Bayern Munich 0 – 4 AC Milan Match Report
Bayern Munich 0 – AC Milan 4 ( Franck Kessié 14′, Patrick Cutrone 25′, 43′, Hakan Calhanoglu 85′ )
Patrick Cutrone scored twice as AC Milan stormed to a 4-0 victory over Bayern Munich in the International Champions Cup. It may only be a friendly, but that won’t stop Milan being happy about the result. Franck Kessie opened the scoring in the 14th minute, before youngster Patrick Cutrone added a brace before half-time and Hakan Calhanoglu rounded out the scoring with five minutes left.
Milan were well-supported here, thanks to the club’s new Chinese owners, and Milan certainly gave their new fans something to shout about. Rossoneri fans were also treated to debuts for Leonardo Bonucci, who came on in the second half for his first appearance since completing a shock transfer from Juventus, as well as fellow star signing Andre Silva. Milan’s 3-1 loss to Borussia Dortmund led to supporters calling for further reinforcements to the squad during an already hectic transfer window, but Saturday’s clash started in far more encouraging fashion.
Both sides were looking to bounce back from losses in their respective first games of this pre-season tournament; Bayern lost on penalties to Arsenal after a 1-1 draw in normal time, whilst Milan were handed a 3-1 defeat by Borussia Dortmund.
The match had an high intensity start as neither side wanted the other to settle. It certainly didn’t felt like a friendly match.
— AC Milan (@acmilan) July 22, 2017
Skills from Ribery were on display as he beat two men and swept it out wide to Coman on the opposite wing, and his cross caused all kinds of confusion in the Milan defence but they were able to clear it out for a corner.
Milan broke the deadline in the 14th minute through Kessie. Rodriguez and Niang exchanged a textbook one-two between them, with the former crossing it into the corridor of uncertainty, and although Bayern scrambled it clear, Kessie was there to fire home from 12 yards out!
Bayern tried to hit back quickly, but Milan were more than equal to their attacking efforts, and Munich soon found themselves passing it around in defence again.
Fruchtl was called back into the action once again as Niang pulled the ba across the box in the 20th minute as Bayern continued to look out of sorts without the ball, and Hummels got a toe in but it would have crept into the goal if not for the reflexes of Fruchtl.
Milan doubled their lead in the 25th minute and this time the man on target was Cutrone. Rodriguez’s perfect free kick was headed home into the far corner by Cutrone, who was left with acres of space by Bayern’s defence. It was a terrific finish from the young man.
Matters got worse for Bayern before the break as Juan Bernat hobbled off after falling awkwardly, before Robert Lewandowski sent a volley narrowly wide and then failed to connect from point-blank range after a dazzling run from Franck Ribery.
Milan struck again, 2 minutes before half-time to make the scoreline 3-0 and leave Carlo’s boys with too much work to do during the breaks. Niang started a counter-attack from his own half, exchanged passes with Cutrone and released Giacomo Bonaventura into the area down the left, the midfielder crossing for Cutrone to tap home his second.
Bayern brought on James Rodriguez and reported Milan target Renato Sanches at the break and began to build some sustained pressure.
Milan ‘keeper Donnarumma was called into action for the first time in the game in the 57th minute. It was the first real save by the Milan goalie, who beat away Muller’s rasping drive from 25 yards.
Bonucci came on to a rapturous reception with just under half an hour to play, but Bayern’s possession led to little more than a chance for Corentin Tolisso that ended up in the side-netting.
Bayern looked out of ideas and just when their players started to look fatigue, Milan ramped up the 4th past Bayern’s defence. Turkish international, Calhanoglu picked up the ball on the left edge of the box, before ghosting inside and firing low into the bottom corner for 4-0! Bayern defenders stood off him and he responded with an accurate finish past Fruchtl.
Ancelotti will be looking for much more when they meet Chelsea in Singapore in three days’ time, while Milan will take renewed confidence into next Thursday’s Europa League qualifying first leg against CS U Craiova.