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3 vs 0
Played
December 13, 2012 8:00 PM GMT
Stadio Giuseppe Meazza — Milano
Referee:‬ G. Calvarese‎
Attendance:‬ 3661‎
 
51′ Mario Yepes
 
79′ M'Baye Niang
 
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: AC Milan 3-0 Reggina

A thumping Mario Yepes header and two well-taken strikes from M'Baye Niang and Giampaolo Pazzini settled a comfortable encounter for the hosts at San Siro

By Joe Wright

  • Christian Abbiati
    9
    1
    3.00

    Christian Abbiati

    Dealt with a routine couple of saves in the first half, and caught a long-range Rizzo effort in the 90th minute to round off a quiet evening between the sticks.

  • Cristian Zapata
    17
    0
    3.00

    Cristian Zapata

    Largely untested alongside Yepes, although he did react smartly to one or two crosses in the second half to deny the visitors a chance of levelling the scores.

  • Ignazio Abate
    15
    1
    3.50

    Ignazio Abate

    Rarely tested during the first half so he began to push forward with more alacrity, and only a smart parry from the keeper denied him a rare goal. Performed well throughout.

  • Luca Antonini
    7
    8
    3.00

    Luca Antonini

    As with Abate, was rarely troubled defensively, so pressed higher up the pitch in the second half to provide support to Flamini further forward.

  • Mario Yepes
    24
    0
    4.00

    Mario Yepes

    Had little to do defensively in the first half so turned his attentions to attack with aplomb, heading home powerfully to give his side the lead. Withdrawn to a rapturous reception late on.

  • Mathieu Flamini
    6
    7
    3.00

    Mathieu Flamini

    A comfortable night in midfield for the Frenchman, who was given licence by the visitors to roam the centre of the pitch at will as Milan bossed possession.

  • Rodney Strasser
    15
    4
    2.50

    Rodney Strasser

    Could have found life difficult against the five-man midfield of the opponents but, in truth, he was rarely put under much pressure. Still, he failed to to impose himself on the proceedings. Booked for a late challenge on Rizzo and was replaced just afterwards.

  • Urby Emanuelson
    15
    5
    3.00

    Urby Emanuelson

    Lively in attack down the right flank but looked in danger of being caught out on the counterattack. Curled in a superb cross for Yepes' opener, and fed Niang for his goal with a strong run forward and precise pass.

  • Bojan Krkic
    15
    2
    3.00

    Bojan Krkic

    Denied at full strength by Facchin after a well-placed header, and came close in the second half with a clever run and shot inside the area. A lively performance which kept the visiting defence guessing all night.

  • Giampaolo Pazzini
    18
    3
    4.00

    Giampaolo Pazzini

    Spurned the first real chance when he failed to beat Facchin one-on-one, then headed straight at the keeper from close range. A willing runner all night, he was finally rewarded for his efforts when the linesman kept his flag down, allowing him to turn and fire high beyond the keeper.

  • Robinho
    6
    13
    2.00

    Robinho Flop of the Match

    Looked threatening only in patches in the first half, but had a big role to play in his side's opening goal, showing excellent awareness to return the ball to Emanuelson after seeing his header cleared off the line. Still, he didn't look as lively as the man who replaced him, Niang.

Substitutions

  • Francesco Acerbi
    9
    1

    Francesco Acerbi

    Came on late for the veteran Yepes.

  • Sulley Muntari
    16
    1

    Sulley Muntari

    Replaced Strasser for the closing stages as Milan saw out the result.

  • M'Baye Niang
    38
    2
    4.00

    M'Baye Niang

    Took over from Robinho early in the second half and would have made an instant impact but for Facchin's alert save. Took his next chance when it came his way, slotting cooly beneath Facchin following Emanuelson's pass. An impressive cameo from the youngster.

  • Davide Facchin
    17
    0
    4.50

    Davide Facchin Top of the Match

    Quick off his line to stop Pazzini early on and got down well to deny Bojan. Could do nothing to stop the three goals, but notable stops against Abate, Emanuelson and Niang in the second half capped a superb performance.

  • Rodrigo Ely
    8
    0
    3.00

    Rodrigo Ely

    Struggled to cope with Emanuelson all night, with the Dutchman's pace and movement leaving him too often exposed. Withstood the Milan attack well for the first hour.

  • Dario Bergamelli
    0
    2
    3.50

    Dario Bergamelli

    Unlucky to see his excellent finish chalked out for offside. He marshalled the back line well in the goalless first half, but behan to struggle to deal with the work-rate of Pazzini and the runs of Bojan and Niang. Replaced late on.

  • Gianluca Freddi
    0
    3
    3.00

    Gianluca Freddi

    Got foward well but was too often pegged back by the runs of Abate and Antonini as the visitors were forced to double-up in midfield. Again, defended well in the first half at least.

  • Simone Rizzato
    1
    1
    3.50

    Simone Rizzato

    One of the more lively players going forward for Reggina, whose principle threat came from the left flank. Unable to carve out any meaningful chances for his front two, however.

  • Ivan Castiglia
    1
    1
    3.00

    Ivan Castiglia

    Never exerted any real influence on the game as Milan dominated possession from start to finish.

  • Giuseppe Rizzo
    0
    2
    3.00

    Giuseppe Rizzo

    Sat far too deep for much of the game and found himself outnumbered in midfield when Bojan and Robinho dropped deeper.

  • Francesco Bombagi
    0
    2
    2.50

    Francesco Bombagi

    Rarely kept possession for long enough to exert any real influence upon proceedings. Struggled against Flamini and the willingness of Pazzini to drop deep.

  • Matteo D'alessandro
    0
    2
    3.00

    Matteo D'alessandro

    Rather faded into the turf at San Siro as the game slowly slipped away from Reggina after their solid first half. Never stopped battling, though, and picked up a booking for tugging back his man on the break.

  • Alessio Campagnacci
    0
    2
    2.50

    Alessio Campagnacci

    Fed off scraps for much of the match, dragging a snap-shot wide of the near post with his first real effort after almost an hour. His race was run after that and he was replaced by Barilla.

  • Manuel Fishnaller
    1
    1
    3.50

    Manuel Fishnaller

    Lashed over from distance in the first half and struggled to get on the ball much after that, although he undoubtedly looked Reggina's brightest outlet when they were able to cross the halfway line.

Substitutions

  • Vito Di Bari
    1
    1

    Vito Di Bari

    Got a late run-out in place of Bergamelli.

  • Antonino Barillà
    0
    2
    2.50

    Antonino Barillà

    Replaced Campagnacci with half an hour to play, but was unable to help his side claw their way back into the match.

  • Mehmet Hetemaj
    2
    2

    Mehmet Hetemaj

    Replaced Fishnaller with 15 minutes to go, but by then, the match was beyond them.

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