AC Milan guide Europa League spot and finish shoot-out drought in dramatic play-off
The Rossoneri held on tight in a special game that was pushed away
Stefano Pioli was delighted with AC Milan’s victory over Rio Ave after struggling in the Europa League.
After 24 penalties in the shootout, Milan recorded a 9-8 win, meeting in Portugal after a 2-2 draw following extra time.
AC Milan took the lead through Alexis Saelemaekers Francisco Geraldes before the match, and Rio Ave went into extra time thanks to Gelson.
But Hakan Calhanoglu converted a 122-minute switch to force a surprise shot after Rio Ave defender Toni Borevkovic was released.
The Rossoneri won 9-8 and this time won European sanctions for the first time in 17 years.
The Pioli manager said the love affair was great, but he was happy to get to the club.
“It’s hard to stop the frustration. We lost the chance to win until we lost at the same time and vice versa,” AC Milan chief executive told a news conference, via Sky Sport.
“The pay lot has given us a lot of attention and a lot of excitement for overcoming a tough enemy. We’ve achieved the first goal of the season and you won’t win without suffering.”
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Saelemaekers players, 21, Matteo Gabbia, 20, and Daniel Maldini, 18, made their debut for AC Milan.
Pioli, whose team won again in their first two Serie A matches of 2020-21, praised his team’s performance.
“We were strong, especially mentally, we had a very small team,” he said. “Others also met for the first time in Europe. I am very satisfied with the final results.”
AC Milan joined the club on Sunday when they hosted Spezia.
Thursday night also saw Premier League side Tottenham retain their place in the Europa League after defeating Maccabi Haifa 7-2.
Harry Kane’s hat-trick sealed a good result for Jose Mourinho’s team, but the Spurs boss was not very happy with what he saw.
“We didn’t play strangely. The game was a strange one; it was very open. In my opinion, they were fond of playing against another team and we punished them in different ways,” he said. adauza Premier Sports.
“But at the same time, we weren’t very complacent. We didn’t stick well. I think with the original goals, the team lost a little bit of interest. job is over, we are in the group.