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1 vs 3
Played
December 1, 2013 11:30 AM GMT
Stadio Angelo Massimino — Catania
Referee:‬ N. Rizzoli‎
Attendance:‬ 17383‎
 
13′ Lucas Castro
 
 
Kaká 81′
Top of the Match
Riccardo Montolivo
Riccardo Montolivo
AC Milan
Kaká
Kaká
AC Milan
Flop of the Match
Panagiotis Tachtsidis
Panagiotis Tachtsidis
Catania
Panagiotis Tachtsidis
Panagiotis Tachtsidis
Catania

Catania 1-3 AC Milan: Kaka secures vital win for Allegri's side

Goals from Riccardo Montolivo, Mario Balotelli and the Brazilian helped eased the pressure on their coach, with their first win in six Serie A games

Ricardo Kakà Milan
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AC Milan maintained the momentum they gained against Celtic in midweek by claiming a 3-1 Serie A victory over 10-man Catania on Sunday afternoon.

When Lucas Castro gave the hosts an early lead there were alarm bells ringing for the San Siro outfit, yet a quick response from Riccardo Montolivo calmed their nerve.

Just after the hour mark Mario Balotelli would put Massimilano Allegri's team into the lead for the first time and Panagiotis Tachtsidis' dismissal minutes later made the task of the visitors easier.

Milan sealed all three points courtesy of Kaka's 99th goal for the club, with a typically incisive run before firing into the roof of the net from close range.

Catania boss Luigi De Canio opted to make six changes from their 4-1 loss to Torino last weekend, including altering his entire back four.

Allegri, meanwhile, was without first-choice keeper Christian Abbiati due to illness, and defenders Ignazio Abate (ankle) and Cristian Zapata (suspended) were also out.

Milan were looking to build on their comprehensive 3-0 victory over Celtic in the Champions League in midweek but got off to the worst possible start when Castro’s shot deceived goalkeeper Gabriel after deflecting off Daniele Bonera to give Catania the lead on 13 minutes.

Maxi Lopez kept the ball alive after a left-wing cross, and Castro danced round two challenges before firing home via Bonera’s knee.

However, De Canio’s side were ahead for just six minutes, as captain Montolivo’s controlled volley from Emanuelson’s dangerous cross beat Mariano Andujar.

Milan then looked most likely to go in front, although Catania threatened just before the interval when the 21-year-old Gabriel was only able to parry Luciano Monzon’s powerful effort before holding on at the second attempt.

The home side came out on the front foot after the break too, but were undone when Balotelli rifled a low 20-yard free-kick past the helpless Andujar on 63 minutes for his fourth league goal of the season.

And things went from bad to worse for Catania almost immediately, as Greek midfielder Tachtsidis was dismissed by referee Nicola Rizzola after bringing down Balotelli.

Kaka finally made Milan's numerical advantage pay in the 81st minute with a fine individual effort, before Balotelli was perhaps wisely withdrawn by Allegri after engaging in a running battle with Argentine defender Nicolas Spolli.


Catania

21
Mariano Andújar
Goalkeeper
3.00
2
Gino Peruzzi
Defender
3.50
3
Nicolás Spolli
Defender
2.50
5
Alexis Rolín
Defender
2.50
18
Fabián Monzón
Defender
61′
2.50
34
1.50
-
1.50
8
Jaroslav Plasil
Midfielder
59′
2.00
19
Lucas Castro
Midfielder
13′ 68′
3.00
28
Pablo Barrientos
Midfielder
74′ 88′
2.50
7
Maxi López
Striker
13′
2.50

AC Milan

2.00
59
Gabriel
Goalkeeper
2.50
25
2.50
26
3.50
14
Valter Birsa
Midfielder
74′
2.50
16
Andrea Poli
Midfielder
25′
4.50
18
3.00
-
3.50
28
3.00
34
Nigel De Jong
Midfielder
4.00
22
Kaká
Midfielder
80′ 81′
3.50
45

Substitutes

1
Alberto Frison
Goalkeeper
 - 
34
 - 
6
 - 
22
 - 
24
 - 
33
 - 
39
 - 
11
 - 
-
2.50
-
 - 
26
Keko
Striker
61′
2.00
40
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
35
 - 
-
 - 
21
Kevin Constant
Midfielder
 - 
-
 - 
8
 - 
24
 - 
32
 - 
9
 - 
92

Coach/Manager

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Coach/Manager

 
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  • Penalty
  • Penalty Missed
  • Yellow Card
  • Assist
  • Penalty Save
  • Penalty Shootout Goal
  • Penalty Shootout Miss
  • Yellow Card / Red Card
  • Red Card
  • Substitution IN
  • Substitution OUT
  • Injury
  • Goal.com Rating
  • Goal.com Man of the Match
  • Goal.com Flop of the Match
  • Top & Flop Global Ranking
  • Fans' Man of the Match
  • Fans' Flop of the Match
Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Ciro Immobile Ciro Immobile
Striker
Torino
20 0
Luca Toni Luca Toni
Striker
Hellas Verona
18 2
Carlos Tévez Carlos Tévez
Striker
Juventus
18 1
Gonzalo Higuaín Gonzalo Higuaín
Striker
Napoli
17 5
Rodrigo Palacio Rodrigo Palacio
Striker
Inter
15 0