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January 19, 2014 2:45 PM EST
Stadio Giuseppe Meazza — Milano
Referee:‬ M. Bergonzi‎
Attendance:‬ 30953‎
 
82′ (PG) Mario Balotelli
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: AC Milan 1-0 Verona

Goal runs an eye over the performances at San Siro, as Mario Balotelli's late spot kick late sealed all three points for the Rossoneri in Clarence Seedorf's first game in charge.

By Charlie Scott

  • Christian Abbiati
    0
    0
    3.50

    Christian Abbiati

    Had little to do before the break but was forced into action midway through the second half when he flung out a strong arm to keep out a stinging effort from Iturbe.

  • Mattia De Sciglio
    0
    0
    3.50

    Mattia De Sciglio

    Pushed forward high on the right for Milan as it dominated possession but made sure he was in the right place at the right time defensively to limit Taleb's influence on the game.

  • Cristian Zapata
    0
    0
    3.50

    Cristian Zapata

    The Colombian center back was sloppy with his passing at times, but he redeemed himself with a stunning slide tackle on Martinho late in the game as Verona searched for an equalizer.

  • Daniele Bonera
    1
    0
    3.00

    Daniele Bonera

    The experienced center back was subbed off shortly after the break after being pulled all over the place by the burly Iturbe.

  • Riccardo Montolivo
    0
    0
    3.50

    Riccardo Montolivo

    The Italy international produced a mixed display in the center of Milan's midfield as he played both sublime and woeful passes during the 90 minutes.

  • Urby Emanuelson
    0
    0
    2.50

    Urby Emanuelson

    The Dutch utility man provided a decent outlet on the left as he bombed forward to support Robinho.

  • Nigel De Jong
    0
    0
    3.00

    Nigel De Jong

    Made some typically robust challenges in the center of midfield, quite often after Montolivo alongside him had surrendered the ball cheaply.

  • Robinho
    0
    0
    3.50

    Robinho

    The Brazilian attacker grabbed the chance to impress new coach with a bright display on the left side of Milan's attack.

  • Keisuke Honda
    0
    0
    3.50

    Keisuke Honda

    Impressed on his first Serie A appearance after scoring in the cup midweek. The Japan international struck up an instant understanding with Kaka, although he would liked to have done better with one chance before the break.

  • Kaká
    0
    0
    3.50

    Kaká

    There were encouraging signs for the Rossoneri as the elegant playmaker linked very well with Honda in midfield, particularly in the first half. Drew the foul from Gonzalez that won Milan its late penalty.

  • Mario Balotelli
    0
    0
    4.00

    Mario Balotelli

    The mercurial forward tested Rafael with a handful of long-range efforts before proving the difference late when he calmly dispatched a penalty past Verona's Brazilian goalkeeper.

Substitutions

  • Matías Silvestre
    0
    0
    2.50

    Matías Silvestre

    Did little more than pick up a booking for an over-the-top challenge on Iturbe.

  • Valter Birsa
    0
    0
    3.00

    Valter Birsa

    Played some neat passes on the edge of the Verona box as Milan threw men forward late.

  • Andrea Petagna
    0
    0
    3.50

    Andrea Petagna

    The 18-year-old provided a calm head in the closing stages by holding the ball up well and bringing his teammates into play.

  • Rafael
    0
    0
    3.50

    Rafael

    Made a string of strong stops to keep out Balotelli before being beaten by the same player from the penalty spot in the 82nd minute.

  • Vangelis Moras
    0
    0
    3.50

    Vangelis Moras

    Made some vital interceptions and tackles on the edge of the Verona box as Milan struggled to conjure a decent final pass.

  • Domenico Maietta
    0
    0
    3.00

    Domenico Maietta

    Put his body on the line on a number of occasions to keep out efforts from Kaka and Robinho, as Verona did well to keep Milan at bay for much of the game.

  • Alejandro González
    0
    0
    2.00

    Alejandro González Flop of the Match

    Gave away the penalty in the 81st minute that Balotelli calmly stroked home to seal the win for the Rossoneri. Before that he had looked competent at fullback.

  • Alessandro Agostini
    0
    0
    2.50

    Alessandro Agostini

    The left back did well to keep tabs on the overlapping De Sciglio, as the Italian pushed forward to support his side in attack.

  • Rômulo
    0
    0
    4.00

    Rômulo Top of the Match

    Impressed on the right of Verona's midfield trio, linking well with Iturbe and putting some dangerous crosses into the Milan box over the course of the game.

  • Emil Hallfredsson
    0
    0
    2.50

    Emil Hallfredsson

    The Verona No. 10 did little of note going forward as Milan saw more of the ball than their opponents, however he showed his worth defensively by winning some vital headers from set pieces.

  • Ezequiel Cirigliano
    0
    0
    3.50

    Ezequiel Cirigliano

    Handed the unenviable task of replacing Jorginho, who joined Napoli last week, the Italian read the game well in midfield.

  • Daniele Cacia
    0
    0
    3.00

    Daniele Cacia

    Given a chance upfront in the absence of the ill Luca Toni, last year's Serie B top scorer failed to leave a mark on the game and was withdrawn on the hour mark.

  • Juan Iturbe
    0
    0
    3.50

    Juan Iturbe

    The Argentine attacker was one of his side's outstanding players as he stretched Milan's defense again and again and forced Abbiati into making a strong stop with a venomous shot from distance near the end.

  • Juanito
    0
    0
    2.50

    Juanito

    Barely featured down the left as his side immediately looked for Romulo and Iturbe on the opposite flank whenever it got the ball.

Substitutions

  • Martinho
    0
    0
    3.50

    Martinho

    The Brazilian substitute had a positive influence on the game for his team and forced Abbiati into making a strong stop at his near post with a driven effort.

Results
 
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