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April 16, 2011
• Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milano
Referee: D. Celi
• Attendance: 51000
C. Seedorf 20'
A. Cassano 54'
It's all over in San Siro!! Milan have cruised to a 3-0 win thanks to goals from Seedorf, Cassano and Robinho. A night to remember for Cassano who scored from the spot and setup Robinho to add gloss to the victory, just days after his son was born. Sampdoria are in dire trouble near the foot of the table. Thanks for joining us on Goal.com.
Boateng refuses to relax and chases all the way back into defence. Milan burst forward and Seedorf finds CASSANOO!!Over!! That will be one of the last chances of the game. There will be one minute of added time.
Sloppy play again by Tissone gifts Milan possession but Robinho can't trick his way into the box.
Sampdoria try to lift themselves for a consolation but Tissone slips and allows Yepes to break forward.
It's a party atmosphere here in Milan, the home side are controlling the game and the home fans are doing the 'Mexican Wave'.
Another cheer goes up round the ground as Amauri doubles Parma's lead against Inter. Gattuso glances gleefully towards the scoreboard.
Cassano gives Boateng a thumbs-up but he should have scored. The Ghainian picked out the former Sampdoria man with a low cross but Cassano placed his shot into the body of Curci.
Thiago Silva makes a thunderous tackle on Koman to concede a throw. Cassano falls asleep on the ball for a second but we can let him off, after reports in Italy claimed he hasn't slept in 48 hours since the birth of his son.
Pirlo is straight into the thick of the action, controlling the flow of the game from the centre-circle.
Mark van Bommel
More creative thinking in and around the area allows Robinho to wizz a shot the wrong side of the woodwork. A roar has just gone up round San Siro to welcome Pirlo back.
That last cross for Sampdoria summed up their evening. There wasn't a single white shirt in the penalty area to attack it.
Pirlo is warming up on the touch line, as Milan almost break through a disorganised defence saved by a poor pass.
Zambrotta twists and turns just inside the left of the area to dink in a cross. Yepes has to track back to meet the ball and angles his header just wide of the post.
A long spell of possession for Milan ends as Dessena sees off the run of Abate.
Milan are happy to pass and move the ball from the back without trying anything too fancy. Abate spots the run of Seedorf into the box but the midfielder smashes his first-time volley well over.
That should be enough for Milan now, Sampdoria are looking very much a beaten team at the moment.
Assist Antonio Cassano
3-0!!! Robinho is in on the show! Cassano was fed by Seedorf with a lovely chipped pass and the forward lobbed the ball over the retreating defence to find the Brazilian to head into the empty net.
Gastaldello thumps out Zambrotta's delivery. The hosts are now just under thirty minutes away from going six points clear at the top of Serie A.
Gattuso and Van Bommel link-up on the edge of the opposition's box but the former's cross is cleared out by Volta.
Zauri comes on for Martinez, looks to be a tactical move from the visitors. Maccarone wins a corner. Gastaldello has too chase a deep delivery but Milan do well to recover the ball.
Sampdoria are down to ten men at the moment, as Koman rolls around off the side of the pitch in agony.
Penalty Goal Antonio Cassano
Cassano steps up and picks his spot, 2-0! That one is dedicated to his new-born baby!
PENALTY MILAN! Yepes jumped just yards from goal to head the dropping ball and Volta uses his arm to block the shot.
Cassano looks to play in Gattuso who bombs forward from midfield but the pass is knocked behind for a corner.
Robinho and Cassano play a clever one-two to release the Brazilian but he couldn't dink the ball on target over the on-rushing Curci. The little forward is holding his back after an awkward fall.
Gattuso is chopped down in the middle of the park and Milan build once more moving Sampdoria from flank to flank.
No changes at half-time for either side, of course Milan have already used two of their three changes. Gattuso skips round Martinez and delivers a cross which just misses Cassano's run to the near post.
We are up and running in the second-half. Can Sampdoria find a way back into this game or will it be plain sailing for Milan?
Milan play down the clock expertly when things were a little shaky at the end there. But the loss of Abbiati and Pato will be a huge concern for the league leaders. The Rossoneri lead 1-0 at the break thanks to a wonderful, swerving free-kick from Seedorf. Join us back after the break for the conclusion of this tie.
