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AC Milan at Euro 2012: How the six Rossoneri players have fared so far

AC Milan at Euro 2012: How the six Rossoneri players have fared so far

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Goal.com takes a look at the performances of half a dozen AC Milan players who are taking part at Euro 2012...

Milan


DEFENDERS


Philippe Mexes | FRANCE


France

Goal.com Average Rating: (2.17)
Appearances: 3
Tackles: 4
 Clearances: 27
Blocks: 0

The Frenchman is a clear favourite of Laurent Blanc, and although he started clumsily in the game against England, Mexes clearly grew in confidence as the game progressed and was comfortable against Ukraine as well. However it all came crumbling down against Sweden, as the AC Milan defender mis-read several long balls and failed to hold the defensive line on occasions. Picked up a booking to boot, which rules him out from the crucial game against Spain, which might yet prove to be a blessing in disguise for France.



Ignazio Abate | ITALY


Italy

Goal.com Average Rating: (2.50)
Appearances: 1
Tackles: 3
 Clearances: 1
Blocks: 0

The right wing back was left out in favour of Christian Maggio in the first two games, as the Napoli man was seen to be more suited to a 3-5-2, which his club side also employ. However when Cesare Prandelli switched to a back 4, Abate displaced Maggio from the side and had a decent outing against Republic of Ireland, although his usual attacking forays were not to be seen.


Milan


MIDFIELDERS


Antonio Nocerino | ITALY


Italy

Goal.com Average Rating: NA
Appearances: 0 (1)
Passes: 0
Passing Accuracy: 0%
Passing Accuracy Opp. Half: 0%

Nocerino might have had a stellar season for the Rossoneri, but has seen action worth all of 1 minute, as a late substitute against Spain, as Prandelli prefers Thiago Motta, Claudio Marchisio and Riccardo Montolivo over him as a box to box midfielder.



Riccardo Montolivo | ITALY


Italy

Goal.com Average Rating: (2)
Appearances: 0 (1)
Passes: 14
Passing Accuracy: 78.6%
Passing Accuracy Opp. Half: 66.7%

The Italian has been sitting on the bench for the majority of the Championship. He came in as a second half substitute against Croatia, but had next to no effect on the game, only managing to pick up a pointless booking and was on the pitch, as Croatia scored the equalizer. Patchy passing stats show why he has been left out in the cold by Prandelli.


Milan


FORWARDS


Zlatan Ibrahimovic | SWEDEN


Sweden

Goal.com Average Rating: (3.33)
Appearances: 3
Goals: 2
Total shots on target: 7
Total shots off target: 4

While Sweden have had a wretched campaign, Ibrahimovic himself, cannot be held too responsible for their early exit. He scored the opener in the 2-1 loss to Ukraine, and was a constant threat against the hosts as well as against England, where he always looked dangerous on the ball and caused several problems for John Terry and co. Having already been knocked out of the tournament before the last game, he helped inspire Sweden to a consolation victory against France as well, scoring a spectacular goal in the process. Can be proud of his individual efforts.



Antonio Cassano | ITALY


Italy

Goal.com Average Rating: (3)
Appearances: 3
Goals: 1
Total shots on target: 3
Total shots off target: 5

The Italian finally managed a goal, getting the crucial opener against Republic of Ireland. He has been central to Italy’s attacking plans during the Championship, and has so far started all 3 games. Stats seem to indicate he doesn’t hit the target often enough, with a ratio of just one shot on target per game at the moment. Possibly lacking in match fitness, after having been sidelined for a long period last season, Cassano can be expected to improve, as the tournament progresses.


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