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1 vs 1
Played
March 31, 2012 5:00 PM BST
Stadio Angelo Massimino — Catania
Referee:‬ M. Bergonzi‎
Attendance:‬ 20253‎
 
Robinho 34′
 
It's finished 1-1 between Catania and AC Milan in what has been a pulsating encounter at the Angelo Massimino! The draw will do Milan's pursuit of the Serie A title no good, as it lets Juventus back in with the chance to pull themselves within just two points of the champions! Catania, meanwhile, continue to gain fans as they close in ona Europa League spot! I've been Livio Caferoglu and I hope you have a wonderful evening. Ciao!
 
90′ +3
That should be that as far as this match is concerned, as Lopez fouls Spolli near the Catania box. AND THEY ALMOST FIND THE WINNER WITH THE LAST SHOT OF THE MATCH BUT BOTH IZCO AND SEYMOUR'S SHOTS IN THE BOX ARE BLOCKED AT THE DEATH BY ANTONINI!
 
90′ +2
Substitution Sergio Almiron F. Seymour
 
90′ +2
Milan are furious as Ibra smashes a volley in the box, but it appears to come off the arm of Motta! Replays show the full-back could not do much from a standing position, but still the champions charge forward in the search of a crucial, crucial winner.
 
90′ +1
HOW HAVE MILAN NOT SCORED!! Mexes' goalbound header is somehow blocked away in last-gasp fashion by a Catania shirt, while the ball is drilled back in but Boateng can't quite conjure up the right finish!
 
89′
OOOOOH! Suddenly Milan hit back as Ibra tries to lob Carrizo from the edge of the box, but the goalkeeper does brilliantly well to tip the ball over the bar!
 
88′
Incredible how this match keeps on shifting from one source of momentum to another. Now it's Milan who are on the backfoot, as Mexes is forced to concede a corner. However, the resulting set-piece proves futile.
 
87′
GOOD CHANCE! Lodi is at centre stage as he curls a fine free kick onto the head of Legrottaglie who is unmarked from around 35 yards out, but the defender's header is over the bar!
 
86′
Spolli has been simply magnificent at the back for Catania. He manages to deal with two crosses from El Shaarawy and Abate in quick succession, giving off a real air of authority at the back.
 
86′
Spolli has been simply magnificent at the back for Catania. He manages to deal with two crosses from El Shaarawy and Abate in quick succession, giving off a real air of authority at the back.
 
85′
Substitution Alberto Aquilani Maxi López
 
85′
Substitution Alejandro Gómez Davide Lanzafame
 
85′
Maxi Lopez is the final roll of the dice for Milan, who comes on to a chorus of boos from his former side's fans! Corner to the visitors in the meantime.
 
83′
The ball is remaining firmly in Catania's half, as Milan are desperate to search for the winner with just seven minutes of time left. However, the Sicilians are weathering the storm brilliantly.
 
80′
Catania just cannot deal with the diagonal ball, as again Ibrahimovic receives it with the beating of his marker, but his poked finish rolls just wide of the far post!
 
79′
It's turning into a never-ending affair of corners, as Llama tries to whip one in, and it drops to Lodi on the edge of the box, but his half-volleyed attempt goes wide.
 
77′
GREAT SAVE!! Carrizo has been outstanding today, as Mexes jumps highest to meet the driven set-piece, but the Argentine dives superbly well to his right and catches the ball!
 
76′
Legrottaglie blocks off Boateng at the touchline, as he tries to put the ball into the box! Corner to the Giallorossi.
 
74′
Gomez runs into a blind alley, as Ambrosini and Ibrahimovic stop him in his tracks. A quiet few minutes it has to be said, but Ibra's very presence is beginning to cause problems for Catania with his physicality.
 
73′
Substitution Robinho Stephan El Shaarawy
 
71′
Substitution Pablo Barrientos Cristian Llama
 
71′
20 minutes left here in Sicily, and this game could most definitely go either way! Bonera again exerts confidence at the back for Milan, as his firm sliding tackle into Izco in the box averts danger before he can pull the trigger!
 
