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0 vs 4
Played
May 8, 2013 6:00 PM SAST
Stadio Adriatico-Giovanni Cornacchia — Pescara
Referee:‬ C. Russo‎
Attendance:‬ 20476‎
 
 
Mario Balotelli 10′ (PG)
 
 
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Pescara 0-4 AC Milan

Goal.com takes a closer look at the men involved in a simple triumph for the Rossoneri, who move ever nearer to Champions League football thanks to Balotelli's two goals

By Daniel Edwards

  • Mattia Perin
    1
    1
    3.00

    Mattia Perin

    Had no chance to keep out an impeccable Balotelli penalty, but was badly wrong-footed for the second goal and could have done better.

  • Marco Capuano
    0
    0
    3.00

    Marco Capuano

    Suffered throughout against the explosive skills of Niang on the ball. A clumsy challenge on Balotelli conceded the free kick that led to the second.

  • Luciano Zauri
    0
    0
    3.00

    Luciano Zauri

    Responsibility for the third goal lies squarely on the centre-back's shoulders, an awful slip that allowed Robinho to lay on for Flamini.

  • Antonio Balzano
    0
    0
    2.50

    Antonio Balzano

    Never looked up to the challenge of keeping Milan's attacking stars at bay and suffered throughout on the flank.

  • Uros Cosic
    0
    0
    2.00

    Uros Cosic Flop of the Match

    Guilty of a poor tackle on Nocerino which gave little option other than a penalty. Struggled to contain Milan as they broke forward.

  • Emmanuel Cascione
    0
    0
    2.00

    Emmanuel Cascione

    Passed fluidly and accurately, but to often played horizontal. Could not provide the penetration Pescara required going forward.

  • Giuseppe Rizzo
    0
    0
    3.00

    Giuseppe Rizzo

    Made life even harder for the Delfini with some shocking passing going forward, meaning Milan were allowed to control the tempo.

  • Eugenio Romolo Togni
    0
    0
    3.50

    Eugenio Romolo Togni

    Outfought by the likes of Flamini and Muntari, could not match their work-rate or strength and was a passenger in the middle.

  • Federico Di Francesco
    0
    0
    2.00

    Federico Di Francesco

    Kept extremely quiet from start to finish, got forward a handful of times but with little success.

  • Giuseppe Sculli
    0
    0
    3.00

    Giuseppe Sculli

    Out of all the Delfini looked the man most likely to get his team on the board, but poor finishing let him down on more than one occasion.

  • Ferdinando Sforzini
    0
    0
    3.00

    Ferdinando Sforzini

    Another major culprit in the home team's speculative approach, too often misplaced the ball and it was reflected in an impotent attack.

Substitutions

  • Mervan Çelik
    0
    0

    Mervan Çelik

    Came in for Sculli up front, but had few chances.

  • Christian Abbiati
    0
    0
    3.00

    Christian Abbiati

    A virtual spectator throughout, was never really tested and watched his team pick up the easiest of triumphs.

  • Cristian Zapata
    0
    0
    3.50

    Cristian Zapata

    Always a dependable presence for Milan in the middle of defence, had little to do but kept the backline organised.

  • Ignazio Abate
    0
    0
    3.00

    Ignazio Abate

    The presence of Niang out on the right meant the full-back played a little more conservatively than usual, but did not put a foot out of place.

  • Kevin Constant
    0
    0
    2.50

    Kevin Constant

    Coasted through the game on the left of an attacking Milan side, working well with Robinho while refusing to over-commit himself going forward.

  • Mario Yepes
    0
    0
    3.00

    Mario Yepes

    The veteran Colombian enjoyed what must be one of the easiest matches of his lengthy career. Rarely tested.

  • Sulley Muntari
    2
    0
    3.50

    Sulley Muntari

    Was always busy in the middle, harrying and pressing well to keep his side on top. An excellent finish on the volley for Milan's second.

  • Antonio Nocerino
    0
    0
    3.00

    Antonio Nocerino

    A useful linkman between attack and midfield, passing well and getting forward. Won the penalty for the opener with a decent surge into the box.

  • Mathieu Flamini
    0
    0
    3.50

    Mathieu Flamini

    A steady first-half, but came alive after the break with an excellent goal and an assist before he was withdrawn with the game already won.

  • Robinho
    0
    0
    3.00

    Robinho

    Enjoyed his partnership with the more physical, imposing Balotelli, taking advantage of the spaces created. An intelligent free kick set up the second.

  • M'Baye Niang
    0
    2
    3.50

    M'Baye Niang

    One of the most dangerous men throughout in red and black, always threatened with the ball at feet and gave Pescara an uncomfortable evening.

  • Mario Balotelli
    2
    2
    4.00

    Mario Balotelli Top of the Match

    Squandered an early chance, but made almost instant amends with a well-taken penalty. His talent and work rate caused problems throughout, and he deserved his second.

Substitutions

  • Bakaye Traoré
    0
    1

    Bakaye Traoré

    Played the last half hour in place of the excellent Flamini, and kept things tight for the visitors.

  • Giampaolo Pazzini
    0
    0
    3.00

    Giampaolo Pazzini

    Entered late on and had one golden opportunity, well saved by Perin.

  • Stephan El Shaarawy
    0
    2
    3.50

    Stephan El Shaarawy

    A late cameo for the young forward, with the game already won.

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