AC Mi­lan Pre­vail, Ever­ton Slump

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MI­LAN (Dis­patches) - AC Mi­lan kicked off by sub­du­ing host Aus­tria Vi­enna 5-1 in Europa League but Ronald Koe­man ripped into his Ever­ton side af­ter a dis­as­trous start.

AC Mi­lan kicked off by sub­du­ing host Aus­tria Vi­enna 5-1 on Thurs­day.

New AC Mi­lan for­ward An­dre Silva scored a hat trick. Mi­lan made cer­tain of the re­sult within 20 min­utes.

“We played quickly, par­tic­u­larly in the first 20 min­utes, fin­ish­ing the game off clin­i­cally,” Mi­lan coach Vin­cenzo Mon­tella said.

“We know we still have to work hard, but this was a big win for us.” Mid­fielder Hakan Cal­hanoglu opened the scor­ing af­ter seven min­utes then set up two for Silva in the 10th and 20th.

Alexan­dar Borkovic’s header re­duced the deficit early in the sec­ond half, Silva com­pleted his hat trick, and Suso fin­ished the rout just a minute af­ter com­ing off the bench. “An­dre Silva ... needed this,” Mon­tella said. Af­ter three years away, AC Mi­lan re­turned to Euro­pean com­pe­ti­tion as per­haps the fa­vorite - at least un­til De­cem­ber when eight teams jump in as a re­sult of plac­ing third in a Cham­pi­ons League group. Also, AEK won at Ri­jeka 2-1 in an­other Group D game. Ata­lanta struck three times in the first half to hand strug­gling Ever­ton a 3-0 de­feat in Group E.

Fol­low­ing con­sec­u­tive losses to Chelsea and Tot­ten­ham in the English Pre­mier League, Ever­ton went on to strug­gle in Berg­amo. Wayne Rooney failed to im­press and his team­mates made no dif­fer­ence.

Af­ter a 26-year ab­sence in Europe, Ata­lanta cruised, with all the goals in the first half. “A lot went wrong, ex­cept maybe af­ter a dif­fi­cult start , maybe 10 min­utes that we had a lit­tle bit more of the ball and looked a bit more com­fort­able,” Koe­man told BT Sport.

“Ball pos­ses­sion was poor, but most painful was in the first half that they showed more ag­gres­sion, that they showed more pas­sion and that’s re­ally painful be­cause in my opinion it starts with that and then you need qual­i­ties on the ball.

“It’s a good ques­tion to the man­ager, be­cause I asked my­self the ques­tion ‘what am I do­ing wrong?’ about the sec­ond half against Tot­ten­ham, and the first half, be­cause it’s the way I like to see my team.

“We can play bet­ter foot­ball, miss­ing chances to score, but the com­mit­ment, the pas­sion that they showed to us in the first half was much big­ger than we showed to­gether.”

A trip to Manch­ester United on Sun­day con­tin­ues Ever­ton’s tough start to the sea­son, but Koe­man added: “We knew from the be­gin­ning of July that the start of the sea­son was re­ally tough.

“OK, we need to ac­cept it, but that’s not the prob­lem. The prob­lem is what we showed in the first half to­gether.”

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