AC Milan v Celtic (Thu Dec 3rd 2020)
Updated: Mar 3, 2021
Europa League Group match
AC Milan 4 (Calhanoglu 24, Castillejo 26, Hauge 50, Diaz 82)
Celtic 2 (Rogic 7, Edouard 14)
In Milan's first goal Elhamed then Bitton couldn't stop the pass/cross and then a Milan player walked past Brown and McGregor unmarked in the penalty box. As the ball comes over Brown, McGregor and Ajer all go for the ball and the 2nd ball lands at Calhanoglu who was being marked by Laxalt. For their third Hauge goes past Elhamed, McGregor and Frimpong as if they aren't there. For the fourth Elhamed is beaten far too easily again with McGregor offering little help. Frimpong isn't tracking the runner well enough, Bitton is ball watching and letting the runner get in behind and Ajer is not quick enough to sense the danger.
Rogic had the assist for Edouard's goal.
Celtic had an xG of 1.39 while AC Milan had an xG of 1.34.
Celtic had 14 shots with 6 being on target. Possession was 43% with 596 touches. Celtic had 2 corners and touches in the box were 19. Total Passes were 388 with a Passing accuracy of 79%. Celtic had 15 crosses. Possession in the final third was 28% and Celtic passes in the final third were 157. Celtic's stats for this game were generally in between the performances of the other 2 away games in the group which the exception of xG and total shots in which they were better in this game.
Christie and Rogic were rated Celtic's best players due to their stats. Rogic had 1 goal and Christie had 1 assist. Both had 3 shots, 2 key passes and 2 touches in the box.
After 1 game back at 352 Celtic changed again to a 4231. Jullien and Ajeti were dropped with McGregor and Frimpong brought back in. Turnbull and Forrest were still unavailable.
Celtic lined up with;
- Elhamed, Bitton, Ajer and Laxalt
- Brown and McGregor
- Frimpong, Rogic and Christie
Soro, Klimala and Ntcham all came on as subs.
Key note - Celtic had a better xG than AC Milan and were leading for 19mins of the game.