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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′
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Catania 1-1 AC Milan

The champions dropped two points in their push for successive titles as Nicolas Spolli cancelled out Robinho's first-half goal at the Massimino

By Kris Voakes

  • Pablo Carrizo
    40
    9
    3.50

    Pablo Carrizo

    Managed to get in the way of Emanuelson’s early effort, but was beaten on his near post by Robinho as Milan grabbed the lead. Made a magnificent low save from Mexes, and even held on with Aquilani in close proximity.

  • Nicolás Spolli
    37
    10
    3.50

    Nicolás Spolli

    Played with a really cool head at times, and even grabbed the headlines at the business end when the ball dropped for him to fire home from close range.

  • Nicola Legrottaglie
    42
    7
    3.50

    Nicola Legrottaglie

    Covered well at the back, then linked up with his defensive partner to pull Catania level. Stood tall up against Ibrahimovic as it became a backs-to-the-wall exercise for the Etnei late on.

  • Marco Motta
    22
    12
    3.00

    Marco Motta

    Looked decent going forward, with a number of telling crosses being sent over, but he looked suspect when attacked, and there were significant shouts for handball against the ex-Juve man in injury time.

  • Giovanni Marchese
    24
    10
    3.00

    Giovanni Marchese

    Made a dramatic run back to clear Robinho’s goal-bound effort off the line at the last second and preserve parity in his stand-out moment, but he was also alert enough to close down space in front of Aquilani and then El Shaarawy.

  • Sergio Almiron
    28
    9
    3.50

    Sergio Almiron

    Some nice touches and intelligent running asked questions of Milan, and his occasional bursts around the outside of the Rossoneri midfield had the champions panicking in the second half.

  • Francesco Lodi
    19
    12
    3.00

    Francesco Lodi

    His hammer left foot almost put Catania back on par when he unleashed a low drive from 25 yards, and his directing from the base of midfield was key to his side’s efforts.

  • Mariano Julio Izco
    21
    14
    3.00

    Mariano Julio Izco

    Sometimes chose the wrong option when getting into the final third, but he was always dangerous, keeping Milan on the back foot at regular intervals

  • Pablo Barrientos
    18
    6
    3.00

    Pablo Barrientos

    Held up the right side well, and combined with Izco to pose problems for Mexes and Antonini with great regularity, especially during Catania’s period of supremacy in the second half which resulted in the equaliser.

  • Alejandro Gómez
    72
    11
    3.00

    Alejandro Gómez Top of the Match

    Flattened Ambrosini with an early shot from distance, then thundered another off the bar soon after Catania fell behind. Having finally found the net with a header just after the break, it was ruled out for an earlier offside call, but he continued to run Milan ragged with his pace on the attack.

  • Gonzalo Bergessio
    14
    6
    3.00

    Gonzalo Bergessio

    Led the line well, asking all sorts of questions of the Milan defence. Should have done better from one Motta cross with the score still at 0-0 though.

Substitutions

  • F. Seymour
    11
    8
    0.00

    F. Seymour

    Got 90 seconds of playing time in place of Almiron.

  • Cristian Llama
    12
    6
    0.00

    Cristian Llama

    Replaced Barrientos for the final 20 minutes, and sent in one or two testing crosses.

  • Davide Lanzafame
    11
    8
    0.00

    Davide Lanzafame

    Brought on for Gomez right at the end.

  • Christian Abbiati
    62
    39
    3.00

    Christian Abbiati

    Completely abandoned by his defence as Spolli was allowed to volley past him from close range. Kept on his feet a couple of times by Gomez, but then helped out by his back line as the Etnei broke near the end.

  • Philippe Mexes
    88
    22
    3.00

    Philippe Mexes

    Booked for one reckless foul, but was largely composed when called upon, but for when he went missing with the rest of his defence as Spolli equalised. Denied a winner by Carrizo’s excellent save from a late corner.

  • Ignazio Abate
    86
    32
    3.00

    Ignazio Abate

    Immediately seemed to hit race pace when on the ball despite only just returning from injury, but he couldn’t always stop the electric Gomez from getting crosses in from the left, nor from cutting in to shoot.

  • Daniele Bonera
    68
    33
    2.50

    Daniele Bonera

    Looked to use his strength to his advantage in the battle with Bergessio, and his experience helped him through a couple of tough moments, but he was stood still as Catania equalised.

  • Luca Antonini
    210
    29
    3.00

    Luca Antonini

    A serious misjudgement of the bouncing ball led him to flatten Barrientos just before the break, but just after the interval he produced a superb block on a par with his denial of Barcelona's Tello in midweek. One very sloppy pass late on almost led to a Catania break, but he chipped in with another superb block in the fourth minute of injury time.

  • Alberto Aquilani
    62
    63
    2.50

    Alberto Aquilani

    Looked cool enough on the ball, but when Almiron got on the ball at any pace he looked an awful lot less assured. Couldn’t see out the 90, losing energy before being replaced by Maxi Lopez.

  • Antonio Nocerino
    47
    81
    2.50

    Antonio Nocerino

    Not as influential as he has been in other games this season, with Catania allowed to get on top in midfield for spells in either half. Had no goal threat for once either.

  • Massimo Ambrosini
    75
    35
    2.50

    Massimo Ambrosini

    Not nearly as influential as he was against Barcelona, with his passing sometimes awry, while he often allowed Catania to break right past him as the home side got their backs up in the second half.

  • Urby Emanuelson
    57
    131
    2.50

    Urby Emanuelson Flop of the Match

    Should have done better than shoot straight at Carrizo when allowed to break free early on, and faded after his initially bright showing. Replaced by Boateng on 52 minutes.

  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic
    125
    45
    3.00

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic

    Forced the home back line to panic when driving low towards the far corner in the opening quarter, but then overhit a through pass for the advancing Emanuelson. Held the ball up well for Robinho as Milan went ahead, but was quiet thereafter until shooting just across goal 10 minutes from time.

  • Robinho
    134
    57
    3.50

    Robinho

    Finally bagged a fifth league goal of the season when he exchanged passes with Ibrahimovic and fired low beyond Carrizo at the near post. Looked to have doubled his tally when he rounded th ekeeper and sent two defenders the wrong way with a low shot, but Marchese cleared off the line.

Substitutions

  • Kevin-Prince Boateng
    89
    35
    2.50

    Kevin-Prince Boateng

    Came on for the under-par Emanuelson early in the second half, but couldn’t quite work his magic to Milan’s benefit as Catania closed down space at will.

  • Maxi López
    65
    35
    0.00

    Maxi López

    Returned to the Massimino for the last five minutes in place of Aquilani.

  • Stephan El Shaarawy
    100
    28
    0.00

    Stephan El Shaarawy

    Replaced Robinho for the closing stages, and added extra pace to the attacking flank.

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Ciro Immobile Ciro Immobile
Striker
Torino
19 0
Carlos Tévez Carlos Tévez
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Juventus
18 1
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Napoli
17 5
Luca Toni Luca Toni
Striker
Hellas Verona
17 2
Rodrigo Palacio Rodrigo Palacio
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Inter
15 0