MILAN – Joy and sorrows for the Italian teams involved in the Europa League. Milan is in crisis. The team coached by Gattuso did not recover after the knockout in the derby and lost at home also against Betis Sevilla. Now the technician is at great risk exoneration , in his place Donadoni could take over.
An excellent Lazio dominated the field of Marseille and has mortgaged the qualification to the next round of Europa League. Rudi Garcia has been laid out by goals from Wallace, Caicedo and Marusic and is at great risk of dismissal because the elimination from the Europa League is one step away.
Flop Milan, also Betis celebrates at San Siro
After the derby that has cracked the certainties, Milan has not reacted in the Europa League, defeated 1-2 from Betis to San Siro. The good game and the lucidity of the Spaniards disfigure the team of Gattuso, who has risked more than two goals (30 'Sanabria and 10' of the Lo Celso) and can only be comforted by the reaction of the final, the result of shake of the usual Cutrone.
Entered in the second half, the young striker shone far more than the nervous Higuain, and 7 'from the end he reopened a game that Milan could have equalized if the referee had not flown over the contact in the area between Bartra and Castillejo (expelled in recovery for a fallaccio), with the defender who hits more ankle than a ball. It ends with the Betis that leaps to the first place in Group F and the party of 7 thousand fans away from Sevilla.
The knockout does not compromise the qualification of AC Milan to the sixteenths (it is 2 / o, to +2 on Olympiacos that beat the Dudelange) but highlights the technical, tactical and mental limits of the Rossoneri, and does not help the position of Gattuso. Before the match, Leonardo assured that he had not thought about other coaches and Roberto Donadoni denied having had contacts with Milan managers. But then in the field we saw a Milan unable to react, with few ideas, and nervous, state of mind manifested above all by Higuain.
In a week, Milan will play two more times at San Siro, with Sampdoria and Genoa, and it is forbidden to make mistakes. After the trip to Udine, the challenge of Sevilla on 8 November, which precedes the big match with Juventus and the break, will be crucial. Gattuso must quickly take the countermeasures (at the end of the first half he tried the three-way defense) before the crisis opens. And he has to manage Higuain who, little assisted in the first half by Castillejo and Borini, soon gets nervous (as with Inter).
And when at the end of the first half has the right opportunity, the waste with a useless dribbling. Lucid and patient, Betis tames the rhythm. Milan chases the ball and at 30 'is hit by Sanabria, thanks to a re-exit of Reina. After Donnarumma in the derby, the Spaniard is wrong and the goal is to wobble AC Milan, which is likely to hit the knockout, first pardoned by an offside as doubtful, then by a mistake of Sanabria, then a suspicious control of Reina out on the trocar .
In the second half Gattuso inserts Suso and Cutrone, with Castillejo in the median, and while the Rossoneri look for the right positions on the field, at 10 'Lo Celso takes aim from the trocar and fires Reina. It takes another quarter of an hour to Milan to wake up, with Castillejo who first understands the 25-meter pole, then at the 38 'serves the assist at Cutrone and finally is spread by Bartra in the area, but for the Dutch Nijhuis is not rigor.
Lazio dominates in Marseille and mortgage the qualification
Authoritative, lucid, solid. It is Lazio that winning 3-1 in Marseille (signing Wallace in the first half, in the second half Caicedo, Payet on a free kick to reignite the French hopes and Marusic to extinguish them definitively) took a big step towards the 16 / i of Europa League , pushing the French, finalists of last season, almost out of the tournament, stopped at a point after three rounds.
The Lazio instead rose to 6, behind the Eintracht Frankfurt with full points thanks to 2-0 sull'Apollon. The 11 biancoceleste dominated the match over the result. By granting only a couple of defensive distractions, which Marseille has not exploited. Wallace's goal in the 10th minute (a great header to anticipate Mandanda on the first corner of the match, beaten by Leiva) put Lazio on the wings, which had Marseille for a dozen minutes.
Training of Garcia in doll and Caceres in 18 'and Immobile in 21' have missed the opportunity to launch the knockout. But first the Uruguayan defender took a deep breath from Cyros' suggestion in depth. So the attacker himself hit the outside of the post after an exchange with Caicedo. A minute earlier, the Ecuadorian had protested for a contact in the area with Kamara, very suspicious.
Released without further damage from the defensive lurches, Marseille has raised his head, finding the door of Strakosha with Luiz Gustavo – low shot easily – while a Mitroglou left has gone wide.
When the French started to gain a bit of field, Immobile (31 ') thought to scare them with a big right, which Mandanda raised above the crossbar. At 44 'Lazio still shooting with Parolo, replied by Rami, and first half closed with the only regret of having scored only one network. The recovery opened with the injury of Leiva, replaced by Marusic.
But Lazio did not skid and at 14 ', with a lethal counterattack, Immobile put Caicedo only in front of Mandanda, beaten for the second time. The Marseille 3 minutes before had fired very high the first real opportunity with Sanson. Payet has deluded the Velodrome fans for a while, on the 41st minute, with a good free-kick.
But the beautiful Lazio tonight – perhaps even loaded by the stones thrown against the bus on arrival at the stadium – could not shake for so little and at 90 'Marusic (shot throwable), has put the right distance between the two teams .
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