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Celtic FC 1-3 AC Milan – UEFA Europa League Player Ratings

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It’s time to see how AC Milan fared against Celtic FC in Glasgow for the UEFA Europa League opening game in a new season. 

AC Milan’s fantastic domestic moment translated into European territory after their Europa League match against Celtic. Glasgow was the place that confirmed the Rossoneri are back as one of the most competitive sides in the continent. With Zlatan Ibrahimovic as their leader, Stefano Pioli’s side offered a sober performance against a frail Scottish side.

Krunic scored Milan’s first goal after connecting a precise cross from Castillejo. Initially, the Spaniard’s assist was intended for Zlatan but it went a little wide. Luckily, Krunic was there to score the goal that gave his side the advantage. Brahim scored the second goal near half-time. He started a counter-attack after getting cleared by Donnarumma, Only to finish the chance with a crossed shot.

Zlatan didn’t seem as connected as usual, which is the reason he left the pitch early in the second half. AC Milan needs to save Zlatan some time for the upcoming matches they have to play. 

Celtic pulls one back for excitement. 

Given that they were playing at home, Celtic couldn’t afford to finish the game without getting on the scoreboard. They gave us a little more excitement through a corner kick that Alyounoussi scored with 15 minutes left on the clock.

However, AC Milan responded with a last-minute goal from Hauge after an assist from Saelemaekers. That is a 3-1 result for AC Milan just days before facing AS Roma in Serie A next Monday. Celtic was honestly expected to lose this game, they never really had a chance against the Rossoneri.

Next up in Group H, we have AC Milan facing Sparta Prague in San Siro. Lille gets a visit from Celtic in France. You can also check the rest of today’s Europa League results down below.

Player ratings 

Celtic FC: Barkas (6), Duffy (6), Laxalt (7), Ajer (5), Welsh (5), Frimpong (5), McGregor (4), Brown (7), Ntcham (5), Griffiths (6), Ajeti (5). 

Bench: Elyounoussi (5), Christie (5), Rogic (6), Klimala (5), Taylor (5).

AC Milan: Donnarumma (8), Kjaer (9), Hernandez (8), Dalot (7), Romagnoli (8), Castillejo (6), Krunic (7), Kessie (7), Tonalli (8), Ibrahimovic (7), Brahim (9).

Bench: Bennacer (7), Leao (6), Saelemaekers (8), Hauge (8). 

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