Brahim Díaz said the win over Rio Ave was unforgettable and he knew Gigio Donnarumma would win it for Milan.
Milan advanced to the group stage of the Europa League after a grueling and incredibly intense match at Estádio dos Arcos against Rio Ave on Thursday.
After 1-1 at the end of 90 minutes, the game was sent to extra time. Rio Ave scored after one minute but Milan miraculously got a penalty in the 121 minute, converted by Hakan Çalhanoğlu and this allowed them to send the game to a shoot-out.
The shoot-out was the most gut-wrenching part of the match: each side took 12 penalties and in the end Milan came out on top with Gigio Donnarumma saving the last penalty of the match.
“Yes, the game was difficult but this evening is unforgettable,” Brahim, who came on during the half time break to replace the disappointing Samu Castillejo, told MilanTV. “Nights like this don’t happen all the time, it was a magical night and in the end we’re through and that’s what we wanted.
“The penalties? We all know Gigio is a great goalkeeper, I knew he’d save one… that he’d give us the win and he did. We did what we needed to and converted the penalties, then his save gave us the win.
“How much the group is strengthened after such a night? As I said before it was a magical night, in which the group had the strength to fight until the end and to not give up. I think we showed that on the pitch. Now, we need to try to win the games that are coming and think about Sunday.”