Played
July 27, 2013 7:00 PM WAT
Mestalla, Valencia, Spain
 
54′ Parejo
Robinho 23′
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Valencia 1-2 Milan

Nigel de Jong was the star man as Massimiliano Allegri's side claimed the first victory of the 2013 Guinness International Champions Cup

By Max Bentley

  • Guaita
    0
    1
    2.50

    Guaita

    Rushed off his line foolishly before bringing down Poli for the penalty but redeemed himself by making a superb save from Robinho's spot kick. Could do nothing to prevent either Milan goal.

  • João Pereira
    0
    0
    3.00

    João Pereira

    The Portuguese defender proved a constant threat down the right and delivered some wonderful crosses into the middle. Did well to combat the threat of El Shaarawy in the second half.

  • Adil Rami
    1
    0
    3.00

    Adil Rami

    The Frenchman provided an assured defensive display and also saw a thumping header disallowed for offside. Djukic will be desperate to keep his key defensive asset.

  • Ricardo Costa
    1
    0
    2.50

    Ricardo Costa

    Hardly put a foot wrong in the defence and maintained a good back line. Won the majority of the aerial duels.

  • Jérémy Mathieu
    1
    0
    3.50

    Jérémy Mathieu

    One of the best performers on the pitch as he provided an excellent attacking outlet from left-back. His stinging drive nearly opened the scoring for Valencia.

  • Javi Fuego
    0
    0
    2.00

    Javi Fuego

    An anonymous performance from the anchorman who was outshone by the likes of Poli and De Jong in the midfield battle.

  • Parejo
    0
    0
    3.00

    Parejo

    The former Real Madrid man pulled a goal back for Valencia early in the second half and helped his side to dominate the midfield battle after half-time.

  • Sofiane Feghouli
    1
    0
    2.50

    Sofiane Feghouli

    Spurned a glorious opportunity to level the scores in the first half when he miskicked with the goal gaping, but his movement throughout the match caused Milan problems.

  • Ever Banega
    1
    0
    3.50

    Ever Banega

    Pulled the strings in the middle of the park and delivered some teasing deliveries from set-pieces. Valencia's most effective creative outlet.

  • Jonas
    1
    0
    2.50

    Jonas

    The 29-year-old had a quiet game but produced a wonderful piece of play to carve open the Milan defence for Parejo's goal.

  • Paco Alcácer
    0
    0
    2.50

    Paco Alcácer

    An isolated figure up front who struggled to assert his authority on the game. However, he did show good strength to hold off his marker and set up Parejo for the Valencia goal.

Substitutions

  • Diego Alves
    1
    0
    2.50

    Diego Alves

    Introduced as a second-half substitute and was rarely tested. Produced one brilliant save to deny Emanuelson's free kick.

  • Míchel
    0
    0
    2.50

    Míchel

    The substitute got himself into some promising positions but could not test Gabriel in the Milan goal.

  • Jonathan Viera
    0
    0
    2.00

    Jonathan Viera

    Squandered a glorious opportunity in stoppage time to level the scores when he somehow poked over from a few yards out. Nonetheless, a lively introduction from the bench.

  • Jose Andrés Guardado
    0
    0
    2.00

    Jose Andrés Guardado

    The Mexican only lasted about five minutes on the field before being replaced through injury.

  • Oriol Romeu
    2
    0
    2.50

    Oriol Romeu

    The on-loan Chelsea man produced a combative display when introduced as a second-half substitute. Helped nullify the threat of Boateng .

  • Juan Bernat
    0
    0
    2.50

    Juan Bernat

    The winger's pace caused the tiring Milan defence problems but he could not help his side find the equaliser.

  • Federico Nicolás Cartabia
    0
    0
    3.00

    Federico Nicolás Cartabia

    The young midfielder made a superb impact from the bench and was desperately unlucky to watch his long-range effort crash against the underside of the crossbar.

  • Christian Abbiati
    4
    1
    3.00

    Christian Abbiati

    His composure and experience ensured Milan did not concede during the first half. Was replaced by Gabriel at half-time.

  • Luca Antonini
    2
    2
    2.50

    Luca Antonini

    A confident display from the wing-back who did well to thwart the threat of Jonas down the left.

  • Daniele Bonera
    2
    2
    2.50

    Daniele Bonera

    Captain for the evening, the veteran defender produced a solid display although could perhaps have done more to prevent the Valencia goal.

  • Philippe Mexes
    1
    5
    2.00

    Philippe Mexes

    A rusty performance from the France international, whose sloppiness nearly proved costly in the first half. Picked up a booking after a series of rash challenges.

  • Kevin Constant
    4
    1
    3.00

    Kevin Constant

    The Guinea international produced a solid performance from left-back and showed great stamina to charge forward on numerous occasions to assist the attack.

  • Antonio Nocerino
    2
    2
    2.50

    Antonio Nocerino

    Helped keep things tight for Milan when under heavy pressure in the second half. Struggled to get forward to provide another option to the Rossoneri when attacking.

  • Nigel De Jong
    10
    2
    4.00

    Nigel De Jong

    The Dutch midfielder was impressive as he continues his comeback from injury and scored the pick of the goals with a beautiful curling finish from distance. His physical approach ensured Milan dominated the first half.

  • Andrea Poli
    8
    1
    3.50

    Andrea Poli

    A fine display in the Rossoneri jersey in which he won the first-half penalty and produced a superb assist for Robinho's opener.

  • Robinho
    10
    1
    3.00

    Robinho

    Atoned for his penalty miss with a fine arrowed finish across Guaita to open the scoring for Milan. Replaced early in the first half because of injury.

  • Kevin-Prince Boateng
    2
    3
    2.50

    Kevin-Prince Boateng

    The Ghanaian had an unusually quiet performance although he did have a wonderful half-volley disallowed after a foul from Bonera.

  • Andrea Petagna
    4
    1
    2.00

    Andrea Petagna

    The 18-year-old worked tirelessly with some good movement but struggled to make an impression up front.

Substitutions

  • Gabriel
    3
    1
    2.50

    Gabriel

    A few nervy moments but nonetheless a positive display from the young Brazilian who will only improve with more game time. Produced one excellent reflex save late on to preserve the Rossoneri's lead.

  • Cristian Zaccardo
    3
    1
    2.50

    Cristian Zaccardo

    Produced a fine goal line clearance in the final minute to preserve Milan's advantage. Coped well under heavy Valencia pressure.

  • M'Baye Niang
    2
    1
    2.00

    M'Baye Niang

    Introduced with seven minutes to go and hardly touched the ball.

  • Stephan El Shaarawy
    3
    2
    2.00

    Stephan El Shaarawy

    Not the usual electrifying performance from the young forward who was forced to backtrack and help his defence in the closing stages. Well marshaled by Pereira.

  • Bryan Cristante
    0
    0
    2.50

    Bryan Cristante

    Allegri has high hopes for this attacking 18-year-old although he was often forced to help out defensively in the second half.

  • Sulley Muntari
    0
    0
    2.50

    Sulley Muntari

    A clever substitution from Allegri as he sat in front of the defence and helped to shore up the midfield.

  • Urby Emanuelson
    0
    0
    2.50

    Urby Emanuelson

    Showed some neat footwork down the right wing but failed to create presentable goalscoring opportunities for his team-mates.

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