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Milan 4-2 Celtic, Player Ratings: Youngster Hauge stars as Italians make thrilling comeback

Milan were able to rely on a number of exciting player to overcome an early scare from Celtic to win all three points and qualify for the next round.

 
9:10pm on Thursday 3rd December 2020
By
Stefan Bienkowski

AC Milan overcame two early goals from their guests to claim an emphatic 4-2 over Celtic and qualify for the Last 32 of the Europa League.

Neil Lennon’s side took the lead through early goals from Tom Rogic and Odsonne Edouard, but the Serie A side bounced back quickly and managed to win the game with relative ease.

AC Milan 4-2 Celtic: Player Ratings, Match Stats, Player Stats

✔️ GOOD PERFORMANCE

Hakan Calhanoglu: 7.2

It wasn’t until the 24th minute, when Hakan Calhanoglu stepped over a free-kick on the edge of the Celtic box that Milan looked at all comfortable with the evening’s match. As the Turkish International has done countless times, he dipped his head, ran up to the ball and curled it up and over the wall and into the back of the net.

Whether from the centre circle with his long passes or from either flank with his crosses, Calhanoglu was a constant thorn in Celtic’s side and the architect of much of Milan’s attacking play.

Samu Castillejo: 7.9

Hakan Calhanoglu’s free-kick was Milan’s first goal of the night, it was Samu Castillejo’s delightful, short-range finish that levelled the score in the first half and turned the momentum in the home side’s favour. No player hit more shots than the Spaniard on the night.

BAD PERFORMANCE

Vasileios Barkas: 5.1

While Celtic’s entire back line struggled to get through this match with pass marks, it was goalkeeper Vasileios Barkas that stood out in particular for his terrible showing between the posts. The Greek keeper was at fault for at least one of the goals and struggled to keep out any of the other three either. Four goals conceded and just two shots saved doesn’t entirely suggest a confidence performance or a goalkeeper that Celtic could rely on throughout the match.

STAR MAN

Jens Hauge: 8.6

With Zlatan Ibrahimovic sitting in the stands with an injury, expectations were placed on young forward Jens Hauge to make the step up and be the Scandinavian goalscorer that Milan could rely on.

Fortunately for the Serie A side, the 21-year-old forward didn’t disappoint. Shortly after the break Hauge danced his way through three or four terrified Celtic defenders to slot the ball into the far corner of Barkas’ goal. After 50 minutes, Milan were finally in front.

To add insult to injury, the forward also popped up with eight minutes left of the match to set up Brahim Diaz for a fourth Milan goal with a fantastic dribble and through ball. A goal and assist, along with an entire 90 minutes of promising football from the youngster.

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