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January 29, 2012 7:45 PM GMT
Stadio Giuseppe Meazza — Milano
Referee:‬ C. Brighi‎
Attendance:‬ 53000‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: AC Milan 3-0 Cagliari

Goal.com rates the players that featured in Sunday night's Calcio offering, which saw the champions stroll to a comfortable victory against the Sardinians

By Livio Caferoglu

  • Christian Abbiati
    220
    8
    3.00

    Christian Abbiati

    Had virtually nothing to do all match as Cagliari failed to test him on a regular basis.

  • Philippe Mexes
    298
    22
    3.00

    Philippe Mexes

    Ibarbo seemed to have got the better of him in the early stages, but he settled into his usual, dependable self at the back. Assisted Nocerino's goal with a pinpoint lobbed pass from his own half.

  • Alessandro Nesta
    383
    17
    3.00

    Alessandro Nesta

    A masterclass in defending from the evergreen centre-back, who did not let anything beyond his guard and marshalled his team-mates well.

  • Djamel Mesbah
    441
    14
    3.00

    Djamel Mesbah

    The Algerian put in another assured shift at left back, where he made several incisive passes and marauded into Cagliari's box on a number of occasions.

  • Ignazio Abate
    234
    26
    3.00

    Ignazio Abate

    Despite the odd positional glitch, the full-back defended well and had the right flank to himself. However, he did not need to make many lung-bursting forays due to the potency of his team-mates in attack.

  • Mark van Bommel
    337
    11
    3.00

    Mark van Bommel

    A very comfortable performance from the Dutchman once more, where he was able to spray the ball around with consummate ease while getting the better of Nainggolan and Co.

  • Antonio Nocerino
    385
    12
    3.50

    Antonio Nocerino

    Scored a superb volley for the second goal and was full of running and industry as ever.

  • Urby Emanuelson
    269
    47
    3.00

    Urby Emanuelson

    Playing as a left sided midfielder, he was no star performer by any stretch of the imagination, but kept things ticking in the middle by keeping the ball and trying to fight for every ball.

  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic
    593
    25
    3.50

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic Top of the Match

    Scored a wonderful free kick, and showed glimpses of his best with some visionary hold-up play and oozes of class, as he seemed to make an impact whenever he stepped his game up. Impressive.

  • Robinho
    222
    68
    3.00

    Robinho

    Showed promise in the early stages of the match but Astori and Canini eventually figured him out and forced him off in place of El Shaarawy.

Substitutions

  • Massimo Ambrosini
    285
    17
    3.00

    Massimo Ambrosini

    A greatly enthusiastic spell on the pitch coincided with a fine finish for the third goal, and increased the tempo in the engine room.

  • Filippo Inzaghi
    216
    47
    0.00

    Filippo Inzaghi

    Made a late cameo and got into a couple of decent positions but failed to make them count, in what appears to be his last match for the Rossoneri.

  • Stephan El Shaarawy
    246
    40
    3.00

    Stephan El Shaarawy

    Came on for Robinho but offered very little in the final third, although Ibrahimovic and Nocerino's attacking nous meant he could be afforded a quiet night.

  • Michael Agazzi
    40
    19
    3.00

    Michael Agazzi

    The score would have been far heavier if not for the plentiful saves made by the shot stopper.

  • Davide Astori
    36
    16
    3.00

    Davide Astori

    The incoming defender seemed like he'd never been away, His reading of the game particularly caught the eye, but struggled with the physicality of Ibrahimovic at times.

  • Francesco Pisano
    12
    20
    2.50

    Francesco Pisano

    Did not get much luck past Mesbah, and failed to showcase the typically adventurous edge to his game.

  • Michele Canini
    12
    18
    3.00

    Michele Canini

    Had a tough evening against the movement of Milan's players, and was caught out badly for the second goal, although tried his best from set pieces.

  • Alessandro Agostini
    12
    18
    2.50

    Alessandro Agostini

    Poor display from the full-back, as Abate had the beating of him on several occasions. His forward play was also almost non-existent.

  • Radja Nainggolan
    34
    54
    2.50

    Radja Nainggolan Flop of the Match

    The rumours surrounding his future probably distracted the midfielder too much, as he was not the usual warrior in the middle of the park and was poorly exposed by Van Bommel and Co.

  • Andrea Cossu
    15
    18
    2.50

    Andrea Cossu

    A disappointing lack of invention and imagination from the No.10, who failed to put many meaningful balls through for Pinilla and Ibarbo to feed on.

  • Albin Ekdal
    14
    20
    2.50

    Albin Ekdal

    Invisible performance from the Swede who ghosted in and out of the midfield battle as the match wore on.

  • Daniele Dessena
    11
    16
    2.50

    Daniele Dessena

    Tried his best and got stuck in the first 20 minutes of the encounter but could not prolong his promising start to the match.

  • Víctor Ibarbo
    23
    14
    2.50

    Víctor Ibarbo

    His movement and trickery cannot be questioned, but his heart to last an entire 90 minutes and finishing ability leaves a lot to be desired.

  • Mauricio Pinilla
    23
    13
    3.00

    Mauricio Pinilla

    Cagliari's best attacking outlet, he showed signs of a promising partnership with Ibarbo during the early stages, and held the ball up well on occasions, without ever truly threatening Abbiati.

Substitutions

  • Daniele Conti
    12
    14
    0.00

    Daniele Conti

    Did not add anything to Cagliari's midfield of note, which sorely lacked a competitive edge during the 90 minutes.

  • Moestafa El Kabir
    16
    13
    2.50

    Moestafa El Kabir

    Injected a much needed spark in the final third for the Sardinians, coinciding with his team's first shot on target.

  • Thiago Ribeiro
    12
    15
    2.50

    Thiago Ribeiro

    Disappointing second half from the Brazilian hitman, who struggled to impose himself in the match against Mexes and Nesta.

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