10

U must didnt watch his fantastic save vs barca in ucl final then, let alone his exploits between 2001-06

Baresis Dream

We are talking today Milan10. Trust me, I’ve seen Buffon in his prime and he was just as glorious as his reputation suggests.

Baresis Dream

So after watching football for centuries, following every game of Porto, and having a ground-breaking thesis on sport injuries, do you still think Schmicheal jr is better than our very own St Donna the just ?

Milan10

Today buffon doesnt play, but 2015 is not that long ago i think. Also, im sure we football afficionados know who’ll (still) be italy #1 in wc ’18

VanBasten

bonucci and biglica transfer may even be cancelled-as the bank refused to pay i believe montella must have felt like in fifa manager. for me the whole transfer window untiln now was so surreal. and maybe it is a gift from the universe.. that bonucci and biglica could not be includet untill now. we could see… bad close to bad is too bad (paletta – zapata) bad close to good is good to improove ( musaccio – zapata) also some players i believe are been realy not treatet good. look at mauri the guy is young and everytime he is… Read more »

Donremie

Milan playing in first gear n looking calm…dollaruma saves…Pocatello bossing d midfield, messuso still dashing..even niang not doing badly..dis cute one cutrone will do nice soon..

Milan10

Fantastic save by neue..i mean donna the sinner

Ink

That was Donnarumma. Not Neuer.
And that is why he is worth it.

Baresis Dream

You tell them Ink. He’s 2 for2 against the Romanians.

Ink

Hehe you have seen me keeping on telling them all through the summer mate 😉

Milan10

Milan’s attacking pattern is so predictable because even the 2 cb keep passing the ball to fullbacks because the better version of busquets cant even make himself available. Also, did u see his “long ball” to conti? Thats guardiola 2.0 right there

Ink

Umm.
I think Locatelli is playing a very good game, and is being very assured on the ball and making himself available.
There is no doubt that the midfield is a lot calmer with him in it.

Milan10

Yeah he and therefore milan started to play better when he made himself available starting from min 25-ish i think

Ink

True, he was a little slow at start, but I’d put his shift to a very good performance already from around 10 minutes mark.
Anyway, the main thing is, he should be in the first team and he keeps on growing. It will be a very important season for him.
Cheers on the win!

Milan10

Only san bonad10nho’s dribble can cause injury to opponent who tackles him

#10

hahahaha this is great

Milan10

Im not even joking mate. Some sorry craiova player injured himself trying to tackle san bonad10nho, referee had to stop the game

ted

If you will review the chance Rodriguez had in 21st minute, you’ll see how Niang pulled three of Craiova defenders on his back and won space for Rodriguez who could easily walk up to the goal.

That’s why I always stress that Niang needs to play up front he knows how to win space for others he’s best palying as SS up there

Milan10

Only a fool wouldnt play niang as ss. If he cant be milan’s very own henry, at the very least he can be kanoute 2.0

Sam

Nian sucks!!! When are you guys gonna accept that?

Baresis Dream

40 min – so far Zapata and Curtone are awful. Conti not so so good either. Niang has done nothing in attack, but at least he covers for RicRod. Jack, and Suso are solid. Kiesse MVP.

Phildadon1899

Are you watching the same game? Conti has been solid and a great outlet for Suso on the right. Jack has lost the ball more than he has kept it.

Baresis Dream

Conti didn’t put in one decent cross in the final third (that’s what he was brought for), and not great in defense. Jack lost a few balls, but is the most responsible for pushing the game forward. Plus he scored a goal.

So yeah, watching the same game as you my friend.

Phildadon1899

Same game? Kessie is the one pushing the tempo along with Rodriguez. Musachio is controlling the game at the back. Jack if not for that goal has had a fair game. Conti is fine considering its his first game with the team. Cutrone scored so i guess hes not that horrible as you put it.

Baresis Dream

Conti could have not lost more balls in the final third. Seriously. I guess he’s just out of form.

Curtone had great positioning in his goal, I’ll give him that (my comment was on the 1st half btw). Good job. But he needs to improve on his link up game.

ted

Half of tonight’s squad players came to Milan a month ago some from abroad, Niang came from loan, Cutrone from Primavera, Suso and Jack from injury

Considering all this, the boys are combining well

Chill

Baresis Dream

Just analyzing the first half that I saw. No need to get over protective ted.

Kaka22

Those that said suso is overrated and want him gone,I hope you are watching the match

Mello

CUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUTRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRROOOOOOOOOOONNNNEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

Are RicRod and Cutrone a golden duo? 2nd time they find each other, bit luck ofcourse but maaaan this is great.

