Milan got back from 2-0 down, beating Serie C’s Novara 4-2 with goals from Paquetá, Laxalt and Calabria.
The first pre-season match of the summer took place today as Milan took over Novara at Milanello training center.
The Rossoneri were missing a lot of players: Gigio Donnarumma, Simon Kjær, Matteo Gabbia, Tommaso Pobega, Saelemaekers, Hakan Çalhanoğlu, Ante Rebić, Lorenzo Colombo and Daniel Maldini are all with their national teams, while Alessio Romagnoli and Mateo Musacchio are injured.
The game kicked off at 17:00 today and it was three halves of 20 minutes each. Novara got on the scoresheet first as Marco Bellich headed home from close range after 10 minutes; three minutes later he beat Antonio Donnarumma again from the edge of the box to make it 2-0 Novara.
In the second period the Rossoneri fought back: 6 minutes into the start of it as Zlatan Ibrahimović, who wore the Captain’s armband, found Lucas Paquetá inside the box; the Brazilian scored with a fantastic effort. Three minutes later, summer signing Emil Roback made a good run and found Diego Laxalt who made it 2-2. In the third period, Calabria found the net after 7 minutes following Paquetá’s shot that hit the post; in the 55th of the game, Roback found the net but was flagged offside. Milan however managed to get their 4th through Paquetá in the 57′ minute.
The next game of Milan is on Saturday, at Stadio San Siro, against Monza of Galliani & Berlusconi.
Goals: Bellich (10′, 13′), Paquetá (26′, 57′), Laxalt (32′), Calabria (47′).
AC Milan (4-2-3-1) – Stefano Pioli
Antonio Donnarumma; Pierre Kalulu (41′ Ismaël Bennacer), Léo Duarte, Theo Hernández, Diego Laxalt; Davide Calabria, Franck Kessié; Alen Halilović (21′ Gabriele Bellodi), Lucas Paquetá, Riccardo Tonin (21′ Emil Roback); Zlatan Ibrahimović (41′ Luan Capanni).
Bench: Jungdal, Moleri, Stanga, Michelis, Mionić, Sala, Capone.
Novara Calcio (4-3-3) – Simone Banchieri
Filippo Marricchi (49′ Riccardo Pallavicini); Vittorio Pagani, Davide Bove, Marco Bellich, Andrea Cagnano; Riccardo Collodel, Filippo Nardi, Ante Hrkać (53′ Ruggero Rusconi); Mattia Bortolussi, Marco Zunno (29′ Andrea Cisco), Pablo Andrés González (41′ Alessio Pinotti).
Bench: Spada, Baldi, Schiavi, Piscitella, Tordini.
Referee: Luca De Angeli.