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February 25, 2012 7:45 PM GMT
Stadio Giuseppe Meazza — Milano
Referee:‬ P. Tagliavento‎
Attendance:‬ 53000‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: AC Milan 1-1 Juventus

Goal.com evaluates the performances of those involved in the Serie A showdown at San Siro, a game in which the visitors preserved their unbeaten record thanks to Alessandro Matri

By Mark Doyle

  • Christian Abbiati
    304
    119
    3.50

    Christian Abbiati

    Had little to do during a first half in which Juve offered little going forward but he fisted away a dangerous cross from the right-hand side from Lichtsteiner before parrying Vidal’s shot from distance away to safety. However, when Milan needed him most, Abbiati came up trumps, making a wonderful point-blank save from Quagliarella.

  • Philippe Mexes
    224
    187
    3.00

    Philippe Mexes

    Caught in possession early on but looked pretty composed otherwise and deal well with Borriello. The Frenchman also drew a wonderful save out of Buffon with a powerful header from 12 yards out. However, he let himself down with a petulant dig on Borriello in the second half and also became increasingly erratic as the game wore on.

  • Ignazio Abate
    234
    136
    3.00

    Ignazio Abate

    Got forward when he could during the opening period, forcing a corner early on, but, for the most part, he was more concerned with keeping Estigarribia quiet - which he did to good affect. However, Pepe caused him much more trouble in the second half.

  • Thiago Silva
    232
    288
    3.00

    Thiago Silva

    Did not look his usual classy self in the first half, though he should perhaps be granted some leeway in that regard given he took an awful blow to the… eh, groin area, after bravely throwing himself in the way of a shot from Vidal. However, his distribution was poor at times and he was also booked for needlessly going through the back of Quagliarella. The Brazilian did not improve after the restart and it was his shocking clearance which led to Juve's leveller.

  • Luca Antonini
    142
    271
    2.50

    Luca Antonini

    Selected ahead of Mesbah because of his defensive qualities and justified his inclusion with a reasonably solid display. Indeed, he did remarkably well in nullifying the threat posed by Lichtsteiner, one of Juve's principal attacking threats this season. However, it was Antonini who failed to track Quagliarella's run when Chiellini picked out the former Napoli forward. Luckily for Antonini, he was bailed out by his keeper.

  • Mark van Bommel
    254
    175
    3.00

    Mark van Bommel

    Mixed bag from Van Bommel, who gave the ball away badly on occasion and yet also won it back for his side with great regularity. Indeed, he stripped Pirlo of possession at one point, albeit thanks to a sly elbow to the back of the head. Saw a daisy-cutter from the edge of the area roll just wide in the first half but did not really offer anything going forward for the most part.

  • Sulley Muntari
    342
    145
    3.00

    Sulley Muntari

    Made two wonderful interceptions inside the opening 13 minutes of a very encouraging first-half display. Indeed, his endeavour should have been rewarded with a goal - but the linesman decided otherwise. In saying that, Muntari really should have made sure with his one-yard header! He also faded as the game wore on.

  • Antonio Nocerino
    342
    124
    3.50

    Antonio Nocerino

    The surprise success story of Milan's season, Nocerino's goal may have taken a wicked deflection but his willingness to shoot when he had players making runs to either side of him underlined just how much he has grown in stature this season. Worked tirelessly for the Milan cause, putting in a succession of well-executed challenges in the middle of the park.

  • Urby Emanuelson
    194
    197
    3.00

    Urby Emanuelson

    Miscued embarrassingly after being teed up on the edge of the area by Robinho early on but he did threaten sporadically during the first half and picked out some nice passes. However, he struggled to really get into the game.

  • Alexandre Pato
    220
    413
    2.00

    Alexandre Pato Flop of the Match

    A desperately ineffective display from the Brazilian. In his defence, this was his first outing in a month because of a thigh problem but he may as well have not been playing during the first half. Indeed, he made no impact on the game and even when he was gifted possession by Bonucci, he failed to make the most of the opening, losing the ball almost immediately. Hauled off at half-time; in turth, Allegri would have been within his rights to take him off earlier.

  • Robinho
    414
    135
    3.00

    Robinho

    Milan's liveliest player during the first half and their most menacing attacking player throughout. Robinho popped up everywhere during the opening 45 minutes and it was he who intercepted the loose pass from Bonucci which led to Nocerino's goal. However, the Brazilian wasted a glorious opportunity to put El Shaarawy straight through on goal in the second half with a poorly-weighted pass.

Substitutions

  • Massimo Ambrosini
    112
    237
    2.50

    Massimo Ambrosini

    Came on for Emanuelson as Milan moved to shut up shop for the final 20 minutes and did his job to good effect.

  • Stephan El Shaarawy
    283
    145
    2.50

    Stephan El Shaarawy

    Replaced Pato during the break and posed a greater attacking threat - though that is not saying much. Indeed, while he proved a far more willing runner than the Brazilian, the youngster never got a clear sight of goal.

