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.
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
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,
Adrian Del Monte, Goal.com