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January 8, 2012 2:00 PM GMT
Stadio Atleti Azzurri d'Italia — Bergamo
Referee:‬ N. Rizzoli‎
Attendance:‬ 15000‎
 
 
Zlatan Ibrahimovic 22′ (PG)
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Atalanta 0-2 AC Milan

Goal.com evaluates the performances of all of those involved in Bergamo, a game in which the Italian champions were indebted to Zlatan Ibrahimovic for another stellar showing

By Mark Doyle

  • Andrea Consigli
    11
    14
    3.00

    Andrea Consigli

    Guessed the right way for Zlatan's penalty but was beaten by the precision of the shot. Also had no chance for Boateng's strike. Was not exactly overworked, in truth, but performed reasonably well all the same.

  • Thomas Manfredini
    36
    29
    2.50

    Thomas Manfredini Flop of the Match

    Needlessly conceded a penalty by foolishly attempting to beat Pato to a ball that he was never going to win. Was later booked for a dreadful lunge at Robinho. Went some way towards making amends for his recklessness with a terrific block on Ibrahimovic in the closing stages.

  • Federico Peluso
    6
    21
    3.00

    Federico Peluso

    Had a difficult time of it in the opening exchanges as Bonera repeatedly bombed forward to support Boateng but he was far more comfortable in the second period without ever really offering much going forward.

  • Andrea Masiello
    7
    17
    3.00

    Andrea Masiello

    Dealt well with what little attacking threat Milan posed down the left wing and also swung over a few crosses during the first half.

  • Michele Ferri
    11
    18
    2.50

    Michele Ferri

    Really put himself about and made a number of crucial interventions, particularly during the first half. Stood up well to both Zlatan and Pato.

  • Ezequiel Schelotto
    9
    24
    3.50

    Ezequiel Schelotto

    Saw plenty of the ball, particularly during the first half, and yet did so little with it. Did manage to pick out Marilungo with a fine cross-field pass at one point but the attack came to nothing. Underwhelming display from a high-rated player.

  • Carlos Carmona
    4
    18
    3.00

    Carlos Carmona

    Showed a real willingess to get stuck in and clashed with both Boateng and Ibrahimovic, who aimed a petulant little kick at the midfielder. But overall, he did not manage to influence the game in an attacking sense.

  • Luca Cigarini
    16
    13
    3.00

    Luca Cigarini

    The pick of Atalanta's midfielders, Cigarini produced a wonderfully weighted through ball which was wasted by Padoin before later testing Abbiati with a well-struck drive from distance.

  • Simone Padoin
    6
    16
    2.50

    Simone Padoin

    Asked plenty of questions of Bonera down the left-hand side with his tricky feet but there was very little end product and he also wasted Atalanta's two best openings of the first half, firing high over the bar on both occasions.

  • Germán Denis
    12
    21
    2.50

    Germán Denis

    A very frustrating afternoon for the in-form Denis, who held the ball up well whenever he got it but was, for the most part, isolated for long periods. However, when his big chance came in the second period, he fluffed it, Denis striking the post from a yard out after a corner had been flicked on to him at the back stick.

  • Guido Marilungo
    6
    19
    2.50

    Guido Marilungo

    Handed a start in behind Denis but did not justify his inclusion whatsoever. He did create Padoin's first opening with some decent work on the right-hand side of the area but he was largely anonymous and was hauled off shortly after half-time.

Substitutions

  • Giacomo Bonaventura
    6
    19
    0.00

    Giacomo Bonaventura

    Introduced in place of Carmona midway through the second half but struggled to get into the game.

  • Manolo Gabbiadini
    5
    19
    0.00

    Manolo Gabbiadini

    Only got ten minutes at the end after coming on for the ineffective Schelotto.

  • Simone Tiribocchi
    8
    18
    2.50

    Simone Tiribocchi

    Came on for Marilungo early in the second half and really put himself, proving himself a far more combative and robust presence than the man he had replaced.