  • Gianluigi Buffon
    487
    106
    3.00

    Gianluigi Buffon

    Could not be faulted in the slightest for Nocerino's goal, which took a massive deflection off Bonucci. The Italy international then kept his side in touch with a stunning double save midway through the first half from Mexes and Muntari – even if the second was made from at least a yard behind the line. Was scarcely troubled in the second half.

  • Giorgio Chiellini
    743
    180
    3.50

    Giorgio Chiellini Top of the Match

    Failed to cut off a through-ball from Robinho to Emanuelson but, for the most part, Chiellini did not put a foot wrong for Juve at the back. The versatile defender made a string off wonderfully-timed challenges, the most memorable of which left Van Bommel in a heap. Chiellini also laid the ball on a plate for Quagliarella to level the game but the forward shot straight at Abbiati from point-blank range.

  • Andrea Barzagli
    332
    142
    2.50

    Andrea Barzagli

    Struggled during the first half. Indeed, he was left on his backside after being bamboozled by Robinho's quick feet but he just managed to flick the ball away out for a corner. Barzagli was then booked for taking out Emanuelson as the Dutchman looked to get away. However, Brazagli looked far more comfortable in the second period.

  • Leonardo Bonucci
    154
    418
    2.00

    Leonardo Bonucci

    Endured a nightmare opening half hour. The defender was stripped of the ball after stepping out of defence 13 minutes in and then gifted Milan the opener by passing the ball straight to Robinho before deflecting the ball into his own net as he tried to block Nocerino's subsequent strike on goal. The second half provided some respite but this was a night to forget for Bonucci.

  • Stephan Lichtsteiner
    252
    170
    2.50

    Stephan Lichtsteiner

    Nowhere near his usual dynamic self down the right flank. He worked hard and regularly got himself into good positions but his distribution was, on the whole, uncharacteristically poor. Kept plugging away but this was not one of Lichtsteiner's better displays.

  • Claudio Marchisio
    240
    200
    2.50

    Claudio Marchisio

    Was full of running but was a bit of a passenger, truth be told. Indeed, he struggled horribly to impose himself on the game and has still not rediscovered the attacking threat which made him such a key player for Juve before the winter break.

  • Andrea Pirlo
    336
    146
    2.50

    Andrea Pirlo

    Pressed and probed throughout but his passing was surprisingly poor. Twice tried his luck from distance but failed to trouble Abbiati on either occasion. Kept Juve moving forward right until the end but this was by no means a vintage showing from the playmaker.

  • Arturo Vidal
    242
    298
    2.00

    Arturo Vidal

    Never really managed to impose himself on the game in a positive sense, though he did call Abbiati into action with a well-struck shot from 25 yards out during the tail end of the first half. However, he became increasingly frustrated with himself as the game wore on and it was not really that surprising that he saw red in the closing stages for a reckless challenge on Van Bommel.

  • Marcelo Estigarribia
    166
    278
    2.50

    Marcelo Estigarribia

    Saw a fair bit of the ball during the first half but did absolutely nothing with it. Indeed, it is hard to think of one occasion on which he managed to beat the first man with a ball into the box. Unsurprisingly withdrawn at the break.

  • Fabio Quagliarella
    249
    182
    2.50

    Fabio Quagliarella

    Got a shot away in the opening minute but he was forced to live off scraps during the first half. Credit it to him, he was always willing to drop deep to hassle and harry when Milan were in possession but while he worked hard, his game will be defined by his failure to convert the most inviting of crosses from Chiellini from just five yards out.

  • Marco Borriello
    146
    388
    2.50

    Marco Borriello

    Like his striker partner, he also did his best to unsettle the Milan defenders when they were in possession but Borriello did not threaten once and his game was best summed up by his dreadful attempt at a backpass to Buffon which gifted Milan a corner. He was called ashore a couple of minutes later.

Substitutions

  • Simone Pepe
    394
    112
    3.00

    Simone Pepe

    Not deemed fit enough to start but the winger was thrown on at the break and made a vital contribution, providing the cross from which Matri earned Juve a precious point.

  • Mirko Vučinić
    285
    162
    2.50

    Mirko Vučinić

    Replaced Borriello ten minutes into the second half and got himself far more involved than the on-loan Roma forward but did not exactly alter the course of the game.

  • Alessandro Matri
    738
    93
    3.00

    Alessandro Matri

    Overlooked by Conte once more but did not sulk and instead kept his head down until given the chance to prove his worth to this Juve side once more. The former Cagliari man came came on for Quagliarella with just over 20 minutes to go and ended up rescuing his side from a first defeat of the season with a terrific volley with just seven minutes to go. It was just reward for Matri: primarily because he should have started but also because he'd had a goal incorrectly ruled out for offside moments earlier.

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