Teams: Israel, USA, Sampdoria, Arsenal, Villarreal, Cambridge
Whew! Boy, was my heart beating during that VAR review. I'm still not convinced the referee go it right, but I'll take it. I think they really needed a second goal, and, despite the really good performance, this goes down as a lucky win. For me, the MVP today was Colley. He blocked shots, including a sure goal inthe 45th minute, made tackles, and had only one mistake, sometime around the 75th minute, when he overran the ball inside the penalty area. No question that's the best performance I've seen from him.
2nd place goes to Linetty, whom I thought was everywhere, making tackles, passes and dribbles. He made one bad mistake in 2nd half injury time when he lost possession, and Milan had a good counter-attack.
In the first half, I think Quagliarella should have shot for the far post, instead of the near post, after Linetty (I think) put him wonderfully through. And what a play on the ball that hit the crossbar, even though I was yelling at the screen for him to tee up someone standing just outside the area.
I think Vieira was the weakest link - where is Ekdal?