(Celtic – Milan 1-3) Jens Petter Hauge (21) scored and emerged victorious from the “Norwegian” duel against Kristoffer Ajer (22) and Mohamed Elyounoussi (26), who both impressed against the Italian giant.
Milan led 2-0 when Hauge stood on the sidelines and got ready for his Europa League debut. Just before he entered the field, however, another Norwegian substitute ensured a dramatic end to the match. Mohamed Elyounoussi is not known as the most dominant head player, but nodded in the reduction quarter before the end.
However, it was to be Hauge and Milan’s night. In overtime, he scored his first goal for his new club. Bodøværingen received the ball and used two touches to get alone with the goalkeeper. There he rolled the ball safely in – as Norwegian fans have seen him do so many times earlier this season. After the match, he was greeted with a smile and congratulations from “Moi”.
– I am very happy to have scored my first goal for the club. It came at a good time since we were under pressure and Celtic pressed for a draw. The third goal secured the match for us, and we are in a good position after winning the first match away from home, says Hauge in an interview after the match, reproduced by
Hauge is the first Norwegian to score for Milan since Steinar Nilsen 22 years ago. Milan tops Serie A, and is unbeaten in their last 21 matches in all competitions.
– I am very happy with the morale of the team. I think the secret to success is that we all go in the same direction. We are a young team, but everyone is eager to learn more and develop. We do not waste a single minute of training, says Milan manager Stefano Pioli after the match.
For Celtic, Kristoffer Ajer impressed from time to time. The Milan club has previously , who on a number of occasions stopped Zlatan Ibrahimovic and co. Ajer also showed his long splits up the field, and created trouble for the red and blacks’ defense.
However, Ajer’s heroic efforts in his own box were not enough. Milan created enough trouble to take the full pot south again. Goals from Rade Krunic and Brahim Díaz ensured Milan’s lead at the break, before two Norwegians made the scoring list after a change of sides.
After a tame first half, manager Neil Lennon did not hesitate to send out Mohamed Elyounoussi after the break.
The winger came to a number of useful posts, and eventually he found his way into the box himself. Elyounoussi found space in the box on a corner, and stabbed in the 1-2 score.
Celtic, who rose in the second half, pressed for an equalizer and one point, but time ran out for the home team. Finally, Hauge put the nail in the coffin.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic failed to create major problems against Ajer and his defense colleagues. The Swede was replaced in the second half to save energy for this weekend’s league match against Rome