Chelsea 3-0 AC Milan: Sergino Dest involved in bizarre second half moment

Sergino Dest played the full 90 minutes in AC Milan‘s 3-0 humbling at the hands of Chelsea in the Champions League group stage.

The Italian champions’ trip to west London certainly didn’t go according to plan, with Wesley Fofana, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Reece James grabbing the goals for the hosts.

Aside from a few moments of quality in the first half, mainly from talisman Rafael Leao, Milan were firmly second-best at Stamford Bridge.

Dest and fellow full-back Fode Ballo-Toure were two of the Rossoneri’s poorest performers on the night and it’s bizarre neither of them were subbed off by manager Stefano Pioli.

Neither player looked assured at the back, while they also weren’t much of a threat going forward.

Dest has initially struggled at Milan since joining the club on loan from Barcelona in the summer and he was involved in a rather bizarre moment during the second half against Chelsea.

Dest malfunctioned for a brief moment at Stamford Bridge

Sergino Dest and Mason Mount battle for possession
LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 05: Mason Mount of Chelsea battles for possession with Sergino Dest of AC Milan during the UEFA Champions League group E match between Chelsea FC and AC Milan at Stamford Bridge on October 05, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

While Milan were trailing 3-0, the American bizarrely decided to handle the ball in the middle of the pitch in a bid to take a quick free-kick.

The big problem with that? The referee hadn’t blown his whistle to indicate an infraction from the clash between Raheem Sterling and Ballo-Toure a few seconds earlier.

So the official in charge had no option but to correctly award a free-kick in Chelsea’s favour for handball instead.

It sounds like something that shouldn’t happen in a professional setting, but trust us, it did…

Video: Dest’s bizarre handball vs Chelsea

As malfunctions on a football pitch go, that’s right up there with the funniest in recent memory.

But everyone makes mistakes and Dest certainly has the skill set required to be a huge hit at Milan in the near future.

Dest burst onto the scene at Ajax in 2019/20

The 23-year-old defender was promoted to Ajax‘s first-team in 2019 and he quickly locked down a place in Erik ten Hag’s starting XI.

Sergino Dest in action for Ajax
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS – DECEMBER 10: Sergino Dest of Ajax in action during the UEFA Champions League group H match between AFC Ajax and Valencia CF at Amsterdam Arena on December 10, 2019 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

Dest played 36 games across all competitions in 2019/20, scoring two goals and contributing five assists.

His stellar form prompted Barcelona to spend around €25 million on him, although the move didn’t exactly work out for both parties.

Dest was in and out of the team under both Ronald Koeman and Xavi Hernandez, hence why the Blaugrana opted to ship him out on loan.

But he’s still young and if Dest can revert back to ‘Ajax mode’ in Milan this season, a career at the very top of the game awaits him.

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