  • Christian Abbiati
    186
    8
    3.00

    Christian Abbiati

    While Atalanta played well, the Rossoneri goalkeeper did not have all that much to do. However, he parried a couple of well-struck drives from distance to safety and also claimed every high ball which came his way.

  • Philippe Mexes
    290
    5
    3.00

    Philippe Mexes

    Held on to his starting berth despite the return to full fitness of Alessandro Nesta and justified his inclusion with a competent display. Was impressive in the air and also demonstrated good positioning, most notably when he was on hand to intercept as Marilungo tried to head the ball through for Denis. Also instigated a dangerous Milan attack by picking out Ibrahimivoc with a wonderful ball from the back at one point.

  • Gianluca Zambrotta
    93
    96
    2.50

    Gianluca Zambrotta

    Did his best to provide some width down the left-hand side during the first half but his most notable contribution was a rather embarrassing attempt to win a penalty after being found by Emanuelson in the area. Also lost Schelotto a number of times during the opening 45 minutes but looked more solid as the game wore on.

  • Daniele Bonera
    79
    112
    3.00

    Daniele Bonera

    Showed his willingness to get forward early on but became less of a factor from an attacking perspective as the game progressed. Was, for the most part, solid enough defensively but he was completely wrong-footed by Padoin during the first half and earned himself a booking as he tried in vain to rectify the situation.

  • Thiago Silva
    363
    9
    3.50

    Thiago Silva

    Another typically commanding display at the heart of the Milan defence, the Brazilian was not ruffled once during the 90 minutes and coped easily with everything that the home side threw at him.

  • Mark van Bommel
    177
    22
    2.50

    Mark van Bommel

    As ever, the veteran Dutch midfielder kept things simple from an offensive perspective, taking few chances with his tidy distribution in midfield while at the same breaking up play wonderfully well. Lucky to get away with a very loose pass to Tiribocchi during the second half but proved a pretty reliable presence for the most part.

  • Antonio Nocerino
    178
    33
    3.00

    Antonio Nocerino

    Worked tirelessly all afternoon without ever really carrying much of a goal threat. Produced a terrific ball for Zlatan early on but the Swede was offside and did not really do much else worth of mention.

  • Kevin-Prince Boateng
    243
    19
    3.00

    Kevin-Prince Boateng

    Looked busy in the early exchanges, creating numerous opportunities for Bonera to cross down the right-hand side but, in truth, was not his usual influential or inspirational self. His frustration boiled over towards the end of the first half when he was booked for chopping down Carmona. However, he finished the game on a high by sealing Milan’s victory by turning in Ibrahimovic’s cut-back from the right wing.

  • Urby Emanuelson
    148
    58
    2.50

    Urby Emanuelson

    Showed some neat touches on the ball and looked comfortable in possession. It was from the Dutchman's left-wing cross that Pato struck the post early in the second half. However, overall, he struggled to impose himself in the trequartista role ahead of next weekend's derby.

  • Alexandre Pato
    271
    40
    3.00

    Alexandre Pato

    An ultimately frustrating afternoon for the Brazilian. He won the penalty from which Zlatan gave Milan the lead, Pato drawing the foul after cleverly positioning his body between the ball and Manfredini. Was also unlucky to see his second-half header come back off the post before being withdrawn just after the hour mark.

  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic
    482
    17
    4.00

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic Top of the Match

    Yet another incredibly influential display from Milan's talisman, the Swede was a constant menace throughout. Opened the scoring with a coolly-taken penalty and then set up Boateng for the goal that sealed the game with a sublime piece of control on the chest before cutting the ball back across the box. Held on to the ball too much on occasion but hard to fault Zlatan on this form.

Substitutions

  • Robinho
    218
    28
    3.00

    Robinho

    Lively enough cameo from the Brazilian. Came on for Pato midway through the second and his quick feet resulted in a booking for Manfredini. He also created an opening for Zlatan

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