Esposito and Leo’s thrilling virtual Milan derby draw play

  • In keeping with real football, Sebastiano Esposito and Rafael Leo play the latest Milan derby in Pro Evolution Soccer.

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Changed 11 Apr 2020, 18:32 IST

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Rafael Leo and Inter’s Sebastiano Esposito in Milan

Sebastiano Esposito and Rafael Leo could not separate as their virtual Milan derby ended the draw at 2-2.

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Playing on the latest version of Pro Dissolution Soccer on DAZN, Inter took charge of Esposito Nerazzuzzi, and Leo controlled his match – each player surprisingly putting a computerized selfie on their respective teams.

Esposito’s seriousness quickly became apparent when he first teased virtual Leo with Stefan de Vries on the ground – making the original Leo a legendary card to

Leo, controlling himself, put Milan in front just before half-time, slotting under Zamir Ibrahimovic after Samir Handanovich.

Esposito’s response to his opponent’s screaming and gloating dance to the camera was minimal, as he restored equality just after half-time – after Romalu Lukaku lifted Lutaro Martinez and removed the post.

The Inter was at the front in the minute. Lukaku cut a goal-kick and then intercepted the clearance, before charging in the box and returning for Martinez – a celebration of Esposito showing signs of emotion for the first time.

He had his head in his hands when Leo shared the spoils, while Ibrahimovic collected Ismail Beneser’s defense-splitting pass and coolly smashed home.

Esposito couldn’t help thinking his strikers could do more.

He said: “Loutaro and Lukaku are the perfect partnership The numbers show it – they showed it on PES as well.

“I got most of them from the closest and in person I saw. I thank them for the goals, but they could have done better,” he said with a chuckle.

Apr 11, 2020, 18:32 IST Published

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