FORZA MILAN

milanista

Cutrone goal

Donremie

Cutrone makes it 2…d serie a is jealous so dey’ll do everything to make d Milan renaissance look false…example is d pallota drama…but we won’t get deterred…worst case don berlu will come,to,our rescue

Ink

Cutrone.
First official goal of many many to come, hopefully.

LocaTrone locked and loaded.

Alayo

montella better believe in Cutrone and allow him grow just like Mihajlovic did with Donnarumma

VanBasten

i believe dona locatelli and cutrone should given full trust.
they need to be the face of true milan..a new area like with maldini

BeGo

Cutrone play style remind me of Pazzini. 🙂

Pelle80

Am sorry but Niang should leave now.

isaac_oyato

Niang is nothing but a carrot

VICEROYMHZ

Comment: someone should please analyse

Milan10

Milan lost their attacking edge once suso, one of only two proper wingers of milan, left the pitch. Calhanoglu and niang are simply not wingers, thus they possess close to zero attacking threats playing on the flanks

Phildadon1899

Calhanoglu looked great when he came on. 2 key passes in 4 minutes? Really? You are being a little critical. That kid has star written all over him.

Milan10

Hakan played much better when borini came on and replace him as lw. He did nothing playing as lw aside from that cross to niang; no dribbling, no penetrations, no passing. But he showed his playmaking skills playing as cm. My points are: hakan isnt winger and milan lack wingers

Kaka22

According to Milan10 he’s simply not a winger not that he didn’t play well, and about niang that guy is simply good for nothing no matter the position

Ross Oneri

Kessie: cool, control, right pass, composure etc this young dude remimd me of old AC Milan qualitu midfielders. He can only get better. Overall from the team it’s just an average performance against a team that poses no threat. Good sign of things to come.

azad

can must play behind the strikers!!!! screw 433

Baresis Dream

All and all Milan dominated throughout the 90 min as to be expected at san siro against a team from Romania. The linkup play at the final third was really below average, but that should improve over time (Conti will never lose as much balls has he did this match … I hope). Plus, we are not creating enough chances. This obviously not enough against seria a mid table and above, but we have time to improve. But I still believe our front line lacks quite a bit of quality. I’m confident the Biglia-Bonucci situation will be resolved, but I… Read more »

Ink

A much better performance. Locatelli really should not be on the sidelines this season. This season should be his. And that too at Milan, not at any other club. Apart from two superb tackles, I did not see anything impressive about Conti yet again. He has not given me any reason to rate him higher than Calabria and Abate. In fact, I would choose Calabria over him any day. Cutrone, super. He is still raw sometimes, but well, he is definitely a star in the making. So far I seem to be wrong in only one prediction that I made,… Read more »

Laminar

” Apart from two superb tackles, I did not see anything impressive about Conti yet again. He has not given me any reason to rate him higher than Calabria and Abate. In fact, I would choose Calabria over him any day”

Wow..just..wow..

Sheva

let him be. he thinks he is smart… he would probably make some nonsense reply and tell you that he crushed you with it, and than he will maybe make Forza Lazio joke. That one is amazing.

hencyn

even at the euro u21 conti benched Calabria! why are we overrating Calabria? conti is simply better, period! conti needs time to settle. Calabria will get better with time but at the moment, cont is still better.

JOHN THE BAPTIST

why are we overrating Calabria?
Well, i think the question is why are you underrating Calabria?
common, Calabria would give Conti a run for his money any day, the degree of difference is very slight, offensively, Conti edges, but defensively Calabria edges.
please lets not just be unfair to Calabria, neither of them is bad, but neither of them is world class, at least not yet, so lets just leave it at that.

Kourosh

Calabria edges defensively?!

Sorry dude but you’re still high lol

They are both very similar and better in the attacking phase but Calabria for now is really poor in his defending and reading of the game. That was his undoing in some big matches last season. Conti overall is a better player but of course he’s three years older too.

JOHN THE BAPTIST

“Sorry dude but you’re still high lol”
i just hope you have no problems with me in real life, cos i cant remember having any with you. if you cant respect my views and argue intelligently, i find it hard to deduce your level of maturity.
must i be high to contradict your belief? my grudge holds no grudge… he who has ears let him hear, the Baptist has spoken.

Panda Indonesia

It’s Conti’s first start for the team. Even his physical shows that in later of the game he is still struggling. But I believe this will only improve with time. Conti and RR surely gave a spark on both flanks… It’s been some time that I see Milan playing with such an attractive offensive fullback. Agree about Locatelli, it’s he’s first game with the team this summer.. With the guide of Biglia, 1-2 years cross finger, he can be vital for Milan… I enjoy the game tonight, I know some may expect the fund spent should give more show to… Read more »

Psalmist

Congrats to the team. Frank the Tank Kessi makes such a difference to our midfield. He wasn’t as dominant today but was in his position, pressing and doubling up exactly when he was supposed to.

