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0 vs 2
Played
December 3, 2011 1:15 AM IST
Stadio Comunale Luigi Ferraris — Genova
Referee:‬ D. Celi‎
Attendance:‬ 23000‎
 
 
Zlatan Ibrahimovic 56′ (PG)
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Genoa 0-2 AC Milan

Kakha Kaladze was given his marching orders in a game which saw Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Antonio Nocerino add more goals to their tally - Goal.com rates the players on show

By Vasil Kotsev

  • Sebastien Frey
    9
    4
    3.00

    Sebastien Frey

    Never disappointed with his reading of the game and was a calming presence at the back. Left with no chance for the penalty, and was let down by his defence for the second.

  • Dario Dainelli
    6
    7
    2.50

    Dario Dainelli

    Was often outmuscled by AC Milan's attackers in the first half, but grew in confidence as the match progressed. Read the game well, and showed decent positioning.

  • Kakhaber Kaladze
    14
    28
    2.50

    Kakhaber Kaladze

    Undid all his team's hard effort with a moment of madness that ultimately cost Genoa a point, penalty and number disadvantage for most of the second period. Walked a fine line with the referee from the middle of the first period, and paid the price for excessive aggression. Was dragged out of position easily, and looked clumsy.

  • Emiliano Moretti
    5
    7
    3.00

    Emiliano Moretti

    Defended well in the first half, but probably got affected by the horrible foul Abate committed on him with half an hour on the clock, and his performance started to wane. Attacked well, but mostly before the break.

  • Kevin Constant
    3
    10
    2.00

    Kevin Constant Flop of the Match

    Looked out of his depth against AC Milan's midfield as he disappointed with his distribution and reading of the game. Involved in a few arguments on the pitch, and was substituted for Merkel in the second half.

  • Andreas Granqvist
    4
    11
    2.50

    Andreas Granqvist

    The robust defender was a bit clumsy in his tackle, and slow to react on a lot of occasions, including the situation in the build-up to the penalty. His positioning left a lot to be desired, too.

  • Giandomenico Mesto
    4
    7
    3.00

    Giandomenico Mesto

    Looked like Genoa's only potent weapon upfront for long periods as his incisive runs and dribbling spelled trouble for Antonini. Let his level of performance drop after the break.

  • Miguel Veloso
    6
    5
    2.50

    Miguel Veloso

    The holding midfielder had an average game as he was more often than not one step behind Aquilani & co. in the centre of the park. Ran a lot, but his efficiency was minimal.

  • Marco Rossi
    10
    5
    3.50

    Marco Rossi

    Started brightly with a few nice runs and crosses, but his efficiency began to drop rapidly as the game progressed. Looked isolated at times, but nearly scored with a delightful backheel in the 72nd minute.

  • Bosko Jankovic
    6
    10
    2.50

    Bosko Jankovic

    One could hardly tell if the Serbian was on the pitch. Completely isolated from the game, and did precious little to change that.

  • Lucas Pratto
    2
    9
    2.50

    Lucas Pratto

    Barely had any opportunities as he failed to pose any threat to AC Milan's back line. Tried a more physical approach in the later stages of the game, but that did not cut it either.

Substitutions

  • Alexander Merkel
    34
    4
    3.00

    Alexander Merkel

    The promising youngster did well against his former team, nearly creating a goal for Rossi in the 72nd minute.

  • Zé Eduardo
    3
    8
    3.00

    Zé Eduardo

    Failed to impress up front after taking the place of Bosko Jankovic.

  • Marco Amelia
    49
    4
    3.00

    Marco Amelia

    The goalkeeper had virtually nothing to do, but still showed indecisiveness when rushing off-his line. Had a few lapses of concentration, but generally got the job done.

  • Thiago Silva
    63
    4
    3.00

    Thiago Silva

    The Brazilian had a shaky start to the game as he nearly gifted a goal to Genoa with a mistimed pass that fell straight to Mesto. However, he improved as the game progressed, and once again showed great reading of the game.

  • Mario Yepes
    51
    7
    2.50

    Mario Yepes

    The Colombian is not one to shrink from a challenge, and he showed that in this game. Put in a great display as he tackled bravely and fought for every ball. Impressed with his positioning and marking.

  • Luca Antonini
    25
    41
    2.50

    Luca Antonini

    The left-back had an awful first half as Mesto had a remarkably easy time bypassing his resistance. Did not improve much after the break, and had minimal impact in the final third.

  • Ignazio Abate
    37
    26
    3.00

    Ignazio Abate

    The right-back had an average game as he failed to impress both in defence and attack. Could have been sent off for a reckless challenge on Moretti in the first half, and offered little of his rampaging runs.

  • Massimo Ambrosini
    28
    41
    2.50

    Massimo Ambrosini

    The veteran had a disappointing game as he was off the pace, and had to rely on his team-mates to bail him out on more than one occasion. Had a comical moment at the very start of first period, when he was released by Aquilani in the box, and left everyone mystified to his intentions as he appeared to kick the ground and dive at the same time.

  • Kevin-Prince Boateng
    126
    20
    3.00

    Kevin-Prince Boateng

    Was at the heart of everything good about AC Milan in this game. Was unstoppable on the ball, impeccable in his distribution, and impressive with his vision as his sheer skill meant Genoa had their hands full. Assisted the second goal with a brilliant run and pass.

  • Antonio Nocerino
    89
    11
    3.50

    Antonio Nocerino

    Yet another industrious display by the midfielder, who is quickly becoming a vital component of AC Milan's team. Showed immense work-rate and was at the right place at the right time to tap in the second goal.

  • Alberto Aquilani
    80
    14
    3.00

    Alberto Aquilani

    The ex-Liverpool man showed great vision as his passes went through Genoa's defence like hot knife through butter. Created a sublime chance for Ambrosini early on, and later on for Robinho, who missed the open goal from around three yards out.

  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic
    124
    14
    3.50

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic Top of the Match

    The big Swede led by example as he used his physique to great effect, freeing space for others to exploit and creating opportunities for his team-mates. Scored a good penalty to give his team the lead.

  • Robinho
    47
    75
    3.00

    Robinho

    The Brazilian offered very little. Far too often he got himself in endless runs, which ended with him being dispossessed, and most notably missed an open goal in the second half after some great work by Aquilani.

Substitutions

  • Stephan El Shaarawy
    54
    15
    0.00

    Stephan El Shaarawy

    The youngster failed to make an impact after coming on for Robinho.

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