Had to have the reflexes of a 20-year-old when pushing over Emanuelson’s long-range drive in the opening minutes, then blocked Ambrosini’s close-range shot soon after. However, he should have done better than to spill Thiago Silva’s free-kick as Muntari broke the deadlock. Could do little about goals two and three.
Had a real battle down the wing with Djamel Mesbah for much of the game, with temperatures rising as a result. Never managed to cope with any kind of trickery, whether that come from Mesbah, Emanuelson or Muntari.
His lovely controlled volley across Abbiati was a rare positive for Cesena, giving the home side an outside chance of a comeback. It was a deserved strike for a player who never stopped looking to get in behind Milan.
Didn’t paint himself in too much glory despite Maxi Lopez and El Shaarawy not being particularly instrumental. Like his defensive partners, he looked better after the break, but by then Milan had their foot off the pedal.
His attempts to boss the game from the centre of defence laid in shreds as early as the first 10 minutes, with Muntari, Emanuelson and Ambrosini all coming close in the opening exchanges. The authority continued to be missing as Milan racked up three goals when space opened up down the centre.
Struggled to keep a rein on El Shaarawy and the advancing Emanuelson in the early stages as Cesena’s defence split into several directions rather than staying strong. Improved in time, but the game was lost by then.
Did a reasonable job cleaning up around the centre, but never looked likely to dictate the pace of the game in midfield as Milan dominated from the opening minutes.
Rarely showed any dynamism when Cesena needed somebody to put their hand up for the job in the centre of the park. Could have done more to turn the tide, but at least improved late on, becoming more involved in the final quarter.
Looked to make progress down the right, but the weight of his passing wasn’t always suitable for Cesena on the break. Nevertheless, his pace caused troubles for Milan, particularly when dispossessing Muntari and sending a cross in for Iaquinta.
Won’t win Juventus’ hearts back with miss-kicks like the one he should have buried soon after the interval. Came closer with a bullet of a free-kick at 3-1, but it flew just over, then had another effort blocked by Abbiati near the end.
Didn’t get an awful lot of chances in the first half, but then missed a glorious opportunity to halve the deficit straight after the break when heading over from five yards. After that the closest he came was when attempting to score with his hand.
Didn’t look entirely comfortable when questioned, but it happened less than Cesena would have hoped. Eventually beaten by a belting volley from Pudil, but it never looked likely to cost the Rossoneri.
His thumping free-kick proved too hot for Antonioli to handle, allowing Muntari to knock in the opener, and thereafter he was the powerhouse in defence that he so often proves to be for Milan.
Got forward well, looking very capable once getting into his more natural higher position on the wing, but there were a couple of occasions in the second half when Cesena were allowed too much space down his flank.
Remains a weak link when called upon. Managed to give away simple passes more than once, then headed a clearance only as far as Pudil, who duly volleyed home a consolation effort.
Solid at the back and effective getting forward, the full-back delivered a very good display, picking up an assist on Robinho’s clincher to cap a workmanlike effort.
Almost scored immediately with a left-foot shot on the turn which went just wide, but grabbed a debut goal when following in Thiago Silva’s free-kick. Lacked concentration at times, and his slack play led to Santana teeing up a chance for Iaquinta.
A stinging left-foot drive from distance brought the best out of Antonioli early on, then his great touch showed have been converted by Ambrosini. Got the goal he deserved when unleashing a superb left-foot shot which went in off the post.
Should have done better than to shoot straight at Antonioli after bursting onto Emanuelson’s pass in the first 10 minutes, but he was rarely troubled in the midfield as he led a dominant Rossoneri before the break. Replaced by Van Bommel soon after the interval.
Became somewhat nonchalant in his midfield work at times, but never too casual as he proved one of the important cogs in the centre which tipped the game in Milan’s favour.
Led the line well, without seeing his endeavour converted into goals. Tried to claim a penalty when going down late in the first half, but the referee waved it away. Replaced by Inzaghi in injury time.
His passing seemed much more crisp than it has been in Serie A for some time, and he played a perfect pass for Emanuelson to double Milan’s lead. Then grabbed a goal of his own when running on to Abate’s pass and finishing calmly.
- 1 M. Amelia
- 76 M. Yepes
- 77 L. Antonini
- 19 G. Zambrotta
M. van Bommel
Replaced Ambrosini just after the break, and it was more of the same as Milan continued to control much of the tempo despite taking their foot off the pedal somewhat.
A late substitute for Maxi Lopez.
S. El Shaarawy
Came on for Robinho in the latter stages.