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Played
January 22, 2012 7:30 PM IST
Stadio Comunale Silvio Piola — Novara
Referee:‬ A. De Marco‎
Attendance:‬ 17000‎
 
 
 
Robinho 74′
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Novara 0-3 AC Milan

Goal.com casts its watchful eye over the players involved in Sunday's match at the Silvio Piola, which saw the champions stroll to a comfortable win over Attilio Tesser's new boys

By Livio Caferoglu

  • Samir Ujkani
    1
    0
    3.00

    Samir Ujkani

    A very unconvincing performance from the goalkeeper, who recently returned from a facial injury. Struggled to deal with several shots from white shirts and failed to inspire confidence from set-pieces.

  • Giuseppe Gemiti
    1
    0
    2.50

    Giuseppe Gemiti Flop of the Match

    The left-back did not get much luck from Abate, who was forced back into his own half for much of the game, bar a brief foray towards the end of the match.

  • Michel Morganella
    1
    0
    2.50

    Michel Morganella

    An encouraging first half display saw him constantly charge down the right with purpose, but his final ball left a lot to be desired. However, Robinho and Emanuelson moving to his flank after the break meant for a difficult second half.

  • Matteo Centurioni
    1
    0
    2.50

    Matteo Centurioni

    Made a number of important interceptions during the first half, but on the odd occasion was nearly caught out by the flair of Milan's forward players towards the end.

  • Leandro Rinaudo
    1
    0
    2.50

    Leandro Rinaudo

    The defender put in a couple of tough tackles near the start of the match, but struggled to contain the brilliance of Ibrahimovic as the contest wore on.

  • Santiago García
    1
    0
    2.50

    Santiago García

    Was overshadowed by his fellow defenders, and did his bit to try and keep Novara's back line together. Unfortunately, he and his fellow stoppers were exposed towards the end.

  • Marco Rigoni
    1
    0
    3.00

    Marco Rigoni

    Always on the move, the former Juventus youngster promised much with the ball at his feet thanks to his surging runs from deep, but his impact fizzled out in the second half.

  • Filippo Porcari
    1
    0
    2.50

    Filippo Porcari

    Tried his best to keep Nocerino, Van Bommel and Ambrosini in check, as his work rate could not be faulted, but they eventually overran him and his fellow midfield players.

  • Simone Pesce
    1
    0
    3.00

    Simone Pesce

    Got into promising positions early on, but failed to find the right passes as he slowly drifted out of the match, and was replaced by Rubinho.

  • Giuseppe Mascara
    1
    0
    2.50

    Giuseppe Mascara

    Managed to get into good areas of the pitch, but hesitated with the ball at his feet and struggled to conduct attacks against a watertight Milan defence. Promptly subbed off in the second half.

  • Andrea Caracciolo
    1
    0
    2.50

    Andrea Caracciolo

    Although he offered very little in terms of an attacking sense, he was crucial at the back, where he compensated for his goalkeeper's poor decision-making by clearing a couple of attempts off the line.

Substitutions

  • Daniel Jensen
    0
    1
    2.50

    Daniel Jensen

    A late cameo from the Dane.

  • Francesco Marianini
    0
    1
    0.00

    Francesco Marianini

    The midfielder could only contribute with a yellow card late on in the match.

  • Raffaele Rubino
    1
    0
    2.50

    Raffaele Rubino

    Added very little as a replacement for Pesce, as the Milan defence had the better of him.

  • Marco Amelia
    4
    1
    3.00

    Marco Amelia

    Had virtually nothing to do during the match bar a couple of long-range attempts, as he continues to redeem himself as a reliable backup for Christian Abbiati.

  • Philippe Mexes
    4
    1
    3.00

    Philippe Mexes

    The Frenchman kept his place in the heart of defence, and had no trouble in dealing with the likes of Caracciolo and Mascara, displaying a performance of calmness.

  • Ignazio Abate
    4
    2
    3.00

    Ignazio Abate

    Always tried to attack down the right flank, but his final balls were generally not up to his usual standard.

  • Thiago Silva
    7
    0
    3.50

    Thiago Silva

    The samba stopper was impressive at both ends of the pitch, where he was a threat from set-pieces, while keeping his cool alongside Mexes at the back.

  • Luca Antonini
    3
    1
    3.00

    Luca Antonini

    The left-back did not warrant his early substitution, as he performed better than Emanuelson, but his marauding style going forward did see him potentially exposed to counterattacks down his flank.

  • Mark van Bommel
    6
    1
    3.50

    Mark van Bommel

    A fine all-round display from the experienced campaigner, who passed the ball around with accuracy, before breaking up attacks and being a real nuisance in the middle of the park.

  • Antonio Nocerino
    5
    1
    3.50

    Antonio Nocerino

    His all-action performances from midfield are fast becoming a regular occurrence as the former Palermo man was everywhere. His link-up play with Ibrahimovic early on deserved a goal, but he settled for an assist for the second.

  • Massimo Ambrosini
    6
    0
    3.00

    Massimo Ambrosini

    Magnificent display from the defensive-minded player, who took up the role of deep-lying playmaker. Impressed greatly with his array of long and short passing, and always looked to play in his team-mates.

  • Urby Emanuelson
    2
    1
    3.00

    Urby Emanuelson

    Again showed he is out of his depth as a trequartista, as he continued to fail in his quest to find creativity. Moved to left-back and looked far more comfortable, but Antonini was arguably a better bet.

  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic
    12
    0
    4.00

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic Top of the Match

    The Swede rose to the occasion yet again and netted his ninth goal in nine matches. Influential and dominant as ever in leading the line, his impeccable touch and volley, followed by a deft touch to complete his brace was nothing short of sensational.

  • Robinho
    6
    0
    3.00

    Robinho

    A limp first half was followed by a triumphant return to form in the second. Roaming around the left flank, before moving back to his central position, his flair and attacking intent was exciting to watch at times, and capped his performance off with the second goal of the match.

Substitutions

  • Alexander Merkel
    5
    0
    0.00

    Alexander Merkel

    Another late appearance from the young schemer, who added composure into Milan's midfield to help see the game out.

  • Stephan El Shaarawy
    7
    1
    3.00

    Stephan El Shaarawy

    An instant impact from the forward, who provided a much-needed youthful spark in the final third for his team. Not everything managed to come off, but his telepathic play with Ibra for the Swede's second goal showed potential for a partnership between the duo.

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