Milan beat Novara 4-2 in the first friendly match of the season, Paquetá scored twice as Zlatan was captain

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Lucas Paquetá and Emil Roback celebrating during Milan-Novara at Milanello on Septeber 2, 2020. (@acmilan.com)

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.

Davide Calabria scoring during Milan-Novara at Milanello on Septeber 2, 2020. (@acmilan.com)

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.

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Agustinar
Agustinar
27 days ago

Glad to know Paqueta score twice. I never lost my faith in his talent. He is still young. He only need a model who can guide him. Ibra can do that.

Zion Train
Zion Train
27 days ago
Reply to  Agustinar

It will be interesting to see if we keep him or not and still go for Chiesa.

bidonesia
bidonesia
27 days ago

A Donarumma doesn’t deserve 1m/year salary

Nathan Graegin
Nathan Graegin
27 days ago

We still should go for chiesa. Paqueta has skill but he lacks the mentality and speed

Gaetu
Gaetu
27 days ago

If fiorentina changed to 90 mil for chiesa i really dont think we can grab him and milenkovic too. Maybe we should try somewhere else. The deal milan made for chiesa seem fair enough but turned down. I think that midfield of 4 we would have is going to make wonders in serie a. We need cb and a powerfull winger and we good to go. I would stick with our 2 rb atm.

Nathan Graegin
Nathan Graegin
26 days ago
Reply to  Gaetu

Hopefully this was just a rumor about him being 90 especially when he was originally 70. He only has a year left on his contract so if he’s smart he will just let his contract end and that greedy shit bag will get zero for him. Like you said our offer was very fair. Paqueta, plus 20 mil and 10 mil in bonuses is good business.