MILANO. Milan defeats Dinamo Zagreb 3-1. Milan got an early 2-0 lead with 2 goals from O. Giroud (45′) and A. Saelemaekers (47′). Dinamo Zagreb tried to recover with a goal from M. Orsic (56′). Nevertheless, the match was closed by a goal (77′) scored by T. Pobega for Milan. Milan took advantage of its superior ball possession (57%).
The match was played at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza stadium in Milano on Wednesday and it started at 6:45 pm local time. The referee was Jesús Gil Manzano with the assistance of Diego Barbero Sevilla and Ángel Nevado Rodríguez. The 4th official was Ricardo De Burgos Bengoetxea. The weather was cloudy. The temperature was pleasant at 23.8 degrees Celsius or 74.84 Fahrenheit. The humidity was 70%.
Milan had a strong ball possession 57% while Dinamo Zagreb was struggling with a 43% ball possession.
Attitude and shots
Milan was more aggressive with 57 dangerous attacks and 17 shots of which 7 were on target. This is one of the reasons why Milan won the match.
Milan shot 17 times, 7 on target, 10 off target. Regarding the opposition, Dinamo Zagreb shot 7 times, 3 on target, 4 off target.
Milan received 1 yellow card (S. Pioli). Talking about the opposition, Dinamo Zagreb received 2 yellow cards (M. Orsic and A. Marin).
In the next match in the Champions League, Milan will host Chelsea on the 11th of October with a 1-0 head to head statistic in favor of Milan (0 draws).
Dinamo Zagreb will play away agasint Salzburg on the 5th of October with a 3-0 head to head record in favor of Salzburg (3 draws).
Milan – Formation
Milan started with a 4-2-3-1 line-up (4-2-3-1).
The manager Stefano Pioli decided to play with the following team: Mike Maignan, Davide Calabria , Pierre Kalulu , Fikayo Tomori , Theo Hernández , Ismaël Bennacer , Sandro Tonali , Alexis Saelemaekers , Brahim Díaz , Rafael Leão and Olivier Giroud .
The home team had on the bench: Tommaso Pobega, A. Mirante, S. Kjær, M. Gabbia, F. Ballo, A. Jungdal, Rade Krunić , Sergiño Dest , Junior Messias and Charles De Ketelaere .
Milan made 5 changes: S. Tonali for T. Pobega (67′), O. Giroud for C. De Ketelaere (68′), A. Saelemaekers for J. Messias (78′), I. Bennacer for R. Krunic (78′) and B. Diaz for S. Dest (78′).
Best player: Alexis Saelemaekers
The most impressive player for Milan was Alexis Saelemaekers.
His rating iswith 1 goal, 30 passes (86% accurate) and 1 key pass. He was won 4 duels out of 6. He performed 3 crosses.
Dinamo Zagreb – Formation
Dinamo Zagreb started with a 5-3-2 line-up (5-3-2).
Ante Čačić played with: Dominik Livaković, Sadegh Moharrami , Stefan Ristovski , Josip Šutalo , Dino Perić , Robert Ljubičić , Arijan Ademi , Josip Mišić , Luka Ivanušec , Bruno Petković and Mislav Oršić .
The following players were sitting on the bench: Martin Baturina, Antonio Marin , Petar Bočkaj, Kévin Théophile-Catherine, Mahir Emreli, Danijel Zagorac, Daniel Štefulj, Dario Špikić , Josip Drmić , Marko Bulat, Rasmus Lauritsen and Emir Dilaver.
Dinamo Zagreb could not rely on the presence of J. Drmic (injured).
Dinamo Zagreb made 4 changes: S. Moharrami for D. Spikic (63′), S. Ristovski for J. Drmic (78′), B. Petkovic for M. Baturina (84′) and M. Orsic for A. Marin (84′).
Best player: Mislav Oršić
The player that probably impressed the most for Dinamo Zagreb was Mislav Oršić.
His rating iswith 1 goal, 26 passes (84% accurate) and 1 key pass. He was won 3 duels out of 7. He performed 1 cross.
Results of the day
These are the results of the day in the Champions League.