Player ratings as Zlatan sends Rossoneri back to Serie A top
Milan returned to the top of Serie A on Sunday afternoon, beating Crotone 4-0 at San Siro, Zlatan Ibrahimovic reaching the 500-goal milestone for club.
Davide Calabria put the ball in the net early on but the goal was ruled out for an offside offense in the buildup. I Rossoneri found their breakthrough at the half hour mark, when Ibrahimovic rushed behind the defense to hit the ball into the far corner with typical aplomb.
The hosts always maintained comfortable control throughout the game, missing out on a handful of opportunities to get the game past Crotone. It was Ibrahimovic who ultimately killed the contest in the 64th minute, tapping home from close to convert a cross from Theo Hernandez.
Ante Rebic then stepped into the act to score twice in the span of a minute, first nodding from a corner, then sending the ball into the net on a cross from Hakan Calhanoglu.
The three points sent Stefano Pioli’s men back to the top of Serie A, leading their rivals Inter.
Let’s look at the Milan player ratings from a dominant Rossoneri display.
Gianluigi Donnarumma (GK) – 7/10 – Excellent backup at your fingertips to refuse Ounas over eight minutes, stretching his giant frame to pass the ball. Not much else to do afterwards.
Davide Calabria (RB) – 8/10 – I thought he broke the deadlock, but an offside flag denied him the fun. Continued to march on the right flank, keeping a careful eye on the activities taking place behind him.
Fikayo Tomori (CB) – 8/10 – Another impressive sight in Italian football. Always dialed in possession, and did the dirty things perfectly. He took up the task when Crotone started to throw the ball for a long time.
Alessio Romagnoli (CB) – 7/10 – He stuck out a vital toe to prevent his opponents from breaking into the penalty area in the second half. Drive with calm confidence.
Théo Hernandez (LB) – 8/10 – Another thunderous spectacle. Crawled to the left, and created great luck for Leao, smoking from box to box unstoppably. Lied on the second with a nice run and calm delivery.
Franck Kessie (CM) – 8/10 – Led the midfielder. Closed Crotone’s center players, pushed the ball back and pushed Milan to come back as quickly as possible.
Soualiho Meite (CM) – 7/10 – A better display than in recent weeks. Well connected and simple. Offered some cheeky touches in the middle of the park.
Rafael Leao (AM) – 7/10 – Smart rear wheel to power the Calabria, but it was ruled out for offside. Shame. He took the ball off the toe of a teammate, who was much better positioned than him on the edge of the box. Made amends with a nice pass in disguise behind the defense to supply Ibra.
Alexis Saelemaekers (RW) – 6/10 – Not at his best in the first half, with a lot of attacking threat on the opposite flank. Subbed at halftime.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic (ST) – 8/10 – In search of the club’s 500 goal. Only 30 minutes. A superb finish, opening up his body and placing the ball in the far corner. Large movement available to convert the second too.
Ante Rebic (LW) – 8/10 – I found some joy on the left flank and put up some good chances with some nice cuts. Directed and slammed two goals in front of the Crotone striker within a minute. Game over.
Samuel Castillejo (RW) – 6/10
Hakan Calhanoglu (AM) – 8/10
Jens Petter Hauge (LW) – 6/10
Mario Mandzukic (ST) – 7/10
Rade Krunic (CM) – N / A