‘The devil shuts down the squad’ – Italian media react to AC Milan’s ‘desperate’ loss to Liverpool – .

‘The devil shuts down the squad’ – Italian media react to AC Milan’s ‘desperate’ loss to Liverpool – .

Liverpool made Champions League history on Tuesday night with their 2-1 win over AC Milan.
Goals from Mohamed Salah and Divock Origi gave the Reds all three points at San Siro, becoming the first English club to win each of their group matches in the competition.

Atletico Madrid qualified for the round of 16 thanks to a victory over Porto, who will now play in the Europa League.

Milan finished last in Group B with the loss to Liverpool and are completely out of Europe, and this is how Italian media reported the game.

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Gazzetta dello Sport

“See you in September. Milan fall to San Siro with Liverpool in the final act and take their Champions League leave with a solemn promise to return to visit them next season. And the next one. And the next one, because old friends must be frequented regularly.

“Woe to get lost. Moreover, it is a European farewell across the board because the Devil closes the group in the last place and there is not even the consolation prize of the Europa League, snatched by the victory of Atletico in Port.

“Nothing can even Sant’Ambrogio, the day Milan celebrates it. It ended two against one for the English (goals scored by Tomori, Salah and Origi), who even legitimized during the last outing the excessive technical power deployed throughout the course despite the enormous changes made by Klopp.

“However, it was also nice to even be able to play it until the end in what was immediately renamed the Death Band.

“AC Milan still regrets the many absences – this evening there were five, but it was like that from the start – and some referees – notably that of Milan with Atletico – who could have led the group of Rossoneri quite otherwise. “

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“We needed the company and hope for a favorable result for Do Dragao, but none of this is accomplished and Milan close their European run in 2021/22: Liverpool win 2-1 on a return to San Siro and , thanks to Atletico Success 3-1 from Madrid to Porto, the Rossoneri closed group B in fourth and last place, without even making the qualifiers for the Europa League. Simeone’s colchoneros go to the second round, while the Dragoes go to the Europa League.

“THE MATCH – Pioli focuses on Messias in the trio behind Ibrahimovic, Klopp makes a lot of changes but in front he does not give up Salah and Mané and the match ball of the early stages is firmly between the feet of the Reds.

“But at the first useful opportunity, in the 29th minute, it was Milan who passed: a corner from the right, Minamino upset at the near post forcing Alisson to save, Tomori was the fastest to put the ball in the net.

“1-0 at San Siro, but the euphoria lasted a few minutes because in the 36th, Liverpool equalized: Maignan stopped after a long shot, Theo Hernandez forgets Salah who with the most comfortable tap-in made 1-1.

“Milan need a victory to hope for the second round, but in the 55th minute, it is again Liverpool who scores: Ball lost on leaving Tomori, Maignan saves the first shot but Origi from another tap-in realizes the 1-2 which freezes the San Siro.

“Pioli plays the substitutions but the Rossoneri are unable to get up, Origi touches the goal on two other occasions but cannot score.

“Then, in the 86th minute, Kessie has the opportunity to equalize and rekindle hopes, but face to face with Alisson is blocked by the Brazilian goalkeeper.

“In the end, Milan lose to San Siro and salute Europe this season. “

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“All hope of the Rossoneri is extinguished definitively after 10 minutes of the second half.

“Maignan opens the glove on Mané to keep Milan hooked on the Champions League, but Origi is ready to go home.

“Bad defensive error by Tomori, who had trained his teammates in the first half.

“Already, the challenge to leaders Liverpool opens with Milan ordered, greedy, in the lead: in the 29th minute the defender growls in attack, takes advantage of an imperfect intervention by Alisson, takes advantage of the deviation of Romagnoli on a corner.

“It is only an illusion, because the Reds find the equalizer, seven minutes later: the shot of Oxlade-Chamberlain is badly repelled by Maignan, Salah is the fastest to react, a few meters he is a infallible sniper.

“In the second half, Liverpool changed speed, and found the double in the 55th minute.

“Pioli’s changes (Saelemaekers, Bennacer, Florenzi) are useless to change the pace.

“Ibra does not light up, he does it too late and Messias does not arrive. Krunic (one of the best along with Tonali) hits hard and is desperate.

“Theo Hernandez is only reborn when Salah is replaced. It is therefore rather Origi to approach the recall with his head, completed by a close post.

“Desperate photo finish attempts are useless,” Kessie slams on Alisson.

“Milan salute the Champions League and, in the end, also the third place in group B, snatched from Porto. Goodbye to the Europa League parachute this year too. Dark in San Siro.


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