HT: Ibra opens Milan account in Ireland

Milan beat Shamrock Rovers 2-0 in the Europa League preliminary round, as Hakan Calhanoglu scored one, assisted Zlatan Ibrahimovic and hit the crossbar to dwelling up a gathering with Bodo/Glimt.

The Rossoneri season started in Dublin towards the present Irish Premier League leaders, with the winners occurring to face Norwegians Bodo/Glimt in the subsequent round on September 24.

Ante Rebic became suspended, with Lucas Paqueta overlooked fully, Rafael Leao environment apart due to COVID-19, Alessio Romagnoli, Andrea Conti and Mateo Musacchio injured. Shamrock Rovers had defender Liam Scales sitting out a ban.

Milan, playing of their blue third various kit, nonetheless the first set of the sport became by Gianluigi Donnarumma on the Aaron Greene angled power, the defence caught out by a Jack Byrne via ball.

After a pair of makes an try charged down, the Rossoneri took the lead when a unlucky Roberto Lopes clearance allowed Hakan Calhanoglu to string via for Ibrahimovic, taking a contact to drill previous the goalkeeper into the shut to bottom nook.

It became nearly 2-0 moments later, Samu Castillejo despatched particular by Ibra most animated to be denied by an Aaron McEneff perform-line clearance.

Donnarumma became tested as soon as more by Greene, who shrugged off Matteo Gabbia some distance too simply to bag away down the true, followed by Theo Hernandez and Calhanoglu volleys that were both charged down or over the bar.

Theo Hernandez ran on to a sexy Calhanoglu via ball to pull aid from the by-line, nonetheless Davide Calabria’s faucet-in became blocked by a desperate sliding kind out.

Calhanoglu in relation to bought on the scoresheet on 53 minutes with a spectacular over-head kick that clipped the crossbar, then Calabria’s apply-up became nicely saved on the shut to high nook.

Calhanoglu compelled a fingertip set alongside with his great free kick and at final managed to celebrate his perform with a sincere within the true foot fabricate into the pinnacle nook from the brink of the sphere. It became a nicely-worked team switch in conjunction with Franck Kessie and Castillejo.

It became in no arrangement one-skill traffic, as Donnarumma wanted a one-handed set on Greene after a mercurial counter-assault, whereas Calabria fired straight on the goalkeeper.

Sandro Tonali and Brahim Diaz made their aggressive Milan debuts in the final minutes. Brahim skipped some distance from defenders to send Castillejo particular, nonetheless a final-ditch Lopes kind out became decisive.

Shamrock Rovers 0-2 Milan

Ibrahimovic 23 (M), Calhanoglu 67 (M)

Shamrock Rovers: Mannus; O’Brien, Lopes, Grace; Finn, McEneff, O’Neill (Watts 70), Farrugia (Kavanah 83); J Byrne, Greene (Williams 87), Burke

Milan: G Donnarumma; Calabria, Kjaer, Gabbia, Theo Hernandez; Kessie, Bennacer (Tonali 84); Castillejo, Calhanoglu (Brahim 84), Saelemaekers (Krunic 73); Ibrahimovic

Ref: Farkas (HUN)

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