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2 vs 2
Played
April 7, 2013 6:30 AM EDT
Stadio Artemio Franchi — Firenze
Referee:‬ P. Tagliavento‎
Attendance:‬ 23000‎
 
66′ (PG) Adem Ljajic
73′ (PG) David Pizarro
Top of the Match
Riccardo Montolivo
Riccardo Montolivo
Milan
Riccardo Montolivo
Riccardo Montolivo
Milan
Flop of the Match
Facundo Roncaglia
Facundo Roncaglia
Fiorentina
Mario Balotelli
Mario Balotelli
Milan

Fiorentina 2-2 AC Milan: Rossoneri pay penalty for complacency against 10-man Viola

Riccardo Montolivo was enjoying a wonderful return to Florence, scoring one goal and creating another, but then the visitors gifted Vincenzo Montella's men two spot kicks.

By Mark Doyle

AC Milan blew its chance to rise to second in Serie A after being held to a 2-2 draw by Fiorentina on Sunday.

Former Viola captain Riccardo Montolivo was enjoying the perfect return to Florence, scoring the opener before setting Mathieu Flamini up for a second, as the Rossoneri looked set to ease to victory over their fourth-placed hosts, who had been reduced to 10 men following the dismissal of Nenad Tomic for a professional foul.

Massimiliano Allegri's men went to pieces in the final quarter, though, gifting their Champions League qualification rivals a point courtesy of two penalties, which were converted by Adem Ljacic and David Pizarro.

The Rossoneri went into to the game as the form side in Serie A and although they started sluggishly, they had the ball in the net less than seven minutes in, with Kevin-Prince Boateng finding the bottom right corner with a wonderfully controlled volley from the edge of the area. Unfortunately for the Ghanaian, Mario Balotelli had just come back from an offside position before he chested the ball back into the path of Boateng.

The Fiorentina goal was breached again just moments later, and this time there was to be no reprieve for the hosts, who were left sickened by both the manner in which they had conceded and the identity of the scorer. Pizarro was in no danger whatsoever when he picked up possession just outside his own box, but he dallied on the ball for far too long, allowing Montolivo to pounce. The former Fiorentina captain picked Pizarro's pocket before advancing into the area and calmly slotting past Emiliano Viviano.

Just as Fiorentina appeared to be coming back to life, the revival was stopped dead in its tracks by the extremely harsh dismissal of Tomovic, who was shown a straight red card for barging Stephan El Shaarawy off the ball after miscontrolling a simple pass. The Viola’s players were furious, though, as Tomovic had not been the last man, and nor had he used his elbow, as El Shaarawy’s reaction to the foul had initially suggested.

To the home side's credit, though, it channelled its frustration in the right way and actually finished the half the stronger, even if it was dealt a further blow by the injury-enforced withdrawal of Stevan Jovetic just before the break.

Milan seemingly put the game to bed with a second goal on 61 minutes. Again Montolivo was involved, the midfielder driving over a low cross from the right wing that Flamini got the faintest of touches on to direct the ball into the net. It was a fitting reward for Flamini, who had failed to make the most of a sublime pass from Ignazio Ibate moments earlier.

Again, though, Fiorentina reacted positively to such a bitter setback, but this time, crucially, it managed a goal, with Ljacic slotting home from the penalty spot after his own mazy dribble into the area had been clumsily halted by Antonio Nocerino.

Milan suddenly looked rattled and then sensationally conceded a second spot kick seven minutes later, with Mattia De Sciglio the culprit this time, allowing Pizarro to level matters by clumsily tripping Juan Cuadrado in the box.

Fiorentina looked the more likely winners at that stage but neither side could find a late winner, meaning the gap between the two sides in the race for third remains at six points.


Fiorentina

13
Emiliano Viviano
Goalkeeper
3.50
4
2.00
15
Stefan Savic
Defender
30′
2.50
23
Manuel Pasqual
Defender
3.50
40
Nenad Tomovic
Defender
40′
2.50
7
David Pizarro
Midfielder
73′
2.50
10
Alberto Aquilani
Midfielder
67′
3.00
11
Juan Cuadrado
Midfielder
44′
3.00
20
Borja Valero
Midfielder
3.50
35
2.50
8
Adem Ljajic
Striker
66′ 82′
4.00

Milan

3.50
32
2.50
2
3.00
5
3.00
17
3.00
20
3.00
4
Sulley Muntari
Midfielder
45′ 46′
3.50
9
3.50
20
4.00
18
2.00
45
2.50
92

Substitutes

12
 - 
1
Neto
Goalkeeper
 - 
5
3.00
-
 - 
-
Cristian Llama
Midfielder
 - 
8
2.50
27
Rafal Wolski
Midfielder
 - 
-
 - 
2
Rômulo
Midfielder
46′
3.00
16
 - 
9
Luca Toni
Striker
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
1
Marco Amelia
Goalkeeper
 - 
59
Gabriel
Goalkeeper
 - 
21
Kevin Constant
Midfielder
 - 
25
 - 
33
Mario Yepes
Defender
 - 
3
 - 
81
2.50
-
 - 
7
Robinho
Striker
2.00
11
3.00
9
 - 
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Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Ciro Immobile Ciro Immobile
Striker
Torino
19 0
Carlos Tévez Carlos Tévez
Striker
Juventus
18 1
Gonzalo Higuaín Gonzalo Higuaín
Striker
Napoli
17 5
Luca Toni Luca Toni
Striker
Hellas Verona
17 2
Rodrigo Palacio Rodrigo Palacio
Striker
Inter
15 0