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1 vs 2
Played
January 26, 2014 9:00 AM EST
Stadio Sant'Elia — Cagliari
Referee:‬ D. Doveri‎
Attendance:‬ 5000‎
 
Top of the Match
Giampaolo Pazzini
Giampaolo Pazzini
Milan
Kaká
Kaká
Milan
Flop of the Match
Marco Amelia
Marco Amelia
Milan
Marco Amelia
Marco Amelia
Milan

Cagliari 1-2 AC Milan: Pazzini seals stunning comeback

Clarence Seedorf's side produced an incredible turnaround in the dying moments to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.

Mario Balotelli Cagliari Milan Serie A 01262014
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Two goals in two minutes from Mario Balotelli and Giampaolo Pazzini saw AC Milan come from behind to win 2-1 in the dying moments at Cagliari.

The home side looked on course for their its victory over the Rossoneri since 1998 after Marco Sau's clever finish in the 28th minute.

Milan missed a host of chances to equalize, but with three minutes left Balotelli again stepped up for new manager Clarence Seedorf, curling in an excellent free kick.

The former Manchester City striker scored the winner in Seedorf's first match in charge – a 1-0 Serie A win against Verona – while he also netted in a 2-1 Coppa Italia quarterfinal loss to Udinese on Wednesday.

And Pazzini – introduced as a substitute for Robinho on the hour mark – hooked in Keisuke Honda's corner in the 89th minute, as his first league goal of the season gave Milan three precious points.

The late goals gave the visitors their first back-to-back Serie A wins of the season, as Cagliari's winless run stretched to six matches.

With Christian Abbiati and Andrea Poli the latest Milan players to be struck down by the flu, want-away goalkeeper Marco Amelia made his first appearance of the season.

Cagliari were boosted by Friday's news that striker Mauricio Pinilla had his two-match suspension halved on appeal, allowing him to start, but Colombia forward Victor Ibarbo was still banned.

Amelia made a shaky start, with a mishit ball leading to an early Cagliari chance, but Andrea Cossu's heavy first touch robbed him of a shot on goal, while Robinho curled wide at the other end.

Cagliari then took the lead, against the run of play, after another shoddy Amelia clearance fell to Pinilla.

The Chilean picked out Sau with a chipped ball, and he took it down on his chest before showing excellent composure to wrong foot Daniele Bonera and calmly slot in the game's first goal.

Honda headed at Avramov following an excellent Mattia De Sciglio cross as Milan looked to respond, but its sluggishness at the back was highlighted by Bonera completely missing the ball, allowing Pinilla a shot on goal just before halftime.

Milan improved after the break, as Riccardo Montolivo shot wide just two minutes after the resumption, while Balotelli and Honda shot over, the latter after a clever one-two with Robinho.

But despite continued chances, Milan could not take advantage, and it was nearly made to pay when Pinilla tried his luck with an angled drive from 18 yards that narrowly missed the top-left corner.

Kaka had a goal-bound header cleared by Davide Astori, but Balotelli's delightful set piece, after Cagliari substitute Matias Cabrera's deliberate handball, set up a tense finish.

And Pazzini produced the goods for Milan, flicking a late corner into the back of the net to delight his new boss.

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Cagliari

25
Vlada Avramov
Goalkeeper
3.00
13
Davide Astori
Defender
3.00
14
3.00
15
Luca Rossettini
Defender
3.50
29
Nicola Murru
Defender
3.00
5
Daniele Conti
Midfielder
60′
3.50
7
Andrea Cossu
Midfielder
89′
3.50
20
Albin Ekdal
Midfielder
76′
3.00
21
Daniele Dessena
Midfielder
90′
3.00
9
Marco Sau
Striker
28′ 69′
4.00
51
3.00

Milan

1.00
1
Marco Amelia
Goalkeeper
3.00
2
2.50
4
Adil Rami
Defender
2.50
25
2.50
18
2.00
28
2.00
34
Nigel De Jong
Midfielder
69′
1.50
7
Robinho
Striker
60′
2.50
10
3.00
22
Kaká
Midfielder
3.50
45

Substitutes

1
Adàn
Goalkeeper
 - 
24
 - 
34
 - 
16
2.50
22
1.00
10
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Substitutes

 - 
35
 - 
59
Gabriel
Goalkeeper
 - 
5
3.00
20
 - 
21
Kevin Constant
Midfielder
3.00
4
Sulley Muntari
Midfielder
69′
 - 
14
Valter Birsa
Midfielder
 - 
24
4.00
11

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  • Yellow Card / Red Card
  • Red Card
  • Substitution IN
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  • Injury
  • Goal.com Rating
  • Goal.com Man of the Match
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  • Top & Flop Global Ranking
  • Fans' Man of the Match
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Results
 
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Player   Goals Penalties
Ciro Immobile Ciro Immobile
Striker
Torino
20 0
Luca Toni Luca Toni
Striker
Hellas Verona
18 2
Carlos Tévez Carlos Tévez
Striker
Juventus
18 1
Gonzalo Higuaín Gonzalo Higuaín
Striker
Napoli
17 5
Rodrigo Palacio Rodrigo Palacio
Striker
Inter
15 0