AC Milan’s Coppa Italia exit at the hands of Atalanta was not without controversy as the away side enjoyed the rub of the green on two controversial calls.
Firstly there was the penalty that gave Atalanta the lead. Miranchuk made a run to the byline and went down under a challenge from Jimenez, with the referee Di Bello pointing to the spot instantly.
The Spaniard was adamant he got a touch on the ball – and replays show that he definitely did – but after a VAR review the spot kick stood and Koopmeiners scored.
How was this given? How was this not checked by VAR? 📺
At first impressions, it looked like a stonewall penalty, but after seeing it from this angle, Jimenez got the ball. 🤷♂️#SempreMilan 🔴⚫ #MilanAtalanta 1-2 #CoppaItaliaFrecciarossapic.twitter.com/s7dgVRNdl2
— Milan Xtra (@MilanXtra) January 10, 2024
Right at the death when Milan were pushing for an equaliser, a corner was headed onto the arm of Holm who certainly had it in an unnatural position to begin with but was in the process of tucking it in.
Nevertheless, the Rossoneri players were adamant the ball still struck his arm while it was outstretched and the replays show they might well have had a case.
🤔 Was this a penalty?
— SempreMilan (@SempreMilanCom) January 10, 2024