Please Wait . . .

AC Milan book Europa League spot and end shoot-out drought in dramatic play-off
Dark Mode
Top Leagues
02-Oct-2020, 09:35 am

AC Milan book Europa League spot and end shoot-out drought in dramatic play-off


AC Milan 2020-21

Stefano Pioli was delighted with AC Milan's thrilling win over Rio Ave after a rollercoaster of emotions in the Europa League play-off.

AC Milan led through Alexis Saelemaekers before Francisco Geraldes equalised, and Rio Ave went ahead in extra time thanks to Gelson.

But Hakan Calhanoglu converted a 122nd-minute spot-kick to force an extraordinary shoot-out after Rio Ave defender Toni Borevkovic was sent off.

The Rossoneriwon the shoot-out 9-8 and in the processprevailed on penalties in Europe for the first time in 17 years.

Manager Pioli said the emotions of the clash were overwhelming, but he was thrilled to reach the group stage.

"It's difficult to control emotions. We went from the possibility of winning to losing in an instant and vice versa," the AC Milan head coach told a news conference, via Sky Sport .

"The penalty lottery has given very strong emotions and a great joy for having overcome a difficult opponent. We have reached the first goal of the season and you don't win without suffering."

The likes of Saelemaekers, 21, Matteo Gabbia, 20, and Daniel Maldini, 18, started for AC Milan.

Pioli, whose side have also won their opening two Serie A games of 2020-21, praised the character of his team.

"We were strong, especially mentally, with a very young team," he said. "Some were also in their first experience in Europe. I'm very satisfied with the final result."

AC Milan are in league action again on Sundaywhen they host Spezia.

Thursday night also saw Premier League side Tottenham book their place in the Europa League group stages after they beat Maccabi Haifa 7-2.

A hat-trick from Harry Kane sealed the comfortableresult for Jose Mourinho's side, but the Spurs boss wasn't too impressed by what he saw.

"We didn’t play amazing. The game was a bit strange; it was too open. In my opinion, they were too adventurous to play against a team of a different level and we punished them in this kind of transition situations," he told Premier Sports.


Source : goal.com

Recommended News :

Betting

Kevin De Bruyne Manchester City 2020

Marseille vs Manchester City Betting ...

Manchester City are looking to make it two wins from two in the Champions Lea...
Mohamed Salah Liverpool Everton 2020-21

Liverpool vs Midtjylland Betting Tips...

Liverpool will be looking to strengthen their position in Champions League Gr...
Real Madrid celebrating Clasico Barcelona 2020-21

Borussia Monchengladbach vs Real Madr...

Real Madrid travel to Borussia Monchengladbach on Tuesday evening in the Cham...
Sergio Reguilon Tottenham 2020-21

Burnley vs Tottenham Betting Tips: La...

Burnley welcome Tottenham to Turf Moor in the Premier League on Monday nightw...
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Arsenal, Premier League 2020-21

Arsenal vs Leicester City Betting Tip...

Arsenal will be aiming to leapfrog Leicester City in the Premier League table...

Transfer

Houssem Aouar Lyon Monaco Ligue 1 25102020

Another creative outlet like Aouar is...

Michael Thomas believes that Arsenal need "another creative outlet" like Lyon...
Kylian Mbappe/Bernardo Silva 2020-21

'He's a friend' - Silva names PSG's M...

Bernardo Silva admits he'd love to see Manchester City try to sign Paris Sain...
Lautaro Martinez Inter

Former Barca target Lautaro leaves do...

Inter striker Lautaro Martinez sayshe does not know what the future holds, bu...
Toni Kroos Real Madrid 2019-20

Kroos reveals transfer offers but int...

Toni Kroos says he has had offers to leave Real Madrid but turned them down a...
Haaland Pogba split

'Barca had no intention of signing Po...

Former Barcelona adviser Arieda Braida says that the club never had any inten...
image-top-scroll
`