(Rio Ave – AC Milan 2–2, 8–9 after penalty kick) They beat Bodø / Glimt and signed Jens Petter Hauge (20), but against little Rio Ave Milan had to go through a parody of a penalty shootout to get to Europe League.
In a heavy rainstorm on the west coast of Portugal, they had to take as many as twelve penalty kicks each before choosing a winner. Aderilan Santos eventually became the decisive miss, but still ends up as a footnote in a penalty shootout without equal.
After both teams had scored seven penalties each, Lorenzo Colombo missed Milan’s eighth. Nelson Monte could decide, but the ball went inside both posts – and out.
Then literally both goalkeepers blew the ball sky high over, before they started again.
And also the teams’ first choice missed their penalty kicks when they went forward for the second time.
Not until Simon Kjær knocked in his penalty and Santos’ was saved by Gianluigi Donnarumma could the Italians let go of the jubilation. And somewhere in Milan there is probably a relieved Jens Petter Hauge, after seeing his new club really let go of the horror.
Last Thursday, Bodø / Glimt did everything they could to shake Milan at the mighty San Siro, and also took the lead by Kasper Junker – after Hauge’s brilliant preparation.
The Italians hit back hard and scored one, two and three, but young Mr. Hauge shone again with a fantastic long shot.
Ulrik Saltnes missed a monster chance just before full time, Bodø / Glimt was sent home with his head raised:
Without a corona-infected Zlatan Ibrahimovic at the top and without a clean striker on the field, the away team struggled to play for chances in Portugal. Third-generation Maldini started at the top, but it was Belgian Alexis Saelemaekers who sent Milan in the lead in the second half.
Chico Geraldes equalized on a goal-scoring pass from former Chelsea talent Lucas Piazon a quarter before the end, and Gelson scored what looked to be the winning goal just a minute into the second extra inning.
However, Milan were awarded a penalty at the end of the second half, and Hakan Calhanoglu dispatched precisely with the last kick of the match.