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3 vs 1
Played
January 26, 2012 2:45 PM EST
Stadio Giuseppe Meazza — Milano
Referee:‬ A. Gervasoni‎
Attendance:‬ 1920‎
 
15′ Robinho
18′ C. Seedorf
 
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: AC Milan 3-1 Lazio

The Rossoneri advanced to a semi-final double-header with Juventus with a come-from-behind win against the Biancocelesti

By Kris Voakes at San Siro

  • Marco Amelia
    73
    2
    0.00

    Marco Amelia

    Could have done more than just get a glove to Cisse’s early strike, but then pulled off a fantastic save from Gonzalez’s header to keep his side ahead before diving well to keep out Hernanes’ free-kick.

  • Ignazio Abate
    52
    3
    0.00

    Ignazio Abate

    Seemed to be a step behind the play defensively to begin with, and he didn’t have the most convincing of approaches in his attempts to stop Lulic. But it was his cross which led to the equaliser for Milan, and he was more assured after the break.

  • Philippe Mexes
    76
    1
    0.00

    Philippe Mexes

    Was cool, calm and collected for the most part, particularly in a couple of moments when team-mates left him covering their sloppiness. Added a real sense of solidity which they have often lacked when without Nesta and Thiago Silva.

  • Daniele Bonera
    30
    32
    0.00

    Daniele Bonera

    Did nothing to read the run of Cisse as the Frenchman put Lazio ahead in the first five minutes, but did little wrong thereafter as he cleared well whenever asked questions.

  • Djamel Mesbah
    78
    2
    0.00

    Djamel Mesbah

    Provided a steadying influence on the left, and showed his good crossing ability when he got forward, but he was rarely troubled as a defender with Konko having been pushed back by the drifting Seedorf for much of the match.

  • Alexander Merkel
    62
    2
    0.00

    Alexander Merkel

    His neat header sent in Robinho for the equaliser to Cisse’s opener, but then he should have got a touch to Seedorf’s cross when he streaked clear of the Lazio backline. Seemed to twist his knee as he turned on the less than perfect turf and was replaced by Ibrahimovic.

  • Mark van Bommel
    88
    1
    0.00

    Mark van Bommel

    Showed a real thirst for involvement in the cut and thrust in the centre, particularly after a run-in with Matuzalem in the opening quarter. He then got on the wrong end of Dias’ right hook, but was a driving force in midfield.

  • Antonio Nocerino
    50
    2
    0.00

    Antonio Nocerino

    Put Mexes under pressure with a wayward header, but it was a rare error as he turned in another display of force, willing and awareness.

  • Stephan El Shaarawy
    104
    6
    0.00

    Stephan El Shaarawy Top of the Match

    His delightful flicked touch sent Seedorf into the space from which he put Milan 2-1 up, but he proved a little too light at times when faced with Diakite and Konko. His execution was magnificent when he steered a dropping flick just over the bar, but then he was unfortunate when his toe-poke on the stretch trickled just wide.

  • Robinho
    77
    3
    0.00

    Robinho

    May have been better advised to shoot when he tried to find Seedorf after a neat combination had sent Milan on the counter. Minutes later he buried his chance from Merkel’s flick header to level the scores, and then came close again at 2-1 when going around Marchetti, but failed to get his shot on target.

Substitutions

  • Urby Emanuelson
    55
    6
    0.00

    Urby Emanuelson

    Came on for Seedorf with 16 minutes remaining.

  • Simone Calvano
    40
    1
    0.00

    Simone Calvano

    Late replacement for Robinho.

  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic
    93
    1
    0.00

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic

    Replaced the stricken Merkel for the last 20 minutes, yet it was still long enough for him to get on the scoresheet, just about springing the offside trap before slotting coolly past Marchetti.

  • Federico Marchetti
    4
    8
    0.00

    Federico Marchetti

    Could do little about Robinho’s close-range strike, but may well believe he should have done better with Seedorf’s fizzer above his head. Left exposed by his defence for the third.

  • Modibo Diakite
    1
    9
    2.50

    Modibo Diakite

    Was completely outfoxed as Robinho stole in behind and almost added a third goal for Milan, having already looked a little off the pace mentally. Replaced by Ledesma at the break as Lazio changed shape.

  • Marius Stankevicius
    1
    10
    3.00

    Marius Stankevicius

    Was too slow in reading balls at times, allowing El Shaarawy to steal in ahead of him more than once. Brought the ball well on occasion, but looked flustered after Ibrahimovic’s introduction.

  • Andrè Dias
    4
    19
    2.00

    Andrè Dias Flop of the Match

    Made a couple of important interventions to keep Lazio in the game, both in the air and covering the ground, but he’ll surely face a ban for his ridiculous moment of madness when he floored Van Bommel.

  • Abdoulay Konko
    5
    6
    2.50

    Abdoulay Konko

    Wasted a great opportunity when side-footing straight into the arms of Amelia with Gonzalez free in the centre, but as a presence on the right he fulfilled much of the work asked of him and proved a difficult barrier for El Shaarawy at times.

  • Alvaro Gonzalez
    4
    6
    3.00

    Alvaro Gonzalez

    His superb centre from the right picked out Cisse for the goal which shocked Milan early on, then his header brought a wonderful save out of Amelia, but he faded after the break when Lazio went for a narrow midfield.

  • Matuzalem
    1
    9
    2.50

    Matuzalem

    Presented his usual dynamism and passing range, while also showing Van Bommel he meant business during his spell in the middle before the break, but had less chance to stamp an impression when shifted to the left of a three in the second half.

  • Senad Lulic
    10
    7
    3.00

    Senad Lulic

    Wasted a couple of good chances to find advancing team-mates in the opening stages, but then delivered a fantastic cross for Gonzalez to test Amelia from close range. Looked a real threat up against Abate, but then he was switched to left-back and had less of a say in proceedings.

  • Hernanes
    6
    9
    2.50

    Hernanes

    Was a pale imitation of himself in the opening half, with a free-kick blast high and wide doing little more than remind the crowd he was still on the pitch. His next set-piece was much more convincing, bringing an excellent save from Amelia, but he was similarly quiet after the break.

  • Djibril Cissé
    9
    8
    2.50

    Djibril Cissé

    Ghosted into a huge space to ram the ball home in the fifth minute, although he gave Amelia half a chance to stop it. Later had a great chance to volley home an equaliser, but almost found the corner flag. Delivered a better effort when testing the keeper from distance with a powerful drive.

  • Tommaso Rocchi
    5
    10
    2.50

    Tommaso Rocchi

    Failed to do much to test the Milan defence barring a couple of early angled runs which had them guessing. Substituted by Klose for the final half-hour.

Substitutions

  • Cristian Ledesma
    0
    8
    0.00

    Cristian Ledesma

    Came on at the break but was unable to change the game quite as Edy Reja will have hoped as Milan covered well in the centre of midfield.

  • Simone Del Nero
    0
    8
    0.00

    Simone Del Nero

    Replaced Matuzalem for the last 13 minutes.

  • Miroslav Klose
    10
    7
    2.50

    Miroslav Klose

    Thrown on for the underperforming Rocchi, but was given little service in the search for an equaliser.

Results
 
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