FK Shkendija 0-1 Milan (0-7 agg): Rossoneri secure Europa League group berth

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan completed the job in Macedonia as they beat FK Shkendija 1-0 to round off a 7-0 aggregate win.

Patrick Cutrone scored the only goal of the game after less then a quarter of an hour, finishing neatly in the area after showing composure to fool the opposition defender and goalkeeper.

The win means that Milan will enter the Europa League group stages, set to be drawn on Friday.

If there was any pre-conceptions about the game being played at preseason pace, those were quickly dashed by a frantic opening to the game.

In the fourth minute, good pressure inside the Shkendija box allowed the Rossoneri to win the ball back before Cutrone saw his effort cleared off the line after a scramble.

Three minutes later a beautiful long ball from Leonardo Bonucci saw Nicola Zanellato in behind, but his shot was well blocked.

Straight up the the other end an error by Jose Mauri went unpunished as Marjan Radeski dragged his shot wide.

Milan broke the deadlock in the 13th minute through the red-hot Cutrone. A ball in behind from Manuel Locatelli was controlled by the 19-year-old, who fooled the defender and the ‘keeper before slotting in from around eight yards.

The game the slowed somewhat; the next chance not coming until eight minutes before the break as Andre Silva saw a shot from outside the area saved by Zahov in the hosts’ goal.

In the second half Milan appeared to enter cruise control, and the Marco Storari show ensued.

Five minutes into the second period, the veteran goalkeeper denied Alimi through on goal, and he would deny the same man again fifteen minutes later before making yet another full-stretch save a minute after that.

In terms of chances generated by the visitors, they were few and far between. Zanalleto dragged a shot wide from outside the box in the opening exchanges of the second half, while Andre Silva was also denied from close range.

Ultimately, Milanisti cannot complain with a 7-0 aggregate victory; one which secures a return to European competition for the first time since 2013-14.

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