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20 November 2011
• Stadio Artemio Franchi, Firenze
Referee: P. Mazzoleni
• Attendance: 23000
90' + 4'
The game is over! AC Milan are held by Fiorentina at the Artemio Franchi, meaning Massimiliano Allegri's men are in danger or slipping further behind Juventus in the Serie A standings, if the Bianconeri beat Palermo tomorrow. Stay with us for our post match materials and do not forget to join us on Sunday for our live coverage of Serie A! Bye, for now!
90' + 2'
There will be four minutes of injury time ...
PATO! SO CLOSE! A header by Ibrahimovic reaches the striker inside the box, but Boruc times his run well, and manages to block the ball before the Brazilian could control it.
Time is running out for both teams to score the all-important winner. To be fair, AC Milan had the better chance tonight, but Fiorentina do deserve a point for their resolve.
A painful collision by Santiago Silva and Nesta sees both men struggle on the ground in holding their heads. Luckily, neither is harmed and they will be good to continue.
KHARJA! Pasqual with yet another good cross from the left, but the Moroccan narrowly misses the target with his diving header from inside the box!
Yellow Card Alberto Aquilani
GILARDINO! Yet another dangerous cross by Pasqual evades AC Milan's defence, but the Rossoneri do well to crowd their ex-colleague off the ball. The Fiorentina striker accidentally stepped on Thiago Silva's chest as well, fortunately the Brazilian is not hurt.
IBRAHIMOVIC! The striker heads weakly from inside the box after a cross from the left, and yet another chance goes begging for Massimiliano Allegri and his men.
PATO HITS THE POST! The Brazilian sprinted with the ball outside the box, found space to shoot, but his low drive bounced off the left post,. The Fiorentina players can not believe their luck as the shot looked destined for the net.
Fiorentina has picked up their game in recent minutes, and improving with every moment. Can Delio Rossi's team spring a surprise and defeat the Serie A champions?
PASQUAL! The defender let it fly from 30 yards out, but his powerful finish misses narrowly to the right. That shot looked destined for the net as Abbiati was beaten.
Pasqual nearly catches Abbiati by surprise with an optimistic shot from a tight angle from the left wing, but the ball sails over the bar, and out for a goal-kick.
Pato replaces Robinho for AC Milan. The ex-Real Madrid man had a disappointing game, despite showing occasional flashes of brilliance.
Lazzari with a disappointing touch as he is picked out by De Silvestri, but fails to control the ball and eventually loses possession to Massimo Ambrosini.
Munari left the pitch for ex-Inter man Houssine Kharja. The ex-Palermo man had a disappointing game in the centre of the pitch.
AQUILANI! SO CLOSE! A quick AC Milan move sees Seedorf released on right side of the box, the ex-Real Madrid man whipped a quick cross for the Italy international, but De Silvestri just managed to beat the ex-Liverpool man in the air.
Yellow Card Valon Behrami
Behrami is lucky to avoid a red card here as he lunges in the feet of Abate recklessly. The Italy international could have been really hurt here.
A cross by Manuel Pasqual for Alberto Gilardino ends in the hands of Abbiati in goal for AC Milan. Not much width in this game so far, but that is bound to change as the game progresses.
AC Milan are fiercely attacking, but Fiorentina are holding firm. Can Delio Rossi's men hold out for a draw?
AC Milan fans demand a penalty after Ibrahimovic went down in the box under pressure from Nastasic, but the referee is having none of it much to the frustration of Aquilani.
Pasqual and Abate in a spat near the touchline as the Viola full-back tries to take the ball off the AC Milan man, and both players are luckily to escape yellow cards here for brawling.
IBRAHIMOVIC! The striker let it fly from outside the box, but his fierce shot flew just over the bar. Moments later Nocerino sees a goal-bound finish get deflected by De Silvestri, and the home fans can breathe a sigh of relief.
There was one change for Fiorentina at half-time with Cerci leaving for Santiago Silva.
The second half begins ...
45' + 2'
The first half is through! After a sluggish life the game has kicked into life in the final minutes of the period, and fans of both teams can only hope it stays this way after the break. Can AC Milan break Fiorentina and finally score? Join us after the pause to find out the answer.