69′
Milan have a corner, which is unconvicingly punched away by Carrizo. However, Boateng is too over-elaborate with the rebound, as his attempt at doing a roulette goes horribly wrong and the ball is hacked away.
 
67′
ALMIRON!! This game isn't stopping for anyone, as Almiron again rifles in a powerful shot from the edge of the box, but he cannot hit the target! Seconds later, he picks up the ball in his own half, drives at the Milan backline before seeing his curled finish drift horrible wide.
 
64′
CLOSEST CALL YOU'LL EVER SEE! Robinho wriggles his way through Catania's defence like hot butter, before shifting past an onrushing Carrizo. However, the angle gets the better of him and his tap-in is eventually cleared off the line by Marchese, JUST!
 
63′
Gomez finds Bergessio in the box with a pinpoint cross, but his header is way of target. Meanwhile a minute later, Almiron fires a shot across goal but it's just over Abbiati!
 
61′
Ibra is marginally offside after latching onto a visionary pass from Ambrosini! The Swede is visibly gutted at the decision, as a guaranteed goal was on the cards for a second.
 
60′
As we reach the hour mark in this one, you know where to find me on Twitter - @livmc! Feel free to tweet me your opinions on the match at hand, including Milan squandering their lead and Catania coming back against the odds!
 
59′
Yellow Card Massimo Ambrosini
 
59′
I must say, after a quiet first half to the match, Barrientos has really stepped up his game since, having developed a knack of taking players on and winning free kicks all over the pitch! Montellia will be delighted with his players' responses.
 
57′
Assist Nicola Legrottaglie
 
57′
Goal Nicolás Spolli
 
57′
EQUALISER!!!!!!!!! And it's deserved too, as Spolli pulls one back for Catania! Lax defending from Milan sees them fail to deal with a corner, allowing Legrottaglie to climb highest and nod the ball to his defensive colleague, who nets with the goal gaping!
 
55′
Catania have come out fighting in this second half, and again they come close thanks to more intuitive play! Bergessio lays the ball off to Barrientos, who ghosts inside and tees up Almiron, but his low shot is JUST wide of Abbiati!
 
55′
And Catania: Carrizo; Motta, Legrottaglie, Spolli, Marchese; Izco, Lodi, Almiron; Gomez, Bergessio, Barrientos.
 
54′
Abate unconvincingly plays the ball out for a corner to Catania, but Lodi's backpost cross can only be headed wide by Spolli.
 
53′
Substitution Urby Emanuelson Kevin-Prince Boateng
 
53′
Just to remind you of the lineups, this is how Milan now look: Abbiati; Abate, Mexes, Bonera, Antonini; Aquilani, Ambrosini, Nocerino; Boateng; Ibrahimovic, Robinho.
 
52′
Surprisingly, Lodi leaves the ball for Bergessio to strike, but it whistles wide of the Post. In other matters, Emanuelson is replaced by Boateng for Milan!
 
51′
Yellow Card Philippe Mexes
 
51′
INCREDIBILE!!! Antonini again makes a last-gasp intervention as he denies Lodi from hitting the target! Meanwhile, Marchese wins another free kick in the Milan D, as Mexes is shown the game's first yellow.
 
48′
Almiron is furious as Bonera goes down easily near his box! Meanwhile, replays show the officials did, in fact, get the decision spot on as Bergessio was coming back from an offside position!
 
46′
OFFSIDE!!! It's a goal for Catania but Gomez can't believe it! Motta's tantalising cross is flicked on by Bergessio to Gomez at the back post, but despite scoring, it is chalked off despite replays showing it was perfectly on!
 
45′
And the second half is underway, with both sides not making any changes to their line-ups!
 
 
Again, Izco plays the ball to the left with Marchese ready to drill in, but the result is far too weak and it's deflected away. And on that note, it's half time! Join us in 15 minutes for the second half.
 
45′
Two minutes of added time in this first half.
 
43′
Antonini shoves into the back of Bergessio on the edge of the box in cynical fashion, but it ends up into a drop ball situation and Milan are given the ball back in a refreshing piece of sportsmanship. They drive at Catania's box straight after, but Ibrahimovic cannot quite get contact on the pass from deep.
 
