BOLOGNA, STADIUM RENATO DALL'ARA – Postponement of the Italian Serie A football match, Bologna-Milan 0-0.
Three points, for Milan, could have meant an attempt to escape towards the qualification in the Champions League. For Bologna, however, the exit from the relegation zone. Between two teams in crisis, however, the policy of small steps prevails and does not risk worsening the situation.
Little show and zero goals, wins the boredom and in the end the regrets are more for Bologna, which does not have the strength to exploit the numerical superiority in the last quarter of an hour: also thanks to Donnarumma, who saves his first on a penalty by Orsolini and then on a header by Destro.
Fear dominates the race right from the start. Milan take the ball in the game, but possession of the ball is barren, even the shadow of opportunities. On the other hand, Bologna limits itself to contain. Inzaghi built with Mbaye Svanberg a cage around Suso, but the rossoblù are too low to be able to start again.
For the first conclusion we must wait for the minute 21: the signature is Higuain, who replies three minutes later. In both cases, however, the aim is not sufficiently angled to worry Skorupski. Then touches Bologna to scare the devil: a mess of Kessie triggers the counterattack of Palacio, which forces Donnarumma to the first real parade of the match at minute 27.
The first half is all here and confirms the moment of difficulty of both teams and both coaches, on the grid and at risk. Milan is a veteran of the exclusion in the Europa League and reduced to the minimum terms due to problems with the infirmary, even if they find captain Romagnoli 40 days after the last time (with Juventus). The Bologna is even worse: third last, without Pulgar and Dijks, with Mbaye selected for a Suso marking, but especially back from a very tender week: first the reflection on Inzaghi by the top of the club, then the reconfirmation, the dispute of the fans, the social vent of the technician, the crosses with the names of Fenucci, Bigon and Di Vaio and the choice of patron Saputo not to return to Bologna, where it was announced among those present for the big match.
The dangerous actions rossoblù all pass from Palacio, who tries to turn on the light even in the second half: but Santander wastes a shot from the edge to 2 'and Zapata is good then to anticipate the Paraguayan to head to 6'.
Three minutes later Calhanoglu has the right ball from the edge, but does not frame the door. Suso has no flicker and Al 31 'comes the episode that can turn the game: Bakayoko takes the red for a second yellow card, but Bologna does not have the strength to change pace. The result does not change either, despite the changes: it ends 0-0.
The report cards of the match
Bologna 0-0 Milan. Bologna (3-5-2): Skorupski 6, Calabresi 6.5, Danilo 6.5, Helander 6.5, Mattiello 6.5, Poli 6 (36 'st Orsolini 6), Nagy 6, Svanberg 6 (16' st Dzemaili 6), Mbaye 6, Palacio 6, Santander 6 (46 'st Destro sv). (1 Da Costa, 29 Santurro, 3 Gonzalez, 4 De Maio, 6 Paz, 17 Donsah, 11 Krejcì, 30 Okwonkwo, 91 Falcinelli). All .: F.Inzaghi 6.
Milan (4-4-2): G. Donnarumma 6, Calabria 6, Zapata 6, Romagnoli 6.5, Rodriguez 6, Suso 5 (39 'st Laxalt 6), Kessie 6, Bakayoko 4.5, Calhanoglu 5.5 (33' st Josè Mauri 5.5), Higuain 4.5, Cutrone 5 (16 'st Castillejo 5.5). (25 Reina, 90 A. Donnarumma, 12 Counts, 20 Abbot, 22 Musachchio, 16 Bertolacci, 18 Montolivo, 77 Halilovic, 96 Tsadjout). All .: Gattuso 5.5.
Referee: Maresca of Naples. Angles: 2-1 for Bologna. Recovery: 0 'and 4'. Ammonites: Bakayoko, Kessie, Helander for improper play; Calabria, Santander, Romagnoli for protests. Expelled: Bakayoko for a second yellow card. Spectators: 22.214
The key actions of the match
93 'Final whistle, zero to zero in Bologna. Race with few scoring opportunities, between the two clubs won the fear. Both were afraid of losing, AC Milan because he was a veteran of the heavy elimination in the Europa League, because Bologna is in the relegation zone. This draw could save Pippo Inzaghi's bench even if Bologna could have done more after Bakayoko's dismissal and instead maintained his cautious attitude.
76 '( deepening here ) Possible turning point of the match. Bakayoko was sent off for a second yellow card after a tactical foul on Santander in midfield.
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75 'Castillejo tries to unlock a game that starts at zero to zero but his left is inaccurate and fails to frame the mirror of the goal defended by Skorupski.
54 'Milan close to the goal. Calhanoglu tries with a powerful shot from the edge of the penalty area of Bologna. The ball comes out of a breath to Skorupski beaten.
52 'First real chance to score for Milan. Cutrone receives the ball in the Bologna area and turns quickly but Skorupski is on the trajectory of the shot and manages to block the ball.
45 'In the first half he has overcome boredom. Bologna only came once with Rodrigo Palacio, while Milan did not create any scoring opportunities. Bologna has a very cautious tactical attitude and until now it is controlling the Milan strikers and the offensive phase of the Rossoneri without too much apprehension.
BOLOGNA (3-5-2): Skorupski; Calabresi, Danilo, Helander; Mattiello, Poli, Nagy, Svanberg, Mbaye; Santander, Palacio. All. F. Inzaghi
MILAN (4-4-2): Donnarumma; Calabria, Zapata, Romagnoli, Rodriguez; Suso, Kessie, Bakayoko, Calhanoglu; Higuain, Cutrone. All. Gattuso
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