Milan are able to salvage a point after what would have been a frustrating defeat to Udinese. The draw comes as a blow to their title hopes and the momentum they created after the win in Rome. The Rossoneri struggled to break down Udinese’s compact and deep three-man 3-5-2 system.
Milan took control of the game early on, with Udinese’s first cross or attempt in Milan’s box coming after thirty minutes. Milan played with intensity but it was clear they were missing Ibrahimovic at the end of their crosses. The visitors had a huge chance in the opening minutes of the second half, with Theo Hernandez poorly giving away the ball to Pereyra, who crossed it for Nestorovski, and if not for a goal-line clearance by Romagnoli, would’ve scored.
Milan had forced Musso to make saves on various occasions, but their lack of finishing came back to bite. An Udinese corner fell to Becao, who would send it between the legs of Donnarumma. The keeper was expecting one of Nestorovski or Calabria to get a touch on the ball, but neither did as the ball skimmed past his legs and into the goal. After numerous substitutions and approaches against the Udinese backline, the Friulians looked like they were going to come away with a win. Luckily, a handball from Larsen gave Milan the chance to draw the game even with a penalty. Kessie came to the spot and calmly sent Musso the wrong way, giving Milan a point with the last kick of the game.
One can say what they want about Udinese’s boring and defensive style of play, but the visitors nearly came away with a deserved win. The lack of first-team players surely took its hit on Milan, who need to be on their feet again before they visit Hellas Verona this upcoming Sunday.