40′
Milan are more than happy to let Catania have the ball, in the knowledge nine times out of 10 will they regain possession and hit back on the break. The Sicilians sorely lack a ruthless streak in their football.
 
38′
GOMEZ HITS THE BAR!!! Fantastic movement from the little Argentine, who pulls off his marker and unleashes a stinging drive at Abbiati, which rattles the crossbar! Warning signs from Catania.
 
36′
Remains to be seen how Catania react to this hammer blow, having been the better side for much of the first half. Can Milan go on to put this game out of sight, or will the Sicilians show resilience to come back from the dead?
 
34′
Assist Zlatan Ibrahimovic
 
34′
Goal Robinho
 
34′
GOOOOOAAAALLLLLL!!!! Just as I say that, I have been proved right! A magnificent move from Milan, as a series of intricate, short passes find Robinho in the box, and the Brazilian finishes coolly past Carrizo! One-touch football at its best.
 
32′
Great little shot there of Legrottaglie, who shows wonderful close-control to dink the ball over two of his former team-mates before playing it to Motta! Milan slowly getting a foothold back on this match.
 
30′
As we approach the half-hour mark in this match, Motta captures the encounter in a nutshell as more good work down his flank is wasted by a poor cross and rolls off for a throw!
 
29′
Ibrahimovic again is Milan's focal point as Robinho looks to find his colleague with a cross, but Carrizo is first to the Brazilian's inswinging attempt.
 
28′
Aquilani is frustrated as Ibrahimovic dilly-dallies for far too long, and his through pass to the midfielder ends up with Carrizo when he could have simply spread the ball out much earlier!
 
25′
Free kick to Catania in a dangerous position, but Lodi's searching ball is a little too strong and eventually goes out of play for another Milan goal kick.
 
22′
Catania are almost outplaying the champions in their own back yard it seems! The floated through ball is becoming a regular occurrence, as again Izco tries to dink the ball to Bergessio on the edge of the box, but Abate is alert to the danger.
 
20′
SHOULD'VE DONE BETTER! Gomez runs into the empty space left behind by Abate and drills a cross into the box but it drops to Motta on the other side, who puts the ball back into the box and Bergessio's header is too high!
 
19′
The flanks are playing a key role in the start to this match, as both sets of full-backs are streaming forward with great urgency when the ball comes their way, while leaving gaping holes for one to exploit on the break.
 
17′
IBRAAAA!!! So close from the Swede, as a simple diagonal ball is lobbed into the path of the striker, but he cannot poke the ball past Carrizo and it is hacked away! Very unfortunate.
 
15′
OOOH! Milan again lose the ball in an advanced position, as Montella's men feed the ball in an instant to Bergessio, but his cut-back cannot be met by a team-mate in the box!
 
13′
Catania are playing with real fluency around the Milan box, but again Milan are equal to their crisp passing style. It's Antonini this time, who slides into Motta.
 
11′
Abate covers well at the back as he is first to anticipate Bergessio's through ball, which he eventually shepherds away for a goal kick to his side.
 
9′
Spolli makes a crucial intervention to deny Ibrahimovic and Robinho, and they instantly launch a counter attack down the other end, but Izco's shot is blocked by Ambrosini.
 
8′
BAD MISS! Ibrahimovic plays in Emanuelson with a delicate through ball, but the Dutchman inexplicably shoots straight at Carrizo from point-blank range!
 
7′
Barrientos finds himself with the ball down the left flank after some good, intricate passing, but Bonera closes him down expertly and gives Milan a goal kick.
 
6′
Almiron again tries to attack the final-third for Catania, but Nocerino does well to get back in time and dispossess his opponent! Milan now playing the ball in an around their own half of the pitch, as they try to create an opening from the back.
 
4′
OOH! Motta whips in a dangerous ball into the box, but Almiron misses it by a whisker! Milan eventually clear their lines, in what has been an uncertain start to the match from the champions!
 
1′
Sorry about the technical problems guys but all should be okay now! I'm Livio Caferoglu and we're in the second minute of proceedings here in Sicily, with the hosts Catania just missing a golden opportunity as Gonzalo Bergessio shoots wide of the target!
 
Results
 
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