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Participant rankings from controversial evening at San Siro

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Chelsea have been afforded a a lot simpler evening than they are going to have anticipated in Milan, as a controversial refereeing determination dominated the narrative at San Siro.

The sport was simply 18 minutes outdated when former Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori was despatched off for hauling down Mason Mount when by on aim. The referee awarded a penalty but in addition produced a purple card for Tomori while apparently ignoring the double jeopardy rule.

The rule exists to prevents a workforce being punished twice for a similar incident, and from the second Jorginho tucked away the penalty it felt it was already over as a contest.

Milan briefly rallied, and Olivier Giroud missed a wonderful likelihood to degree with a free header simply six yards out.

Nevertheless, Chelsea have been all the time a menace with the additional man, they usually doubled their lead simply previous the half-hour when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang slotted house from contained in the field.

The second half was extra of the identical, and substitute Conor Gallagher in all probability ought to have prolonged the lead when he rounded Tatarusanu within the Milan aim. Nevertheless, he might solely discover the side-netting.

Milan did have a brief spell the place they threatened, however in reality they by no means actually laid a finger on Chelsea after the purple card. The Giroud likelihood within the first half was their alternative to vary the momentum of the sport and it was squandered.

The sport descended into one thing of a coaching train. That suited Chelsea simply superb, however Milan will really feel understandably aggrieved.  

GK: Ciprian Tatarusanu – 7/10 – Innocent for both of the targets and made some helpful saves to maintain the rating down.

RB: Pierre Kalulu – 6/10 – Moved centrally after the purple card and did nicely.

CB: Matteo Gabbia – 6/10 – Needed to spend as much as some strain with the remainder of the Milan defence, and customarily did okay.

CB: Fikayo Tomori – 3/10 – Desperately unfortunate to be despatched off in opposition to his former membership.

LB: Theo Hernandez – 6/10 – An lively presence on the left hand aspect.

CM: Sandro Tonali – 7/10 – Noticed a shocking quantity of the ball within the second half and used it nicely.

CM: Ismeal Bennacer – 6/10 – Huffed and puffed however by no means actually received wherever.

RW: Rade Krunic – 5/10 – Not his most influential recreation, it should be mentioned.

AM: Brahim Diaz – 6/10 – Regarded energetic when he was on however sacrificed after the purple card for one more defender.

LW: Rafael Leao – 7/10 – At all times trying to make one thing occur, even when the purple card allowed Chelsea to double up on him as usually as they may.

CF: Olivier Giroud – 5/10 – Typically superb, however when his large second got here he fully blew it.

SUB: Sergio Dest (37′ for Diaz)

SUB: Tommaso Pobega (62′ for Bennacer) – 5/10 – Failed to actually supply a lot in any respect.

SUB: Ante Rebic (62′ for Giroud) – 5/10 – An instantaneous reserving was about all he contributed.

SUB: Divock Origi (80′ for Leao) – N/A

SUB: Fode Ballo (80′ for Hernandez) – N/A

Supervisor: Stefano Pioli – 6/10 – Fingers have been tied actually from the second the penalty went in.

GK: Kepa Arrizabalaga – 6/10 – Will not have many quieter matches.

CB: Trevoh Chalobah – 6/10 – Did not actually discover him, which is all the time an excellent factor for a defender.

CB: Thiago Silva – 6/10 – His normal calming presence.

CB: Kalidou Koulibaly – 6/10 – Did what was required with little fuss.

RM: Reece James – 6/10 – In need of his greatest earlier than being compelled off by harm.

CM Mateo Kovacic – 7/10 – Very elegant efficiency within the centre of midfield.

CM: Jorginho – 8/10 – Tucked away the penalty properly and the beating pulse of the Chelsea aspect.

LM: Ben Chilwell – 7/10 – Baggage of power down the left and all the time seemed to threaten together with his supply.

RW: Mason Mount – 8/10 – Received a penalty and laid on the second aim too. An excellent 45 minutes price of labor for the England man.

LW: Raheem Sterling – 6/10 – Did superb. Nothing particular, however adequate.

CF: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – 7/10 – Scientific when it mattered.

SUB: Connor Gallagher (45′ for Mount) – 5/10 – Missed an awesome likelihood to attain and nonetheless appears to be like like he is struggling to seek out his ft at Chelsea.

SUB: Cesar Azpilicueta (62′ for James) – 6/10 – Robust and reliable, simply as he all the time has been.

SUB: Ruben Loftus-Cheek (63′ for Sterling) 5/10 – Did not make his presence felt in any respect.

SUB: Kai Havertz (79′ for Aubameyang) – N/A

SUB: Marc Cucurella (90′ for Chilwell) – N/A

Supervisor: Graham Potter – 7/10 – 4 wins in 5 matches now for the previous Brighton boss. He protected his cautioned gamers intelligently within the second half from the oddly card-happy referee.

Participant of the Match – Jorginho

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