Player Ratings: AC Milan 3-2 Lazio – Calhanoglu behind everything; Theo crucial again

By Fred Ilondo -

AC Milan managed to defeat Lazio in a thrilling game, thanks to goals from Ante Rebic, Hakan Calhanoglu and Theo Hernandez. It was the perfect ending to 2020, and down below are the player ratings. 

Starting XI

Donnarumma (6.5): The goalkeeper had a difficult game as he was challenged more than usual, but he handled the pressure with maturity and composure.

Calabria (6.5): Not necessarily his best attacking performance but defensively, the right-back had a solid game and was an obstacle every time the opposition tried to create chances from his side.

Kalulu (7): Another impressive performance from the youngster who did not shy away from any challenge and played without fear.

Romagnoli (7): The captain was solid in defence and did a remarkable job organizing the defence and helping his team handle the pressure.

Hernandez (7.5): A standard performance from the Theo who looked outstanding in both ends of the pitch as he often does. But most importantly, the left-back inspired a late awakening of his team which resulted in a bullet header from the Frenchman to win the game for Pioli’s men.

Tonali (6): Unfortunately, this was not the dominant performance his team needed to dominate the midfield. Instead, this was yet another underwhelming performance from Sandro that left a lot to be desired.

Krunic (5.5): A nervous performance from Krunic that did more harm than good. The midfielder failed to leave a mark on this game and made many avoidable mistakes.

Saelemaekers (5.5): The Belgian had a couple of interesting ideas throughout the game but was mostly let down by his final touch. A performance to forget.

AC Milan's players celebrate after AC Milan's Croatian forward Ante Rebic (2ndL Rear) opened the scoring during the Italian Serie A football match AC Milan vs Lazio Rome on December 23, 2020 at the San Siro stadium in Milan. (Photo by Marco BERTORELLO / AFP) (Photo by MARCO BERTORELLO/AFP via Getty Images)

Calhanoglu (7.5 – MOTM): Easily the most creative player on the pitch. With two assists in the game, the Turk was a key player, he showed a lot of desire, did well fighting for the ball and his distribution was mostly on point. His well-taken penalty was just the icing on the cake.

Rebic (6.5): Returning to his rightful position benefitted Rebic greatly. The winger was rewarded with his first goal of the season. However, his second half was not as good as the first, missing a couple of crucial chances, but this is definitely a performance to build on.

Leao (6): He was dynamic in the first half, Leao seemed lost in the second as he failed to create much danger in the opposition half and did not make the necessary runs. His inconsistency during games continues to be a big problem.

Substitutes

Castillejo (6): While quite helpful defensively, the winger was not exactly the breath of fresh air Milan hoped he would be as he failed to leave a mark on this game.

Hauge (6): Did not do enough to revive the team offensively but his simple passes were helpful in the build-up.

Maldini (N/A): Didn’t play enough to get a rating.

Dalot (N/A): Didn’t play enough to get a rating.

READ MORE: AC Milan 3-2 Lazio: Last-minute goal from Theo Hernandez keeps the Rossoneri above Inter

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7 Comments

  1. Lucas says:

    I feel like u have treated tonali harshly. Leao wouldn’t have played 50 minutes if everyone was fit. Krunic had a better game than this last kid

    1. Guy says:

      Remenber, they hurt him right at the beginning of the game. No yellow card.

  2. MrDeeds says:

    How is Kalulu 7.0? Made a penalty, lost the mark (goal), lost the mark (2nd goal). He had a horrible game.

  3. Mike says:

    I haven’t seen one good rating of Tonali at all, even when he has played well, like his last 5 or 6 games. The comments are the same, ok but…. good but…. not bad….but. But what, but he’s not Pirlo. Guess what, he’s not Pirlo, but if he is given the time to grow, he may be just as important. Keep in mind he is 20, fast forward to next year, he is most likely not going to be starting on the bench.

  4. Abdurrazak shuaibu says:

    I agreed with both Lucas and Mike about Tonali. Please allow the boy to grow no too much criticism he is playing better with every game.

  5. victor says:

    “The attackers did not do so well in the second half” . . . true, but that is because the approach to the game was not good. We retired to our half of the pitch and the second half belonged mostly to Lazio.

  6. Ahmed Mohammed says:

    The boys are good.
    Krunic was the only weaker link but all the same Vamos to the squad they’ve given us the best Christmas gift ever

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