Nigel De Jong was given the first starting opportunity for AC Milan in the Series A match against Atalanta which was played at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza.
The Dutch midfielder has joined Milan this summer. The deal was finalized on the last day of the pre season transfer window. Milan paid a transfer fee of 3.5 million Pounds to Manchester City for buying Jong.
However, Milan wasn’t able to secure victory against Atalanta. Massimiliano Allegri’s team disappointed the huge crowd that had turned to cheer for their team. The Milan team was supposed to register an easy win, but, that didn’t happen and the Atalanta players stunned Milan.
There was not even a single goal scored by the Milan team in the entire match. The Milan players had created some opportunities, but, it proved to be very difficult for them to go past the Atalanta goalkeeper, Andrea Consigli, who had stood in front of the goal post like a rock.
The Rossoneri had two opportunities to open the scoring in the first half. On the first occasion, Urby Emmanuelson passed the ball to Stephen El Sharaawy who played a powerful, flat shot, but, the placement was not there. Consigli just had to move a little to gather the ball and he stopped the ball easily.
Just a few minutes later, Milan had got another opportunity, but, again, it was Consigli who did a fine job for his team. He blocked the shot of Massimo Ambrosini. The ball came to Giampaolo Pazzini on the rebound, but, his shot was cleared by Thomas Manfredini and the chance went begging.
Atalanta took a lead of 1-0 in the 64th minute of the match. Luca Cigarini made full use of a well paced pass from German Denis and smashed the ball into the far corner of the net to score the first goal of the match.
The Milan team wasn’t able to score the equalizer in the remaining time and lost the match. This was the second defeat for Milan in the three Series A matches that the team has played in the current season so far.
AC Milan will play its next Series A match against Udinese on 23rd of September.