many opportunities for the Rossoneri, who don’t score – -

many opportunities for the Rossoneri, who don’t score – -
many opportunities for the Rossoneri, who don’t score – -

8.38pm – It ends here, 90′

Milan’s debut in this Champions League ends 0-0. The Rossoneri, betrayed by a disappointing Leao, create a lot but waste. Sportiello did a great job in injury time on Burn’s long-range shot

8.35pm – 5′ injury time, 90′

It will be played until the 95th minute, corner kick for Milan who attack

8.31pm – AC Milan attack, 85′

Continue to attack Milan, who want to win this first day of the Champions League. Long range shot from Giroud, but it’s too central. Para Pope, Leao still listless

8.27pm – Yellows for Giroud and Musah, 82′

Two yellow cards for Giroud and Musah, with the latter again creating apprehension in the Newcastle area: low and tense cross, finally clears the defense

8.23pm – Problems for Maignan, 79′

Injury for Maignan, who collapsed to the ground. He has flexor problems and Sportiello comes in instead

8.21pm – Double chance Milan, 77′

Double conclusion by Milan, first Pulisic blocked by Trippier, then the attempt by Theo, who finds Anderson on his way

8.19pm – Milan opportunity, 75′

Excellent entry from Musah, who skips the opponent and throws the ball into the area. From there a series of dangerous rebounds for Newcastle, who ultimately save themselves

8.18pm – What an opportunity for Leao, 74′

Milan one step away from taking the lead: nice cross from the right by Florenzi, who finds Leao all alone in the area. But the Portuguese, diving, misses the target

8.17pm – Ovation for Tonali, 72′

Very beautiful moment at San Siro: just as happened in the warm-up, San Siro applauds Tonali (complete with chants) when he leaves the pitch. In place of the midfielder here is Anderson

8.15pm – Problems for Loftus-Cheek, 70′

Loftus-Cheek comes out sore (muscle problem). Musah enters in his place

8.14pm – Low pace now, 68′

The 0-0 continues to hold out, now the pace is slower. Milan tries but seems less lucid in their choices and legs

8.09pm – Reijnders immediately dangerous, 64′

Reijnders was immediately the protagonist: the Dutchman entered the area but at the moment of the shot he strangled his right foot too much and Pope saved without problems

8.07pm – Newcastle also changes, 62′

He doesn’t look at Howe: Wilson and Almiron in

8.05pm – Other changes for Pioli, 60′

Two more changes for Pioli: Chukwueze and Pobega out, Pulisic and Reijnders in

8.00pm – Two dangerous free kicks for Milan, 58′

Two naive fouls by Newcastle, who gave Milan two excellent chances from set pieces (both at the top of the area). Well done to Burn with his header

7.58pm – Good outing by Maignan, 55′

Theo Hernandez makes a mistake in advance, thus handing the goal to Murphy. Tense and dangerous cross from the latter, Maignan well done in his mid-height exit to push away with his fists

7.57pm – Attempt by Florenzi, 53′

On the other side, another shot from distance, this time from Florenzi, who however strangled the left foot too much. The ball rolls out abundantly

7.56pm – Murphy’s long-range shot, 51′

Murphy tried a long-range shot, a ball that was totally out of range

7.54pm – Pobega risks yellow, 49′

The midfielder, however, was pardoned by the referee, who did not punish the glaring hold against Gordon

7.51pm – Shot by Tonali, 47′

Tonali tries immediately after winning a challenge with Leao. The midfielder’s shot, however, was blocked by Thiaw

7.48pm – The second half begins, a substitution for Pioli

The second half begins, Pioli immediately forced to make a substitution: Florenzi on the right instead of Calabria (who was booked)

7.32pm – The first half ends here, 45′

No minutes of injury time, understandable given the very few interruptions and the high pace that has characterized the match so far. Milan would certainly have deserved the advantage, at least 4-5 clear scoring opportunities for the Rossoneri, who came close to making it 1-0 with Chkwueze, Leao, Giroud and Pobega. For Maignan, however, there is no noteworthy danger

