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September 28, 2011 7:45 PM BST
Stadio Giuseppe Meazza — Milano
Referee:‬ F. Meyer‎
Attendance:‬ 66859‎
 
53′ (PG) Zlatan Ibrahimovic
 
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: AC Milan 2-0 Viktoria Plzen

Italian champions pick up their first win of the Champions League group stages as goals from Ibrahimovic and Cassano secure all three points at the San Siro

By Livio Caferoglu

  • Christian Abbiati
    5
    1
    3.50

    Christian Abbiati

    Made a couple of important saves early on and kept the visitors at bay for the rest of the match.

  • Alessandro Nesta
    5
    1
    3.00

    Alessandro Nesta

    A typically efficient defensive performance by the evergreen defender, who was never truly tested by Bakos and company. Played the ball from the back well.

  • Ignazio Abate
    5
    2
    3.50

    Ignazio Abate

    All-action display from the right sided player, who burst down the flank at will and forced Pilar to go inside with his runs. His impact fizzled out as the game developed though.

  • Thiago Silva
    5
    2
    3.00

    Thiago Silva

    Comfortable like his defensive partner, despite being under siege early on. The Brazilian will be pleased with a relatively untroubled shift.

  • Luca Antonini
    2
    3
    3.00

    Luca Antonini

    Initially struggled to provide support down the left and was forced to defend more than he would have liked against Rajtoral and Kolar, who got the better of the full-back on more than one occasion. Improved as the game wore on, but replaced by Taiwo.

  • Mark van Bommel
    1
    2
    3.00

    Mark van Bommel

    The Dutchman struggled to stamp his authority during the match, as he looked out of sync with his team mates. However, he did not make any glaring errors, but still unspectacular.

  • Antonio Nocerino
    3
    3
    3.00

    Antonio Nocerino

    Not exactly a show-stealing performance, but nevertheless important. His industry and energy was an important factor in breaking down Plzen's stubborn midfield, and ultimately Milan reaped their just rewards.

  • Urby Emanuelson
    3
    2
    2.50

    Urby Emanuelson

    The former Ajax man again failed to shine, as his fellow attackers completely overshadowed his contribution in the match. Despite having a promising first half in regards to his pace, he was eventually pale in comparison to the two forwards.

  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic
    23
    3
    4.00

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic Top of the Match

    At the centre of every Milan attack, he played the role of leading the line to perfection. Capped his comeback with a penalty and set up Cassano for the second with a trademark visionary pass. He is simply the catalyst in this Milan side.

  • Antonio Cassano
    7
    3
    3.50

    Antonio Cassano

    In similar vein to his partner, although not quite as remarkable, the forward looks to be the perfect foil for Ibrahimovic, rather than Pato. Involved in dangerous link-up play frequently, always looking to play the Swede in, while his movement caused Plzen problems. Capped a fine game with a brilliant move and finish.

Substitutions

  • Taye Taiwo
    16
    0
    3.00

    Taye Taiwo

    Too late to make a telling contribution, but put in a shift.

  • Mattia De Sciglio
    4
    0
    0.00

    Mattia De Sciglio

    Late cameo from the Milanese prospect, who replaced Abate in the closing stages.

  • Alberto Aquilani
    5
    3
    2.50

    Alberto Aquilani

    Tried a couple of speculative efforts in his 20 minutes on the pitch.

  • Marek Čech
    2
    0
    3.00

    Marek Čech

    The shot-stopper couldn't do much about both of Milan's goals, but was on his toes throughout.

  • David Limbersky
    1
    1
    2.50

    David Limbersky

    The one-time Tottenham Hotspur youngster looked to have gotten the better of Antonini at the beginning, but his impact died down as the game wore on.

  • Marián Čišovský
    1
    1
    2.00

    Marián Čišovský

    Tough night for the centre-back, who conceded a penalty with a handball and was given the runaround by Ibrahimovic and company.

  • Frantisek Rajtoral
    2
    0
    3.00

    Frantisek Rajtoral

    The full-back looked dangerous in the early parts, but like many of his team-mates, his impact suffered when Milan stepped their game up.

  • Václav Pilař
    2
    0
    3.00

    Václav Pilař

    The winger combined with Limbersky well in the opening stages, as his trickery potentially posed Milan problems, but eventually was hauled off and substituted.

  • Pavel Horváth
    2
    0
    3.00

    Pavel Horváth Flop of the Match

    The experienced midfielder was arguably the best player for Plzen, whose influence was important in ensuring they did not lose by a larger margin. Showed an eye for goal in the first half, but like the rest of his team mates, defending was the priority.

  • Milan Petržela
    1
    0
    2.50

    Milan Petržela

    Offered nothing as an attacking outlet, as even Rajtoral seemed to play better as a flanker, despite playing deeper down the line.

  • Petr Jirácek
    1
    0
    2.00

    Petr Jirácek

    The likes of Seedorf and Nocerino proved far too much for Czech midfielder, who was outrun along with his partner Bystron.

  • David Bystron
    2
    0
    2.00

    David Bystron

    The burly defender was slightly better than his partner at the back, but still encountered problems with Ibrahimovic and Cassano looking so imperious at times.

  • Daniel Kolar
    2
    0
    2.50

    Daniel Kolar

    Playing in behind Bakos, he tried his best, roaming around the third quarter of the pitch, and managed to play in his team mates on a couple of occasions, but to no avail.

  • Marek Bakos
    2
    0
    2.50

    Marek Bakos

    Much was expected of the free-scoring forward, but he failed to test Milan at all with his instinctive striker's play, although he received virtually no service in the second half. Replaced by Duris.

Substitutions

  • Vladimír Darida
    0
    1
    0.00

    Vladimír Darida

    Late cameo in injury time.

  • Martin Fillo
    1
    0
    2.50

    Martin Fillo

    A scorer in the play-off against Copenhagen, he couldn't replicate his prowess in front of goal tonight.

  • Michal Duris
    0
    1
    2.00

    Michal Duris

    Failed to break down Milan's powerful defensive line, but tried to provide an outlet when Plzen forced a consolation strike late on.

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