Player Ratings: Milan 2-0 Lecce

The Rossoneri recorded a dramatic win over Lecce, as they managed to score twice in the final moments to attain a crucial three points.'s Adrian Del Monte rated the players on show in the match...

Dida – 7.0:
The Brazilian keeper didn’t have all that much to do throughout this match; however he dealt with everything that was asked of him, and managed to record a clean sheet in the process.

Zambrotta – 8.0: The Italian international was dominant on the right flank all match, especially in attack, as he sent in a countless number of balls into the area on a consistent basis.

Maldini – 6.5: The captain of the Rossoneri was forced from the field with injury after just 40 minutes of play, and prior to that taking place, he did everything that was required of him.

Favalli – 7.0:
The veteran defender was fairly solid defensively, and despite a shaky start, in which he allowed Tiribocchi to get in behind him and threaten Dida in goal on two occasions, Favalli got better as the match wore on.

Jankulovski – 7.5: Similar to Zambrotta, the Czech international was up and down the left flank all match, providing great services to his attacking team mates up front.

Flamini – 7.5:
The Frenchman was very impressive at times tonight. He did well to get himself into shooting positions on a number of occasions, and he was unfortunate not to see at least one of his efforts beat Benussi.

Pirlo – 8.0: Continued the impressive form he showed in Italy’s two recent world cup qualifiers, as his passing and creativity was very good once again tonight. His ball into the area is what resulted in the opening goal to Ronaldinho on 91 minutes.

Seedorf – 5.5: The under fire Dutchman will come under further scrutiny after tonight’s performance, as his impact was minimal yet again, leading to him being replaced just eight minutes into the second half by Ronaldinho.

Kaka – 7.0: Made a welcomed return to the starting eleven, and despite taking some time to impose himself in the match, he got better as it wore on; especially following the inclusion of Ronaldinho in the second half.

Pato – 8.5: Without doubt the most dominant player on the pitch tonight. He gave the Lecce back four an extremely tough time every time he was in possession of the ball. He had a number of opportunities to break the deadlock throughout, including a glorious effort on 34 minutes that had Benussi beaten, an incredible solo effort on 44 minutes that deserved more, and a header on 59 minutes from a Zambrotta cross.

Inzaghi – 7.5: Worked as hard as always tonight, after earning yet another start in Rossoneri colours. He managed to score the second goal on 93 minutes, with a header from a Shevchenko cross.

Senderos 7.5, Ronaldinho 8.0, Shevchenko 7.0


Benussi – 7.5:
The visiting keeper held his own between the sticks, as he made light work of the onslaught of Milan. He did extremely well to deny the likes of Pato and Flamini on several occasions throughout. His most notable save came on 88 minutes, when Ronaldinho blasted a free kick that was heading for the top right corner.

Polenghi – 5.5: The right back tried hard to get forward, but was unable to do so, due to the constant attack by Milan. He was clumsy at times, and picked up the first booking of the match on 70 minutes.

Esposito – 6.0:
Troubled by the pace of Pato, although to his credit, he did play a significant part in keeping the Rossoneri goalless for the opening 90 minutes of play.

Fabiano – 5.5: Similar to Esposito, he struggled to adapt to Pato’s liveliness throughout, and he and his defensive team mates should have done better to clear the opening goal by Ronaldinho.

Vives – 6.5: The pick of the Lecce back four tonight, as he was one player who did manage to work well at both ends of the park. He had an effort well saved by Dida on 32 minutes, and was confident to get forward of the ball and act as another attacking option when required to.

Angelo – 6.0: The midfielder didn’t really put a foot wrong all night, and he did do some nice things along the way, including an impressive play on 49 minutes, whereby he expertly controlled the ball with his chest, and then beat Jankulovski to make his way into the area.

Giacomazzi – 6.5: Provided his attackers with brilliant service throughout the match. He sent a number of great balls forward, including a glorious one on 10 minutes for Tiribocchi. He also did well to track back and help his defenders when in need.

Munari – 6.0: He was fairly quiet early on in particular, as he failed to get himself involved in the contest in the first half. However to his credit, he kept at it, and worked himself into it in the second half. His inch perfect cross into the area, almost led to Tiribocchi grabbing an unexpected opener on 82 minutes.

Ariatti – 7.0:
Arguably his side’s most influential performer, with exception to Benussi in goal. Ariatti worked hard in attack, and did very well in defence, making some crucial interceptions, early on in particular.

Caserta – 5.5: Worked well alongside Tiribocchi, however he failed to pose any serious threat up front for his side.

Tiribocchi – 6.5: Was dominant for the Giallorossi early on, as his physicality and deceiving pace made life for Maldini and Favalli in particular a little uneasy. He had a couple of opportunities in the opening 15 minutes, including an impressive volley after ten minutes of play.

Subs: Giuliatto 5.5, Konan N/A, Papadopoulos N/A

Adrian Del Monte,