7.27pm – Newcastle try, 40′

Attempt from outside by Murphy, who centers and tries a left-footed shot. Totally oversized shot

7.23pm – Another Milan opportunity, 37′

Milan still dangerous. Chukwueze breaks through on the right, crosses into the middle for Leao who, on the opposite side, passes for Giroud. The Frenchman attempts the overhead kick but fails to find the ball, which remains near Pope. Then Chukwueze tries with his head, but can’t find the target

7.21pm – Double chance Milan, 34′

What a waste of Leao! The Portuguese starts from the left and moves towards the centre, practically seating the entire Milan defence. Then, with the goal in front of him, he tries one dribble too many, ending up on the ground after kicking the field instead of the ball. As the action develops, Pobega shoots from distance, with Murphy saving himself on the line

7.19pm – Giroud opportunity, 31′

Immediate reversal by Milan, with Theo arriving at the back and finding Giroud from the left. The Frenchman, a stone’s throw from Pope, misses the target

7.18pm – What a risk for Leao, 30′

Once again Leao was lazy and in the defensive phase – in the area – he was overtaken by Longstaff, touching him and causing him to fall to the ground. The English claim a penalty, but for the referee the midfielder emphasized too much

7.17pm – Leao still in the shadow, 28′

If Milan started the match well, already creating several scoring opportunities, the same cannot be said of Leao. The Portuguese is still in the shade

7.09pm – Corner for Newcastle, 25′

After minutes of real suffering, Newcastle show up. Isak widens on the right for Murphy’s run, Theo’s slide sends the ball into the corner

7.07pm – Shot by Loftus-Cheek, 20′

Milan disbanded after a slow start. Another long-range attempt by the Rossoneri, with Loftus-Cheek’s shot which however ends up high

7.05pm – Theo one step away from scoring, 18′

On the developments of the corner Theo Hernandez finds time and jumps higher than anyone, but on his header Pope once again does well to deflect the threat into the corner

7.03pm – Milan dangerous again, 17′

On the right one-on-one by Chukwueze, whose cross is blocked with difficulty by the English defence. Krunic pounces on the ball, trying from afar. Well done to Pope to clear over the bar

7.01pm – Another Milan opportunity, 14′

Incredible, Milan again one step away from the lead with Giroud, who following some lucky rebounds in the area finds himself face to face with Pope, but the Frenchman’s left-footed shot is again blocked for a corner

6.59pm – Double chance Milan, 13′

Milan close to taking the lead, Pobega tries first from outside, but Pope does a great job of blocking his conclusion. Then Leao’s cross from the left, with the Portuguese finding only Chkwueze at the opposite post: the latter’s close-range header is blocked again by the visiting goalkeeper

6.57pm – Milan protests, 10′

Milan protests after a foul by Longstaff against Theo Hernandez, who was launched on the restart. However, no yellow card for the English midfielder. Meanwhile on the left, watch out for Gordon, with Calabria who seems to be struggling one-on-one

6.55pm – Pioli’s tactical changes, 8′

Mindful of the “lesson” of the derby, Pioli made tactical changes to his Milan: full-backs blocked behind, no Calabria in the midfield to pair up with Krunic. Loftus-Cheek is very tall, acting almost as an attacking midfielder

6.52pm – Newcastle attack, 6′

Newcastle’s approach is good, careful when Milan has the ball and proactive in the attacking phase. Tonali tries to break through on the left, but Calabria contains him and drags him to the back. Shortly before, Tomori did well to block a dangerous cross from Gordon

6.49pm – Leao tries, 4′

Long possession of the ball by Milan, who struggled to advance due to Newcastle’s skill in covering the passing lines. Leao then tries from outside, but his right-footed shot from distance is too weak and central. Block Pope

6.46pm – Let’s start, 1′

The match at San Siro between Milan and Newcastle begins, the first ball is played by the English

6.40pm – Super choreography and the scream of San Siro

Here we are, all ready for kick-off. Choreography that involves the entire stadium and the shout «The Campions!» to charge Milan. Minute of silence for the victims of the tragedies in Morocco and Libya

