Three takeaways from AC Milan 2-2 Bologna: Rossoneri pay costly penalty as Motta stakes a claim for top job

AC Milan were left frustrated after missing two penalties and settling for a 2-2 draw in Serie A against a Bologna side coached by the impressive Thiago Motta, despite a brace from Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

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AC Milan were held to a 2-2 draw by Bologna in a thrilling encounter in Matchday 22 of Serie A at the Stadio San Siro, with the hosts missing two penalties.

Trailing to a Joshua Zirkzee effort, Milan had the chance to level from the spot but Olivier Giroud‘s tame effort was easily saved. However, Ruben Loftus-Cheek equalised before the interval, and looked to have wrapped up the win with a late header.

The Englishman’s second goal had come minutes after Rossoneri teammate Theo Hernandez had struck the post from the spot, and Milan were left ruing it when Bologna were awarded a penalty of their own in stoppage time. Riccardo Orsolini made no mistake, rescuing a point for the visitors.

Milan pay penalty with slim hopes of Scudetto

With the Serie A title race edging away from them, Milan cannot afford to drop many more points and will be left kicking themselves after throwing away a golden opportunity to close the gap on Juventus and Inter.

Despite failing to click in attack, with Rafael Leao still unable to find a goal, Milan were presented with two spot kicks but failed to convert either, and such negligence proved costly.

The gap to the top two is widening and with Inter having two games in hand on top of a five-point advantage, it’s starting to look like Milan‘s race is run.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek celebrates scoring for AC Milan. (Photo: acmilan.com)

Loftus-Cheek’s renaissance

With his career at a crossroads at Chelsea, Milan took a punt on England international Loftus-Cheek in the summer and it is paying dividends after another wonderful performance. The midfielder netted twice against Bologna to take his tally for the season to five, but it was his athleticism and drive from the midfield that caught the eye.

As Milan struggled for creativity in attack, the former Fulham loanee took the game by the scruff of the neck, whilst a move into the frontline towards the end of the match was rewarded with a second goal.

Loftus-Cheek is firmly establishing himself as a key cog in Milan’s team and the switch to Serie A appears to have rejuvenated a player who always had the talent but rarely the space to shine in the Premier League.

Bologna coach Thiago Motta. [@Bolognafc1909]

Milan looking at Motta for next season?

Bologna coach Thiago Motta is certainly making a name for himself after a hugely impressive campaign with the Rossoblu, and his tactical nous is putting him on the radar of a host of big clubs, including Milan.

The former Inter midfielder has taken points of both Milanese clubs and Juventus this season, as well as secured wins over AS Roma and Lazio, and is proving himself as a man for the big occasion.

With the pressure on Stefano Pioli, Milan may look to make a change at the end of the season and may well have found their man in the opposite dugout after yet another solid display.

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