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Ghana midfielder Michael Essien tastes defeat on Champions League debut for AC Milan

Published on: 19 February 2014
Michael Essien starts for AC Milan

By Ameenu Shardow, follow on Twitter @alooameenu

Ghana midfielder Michael Essien tasted defeat on his Champions League debut for AC Milan as the Italian giants fell 1-0 at home to Atletico Madrid.

Clarence Seeforf’s side fell to a late header from Diego Costa at the depth to hand the first leg advantage of the Round of 16 tie to the Spanish side on Wednesday night.

Essien had been named in the starting line up for Milan and lasted the entire duration of the game.

The Black Stars midfielder was however unable to help his side to a much needed win before their home fans at the San Siro.

Milan began the game on the back foot with their visitors stealing all the early possession.

The Italian side however regain control of the game and should have gone two up by halftime.

Ricardo Kaka was first to come close to opening the scoring when his shot on the edge of the area rose above the cross bar.

Poli was then denied by an impressive finger tip save by goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois when all though the ball had entered the net.

The Rossoneri kept pushing on in the second half for the elusive opening goal which never came.

And when the game looked destined to end in a stalemate, Diego Costa popped up with a powerful header at the far post to beat Abbiati and steal the first leg advantage.


This article has 18 comment(s), give your comment
  • Kwame NTi says:
    February 19, 2014 08:35 pm
    Essien is very slow and cannot run with ball and when being attacked he is in a hurry to just play the ball.
  • askantwi says:
    February 19, 2014 10:56 pm
    IF Essien is not fit they should drop him from the World Cup squad. There should be no favoring him. Agyeman Badu, Anthony Annan and Emmanuel Frimpong can do the job better. When he could have helped us greatly in 2010, he dumped us at the last minute, even though he was at least 90% fit. Why should we consider him now? He really cost us the world cup. His club duty was more important than Ghana then, why not now? Now that he has lost form, why doesn't he concentrate more on his club duties? Doesn't he want to take care of himself anymore?
  • KK fosu says:
    February 19, 2014 09:41 pm
    Boban is right, Milan shouldn't have bought Essien,as he is finished.
  • ZG GH4LIFE says:
    February 19, 2014 10:22 pm
    Is Essien fit for the World Cup? Hhhmmmmmmmmm
  • Ghanaman says:
    February 20, 2014 02:12 am
    Stupid animals... He played well
  • lion-fire says:
    February 19, 2014 11:42 pm
    Doesn't he need more game time to be at his best? All ghana people want to see is their players at the top. Forgetting it is not magic. They need your patience and encouragement.
  • Onyameba says:
    February 20, 2014 01:35 am
    I must honestly say that I never liked Essien's participation in Milans match last night. He has indeed loosed a lot of form. Speed-less and he can't poses the ball. Infact the entire <Milan team was really not impressive to me at all. Essien needs more training to beef up his form before Brazil else KA should think well about his inclusion since we have young guys who can equally do better for mother Ghana instead of Essien.
  • Ghanaman says:
    February 20, 2014 02:13 am
    YOu are a fool and an ANIMAL... Do you understand the game??
  • Ghanaman says:
    February 20, 2014 02:15 am
    YOu dumb sh!t. you don't know a things about the game you useless animal. Do you understand his role??
  • Ghanaman says:
    February 20, 2014 02:13 am
    Yes he is you useless dog.
  • Ghanaman says:
    February 20, 2014 02:14 am
    You dirty useless animal... Essien did very well... Badu, Annan and Frimpong would not get into this AC Milan team... Many of you think like animals. You don't know a thing but talk a lot. Essien helped us qualify for the world cup.
  • mike says:
    February 20, 2014 07:25 am
    Who are these spineless goons making these tasteless comments about Essien.
  • Tony says:
    February 20, 2014 05:47 am
    @ kwame nti you are 100 percent right, let's face fact, I thought I'm the only one seeing it, Ghanaians always let's face fact, Essen is now slow , he can't run and tackle as well , if you think what we are saying is not true you can also keep your eyes on him
  • Anokwale says:
    February 20, 2014 02:34 am
    Being objective this age Essien is a solid mistake free player but simply does not have the speed he used to. He will be at the WC but his role will be like Stephen Appiah's role in 2010. He will come off the bench in certain strategic situations. Pretending he can run like he used to will only be costly in a critical situation at the WC.
  • Nana(RSA) says:
    February 20, 2014 08:17 am
    If Essien did not do well yesterday then what would you say of Kaka. Tactically, Essien did what he was suppose to do in the match. The problem with Milan is that they lack the killer instinct. Count the number of times Kaka squandered glorious opportunities. Yes, Essien do not have the sharpness that once made him one of the greatest midfielders in the World but it is an undeniable fact that Essien has what it takes to add value to any team if well utilized. All he needs now is more playing time and he will come good in June. Underestimate him at your own peril.
  • 21guns says:
    February 20, 2014 09:16 am
    Are you ok ,did you mean Essien and milan did not do well ??? This kind of people are all watching football.
  • 21guns says:
    February 20, 2014 09:20 am
    Essien did an amazing job ,and the people who are complaining about his role are just making drama .even some guys saying milan did not played well bunch baboons
  • 21guns says:
    February 20, 2014 09:20 am
    Bunch of baboons