Hope there’s more to come from Cutrone and less Borini.

Another win. Onward and upward. Forza Milan!!!

isaac_oyato

To those that were of the opinion andrea conti was poor, this for you. – Andrea Conti made the most
interceptions (5) and the most
open crosses (4) in the match #MilanCraiova. Powerful.

Kaka22

Are you answering them?ink keeps talking about Calabria being better than conti,and all the matches I have watched Calabria I have never seen him put up a performance as conti did today,its all sentiments and I don’t argue with people like that

Ink

Really? Have you seen Calabria play? Or have you seen only the occasional one or two games when he played below par?

Also, when did I say Calabria is better than Conti? Please point it out.
I have always said Conti is not better than Calabria/Abate at this moment.
So, please…..

And if you are content with the performance of Conti today, then well my friend, you have very low expectations. You must be a happy person. If your expectations are low, you never are discontent.

Cheers.

Kaka22

The only persons I was content with their performance today are musacchio,suso and kessie,not even conti, ricrod,Bonaventura, locatelli, or cutrone,but i wont criticise,you know why?bcos I know they can do much better and its still too early to judge,I’m not some deluded fan who expects players who are still blending to be up and running right away and if that’s your definition of low expectation that’s fine with me

Baresis Dream

I saw the most lost balls. He can push forward we all know that, and I’m sure he’ll have much better percentage when on form. Can he cover his flank against serious opposition remains to be seen.

Kaka22

Bro did you watch conti against juventus last season, pls watch the replay and decide that for yourself,oh and against inter,same inter that Calabria got bullied against,this guy had more defensive actions than all our defenders last season except romagnoli,oh and how many interceptions did he have this game alone

dejan10

Can’t believe some people are still moaning… Conti, Kessie, Locatelli were all great. Heck even Niang and Zapata played well. Unbelievable…

Kaka22

Bro leave them alone, nothing special in conti says ink but Calabria that gets bullied around in defence is the next cafu,oh and did you see how conti always opened up for passes and was always a menace in attack even almost scoring,something I have never seen abate do,but no ink says abate is panucci 2.0

Ink

Lol
If you take my name, do not misquote me.
Thank you.

Milanista121

Cutro!! So happy for him! One of many more hopefully this season and the future in the red and black shirt. It must be said that so far this pre-season, alongside Musacchio, Zapata has been solid as a rock… but we’ve been over this, but I just want to give credit when it’s due. Suso showed that we ahve missed him more than we think this summer. Conti… it wasn’t a good performance, it was okay, but he was very sloppy occasionally, but it was his first game as a starter, in the mighty San Siro, important to shake off… Read more »

rosso-138

Zapata is probably “concetrated” now with new owners and no Barbara on the stands 😛

kaka

Today game was very fantastic and credit to all Ac Milan players that played the game, every one played well and i enjoyed it from the start to the end. we played with confidence and thanks for the Ac Milan fans who is presently at the stadium to welcome our new players at San siro. Forza Milan.

Shoaib

Pretty much all of the team was rock solid except for niang who played like a carrot and couldnt pass,shoot nor dribble the ball to save his life and borini (who is like the boy who asks his mom to force the other kids to let him play with them just because he is utter shi…..t ) I am really impressed with our fullback signings both of whom were solid at back and a conatant threat up front Also i am very impressed by calhangolu and silva both of whom were so calm on the ball and you could see… Read more »

Misund

A good game overall. Best about this to performences is that we have not conceded. 2nd half was alot better. We dominated possesion and were accurate with our passes in defense. Locatelli got better and better through out the game.
I like how well our right side played to day. Suso Conti and Kessie linking up alot. Im can bearly wait for our next game 😀

Jibola

Even if Milan had won by 10-0, some “never satisfied” moaners will have something to cry about.

Congrats Milan!

Milanista121

Preach.

dejan10

@Jibola – moaners would like to see Conti with three assists and Niang score with an overhead from the halfway line.

Kaka22

They are so annoying

Baresis Dream

Some people will not be satisfied… you do remember our goal is to top seria a (some people even think scudetto), not the Romanian league. It wasn’t a bad match, but far from getting anything excited about. That’s what I think most “moaners” are trying to say.

Not everything has to be so black or white.

rosso-138

I agree, but still this was match against low level club. Let us see what will be against better opponents.

