AC Milan registered their first defeat of the pre-season as Zalaegerszegi TE scored three goals in the first half and thus put the clash to bed. The Rossoneri at least got on the scoresheet thanks to Giroud and Krunic.
It took the home side just two minutes to take the lead as a corner fell perfectly at the feet of one of their players. It was right by the penalty spot and the finish left Tatarusanu with no chance as it was perfectly placed. Just five minutes later, it could have been more but the post saved Milan.
The Rossoneri’s first big chance came after 20 minutes as Messias started a counter-attacking move for the team. Rebic did everything right down the left and picked out Giroud in the box, but his effort was blocked by the defence.
However, instead of an equaliser, ZTE doubled the lead in the 24th minute as a long throw was headed into a good position. Tatarusanu once again had no chance and it was quite poor marking from Milan, especially Brescianini.
Three minutes later, the youngster lost his man once again and a great finish from outside the box resulted in a third goal for ZTE. It was a fantastic finish and one that Pioli could only applaud, and fortunately Milan got a way back into the game shortly after.
In the 29th minute, Ballo-Toure was brought down in the box and the referee pointed to the spot. Giroud stepped up and sent the goalkeeper the wrong way, scoring his third goal in two pre-season games for Milan this summer. An important goal for the Rossoneri after a rough start to the game.
With just seconds to go in the first half, the goalkeeper made a great save to deny Giroud from point-blank range. The scores remained 3-1 as the referee blew for the half-time whistle, though, and it was clearly a very lacklustre first 45 minutes for the Rossoneri.
In the 59th minute, Rebic perhaps should have found the back of the net after a nice pass from Messias. He made his way into the box but his effort was saved by the goalkeeper. Albeit a good save, he perhaps should have fired earlier.
In the 61st minute, Pioli decide to change almost the entire XI as he brought on the likes of Calabria, Saelemaekers, Leao, Tomori, Adli, Theo, Bennacer, Krunic, Maignan, Maldini. Gabbia was the only one left from the starting XI.
Milan had several half-chances in the second half but the home side certainly sat back and defended for their life. Understandable given the lead, and this made it difficult for the Rossoneri to spark a comeback.
However, in the 86th minute, Krunic was able to soften the blow as he found the back of the net with a powerful finish. Adli found him in the box and he did well to control the ball. The goal had been coming, as said, and wasn’t against the run of play.
The game finished 3-2 and it’s clear that Pioli’s men still have some way to go before they are ready physically. It was a typical pre-season defeat, in other words.