6.31pm – Gerry Cardinale and Ibrahimovic are also in the stands

Also expected this evening at San Siro for Milan-Newcastle is Gerry Cardinale, RedBird’s number 1 (READ the interview with the Courier). Cardinale, before the UEFA lunch in which the Newcastle management staff also took part, also had the opportunity to meet Ibrahimovic himself. The former Swedish striker is in turn expected at San Siro for the Rossoneri’s seasonal debut in the Champions League and – after being at Milanello yesterday – Ibra greeted the fans through the club’s social channels: «I came here at Milanello and I immediately went to tell the coach that I’m ready to play, but I’m not on the list even though I’m well and in shape. Jokes aside, continue to support Milan, everything will be fine”, were Ibra’s words.

6.21pm – Applause for Tonali

6.17pm – Chants for Pioli after the post-derby controversy

Despite the defeat in the derby and the controversy over his post-match statements (“I don’t have to apologize to the fans, we didn’t lose on purpose”), the reception for Stefano Pioli was positive. The usual chant “Pioli is on fire” started from the Milan fans and the Rossoneri coach responded with applause and a hand on his heart.

– Applause for Pioli, who reciprocates the affection of San Siro

6.04pm – Milan enters the pitch

Here is the Milan players entering the pitch, setting foot on the San Siro lawn to start warming up. Lots of people already in the stands, Leao smiles as he wants to make up for his poor impression in the derby

– Theo Hernandez looking for redemption: he was among the most disappointing in the derby

5.46pm – Newcastle, the official lineup

The formation of the English team is also official: Howe launches Sandro Tonali from the 1st minute. In attack, Murphy preferred to Almiron.

(4-3-3) Pope; Trippier, Schar, Botman, Burn; Bruno Guimaraes, Longstaff, Tonali; Murphy, Isak, Gordon.

5.39pm – Milan, the official lineup

The starting eleven of the day before has been confirmed: Chukwueze is there from the first minute together with Giroud and Leao. In midfield, space for Pobega.

(4-3-3) Maignan; Calabria, Thiaw, Tomori, Theo Hernandez; Loftus-Cheek, Krunic, Pobega; Chukwueze, Giroud, Rafa Leao.

4.36pm – Where to watch Milan-Newcastle on TV

The match which will start at 6.45pm will be visible live on TV and streaming on various platforms. HERE all the details.

4.20pm – Newcastle’s probable lineup

NEWCASTLE (4-3-3): Pope; Trippier, Schar, Botman, Burn; Bruno Guimaraes, Longstaff, Tonali; Murphy, Isak, Gordon.

4.10pm – Milan’s probable lineup

MILAN (4-3-3): Maignan; Calabria, Thiaw, Tomori, Theo Hernandez; Loftus-Cheek, Krunic, Pobega; Chukwueze, Giroud, Rafa Leao.

Milan were drawn in group F together with Newcastle, Paris Saint-Germain and Borussia Dortmund. The match between the Rossoneri and the Magpies starts at 6.45pm, while the other match between PSG and Dortmund is scheduled for 9pm.

3.50pm – Tonali’s return to San Siro

The match against Newcastle is also synonymous with the return to Milan – and to the Meazza – of Sandro Tonali. The midfielder left the Rossoneri club last summer for around 80 million and Pioli is ready to (re)welcome him like this: «I will hug him with great affection. We won together, it will be exciting for him to return to San Siro and we wish him the best… from the next match.”

3.40pm – The Champions League post derby

Stefano Pioli’s team comes to this Cup match later the heavy defeat in the derby against Inter 5-1. On the eve of this match, the Rossoneri coach returned to the defeat in the derby, commenting on it as follows: «We had a lot of expectations about our derby, then it went badly. It was a strong disappointment, but now we have the Champions League and it’s also lucky. We concentrated and we know how important it would be to start this group well.”

3.30pm – It’s the day of Milan-Newcastle

It opens today Champions League of Milan which for its seasonal debut in the competition hosts Newcastle, the new team of the great former Sandro Tonali, at San Siro.

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