I just can’t wait for Romagnoli’s return to finally see 352… or 3412

——————- Donnarumma
——– Romagnoli — Musacchio — Bonucci
Conti — Kessie — Locatelli — Biglia — Rodrigez
————– Hakan / Bonaventura
————- Cutrone —- Silva

this is squad for titles guys!

Milan10

A better all round performance by milan. Donna was great today. His personality, distributions and of course his saves are world class. He needs to remain calm, humble and hungry to follow buffon’s path. The defense line did reasonably well, including zapata. Like i said, great cb like musa provide calmness and orders at the back. Both fullbacks provided good covers and overlaps, especially conti. Conti seems to have instant chemistry with messuso; their link up play reminds me of messi – dani alves and zidane – rob carlos. He didnt have same chemistry with niang though. Loca started badly… Read more »

Kaka22

Bro I like your analysis, I guess you could teach ink that even though you like one player more than the other you shouldn’t be sentimental when given analysis, just like you did with Donna and bonna

Ink

Oh gawd you keep taking my name in every comment?

No I did not see anything from Conti that set him apart. Not anything special that spells him to be a class above. Nor anything that makes me convinced that he is an upgrade over both of them – right now (as I said, he may be an upgrade in a few years, but he is not now).
And I never said Conti is a bad player.
Deal with it.
A presto.

Djuka

Calhanoglou have and some good mowess from left wing inclouding great assist for Niang, last season he were beter as left midfilder than mc at Bayer, he just need a litle more time to addapt but he wil be great

al83

Very nice and calm analysis. At the moment though I would stick to the P. S – that’s the most important thing right now; football analysis can wait, it’s too early after all. I find this story – in combination with the experience we had last year – very worrying. FM must respond immediately to avoid further harm in the team’s image.

Sheva

i like your whole comment and the fact that you acknowledged Manluigi Noerrumma, big like mate

imadala

Spot on!!

Donremie

Its nice seeing Milan play dis cool. We didn’t even need to engage second gear,,it was just more like a practice match…we ain’t there yet but we can see glimpses of a great team in d making with such a young squad…donna, conti, kessie, loca, suso, rr, niang, silva, cutrone…d future looks real gud…hopefully we can resolve d bonucci n biglia issue fast n we r done….we can even take a rest from d mercato

*Del's*⚽⚽

Well I don’t comment often, but am forced to now because some of these guys here who are so sentimental and so controversial….. Andre conti was one of the best today…. With more better understanding with suso.. Are you blaming him for those mixed pass? I tell you even Marcelo And Lahm won’t play any better when they are been paired with Niang…. Or are u a better analyst than Football Italia?
Go and check the rating there and come tell us what you saw….
Come guys let’s just wait and see who our next opponents are….
#ForzaMilan⚽

Kourosh

That delivery by Rodriguez though … . Top, top class. I can’t believe people are saying Conti didn’t have a good game. He was actually very good. Some great tackles in defense and always present in attack to support Suso, he made that flank his own. Calabria is a very good player too but the difference in quality with Conti is there at the moment, not least because he’s 3 years younger. Some people here are biased because they just like Calabria and our homegrown players too much. Nothing wrong with that until the point it clouds one’s judgement. And… Read more »

Milanellofm

Conti looked comfortable for his first game and made some fine tackles. Rodriguez is superb at set pieces and he’s done more in two official appearances than other full backs in years here. Musacchio and zapata looked solid. I really like musacchio, Kessie was a tank yet again and that goal was so unfortunate that it was offside, he will be worth double soon. Locatelli looked good very calm pulling strings and making tackles. Cutrone first goal well done! Bona played well too! All in all for an early August 3 game it’s promising to see our new guys settle… Read more »

imadala

https://mobile.twitter.com/acmilan/status/893195531316592640/photo/1

We are back, the devil is back…forza milan!!!!

Agni

Thank you milan.
Thank you curva.
Thank you to all who were at San siro.

What a beautiful sight it is to see a packed, enthusiastic and happy San siro.

Love you Milan. You beauty.

Bring on the playoff now.

Vinnie

Great stuff, they got the job done against of course much weaker opposition. It’s August 3rd, still summer, so great to see the match to match progress. The mishaps are to be expected still but kessie, conti, rodriguez, suso, cutrone, bonaventura, donnarumma and locatelli all showing glimpses of greatness. There’s still top players waiting to join the group in Bonucci, Biglia, Romagnoli and most likely a striker. Silva and Hakan waiting in the wings a bit, I’m excited for Cutrone. Even if Bacca stays, there’s still gonna be room for him and a new striker. It would be interesting for… Read more »