Both sides had periods of domination during the 90 minutes, with Gianluigi Donnarumma making some remarkable saves in the Milan goal to keep his clean sheet in tact while Luca Cigarini’s foot on the line denied Luca Antonelli a late goal.
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Gianluigi Donnarumma – 7 – Unbeatable
The 16-year-old continued to show his brilliant adaptation to the spotlight for the Rossoneri with another fine 90 minutes in between the sticks, clearing his lines well and regularly making fantastic stops to deny several close-range attacks.
Mattia De Scilgio – 5 – On the edge
After a fairly anger-filled first-half, the 23-year-old was sacrificed at half-time for youngster Davide Calabaire and probably for the best as it seemed only been a matter of time before being sent for an early bath for his rash tackles.
Philippe Mexes – 5.5 – Poor
The Frenchman played well once called upon in defence but his success stopped there, as his final plays in the final third were a constant letdown as he failed to find the target man.
Alessio Romagnoli – 6 – Successful
It was only when La Dea dominated for a period in the second-half that Romagnoli was needed in the Milan defence and, despite not making any vital stops, he did well to keep the defensive line strong.
Luca Antonelli – 6 – Let-down
The 28-year-old initially did well when attacking but his final move was never good enough, whether it was due to the lack of quality or simply because he spent too long on the ball in the opposing penalty area.
Andrea Poli – 7 – Good reader
The Italian’s vision was impossible to criticise throughout the 90 minutes with a fair few passes showing his quality, as they were regularly long-distance cross-field through balls which never failed to put an attacker in a strong position.
Riccardo Montolivo – 7 – Builder
Montolivo’s experience showed through during the match, as he was often the orchestrator in the middle of the park to create chances for the team surrounding him.
Juraj Kucka – 5 – Disappointing
The Slovakian international had a fairly poor game before being take off after the hour mark, with his attempts to cross the ball in flying far away from the target and he overall didn’t keep possession well enough.
Alessio Cerci – 7.5 – Strong
After a somewhat disappointing tenure at Milan since joining them, the game against Atalanta was one of the first times that the 28-year-old showed what he was capable of with excellent skill to deal with situations where he was surrounding by two or three defenders, as well as setting up several chances with some good crosses.
M’baye Niang – 7 – Threatening
The young Frenchman put in an excellent performance for the 70 minutes he was on for and consistently attacking the Atalanta goal time and time again despite being in the wars regularly as the opposing defence tried to put a stop to his threatening runs.
Carlos Bacca – 6.5 – Unlucky
Bacca’s speed and control was second to none but he just couldn’t get the goal he deserved with either his attacks being well-saved or going just wide of the post.
Davide Calabri – 5 – Fortunate
Luck was hugely on the side of the 18-year-old with a controversial penalty decision going his way despite him catching the man and not the ball when fouling in the box.
Luiz Adriano – 6 – Unfulfilling
Coming on late on, it was hoped that Adriano could help find his side find a winner but he only had one serious attack on goal with a well-placed header that was cleared off the line.
Keisuke Honda – N/A