Team news: Rio Ave were without Junio, Ronan and Gelson Dala, while Milan had to do without Andrea Conti, Mateo Musacchio, Alessio Romagnoli, Léo Duarte, Alen Halilović, Ante Rebić and Zlatan Ibrahimović. Kickoff time for the Europa play-off was 21:00 CEST at Estádio dos Arcos.

Goals: Saelemaekers (50′), Geraldes (71′), Dala (91′), Çalhanoğlu (121′ pk).
Penalties: Bennacer (goal), Geraldes (goal), Kjær (goal), Santos (goal), Theo Hernández (goal), Jambor (goal), Brahim (goal), Piazon (goal), Çalhanoğlu (goal), Augusto (goal), Calabria (goal), Dala (goal), Tonali (goal), Gabrielzinho (goal), Colombo (miss – over the bar), Monte (miss – double post and out), Leão (goal), Pinto (goal), Donnarumma (miss – over the bar), Kieszek (miss – over the bar), Bennacer (miss – saved), Geraldes (miss – hit the post), Kjær (goal), Santos (miss – saved).
Red card: Borevković (120′).

Rio Ave F.C. (4-2-3-1) – Mário Silva
Paweł Kieszek; Ivo Pinto, Aderlan Santos, Toni Borevković, Nélson Monte; Filipe Augusto, Tarantini (75′ Nikola Jambor); Lucas Piazon, Diego Lopes (65′ Francisco Geraldes), Carlos Mané (109′ Gabrielzinho); Bruno Moreira (85′ Gelson Dala).
Unused: Vieira, Pedro Amaral, André Pereira.

AC Milan (4-2-3-1) – Stefano Pioli
Gianluigi Donnarumma; Davide Calabria, Simon Kjær, Matteo Gabbia, Theo Hernández; Franck Kessié (106′ Sandro Tonali), Ismaël Bennacer; Samu Castillejo (46′ Brahim Díaz), Hakan Çalhanoğlu, Alexis Saelemaekers (94′ Lorenzo Colombo); Daniel Maldini (67′ Rafael Leão).
Unused: Tătăruşanu, Laxalt, Krunić.

Referee: Jesús Gil Manzano (Spain).

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Raq
Raq
11 months ago

What a heart stopping match!! Without ibra on the field, Milan youngsters were definitely tought a few things or two by the more experienced and streetwise rio ave players. Hopefully they will grow and improve from this match. Nothing beats character building the old fashion way.lol. With a few more additions to the squad, the future of milan will be great though.

On to the next round, boys!

Funsho85
Funsho85
11 months ago

This might not be the best of a match from Milan but it is the most excited in recent years owing to the fact that we were on the brink of elimination till the last seconds. The coach and the management should try to improve the team but honestly the future is bright.
Forza Milan….

Raven
Raven
11 months ago

A decimated Milan, a hungry Rio Ave, a confused coach, and a handball. The drama at Estadio dos Arcos. Pioli was dealing with a complicated situation, changing the 4231 is the clear option, the team don’t have the key players in LW and ST. Which tactics should the coach opted for is a topic for Milan10 to analyse. Rio Ave is a team that deserves respect, they showed how much more important is the EL for them. Milan, playing at their pitch had clear disadvantage. They needed to perform at their best, today was Milan’s worst performance since the resume… Read more »

Raven
Raven
11 months ago
Reply to  Raven

Forgot to mention Colombo, the poor kid touched the ball once and almost made us lose. Ibra is Ibra

Gbenga AJOSE
Gbenga AJOSE
11 months ago

Mate…I can’t express more how I feel..am really on cloud 9 honestly …I woke up and first thing I did was to thank God and listen to Milan anthem. Tears filled my eyes..We almost lost yesterday. And how would it have looked if we had lost ?????? This is a clarion call to the management that we need more solid additions ..Our right wing is a disaster ! Now that we have pocketed 15M , there is no excuse not to make 2 to 3 SOLID additions before market closes. Am not saying we should make a panic buying but… Read more »

Ted
Ted
11 months ago

Like someone wrote here, nothing beats character building the ol’ fashion way and it’ll make this young group grow their skin thicker. They’ve shown the fighting spirit and of course, fortune favours the brave as well.

Also, loving the fire and spirit of Diaz, kid has a lot of passion.

Forza Milan!

Ice yogurt
Ice yogurt
11 months ago

Why Halilovic, kalulu and bellodi never play