Milan 2-2 Bologna: Penalty drama and late equalizer end up in draw

Last Updated on 30/01/2024 by

As a result of a late come-from-behind goal scored by Ruben Loftus-Cheek for Milan, which was followed by an even later equalizer scored by Bolgona from the penalty spot, the game was tied.

Fans of Milan exited the San Siro in a state of deep frustration after Bologna scored a penalty kick in the final minute of stoppage time to secure a draw in the Serie A match. It appeared as though a brace from Ruben Loftus-Cheek would be sufficient to secure three points for the Rossoneri; however, Riccardo Orsolini scored from the penalty spot to ensure that the match results in a draw. Considering that Olivier Giroud and Theo Hernandez both failed to convert penalties, Milan will be thinking about the opportunities that were lost.

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It was a chaotic 90 minutes of football that was more characterized by a number of controversial officiating decisions and three penalties than any play that took place during the game itself during that time.

Riccardo Calafiori was shown an early yellow card for a foul that was not particularly serious. This established the tone for the match and meant that Davide Massa, who was in the middle of the field, was almost obligated to provide a severe punishment for anything that occurred after that.

At the 29-minute mark, Bologna gained an unexpected lead through Joshua Zirkzee. Although this goal was not against the run of play, it was a surprise nonetheless. Zirkzee initiated the process by chasing down a long ball, which afforded his teammates the opportunity to capitalize on the situation.

After they made a mistake with their lines, he found himself in a better position to score, and he did not falter in his attempt to score, sending the ball through the legs of Milan’s goalkeeper Mike Maignan.

The primary source of contention occurred ten minutes later, when Milan center-back Simon Kjaer went down in the box clutching his face. This was the most controversial moment. With replays indicating that there was no contact made, the referee came to the conclusion that Lewis Ferguson was responsible for the incident and issued a penalty.

However on the penalty spot Giroud’s easy spot kick was saved, but Milan equalized just a few minutes later when Loftus-Cheek crept undetected into the box and tucked away a simple cross from Calabria. Loftus-Cheek’s goal was the equalizer.

The first half as a whole showed a total of six yellow cards, with five of them being given to the home team. A red card was given to Thiago Motta, the manager of the away team, for his objections to the penalty that was awarded.

Both teams appeared to be exhausted by the time the first half of the match was over, and neither was able to take an advantage until the middle of the second half, when Rafael Leao made a break toward the Bologna box at a high rate of speed. In a one-on-one situation with Sam Beukema, the center back extended his hand to the Portuguese player’s face, and the left winger was more than willing to fall down in return.

Following Giroud’s substitution, it was up to Theo Hernandez to make the last strike. Hernandez, like Giroud previously, hit the ball with his left foot in a low and right direction. In spite of the fact that he was able to score on the rebound after his penalty hit the post, the goal was disallowed.

Nevertheless, Milan was able to score what they would have considered to be the game-winning goal ten minutes later. As a result of florenzi’s smooth cross from right wing, Loftus-Cheek was able to glide over and fire it home with his forehead. In spite of the fact that goalkeeper Lukasz Skorupski had two hands on the ball, the header proved to be too powerful for him to prevent it from going in.

However, Bologna did not lose their composure, and Milan’s lead was only maintained for nine minutes as a result of game’s third penalty kick. Victor Kristiansen, a left-back, made a dive for a cross from Riccardo Orsolini as it flashed across the goal, but he argued that Filippo Terraciano had dragged him back. Referee Massa gave his consent after VAR review.

After demonstrating to his teammates how to take a left-footed spot kick, Orsolini scored a point for Bologna by putting the ball in the back of the net with a powerful and low shot that went beneath Maignan’s body.


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