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The Bianconero completed the bounce-back match against the team at the bottom of the table, Crotone, winning 3-0 and collecting three more points to move back into third place. The club still has a ways to go to continue to crawl from the depths to catch the Milan teams in the table. A few solid opportunities to pile up some points remain in the coming weeks. Next up is Hellas Verona on Saturday at the Marcantonio Bentegodi.

Notice: All ratings are calculated through a stringent process utilizing statistics and the eye test called My Opinion and are most certainly incorrect.


Gianluigi Buffon - 6

For the majority of the first half, Buffon was able to take it easy in goal against the team at the very bottom of the table. The first attack of notice the Italian legend had to stop occurred in the 62’ when Buffon had to make a save. The next attack would arrive a lot quicker as Buffon saved a shot on goal by Messias in the 64’. Buffon’s latest save occurred on a Crotone header in the 90’ that he gracefully scooped up. Buffon contributed two saves, one save from inside of the box, and three accurate long balls.

Danilo Luiz da Silva - 6

Danilo slipped up on defense in the 5’ that allowed for a shot just off target by Crotone player Reca. The Brazilian contributed three clearances, one blocked shot, three interceptions, one tackle, two ground duels won, two key passes, three accurate long balls, one shot off target, and one successful dribble. Danilo was penalized with a yellow card in the 50’ and will miss the Hellas Verona match.

Merih Demiral - 6

The Turkish defender’s performance flew a bit under the radar compared to his usual antics, but the defensive front held onto a solid match and helped Buffon retain a clean sheet. Demiral contributed one clearance, one interception, one aerial duel won, one key pass, and two accurate long balls.

Matthijs De Ligt - 6.5

In a sequence of events that saw multiple scoring opportunities fail, in the 33’ the Dutch defender missed an easy shot wide that would have tallied the first goal of the match. De Ligt solidly shut down a dangerous runout from a Crotone attacker in the final third of the field during the 58’. De Ligt contributed one tackle, one ground duel won, one key pass, four accurate long balls, one shot off target, and one-shot blocked.

Alex Sandro - 6.5

The Brazilian delivered the cross that tallied an assist to Ronaldo in the 38’ for the first score of the match. Alex Sandro blundered an easy shot for a goal in the 64’ as Sandro was all but undefended and misfired on a wide-open shot. Sandro contributed one assist, one clearance, one blocked shot, three aerial duels won, three key passes, two accurate crosses, three accurate long balls, one big chance created, one shot blocked, and one big chance missed. Alex Sandro was substituted off for Gianluca Frabotta in the 86’.

Federico Chiesa - 7

The Italian returned to his active ways on the field, furiously running all over the place attempting to create offensively for his team. Chiesa delivered a beautiful pass to Ronaldo in the 28’ that the Portuguese, unfortunately, was unable to capitalize on. Chiesa continued to attempt to create as he delivered a cross to Ramsey for a header that just hit the crossbar and was cleared away in the 38’. Chiesa missed a shot just wide of the goal in the 43’. Chiesa contributed four key passes, three accurate crosses, three accurate long balls, two big chances created, one shot on target, one shot off target, four successful dribbles, four ground duels won, one aerial duel won, and one offside call. Federico Chiesa was substituted off for Alessandro Di Pardo in the 86’.

Rodrigo Bentancur - 5.5