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December 4, 2012 2:45 PM EST
Stadio Giuseppe Meazza — Milano
Referee:‬ T. Chapron‎
Attendance:‬ 29508‎
 
 
Danny 35′
   
 
 

Player Ratings: AC Milan 0-1 Zenit St Petersburg

Goal.com rates the players on show at San Siro, where the Russians took home a first victory on Italian soil and also booked their place in the Europa League.

By Daniel Edwards

  • Christian Abbiati
    57
    24
    3.00

    Christian Abbiati

    A surprise inclusion after a recent injury lay-off, he could do nothing to keep out Danny's well-placed opener.

  • Mattia De Sciglio
    90
    22
    3.00

    Mattia De Sciglio

    Could not match the threat posed by Abate on the opposite flank, but he was very solid defensively.

  • Francesco Acerbi
    77
    44
    3.50

    Francesco Acerbi

    Guilty along with the rest of the Milan defence of watching as Danny stroked home the match's only goal. However, he was the Rossoneri's most commanding defender, making several key interventions.

  • Djamel Mesbah
    96
    95
    2.00

    Djamel Mesbah

    His slow reactions allowed Danny to pounce on the rebound and decide the game. Still doesn't look good enough for this level.

  • Cristian Zapata
    120
    18
    3.00

    Cristian Zapata

    One of the Colombian defender's most assured games so far for Milan, if not particularly eye-catching. Still, did not put a foot wrong and coped well with the physical threat of Hulk.

  • Kevin-Prince Boateng
    60
    81
    2.00

    Kevin-Prince Boateng

    Tried hard to lift his team with a much more proactive performance in the second half, but this was yet another ineffective display from a player who has fallen into a dreadful rut this term.

  • Mathieu Flamini
    36
    91
    3.00

    Mathieu Flamini

    Shot from distance on a number of occasions when a pass may have been the better option. Did little to press a claim for a regular place in the team, but had to fault his work-rate.

  • Massimo Ambrosini
    45
    66
    2.50

    Massimo Ambrosini

    Was unlucky to see his excellent tackle rebound for the only goal, but his passing was pretty poor throughout.

  • Urby Emanuelson
    64
    40
    3.00

    Urby Emanuelson

    Was let down by a moment's hesitation with the goal gaping, squandering one of Milan's best chances. Looked ponderous and off the pace at times, but ran his socks off.

  • Giampaolo Pazzini
    32
    85
    3.00

    Giampaolo Pazzini

    Forced an excellent save from Malafeev when he diverted Boateng's cross towards the net. Those moments, however, were few and far between.

  • Bojan Krkic
    80
    53
    3.00

    Bojan Krkic

    The ex-Barcelona man failed to fire at San Siro, a handful of long-range potshots the closest he got to threatening the Zenit defence. Never stopped trying, though.

Substitutions

  • Robinho
    75
    41
    3.00

    Robinho

    Almost netted a late leveller with a looping shot that went just past the post.

  • Stephan El Shaarawy
    151
    13

    Stephan El Shaarawy

    Another of Milan's late replacements who went close, a low shot skidding wide of the net.

  • Andrea Petagna
    62
    13

    Andrea Petagna

    Made the briefest of cameos in injury time.

  • Vyacheslav Malafeev
    13
    3
    3.50

    Vyacheslav Malafeev

    Did well to parry Flamini's long-range bomb and efficiently organised the Zenit backline.

  • Alexander Anyukov
    13
    3
    4.00

    Alexander Anyukov

    Given little opportunity to get forward as the hosts dominated possession and territory, but was never caught out down the flank. Caught the eye with a marvellous tackle on Bojan late on.

  • Bruno Alves
    15
    5
    3.00

    Bruno Alves

    Could well have found himself on the wrong end of a penalty decision in the opening minutes, but defended solidly and was ever-dependable in the air.

  • Nicolas Lombaerts
    7
    4
    3.00

    Nicolas Lombaerts

    Happy to play the ball out from his own half and given few problems going back from the likes of Bojan and Pazzini. Stepped in well to deny Emanuelson.

  • Tomás Hubocan
    9
    4
    3.00

    Tomás Hubocan

    Played effectively in limiting Milan's options out wide, although at time looked vulnerable when defending against the counter.

  • Danny
    44
    7
    4.00

    Danny Top of the Match

    The creative spark that drove Zenit forward, he took his goal with ease and class.

  • Roman Shirokov
    12
    6
    2.50

    Roman Shirokov

    Forced to do his fair share of chasing against a Milan side who enjoyed much more of the ball, but never dropped the tempo.

  • Sergey Semak
    10
    6
    3.00

    Sergey Semak

    It was the midfielder's burst into the area that opened the door for Danny to take the lead. Pressured constantly in the middle.

  • Igor Denisov
    9
    5
    3.00

    Igor Denisov

    Played one delightful through-ball for Hulk only for the Brazilian to be called for a marginal offside. Dependable in the middle.

  • Axel Witsel
    16
    8
    2.50

    Axel Witsel

    The more low-key member of Zenit's creative axis, but served as a valuable foil for Danny with decent distribution.

  • Hulk
    20
    51
    2.00

    Hulk Flop of the Match

    Was full of running for the most part but never looked remotely like scoring. As a result, his withdrawal came as a surprise to nobody but him.

Substitutions

  • Michael Lumb
    6
    4

    Michael Lumb

    Came on during injury time to run the clock down a little further.

  • Konstantin Zyryanov
    6
    5

    Konstantin Zyryanov

    Given 10 minutes in a substitution most notable for the outgoing Hulk's less than happy reaction to Spalletti's decision.

  • Maxim Kanunnikov
    4
    4

    Maxim Kanunnikov

    Came on with two minutes left on the clock in place of Shirokov.

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