AC Milan just about squeaked past their opponents Bodo/Glimt on Thursday night at San Siro, winning 3-2 to reach the Europa League Play-Off round.
As Friday’s edition of La Gazzetta dello Sport notes (via MilanNews), the news that Zlatan Ibrahimovic had tested positive for COVID was cold shower for the whole Rossoneri environment, especially for his teammates who had to do without their leader in a knockout match.
The absence of the Swede was felt, especially in the final stage in which the away side were pressing and should have scored to make it 3-3, but in the end a win arrived that gives the Diavolo a Play-Off against Portuguese side Rio Ave.
Milan went behind on 15 minutes but were good at reacting immediately and found the equaliser a few moments later through Hakan Calhanoglu. Without Ibra it was the Turk who took his teammates by the hand, providing a brilliant assist for Colombo’s goal (starting debut for him) and then completing a brace with a half-volley from a corner.
Milan thought they had put the game to bed, but Jens Petter Hauge’s strike made it a nervy last few minutes. Donnarumma saved in the 80th minute from a Saltnes header, and he then missed sensational opportunity at the last minute, shooting over to end a complicated night for Milan.