League leaders Milan slipped in the Serie A title race on Saturday, falling to a crushing 3-0 loss to Atalanta at San Siro.
I Rossoneri fell behind in the 25th minute, when Atalanta defender Cristian Romero slipped past his marker and cleverly moved past Gianluigi Donnarumma.
Milan’s troubles escalated shortly after the break, when Franck Kessie was penalized for a lost elbow in the penalty area, and Josip Ilicic concealed the resulting kick to double Atalanta’s advantage.
I Rossoneri had a chance to get back into the game, with Mario Mandzukic forcing a nice save on Pierluigi Gollini. But the hosts were caught on the break by the clinical Dea in the 77th minute, and Duvan Zapata killed the game with a ruthless finish from inside the box to secure all three points for Atalanta.
Let’s see the scores of the players of the home team from a surprise result at San Siro.
Gianluigi Donnarumma (GK) – 5/10 – Pulled a strong hand to repel Hateboer’s crossfire. Will likely be disappointed to have let Romero’s head slide under him. Didn’t cover himself with glory for the third one either.
Davide Calabria (RB) – 5/10 – Given a difficult evening by Gosens. Consistently second to the ball, and could not prevent Atalanta from flying on that flank. Torn up.
Pierre Kalulu (CB) – 5/10 – I won’t face many more difficult afternoons than scoring the magical Ilicic and the explosive Zapata. Allowed Romero to drift to the goal side and couldn’t stop him from coming home. I had to leave the field on a stretcher – fingers crossed, he’s fine.
Simon Kjaer (CB) – 6/10 – Fought against Zapata’s immense physicality, but defended him well when one on one. Left exposed for the final goal.
Théo Hernandez (LB) – 5/10 – Spent more time in his opponent’s half, but his crossing and delivery was a touchdown. When he’s not at his best, Milan just isn’t the same.
Soualiho Meite (CM) – 5/10 – Played in a more advanced role in midfield but it didn’t quite work out for the new boy and he was substituted at half time.
Sandro Tonali (CM) – 7/10 – The best of midfielders, and put in good tackles to protect his baseline. Possession rarely lost when given the ball.
Franck Kessie (CM) – 5/10 – Worked hard to cover the gaps and spaces left by the relentless Hernandez behind him. Gave away the penalty with an elbow on Ilicic. May feel hard done by, but the touch was there. Idiot.
Samu Castillejo (RW) – 5/10 – Lacked any sort of penetration and was easily overruled on that right flank. Looks like a man running out of ideas when Plan A doesn’t go well.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic (ST) – 6/10 – Spilled wide a big chance in the first half when he found himself unmarked at the far post. Watched a bit of rhythm against such an energetic side.
Rafael Leao (LW) – 5/10 – Kept very calm by Atalanta’s back line. Impossible to take the ball in dangerous positions. Often on a different wavelength than his attacking teammates, doing the wrong run or ignoring a good option.
Brahim Diaz (CM) – 7/10 – Came at halftime and generally looked brilliant on the ball. Symptomatic of Milan’s woes that Diaz was among their best performers and he only played 45 minutes.
Mateo Musacchio (CB) – 6/10
Mario Mandzukic (ST) – 6/10
Ante Rebic (LW) – 6/10