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1 vs 1
Played
February 10, 2013 9:00 AM EST
Stadio Is Arenas — Quartu Sant'Elena
Referee:‬ A. Giannoccaro‎
Attendance:‬ 9500‎
 
Mario Balotelli 82′ (PG)
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Cagliari 1-1 AC Milan

The Rossoneri nearly managed to snatch three points at the home of the Rossoblu thanks to a fine late rally.

By Robin Bairner

  • Michael Agazzi
    17
    5
    4.00

    Michael Agazzi

    Was quick off his line to make several important interventions, and also produced a series of fine saves towards the end of the game as Milan pushed for a winner. Unable to become the first goalkeeper to save a Balotelli penalty, though.

  • Davide Astori
    11
    13
    3.50

    Davide Astori

    Had a difficult job as he was often forced to cover for Murru, who had a tough time against Niang. Completed this job excellently and stopped several dangerous raids. However, his match will be remembered for his needless tug on Balotelli that conceded a penalty and left him heading for an early shower.

  • Francesco Pisano
    9
    8
    3.00

    Francesco Pisano

    Given the possession that Milan had, the right-back had a fairly quiet afternoon as the visitors channelled most of their attacks down the other flank. As the Rossoneri became more expansive in the second period, he stayed focus.

  • Luca Rossettini
    10
    7
    3.50

    Luca Rossettini

    Was pitted against El Shaarawy and did extremely well in this personal duel. The centre-back was well positioned, and when dangerous deliveries were played into the box he was on hand to clear the danger.

  • Nicola Murru
    12
    9
    3.50

    Nicola Murru

    The 18-year-old made just his sixth senior appearance, and he endured some nervy moments against one of Italy’s biggest sides. Caught in possession by Niang during the first half and was regularly targeted by the Milan attack. Life got more difficult when he was booked early in the second half, and he was replaced with 20 minutes left.

  • Daniele Conti
    17
    7
    4.00

    Daniele Conti

    Captained his side in the centre of the field, and sprayed a series of dangerous raking balls from deep. Claimed the assist to Ibarbo’s opening goal with a well-weighted free kick, having created several chances for the forward previously. This was an inspirational showing.

  • Albin Ekdal
    11
    9
    3.50

    Albin Ekdal

    A muscular presence in the centre of the field for Cagliari, he was happy to put in physical challenges to win possession back, and this had the effect of increasing the frustration of the visiting side as they sought the opening goal. Also possessed a threat aerially from set-pieces.

  • Daniele Dessena
    5
    12
    3.00

    Daniele Dessena

    Was an aggressive performer in the Cagliari midfield, but paid for his efforts with a booking midway through the second half due to a foul on Balotelli. Did not offer much going forward, but his role was primarily defensive.

  • Thiago Ribeiro
    4
    11
    3.00

    Thiago Ribeiro

    Failed to really make a positive impact on this encounter. When he threatened to break into space, he was inevitably tackled, while some of his passing in the centre of the field was sloppy and invited pressure onto his side. Replaced soon after the break.

  • Víctor Ibarbo
    23
    11
    4.00

    Víctor Ibarbo Top of the Match

    Brilliantly headed his first goal of the season from a Conti free kick. The attacker is a notoriously unpredictable presence, but his pace was a threat to Milan and he managed to get in behind the defence during the opening stages, though he lacked composure in these situations.

  • Marco Sau
    8
    8
    3.00

    Marco Sau

    Has enjoyed a fine return in terms of goals this season, and showed good technique at times in this clash. Posed problems by dropping deep into space, allowing him time to pick his best move. Should have had an assist to his name, but Ibrabo missed a fine chance. Withdrawn with quarter of an hour left following a quiet second period.

Substitutions

  • Lorenzo Ariaudo
    6
    7
    3.00

    Lorenzo Ariaudo

    Came on for Murru with 20 minutes remaining.

  • Andrea Cossu
    5
    8
    3.00

    Andrea Cossu

    The veteran came on in place of Ribero with 35 minutes remaining. Steadied things until the frenetic conclusion.

  • Christian Abbiati
    28
    15
    3.00

    Christian Abbiati

    One of five changes to this Milan side, he stood little chance with Ibarbo’s headed goal on the stroke of half-time. Did not have a great deal to do otherwise.

  • Mattia De Sciglio
    34
    12
    3.00

    Mattia De Sciglio

    Less active on the left than Abate on the opposite flank, but when he did push forward, the quality was lacking in his delivery. Was nearly caught in possession in the second half, which would surely have had disastrous repercussions.

  • Philippe Mexes
    25
    26
    2.50

    Philippe Mexes

    Did not look especially comfortable against the pace of Ibrabo, and in possession he was prone to gifting the ball away in unexpected circumstances. Gave away a needless foul on the stroke of half-time that not only earned him a yellow card, but led to Cagliari’s goal.

  • Cristian Zapata
    32
    16
    2.50

    Cristian Zapata

    Was better equipped to deal with the pace of Ibarbo than his central defensive colleague, but did allow himself to be beaten by the forward at the edge of the box early on. Was always available to receive the ball, if required, and used it sensibly.

  • Ignazio Abate
    35
    20
    3.50

    Ignazio Abate

    Pushed forward consistently for the visiting side from his right-back berth, but was not simply an offensive option for Allegri’s side as he made a potentially goal-saving challenge on Ibarbo early on. Useful performance from the Italy international.

  • Sulley Muntari
    26
    42
    2.00

    Sulley Muntari Flop of the Match

    Was handed a rare start for the Rossoneri but was the least active of their midfield trio. Tried to push forward and offer support to the forwards, but was unable to have a telling impact on this clash.

  • Mathieu Flamini
    41
    14
    3.50

    Mathieu Flamini

    Got himself into some good areas but lacked the subtlety to release any of his offensive colleagues. Showed his competitive instincts with some firm challenges in the centre of the park.

  • Massimo Ambrosini
    16
    39
    3.00

    Massimo Ambrosini

    Dictated matters from deep for Milan but despite setting the tempo for his side, he could not fashion any openings. Was replaced shortly after being booked for persistent fouling as the captain looked to inspire his side.

  • M'Baye Niang
    33
    26
    3.00

    M'Baye Niang

    Continues to show plenty of promise in the Milan attack and displayed plenty of variety to his game, too. Threatened when he was in the box and supplied some good crosses from the wider areas.

  • Mario Balotelli
    80
    10
    3.50

    Mario Balotelli

    Made a spectacular debut for the Rossoneri last weekend, and was the Milan hero once again with a late penalty. Ignited after that moment, and enjoyed a stellar conclusion to the match. Might have snatched a winner late on.

  • Stephan El Shaarawy
    47
    21
    2.50

    Stephan El Shaarawy

    Showed some tidy touches around the box, but this was certainly not his most effective performance for the Rossoneri. Was involved only fleetingly, so it was little surprise when he was replaced after an hour.

Substitutions

  • Kevin-Prince Boateng
    41
    14
    3.00

    Kevin-Prince Boateng

    Introduced with 30 minutes to play and added dynamism to the side.

  • Robinho
    34
    16
    2.50

    Robinho

    Played only a brief cameo, and made a telling impact as he was involved in the move that led to the penalty.

  • Bojan Krkic
    51
    6
    3.00

    Bojan Krkic

    Thrown on as Milan chased an equaliser midway through the second half and added creativity.

Results
 
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