Player Ratings: Red Star 2-2 AC Milan – Theo crucial; youngster does well off bench

By Isak Möller -

Milan seemed to have got the job done away at Red Star Belgrade this evening as with a 2-1 lead, and one man up, they headed into stoppage time. However, the home side equalised at the death via a corner. 

Starting XI

Donnarumma (6): Didn’t have that much to do besides the two goals conceded, both on set pieces, but was solid as usual between the sticks. He should be upset with his teammates for conceding that late goal.

Kalulu (6): You can see that he’s still very young, but it was a good display from him this evening. Started the game with a great move in attack and was also solid defensively throughout the game, though with a few lost balls to his name.

Tomori (6): Just like Kalulu, he did most of the things right and also stood out on a few occasions. He’s a tough player to meet for the opponent, but in duels and pace-wise, but he can improve his passing a little.

Romagnoli (5.5): Committed a very silly handball to gift Red Star a penalty in the second half. He was also a bit out of position on a few occasions, and it seems the fans are getting tired of these silly mistakes.

Hernandez (7): Worked hard on the left-hand side and that resulted in several chances up front, as he found his way into the box. He got a goal disallowed but got paid for his hard in the second half, winning a penalty and then converting it.

AC Milan's French defender Theo Hernandez shoots and scores a penalty during the UEFA Europa League round of 32 football match between Crvena Zvezda Beograd (Red Star Belgrade) and AC Milan at the Rajko Mitic stadium in Belgrade, on February 18, 2021. (Photo by ANDREJ ISAKOVIC / AFP) (Photo by ANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP via Getty Images)

Bennacer (N/A): He looked solid at the start of the game but had to leave the pitch with an injury after 40 minutes of play. It didn’t look good for him and it seems he will miss the game against Inter.

Meite (6): I don’t have that many complaints about the Frenchman, as he was decent when he got the ball and kept his position well. Perhaps, though, he could be a bit more involved in the overall play.

Castillejo (6.5): Bright performance from the outcast as he had an advantage on his defender, often making his way out of situations. He was important for keeping possession and also set up the own-goal with his cross.

Krunic (6): Not terrible from the former Empoli man and certainly a lot better than we have seen from him as of late. Looked very good in the first half but in the last 45, he made a few avoidable mistakes on the ball.

Rebic (N/A): He looked full of energy on the left-wing and could have had a goal in the first half, just about failing to hit the target. Was taken off at half-time, so it’s hard to give him a rating.

AC Milan's Croatian forward Mario Mandzukic heads the ball during the UEFA Europa League round of 32 football match between Crvena Zvezda Beograd (Red Star Belgrade) and AC Milan at the Rajko Mitic stadium in Belgrade, on February 18, 2021. (Photo by pedja milosavljevic / AFP) (Photo by PEDJA MILOSAVLJEVIC/AFP via Getty Images)

Mandzukic (6): Being used to Ibrahimovic, it was a bit different and Manzukic often drifted out of position. Having said that, he was an important reference point and won several duels to set up the attack. Not quite there yet, though.


Tonali (7): Came on to replace Bennacer and did really well at the centre of the park, a lot more comfortable on the ball as he dropped down deep. Did very well to help Milan control the game and he also set up the second goal.

Leao (5.5): He didn’t have much impact on the game although he managed to get past the defenders once or twice. Perhaps with a bit more time, the rating would have been higher but we just didn’t see much of him.

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

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

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  1. Miete is garbage. What was he doing on the corner kick in injury time to tie the game? Completely lost his man. I hope we don’t pick up his option. He is def not worth 10m for a back up. Clearly he belongs in a small team. Romagnoli. He has completely lost his form. Another sub-par display from our captain. Benacer out of the derby will hurt us big time. Sad to see him out. Hope Tonali can step up but can’t expect too much at his age in first derby.

  2. Well, it took just over half a season to figure out how to defend against Milan as we only play one tactic well. Even new additions came, so there are one for one back ups to keep same tactic going. It was natural this would end at some point and I hope top 3 finish is still possible.

  3. Meite, romagnoli, krunic, castilejo all of them belong to small or mediocre team, cant keep up for champion team. And also the tactics is have no other solution if doesnt work, it should be more alternative way to break trough. Theo is readable and rebic can only run and run this season. Milan cant play the same way if its not working, even playing mediocre team in serie A gonna be hard from now on, they all know anti milan tactics, even red star know how to press milan

  4. Donnarumma is without doubt top gk just need to improve him game with feet. Tatarusanu good for back up. Antonio donnarumma go back to asteras Tripolis.Need top players for right flank.Calabria below average…He is perfect for spal and brescia not for milan..Davide look theo and learn.dalot wish you the best in Man United.Salemakers castillejo and hauge is better to become ball boys. Leao is better to loan him and work more with your brain. Theo and rebic are 100% match in left flank.Kalulu very young to judge…need more minutes for sure maybe loan him too. I believe in romagnoli but he finally needs someone next to him permanently…kajer and gabbia as a back up and we need one cb with balls between him legs..maybe tomori is a solution but it’s very early to say…benaccer is great but needs someone next to him..not kessie…he is terrible.. looks like a tired veteran after 60 minutes and cant dribble mark assist or score..just penalties and these are…tonali is still very young and must improve his gameplay…meite?funny player…i think he can carry our water bottles not play football.. just worse than kessie..krunic? Dont want to spend my time writing about him. Go play tennis better…mandzukic maybe too early to judge but I think it is better we didnt get him. Diaz? Go back to real. You remind me suso…good technic in theory but no finishing no assists..numbers count in football…calhanoglu after three years finally show quality but still not top player and look like he plays only for new contract…maldini needs time and must loan..Ibra?no words.i wish he was 25…we need a top striker because retirement is coming and he cant play 90 minutes.Someone will say that I judge them hard but if we want to be competitive in cl then we need reinforcements almost in all positions. Scudetto is not realistic goal. I want milan play cl every year but I dont want to be third and fourth in cl group

  5. Let’s be clear here. That last goal should not have counted as that corner should not have counted due to an obvious offside on the play leading up to it. Hernandez goal should hv stood, the arm action was minimal at best and it seemed to bump on his chest rather than arm. I didnt see a replay that clearly show the arm so goal should have stood. With these two Milan would have had a comfortable 3-1 victory.

  6. On the last goal 3 ppl are culpable, not just Meite but Tonali and Leao. The near post defenders were not doing their job. That ball was far too low to not clear but that clearance needed to come from defenders ahead of attackers ie Tonali or Leao based simply on how the attacker’s run was made. That being said, Meite was far too slow and weak in putting the attacker off, that was his job. No way he was going to get the ball if anyone here plays football but he def needed to challenge better. I’d say the clearance ahead of him is more important. What space exactly was Tonali marking? There was no one he was picking up smh. Anyways, terrible blunder from capitan but I’ve seen enough of Tomori to know 30 mil is a steal for his redemption. Hopefully, in a fantasy world Sergio Ramos replaces Romagnoli but that’s a pipe dream.

  7. Let’s be realistic: we are a mediocre team. We just do not know how to attack. Our two goals ? Both gifts. Instead of rating individual players, we’d better rate our style (or, lack of it) of playing.

    1. I agree 100% Pioli is way to predictible and a medium to top coach will embarase milan… Not a single shoot on target with spezia? Wtf is this?

  8. Milan was way better when young players like hauge, brahim, leao, selemekers were playing alongside ibra. Now, with winter campain and with some players returning from injury all is gone to dust. We can see that rebic, krunic and mandsukic (pioli likes their names maybe) are prefered choices and have unballanced the energy that the young guys made milan work in the first place

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