Suso’s free kick gave Milan a valuable draw away to Real Betis, but Mateo Musacchio and Hakan Calhanoglu went off injured and the Europa League group has tightened up.
2018/2019 UEFA Europa League
12'GOAL! Betis 1-0 Milan (Lo Celso)
Another promising Milan attack ends in disappointment, as Betis break and play it around the box with Canales the architect of more Betis pressure. He passes it to Carvalho, who lays it to Joaquin, the captain’s awareness releasing Firpo with a quick flick over the Milan backline’s heads. The winger’s cross gets in the path of Lo Celso, who scores his second goal in two matches against the Rossoneri! 1-0 to Betis!
58' CHANCE! Suso's shot saved
Suso breaks away down the right and releases a cross, but Mandi heads the ball behind. Tello then concedes the corner.
62'GOAL! Betis 1-1 Milan (Suso)
Suso, who has been Milan’s chief creative hub since the interval, floats in a free-kick that evades everyone in the box despite Bakayoko’s attempts to meet it, and leaves Lopez in no man’s land! Intentional or not, the Spanish playmaker once again proves his value to the Rossoneri! 1-1 and it’s now game on in the Benito Villamarin!
76' CHANCE! Guardado's shot wide out
Reina plays a pass which bears all the hallmarks of lacking concentration towards Abate. The full-back gets caught out by Guardado, who floats in a cross that almost hits the woodwork, going agonisingly wide of the goal. Reina should count himself lucky.
Olympiacos crushed Dudelange 5-1, so are now on seven points alongside Milan, while Betis are on top with eight.
Real Betis Balompie’ had already won 2-1 at San Siro, putting them top of the Europa League group, so this was a crunch match for the Rossoneri. Gennaro Gattuso changed to 3-5-2 amid an injury crisis, missing Gonzalo Higuain, Lucas Biglia, Jack Bonaventura, Mattia Caldara and Davide Calabria, while Alessio Romagnoli was rested ahead of the Serie A showdown with Juventus on Sunday. Betis relied on veteran ex-Fiorentina forward Joaquin and Roma-owned Tonny Sanabria.
Betis XI: Joaquín, Canales, Mandi, Bartra, Tello, Feddal, William Carvalho, A.Sanabria, Pau López, G. Lo Celso, Júnior Firpo
Subs: A. Guardado, Barragán, T. Inui, Sidnei , Joel Robles, S.León, Loren Morón
Milan XI: Pepe Reina, C. Zapata, Musacchio, R. Rodríguez, Borini, Calhanoglu, Bakayoko, Suso, D. Laxalt, Kessié, Cutrone
Subs: Montolivo, Abate, Bertolacci, Romagnoli, Halilovic, Mauri, G. Donnarumma