45' + 1'
Ambrosini lifts a great ball over Fiorentina's defence, but Nastasic times his jump superbly, and heads away ahead of Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Great intervention by Thiago Silva as he clears a cross by Manuel Pasqual from inside the box with a towering header.
ROBINHO! The Brazilian received the ball in Fiorentina's half, took a few stops and then pulled the trigger, but his shot from 30 yards out narrowly missed to the left.
GILARDINO! A miscleared pass by Cerci found its way into the path of the Italy international, but the striker delivered a disappointing volley, which flew over.
AQUILANI! The ex-Juventus man was picked out by Ibrahimovic just right of the box, and let it fly, but his finish is very poor and flies way over the bar and out for a goal-kick.
Great defending by Antonini, who does well to outjump Gilardino inside the box as the two battle in the air to make contact with a cross by Cerci from a free-kick.
ROBIHNO! The Brazilian was picked out brilliantly by Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the centre of the box, but failed to shoot in his stride, and his diagonal run ended in Gamberini.
Fiorentina have done precious little in the final third so far, and this is yet another proof how important Stefan 'Jo-Jo' Jovetic is to the VIola.
AQUILANI! An immense cross from the left saw the Italy international outjump Nastasic, but his header from just outside the six-yard box missed narrowly over the bar. A great chance here.
Corner for AC Milan, Clarence Seedorf if behind the ball ... The ball is crossed, but Montolivo is standing guard at the near post and hoofs it away.
AC Milan passing the ball around comfortably, looking for cracks in Fiorentina's defence. We have seen precious little width from the Rossoneri so far with Abate's rampaging runs a glaring absence.
Behrami playing dangerously here as he nearly crashes with his studs into Robinho's feet near the byline. He could have received a yellow card here.
Ibrahimovic with a flashy flick as he backheels in the air, but fails to trouble Boruc in goal for Fiorentina. AC Milan have certainly been the better team so far, but are yet to score.
Cerci turns with the ball and shoots just wide, but the referee blows his whistle as the ex-Roma man has allegedly controlled with his hand just ahead of Thiago Silva.
GOAL! NO! RULED OUT! Seedorf sees perfectly good goal ruled out as he taps in a sublime cross from Aquilani from six yards out. The Rossoneri faithful are certainly upset with this decision.
GILARDINO! A great ball by Cerci sees the ex-AC Milan in great position to spring ahead of the visiting defence, but Thiago Silva does well to backtrack and stop the attacker in his steps.
AC Milan seem to be in full control currently, while Fiorentina are looking surprisingly timid and lacking imagination in the centre of the pitch.
SEEDORF! Magical attack by AC Milan! Seedorf stole the ball in midfield, released Robinho on the right, the Brazilian in turn squared for Ibrahimovic, who teed up for the Dutchman with a backheel. Unfortunately, the ex-Real Madrid man's finish flew just wide of the left post.
Lazzarri tries to release Cerci from the centre of the pitch, but Nesta reads the game well and intercepts the pass before it could reach the ex-Roma man.
Boruc nearly with a blunder as he fails to control a simple cross just outside the six-yard box, and the ball nearly makes its way to an AC Milan player.
Aquliani tries a ball over Fiorentina's defence for Ibrahimovic on the left side of the box, and there are suspicions of yet another hand-ball by Valon Behrami.
Thiago Silva tries an opportunistic long ball from the back, but it is overhit and fails to reach Robinho up front for the Rossoneri.
AC Milan having the upper hand in the early minutes of the game, and there are suspicions of a penalty early on as Gamberini allegedly stopped a cross from the left with his hand in the box.
The first half begins ...
AC Milan: Abbiati; Abate, Nesta, Thiago Silva, Antonini; Aquilani, Ambrosini, Nocerino, Seedorf; Ibrahimovic, Robinho.
Fiorentina: Boruc; De Silvestri, Gamberini, Nastasic, Pasqual; Behrami, Montolivo, Munari, Lazzari; Gilardino, Cerci.
Hello and welcome to Goal.com's live coverage of the game between Fiorentina and AC Milan! Both sides have great power in attack at their disposal, so it promises to be a cracker of a game. Here are the teams:
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