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Ajax 1, Milan 1: Negative Space


In art, the use of negative space is actually a positive thing. In football, not so much. Milan may as well have stayed on their bus tonight for the entire first half, with less than 30% possession and zero attempts at all, at least they could have listened to their iPods or something and been more productive. The second half saw some tiny signs of life. Like when I used to try to wake my brother from the dead in the morning. That actually may have gone better than this game.

My brain after watching this match


The first two things on the books for Milan were cards for Constant in the 42nd, and Balotelli in the 60th. Those could hurt later. Then finally, in the 90th, Ajax scored with a header, on a corner, from Denswil. 1-0 Ajax. In true Milan style, leaving it to the end and finding some favor with the ref, Balotelli pulled his defender down onto him and his acting won a penalty. Which he stepped up and converted, 1-1 all. So the same old story, and this time we’ve robbed a Champions League opponent of points with a horrible performance and a terrible penalty call. Those are the only things Milan will take from this game. Well those, and an overwhelming sense of shame and regret. Well done, everyone. Can’t wait for Sunday. Negative space.


This post inspired by the music of Suicidal Tendencies


Our next match is
Juventus vs. Milan
Sunday, October 6 • 20:45 CEST (2:45 EDT)