GdS: Milan player ratings for Newcastle draw – a tale of two ends

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan were frustrated by Newcastle United last night as they failed to score and drew their opening Champions League group stage game 0-0.

Milan had eight shots on target to Newcastle’s one – which came deep into added time – so Sandro Tonali’s side will probably feel like they have escaped with a very useful draw. Paris Saint-Germain beat Borussia Dortmund to become early group leaders.

La Gazzetta dello Sport (seen below) has the ratings from the game, starting with the overall team performance and Stefano Pioli’s management of the game, both of which were worthy of a 6.5 out of 10.

The best performer in red and black was Fikayo Tomori who was awarded a 7 for his part in the clean sheet, while it was Rafael Leao who got the lowest score of 4.5 after missing a golden chance.

Mike Maignan was given a 6, Davide Calabria a 5.5 as he was withdrawn early due to a booking for dissent, Malick Thiaw a 6.5 and Theo Hernandez the same as the German.

In midfield, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Tommaso Pobega were awarded a 6.5 as well, with Rade Krunic getting half a mark less.

Moving to the attack, Samuel Chukwueze and Olivier Giroud both only got a 5.5, which added to Leao’s score show just how much the front three struggled.

Off the bench, Alessandro Florenzi (6.5) had a positive outing, while Christian Pulisic and Tijjani Reijnders each got a 6.

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