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4 vs 0
Played
November 28, 2011 1:15 AM IST
Stadio Giuseppe Meazza — Milano
Referee:‬ M. Guida‎
Attendance:‬ 51000‎
 
 
 
 
43′ (PG) Zlatan Ibrahimovic
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: AC Milan 4-0 Chievo

Goal.com rates the players on show during the champions' four-goal rout against the Flying Donkeys on Sunday

By Livio Caferoglu

  • Marco Amelia
    65
    0
    3.00

    Marco Amelia

    Made a couple of decent saves at the end but was virtually untested throughout the encounter.

  • Ignazio Abate
    67
    2
    3.00

    Ignazio Abate

    Was fantastic going forward as always, linking up with Boateng and Aquilani frequently, driving down the flank with attacking verve. However, against better opposition, he could have been caught out with a couple of lax passbacks and positional hiccups.

  • Thiago Silva
    101
    1
    3.50

    Thiago Silva

    Scored a lovely goal to break the deadlock early on, and looked as confident and assured as ever, as Pellissier and Thereau couldn't find the initiative.

  • Mario Yepes
    80
    3
    3.00

    Mario Yepes

    If Silva was the brain, then Yepes was the functionality. Offered his services down the right-hand side too as he helped bail out Abate when called upon and won everything at the back for Milan.

  • Luca Antonini
    45
    19
    3.00

    Luca Antonini

    Was not as marauding as Abate, but found himself in his opponent's box on occasions. Defensively, he looked comfortable but did not stand out compared to his peers.

  • Mark van Bommel
    65
    5
    3.00

    Mark van Bommel

    Lucky not to be yellow-carded for a number of poorly-timed tackles, but he was hugely important in his role as ball-winner, constantly breaking up Chievo possession.

  • Alberto Aquilani
    79
    2
    3.00

    Alberto Aquilani

    The former Liverpool man was everywhere for Milan, as he was always looking to play team-mates in and offered his services across midfield and the final third. Also assisted Ibrahimovic's opener with an intuitive pass.

  • Antonio Nocerino
    83
    2
    3.00

    Antonio Nocerino

    Excellent performance from the Italy midfielder, which was the definition of all-action. He was tireless and industrial in his approach, where he never stopped running and finding space to run into, while overpowering the likes of Bradley.

  • Kevin-Prince Boateng
    69
    8
    3.00

    Kevin-Prince Boateng

    Substituted midway through the second-half, he was arguably the least impressive of his midfield partners. Nevertheless, he kept the ball well and provided energy.

  • Alexandre Pato
    87
    8
    3.00

    Alexandre Pato

    Fantastic return to contention for the diminutive Brazilian, who profited from Ibrahimovic's fine hold-up play, impressing with his electric movement and tantalising footwork. Scored a tap-in for third and won the penalty for the fourth.

  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic
    153
    6
    3.50

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic Top of the Match

    He will always be Milan's catalyst while he is in the team. Two more goals and continued to hold the ball up with great purpose, while always on hand to help support the likes of Aquilani and Pato. Sensational.

Substitutions

  • Urby Emanuelson
    41
    4
    2.50

    Urby Emanuelson

    Late cameo from the Dutchman.

  • Robinho
    36
    17
    3.00

    Robinho

    Really should have provided more cutting-edge when he came on, as his slip while through on goal stands out.

  • Stephan El Shaarawy
    49
    3
    0.00

    Stephan El Shaarawy

    Another late cameo from the starlet, who tried to test Chievo's defenders on a couple of occasions, but to no avail.

  • Stefano Sorrentino
    1
    6
    2.50

    Stefano Sorrentino

    Could do nothing about the goals that went past him, but was helpful in ensuring no more were leaked in.

  • Davide Mandelli
    3
    5
    2.50

    Davide Mandelli

    Injured early on and was substituted by Acerbi.

  • Bostjan Cesar
    1
    6
    2.50

    Bostjan Cesar

    Couldn't live with the pace and electricity of Pato, nor the physical, elegant nature of Ibrahimovic. Was run ragged at times and struggled often to keep up.

  • Bojan Jokic
    1
    5
    2.50

    Bojan Jokic

    A similarly difficult evening for the defender, who was regularly bullied by the attacking power of Abate, Aquilani and Pato. As a result he could not offer much in his opposition's half.

  • Nicolas Sebastien Frey
    2
    5
    2.50

    Nicolas Sebastien Frey

    Arguably his side's best defender, he improved as the game wore on and began finding space in Milan's half, although to no avail in the end.

  • Michael Bradley
    5
    7
    3.00

    Michael Bradley

    The American wasted numerous set-pieces and was overran at times by the excellent Milan midfield. Tried to conduct counterattacks but could not get past Silva and Yepes.

  • Paolo Sammarco
    1
    5
    2.50

    Paolo Sammarco

    Had a couple of goalscoring attempts, but overall he couldn't put his playmaking ability to good enough use. Failed to keep the ball or make anything happen of note.

  • Luciano
    7
    9
    2.50

    Luciano Flop of the Match

    A dire performance from the veteran, who was substituted at half-time and conceded a penalty. Completely out-run in midfield and constantly lost possession, he was a liability as Chievo improved after he was replaced.

  • Luca Rigoni
    2
    5
    2.50

    Luca Rigoni

    Tried his best in his box-to-box role, but bar one foray into his opponents' half, he was forced to defend for most of the game.

  • Sergio Pellissier
    4
    4
    2.50

    Sergio Pellissier

    Worked his socks off all night and never stopped running and chasing lost causes. Silva and Yepes were too much for him in the end, but he did score an impressive disallowed goal.

  • Cyril Thereau
    2
    5
    2.50

    Cyril Thereau

    Similar to his strike partner, he was always trying to carve out opportunities but unfortunately did not have it in his locker as Milan almost always regained possession instantly.

Substitutions

  • Francesco Acerbi
    1
    6
    2.50

    Francesco Acerbi

    Marginally better than his partner, but still didn't have an easy night, coming off the bench to replace Mandelli early on.

  • Kamil Vacek
    1
    5
    2.50

    Kamil Vacek

    Almost scored in his late cameo, where his deflected shot whistled past the post.

  • Perparim Hetemaj
    5
    5
    2.50

    Perparim Hetemaj

    Arguably his side's best player, along with Pellissier, the ex-Brescia man had a handful of attempts at goal and provided much-needed drive.

Results
 
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Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Ciro Immobile Ciro Immobile
Striker
Torino
20 0
Luca Toni Luca Toni
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18 2
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Juventus
18 1
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Napoli
17 5
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Striker
Inter
15 0