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November 2, 2013 7:45 PM GMT
Stadio Giuseppe Meazza — Milano
Referee:‬ P. Mazzoleni‎
Attendance:‬ 44261‎
 
 
Juan Vargas 27′
 
Borja Valero 73′
   
 
 

Player Ratings: AC Milan 0-2 Fiorentina

Goal runs an eye over the players' performances at San Siro as Juan Vargas and Borja Valero struck either side of the break to secure all three points for the Viola

By Charlie Scott

  • Gabriel
    41
    65
    2.00

    Gabriel

    Was unfortunate to be beaten by Vargas' deflected free kick and will have been disappointed to parry the ball straight into Valero's path when he added a second late on.

  • Cristian Zapata
    39
    64
    3.00

    Cristian Zapata

    The Colombian was solid at the back for the hosts, particularly in dealing with the threat of the in-form Rossi.

  • Ignazio Abate
    54
    53
    3.00

    Ignazio Abate

    The energetic defender lacked his usual bluster going forward and this severely impacted on Milan's threat down the right-hand side. Despite this, he performed quite well defensively.

  • Kevin Constant
    17
    118
    2.00

    Kevin Constant

    Struggled to match his promising first-half display after the interval and was not helped by being struck in the face at a corner by the stray boot of Aquilani.

  • Cristian Zaccardo
    25
    104
    3.00

    Cristian Zaccardo

    Failed to track the run of Valero when the Spaniard doubled Fiorentina's lead late on, though that was an anomaly in what was an otherwise solid performance.

  • Sulley Muntari
    23
    100
    3.00

    Sulley Muntari

    Started well but faded dramatically and had the misfortune of deflecting Vargas' free kick past his own goalkeeper.

  • Valter Birsa
    28
    108
    2.00

    Valter Birsa

    Withdrawn in the second half after a toothless display in attack. Did not link well with Balotelli or Kaka, or any Milan players for that matter.

  • Riccardo Montolivo
    33
    92
    2.00

    Riccardo Montolivo

    The Italian's wayward passing was at the root of Milan's lack of clear-cut chances during the match. An evening to forget.

  • Nigel De Jong
    134
    21
    3.50

    Nigel De Jong

    The Dutch enforcer shackled the creative instincts of Aquilani well for the home side, and was one of the few Rossoneri players to put in a good display.

  • Kaká
    238
    16
    3.00

    Kaká

    Showed glimpses of the player that set the world alight in his last spell at San Siro, but he failed to have a lasting impact on the game.

  • Mario Balotelli
    33
    172
    1.50

    Mario Balotelli Flop of the Match

    A really disappointing performance from the forward, which was summed up when he received a yellow card for a ludicrous challenge on Neto.

Substitutions

  • Riccardo Saponara
    38
    75
    1.50

    Riccardo Saponara

    Beaten far too easily by Joaquin in the build-up to Valero's goal.

  • M'Baye Niang
    35
    81
    2.50

    M'Baye Niang

    Ran about aimlessly for half an hour without having any impact on the game.

  • Neto
    37
    11
    3.00

    Neto

    Saved well down low to his left from Birsa early on and had very little else to do apart from that.

  • Gonzalo Rodríguez
    34
    9
    3.50

    Gonzalo Rodríguez

    Put in some decent blocks and unsettled Balotelli with his robust defensive approach and willingness to jostle the striker at every opportunity.

  • Stefan Savic
    40
    8
    4.00

    Stefan Savic

    Performed a similar role to Rodriguez in extinguishing the threat of Balotelli, but with a little more subtlety. Was also dominant in the air for the visitors.

  • Manuel Pasqual
    24
    10
    3.00

    Manuel Pasqual

    The full-back was disciplined down the left for Montella's men, though the accuracy of his set pieces left a lot to be desired.

  • Nenad Tomovic
    25
    9
    3.00

    Nenad Tomovic

    Struggled against Kaka, particularly in the first half, but improved when the Brazilian moved to a more central position. Offered an outlet going forward.

  • Alberto Aquilani
    21
    23
    2.00

    Alberto Aquilani

    The former Liverpool man was disappointing in central midfield as De Jong kept a close eye on him and limited his input.

  • Borja Valero
    74
    8
    4.50

    Borja Valero Top of the Match

    The Spaniard was the standout performer at San Siro, grabbing the goal late on that put the result beyond doubt and impressing with a solid all-round display.

  • Massimo Ambrosini
    65
    15
    3.50

    Massimo Ambrosini

    Making an emotional return to the club he served between 1995-2013, the veteran midfielder had his game cut short by injury in the first half but had performed excellently up until that point.

  • Juan Vargas
    53
    7
    3.50

    Juan Vargas

    Gave the visitors the lead with his venomous free kick that cannoned off the legs of Muntari and flew past Gabriel. Was impressive from start to finish.

  • Ryder Matos
    27
    6
    3.00

    Ryder Matos

    Picked up a booking for a foul on Kaka but apart from that put in a useful display for his side. Tested Gabriel with an enticing cross before the break.

  • Giuseppe Rossi
    42
    11
    2.50

    Giuseppe Rossi

    Chasing shadows for much of the game, the in-form striker had no chance to add to his impressive goal tally the season, though he did hold the ball up well for his side.

Substitutions

  • Joaquín
    58
    5
    3.50

    Joaquín

    The former Real Betis man produced a fine cameo performance in the second half to help seal the win with an assist for Valero.

  • Matías Vecino
    27
    9
    3.00

    Matías Vecino

    Replaced Ambrosini in the first half and put in an assured performance in midfield. Played neat, simple passes.

Results
 
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