Milan reach Europa League last 16 despite loss at Rennes

February 23, 2024 6:13 am

[Source: Reuters]

AC Milan reached the Europa League last 16 despite a 3-2 loss at Stade Rennais on Thursday as Benjamin Bourigeaud’s hat-trick was not enough for the hosts to stop the Italian side from completing a 5-3 aggregate victory.

Rennes, facing an uphill battle after Milan secured an emphatic 3-0 home win in the first leg, started aggressively in rainy conditions.

Bourigeaud scored with a shot into the bottom corner after 11 minutes before Luka Jovic levelled with a powerful header.

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Bourigeaud converted a penalty nine minutes into the second half after Simon Kjaer’s trip on Martin Terrier before Rafael Leao equalised in the 58th minute for Milan.

Rennes were awarded another penalty in the 68th minute after a handball by Jovic and Bourigeaud completed his hat-trick from the spot.