The Rossonerri looked to bounce back from the poor result at the weekend in this Europa League round of 32 first leg tie.I am disappointed that a side like Milan with all their European pedigree have shown disdain for the Europa league. I say this because their starting 11 showed how seriously they take the competition. Milan lined up with a virtually makeshift side with Leao , Hakan and Zlatan rested. Red Star who are managed by former Inter player Dejan Stankovic lined up with a strong side in a 3-5-2 looking to exploit weaknesses in Milan’s full back positions. Its a pity Castillejo’s neat finish was chopped off for offside in the 6th minute. The complexion of the match would have changed. If you are a keeper and you come out for a cross you have to make sure you get to the ball. Red Star keeper Borjan committed the cardinal sin here missing the cross only for Mandzukic to knock it down for Theo to finish. 1-0 to Milan 11 minutes or so it seems. The soccer gods smiled at the Red Star keeper as VAR chopped off this one as well this time for handball by the goal scorer in the build up.
The pressure from Milan finally yielded a goal in minute 42. An unfortunate own goal by Red Star defender Pankov gave Milan the 1-0 lead. Whilst attempting to cut off the cross from Castillejo, Pankov put it past the keeper although the keeper could have done better in collecting the ball. Would the ref have blown for a handled back pass infringement against Red Star had he collected? You tell me. Red Star made it 1-1 after the break from the penalty spot. Ramagnoli ouystretched his arm to block a flick from striker Falcinelli. Gabon International Kanga beat Donnarumma ,who guessed the right way, for power from the spot on 52 minutes. Milan got a pen of their own which was converted by Theo for 2-1 in the 60th minute after a clumsy challenge.Can someone tell me how Kalulu was allowed to get away with punching the ball away in the 70th minute in the box?When Milan(I found the name ironically funny)Rodic got his marching orders for a professional foul in the 77th minute, Milan looked a shoe in for the win. But with ten man, in injury time , Red Star drew level. A looping header from a corner by(do not laugh) Milan Pavkov beat a stranded Donnarumma to send the Belgrade side into delirium.
People may not know there was a time when Red Star were European giants in the 1980s and early 1990s. Crvena actually lifted the European Cup 1991 in a major upset of the time against Marseille.