Player Ratings: Bologna 1-2 AC Milan – Donnarumma crucial; Ibrahimovic struggles

By Fred Ilondo -

Milan got back to winning ways this afternoon as they beat Bologna by two goals to one, awarded two penalties in the game. Gigio Donnarumma, who was suspended mid-week, showed just how important he is for the team.


Donnarumma (8 – MOTM): An incredible display from the young goalkeeper who proved to be a nightmare for the opposition, delivering a couple of crucial saves that kept the Rossoneri in charge despite the conceded goal.

Calabria (6): Decent performance from the Italian right-back who contributed a lot on the offensive end with some great runs. Despite a couple of silly mistakes, he helped the team maintain their solidity at the back. It was not a perfect game from Calabria but it was certainly good enough.

Tomori (6.5): An impressive starting debut by Fikayo Tomori who never looked out of place. His distribution was always on point and his aggressiveness constantly made the opponents uncomfortable. A performance to build on.

Romagnoli (6): The captain was unusually quiet today, at times, leaving too much space and allowing dangerous attacks. Though his first-half display was not worthy of his reputation, he improved greatly in the second and organized the defence a lot better.

Musa Barrow of Bologna and Theo Hernandez of Milan during the Serie A football match between Bologna FC and AC Milan at Renato Dall Ara stadium in Bologna Italy, January 30th, 2021. Photo Andrea Staccioli / Insidefoto andreaxstaccioli

Hernandez (6.5): Fast, rigorous and troubling in both ends of the pitch. A standard performance from the French left-back, though he lost the ball in the build-up to Bologna’s goal.

Tonali (5.5): Yet another underwhelming showing from Sandro who continues to struggle in a double pivot. He was taken off in the second half as Ismael Bennacer made his return, which could make it tough for the Italian in the coming weeks.

Kessie (6.5): After a sloppy and shaky first half, Kessie reaffirmed his dominance in the midfield with a controlled and composed second half. It was a perfect second half that was rewarded with an impressive penalty.

Saelemaekers (5.5): A difficult return to action for the Belgian from his league suspension, as he struggled to have any sort of impact on this game.

Leao (6.5): Despite playing out of position, Leao pulled the strings in the attack by making the right choices with his final passes. Though a bit quiet in the second half, he played his role wonderfully and had a great game overall.

Rebic (6.5): His intensity was a big problem for the opposition. Rebic’s awareness makes him a crucial piece for this team as shown in the first goal as he scored off an Ibrahimovic penalty miss. A very efficient display from the Croat.

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Ibrahimovic (5): A day to forget for Zlatan as he missed a couple of easy chances and a penalty in the first half and failed to bounce back in the second half. The striker looked totally distracted throughout the game which impacted his team’s overall performance.


Bennacer (6.5): A perfect comeback from Bennacer. A calm and composed display that reminds everyone why he is so important to this team.

Krunic (5.5): Failed to link up the defence and the attack, also struggling to maintain a good balance in the midfield.

Mandzukic (N/A): He didn’t play enough to get a rating.

READ MORE: Bologna 1-2 AC Milan: Rebic and Kessie score as the Rossoneri put pressure on Inter

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  1. Anthony Rosati says:

    Did you watch the same game I did? Tomori was sloppy with some of his passes and looked out of place on a couple of Bolognas possessions. Definitely rated lower than Tonali in my opinion.

    1. Lucas says:

      Nah tomori was a solid 6.

  2. Zoro Caloro says:

    For real lol did you watch the same game?? Tomori was great in 1v1 but bad positionally as he lost his marker multiple times. That said, he just needs time, I think he’ll be good here.

    And as much as I’m a Bennacer fan he was sloppy and unfit today, I get it as he just came back from injury but a 6.5? Lol come on man, you must have watched a prior game.

    And Theo 6.5?? He was great for a while but literally caused the Bologna goal that made the last 20 minuted hard for us. Sorry but that was massive and doesn’t deserve anything above a 6.

  3. Lucas says:

    Harsh on tonali again but everything else was okay. Pioli should get a 4.5.

    1. Al says:

      Tonali simply doesn’t fit in a 4-2-3-1, he plays way better when he’s the only CDM.

  4. Dona zeez says:

    Did you say it was not fair enough of Ismael Benacer rating ? Well it’s good.. I watch the same match and indeed couple of things we lacked was shown in the midfield,maybe you didn’t notice, but certainly it was a great performance generally for the lads and thanks to Gigi 👊❣️

  5. Kourosh says:

    When a player makes a fatal mistake like Theo and gifts the opponent a goal, he doesn’t deserve a good rating. 5 or 5,5 for him in this match.

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