Space appearing for Sampdoria all of a sudden and Boateng concedes a free-kick. The attacker was all over Dessena and this is a chance right on half-time.
With Zlatan Ibrahimovic suspended for a further two games, Milan will be praying Pato's injury is nothing too serious. They continue to dominate here this evening though.
A third worry for AC Milan, Pato is clutching his right hamstring. Cassano is stripped and ready to come on.
Milan's attacking trio appeared to have unlocked Sampdoria for a moment but the referee's assistant had his flag up.
A huge cheer goes up round San Siro and the fans are bouncing. The reaction came not from this match but from the news on the scoreboard. Parma 1-0 Inter.
Van Bommel wedges a decent ball over a deep Sampdoria back line, it's partially cleared but drops to Robinho who fires wide of the left post.
Milan have a free-kick on the right from Boateng's attempted cross which struck Laczko's arm.
Samp's short spell on the ball ends with a poor pass straight to Abate. Milan are spreading the ball across the pitch well and forcing their visitors to chase hard.
Van Bommel gets up to clear a corner. A second worry for Allegri, Boateng struggles back to his feet limping badly after the corner.
Sampdoria have slightly come out of their shell in search of an equaliser but they are looking rather vunerbale at the back and toothless in attack at the moment.
Pato feeds Zambrotta on the overlap down the left, another corner for Milan.
Milan are moving the ball around with confidence now and Boateng somehow just controlled a long pass from Seedorf dropping over his shoulder! A fantastic touch!
Assist Kevin-Prince Boateng
Goal C. Seedorf
Milan strike - Seedorf!!! 1-0 to Milan. The Dutchman rifled a free-kick from the left, which angled away from Curci and into the bottom corner. A great strike by the inform midfielder.
Goal.com's Kris Voakes at San Siro this evening has shared his thoughts with us on the opening 20 minutes of play - "Milan have pretty much bossed it so far, as expected. Samp are sitting very deep and seem to think a point would be a great result, but one can't help but think that Pato will break through their back three sooner or later."
Maccarone slides a dangerous ball into the area towards Pozzi. Yepes just does enough to put the forward off. Bad news for Milan, Abbiati has his gloves off and Amelia is coming on.
Sampdoria's first corner of the evening.Laczko takes and Tissone tamely heads to Abbiati in goal.
Brave defending by Tissone with Robinho lining an acrobatic attempt on goal. Now Pato tries to dance his way through a wall of white shirts but Gastaldello positions himself well.
Boateng leaps to cushion a header for Seedorf on the left of the area but the Dutchman gets his volley all wrong with Robinho and Pato waiting in the middle.
Boateng wins a free-kick on the left with a silky piece of skill to confuse Volta. The delivery is too strong by Seedorf and Curci claims untroubled.
Robinho out-tricks himself on the halfway line and Sampdoria have a throw and some respite.
Dessena looks to thread Maccarone around the back of the last Milan defender but Abate does superbly to come round and cover.
Abate attempts something similar from a deeper position but only finds a mass of white shirts in the middle.
Abate drifts into space on the right and swings a cross over which is just too high. Seedorf collects near the left corner flag and wins a corner off Tissone.
Palombo breaks up the home side's spell of possession but Maccarone can't hold the ball to wait for support just inside the Milan half.
Boateng controls and has time get his head up but wildly slashes his shot high and wide from 20-yards. A bright start for Milan.
We are underway here in the San Siro, Milan shooting right to left.
Sampdoria: Curci; Volta, Gastaldello, Martinez, Dessena; Tissone, Palombo, Koman, Laczko; Pozzi, Maccarone.
Milan: Abbiati; Abate, Yepes, Thiago Silva, Zambrotta; Gattuso, Van Bommel, Seedorf; Boateng, Pato, Robinho.
Welcome to Goal.com's coverage of this evening's Serie A clash between AC Milan and Sampdoria at San Siro. Massimiliano Allegri's table toppers can extend their lead at the summit to six points tonight if they can overcome Sampdoria. Second place Napoli host Udinese tomorrow evening and the Rossoneri will be desperate to pile further pressure on their rivals tonight. Stay tuned for team news.
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