The Rossonerri travel to the Stade Pierre-Mauroy looking to avenge their defeat in the reverse fixture.Coach Pioli decided against travelling with the overworked Zlatan Ibrahimovic and opted to start with Croatia’s Rebic.
The Serie A leaders nearly went behind in the 10th minute after the press from Lille from a goal kick nearly gifted a goal for hat trick hero from the San Siro tie Yacizi with Donnarumma caught off his line. The Milan goalie was made to work hard by Araujo, palming away his curling shot from just outside the box on 42 minutes. A minute into the second half, Milan took the lead. A superb defence splitting pass from Tonali freed up Rebic on the left side of the LOSC defence. Rebic’s pull back pass found Castillejo. The Spaniard’s first time shot caught defender and goalie off guard to score.
Lille had the woeful finishing of Milan to thank after careless passing nearly gifted Calhanoglu a goal in the 54th minute. Jonathan Bamba’s deflected shot restored parity on 64 minutes after neat one touch passes.Milan now need a win against Celtic on match day 5 coupled by a win by Sparta Prague over Lille to book a last 32 berth. Celtic has had a miserable campaign so far compounded last night by a 4-1 demolition in Prague on Thursday night.