Rafael Leao Urges Milan to Move On from Atletico Heartbreak

Milan’s return to the San Siro in the Champions League was one of great joy, and heartbreak at the end, to those present in the stadium after a seven year hiatus – incidentally being knocked out by the evening’s same opponents in 2013/14.

Rafael Leao drew first blood in the opening half before the Rossoneri succumbed to late goal from Antoine Griezmann and Luis Suarez’s disappointing 97th minute penalty.

Almost 40,000 fans in the iconic stadium went into raptures as Leao scored Milan’s first goal in over seven years in the tournament, but the Portuguese talent believes his team could have done much better.

 “We know that the Champions League is different from the Serie A, we have to grow with them and do the best we can in the next match. I’m happy with myself but I think it was more important to win the game today,” he said to Sky Sports (via MilanNews)

Franck Kessie received his second red card of the night just before half time, changing the whole complexion of the game.

Speaking about it, he added: “A victory would have been better, we created lots before Kessie’s red. We are disappointed, we wanted to win this match and put pressure on the others in our group. We grow from these mistakes and work with our heads held high.

Milan were handed their second consecutive loss in the Champions League, after their initial 3-2 opening defeat at the hands of Liverpool at Anfield.