Pescara 1-1 AC Milan: Donnarumma error proves costly for unlucky Rossoneri

By Alex Viola -

This afternoon, Milan slumped to a 1-1 draw at the Stadio Adriatico. With Lazio winning yesterday and Atalanta, Fiorentina winning today, Milan sit one point behind city rivals Inter, who will play tomorrow against Sampdoria. Inter currently occupy the last European place. 

Three minutes in, Bacca took a chance on the volley, and it didn’t go too far wide of Fiorillo’s goal.

Pescara opened the scoring from one of the most freak own goals you’ll ever see. After a bright start for the Rossoneri, it was Paletta and Donnarumma who combined for the opening goal.

This is now two consecutive matches that a Milan man has scored an own goal past Donnarumma away from home to give the host’s a 1-0 lead inside the first 15 minutes, if you count Romagnoli’s own goal for Italy. The back pass from stand-in captain Paletta, wasn’t the best as it was off the ground, but it still has to go down as a goalkeeping error. The ball went right over Gigio’s foot and into the back of the net.

Paletta, in particular, insisted on playing back passes to Donnarumma, who before today was not brilliant with his feet, and has to be very low on confidence with them after that error. The goalkeeper didn’t seem to sure of himself will the ball at his feet. He gave away multiple throw-ins.

Deulofeu had an appeal for a penalty waved away at about the half hour mark, rightly so. 

Mario Pasalic equalised the match four minutes before half time with a great finish on the turn from inside the box. The counter attack was started by Bacca who did fantastic to find Deulofeu streaking away to his right. The Spaniard’s shot was saved by the home goalkeeper. Fortunately for Milan, that ball fell to the Croatian, Pasalic, who made no mistake to make it 1-1.

Thirty seconds before the break, Donnarumma made a good low save to his right, holding on to the ball.

Inside the first minute of the second half, Deulofeu did well to break away from his man and find Bacca. The Colombian turned and had a ferocious shot blocked by the defender.

Sosa had a thunderous shot that hit the outside of the net, after Bacca rather unselfishly passed the ball to him. What a goal that would’ve been.

Benali then got a chance on the counter-attack, receiving a pass from his teammate. However, the Lybian International came from an offside position and his goal was waved off for offside. 

Paletta’s nightmare of a match continued when he was booked for a foul on the edge of the area. The resulting free kick, which was hit with power by Bovo, went just wide of the mark, after taking a slight deflection. 

Before Sosa was subbed off in the 70th minute, he played two absolutely shocking freekicks. A game to forget for Sosa, and he isn’t the only rossonero who will like to forget today’s outing.

The second half turned into a card fest. With six in total going out, and three to Milan players, Sosa, Paletta, and Locatelli (right after coming on).

Pescara’s goalkeeper Fiorillo cut out the cross on the ground with a good hand, and then made a fantastic save with his feet to deny ex-Lapadula the go-ahead goal. Very unlucky for Milan. 

With five minutes left, Romagnoli’s header hit the post as the keeper was rooted to the spot, after a fantastic cross from Calabria.

Campagnaro, in the 94th minute, made a vital block on Lapadula’s shot to keep a point for Pescara.

Disappointing display by the Rossoneri, who may well have squandered their chances of qualifying for Europe League this season. 

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