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May 2, 2012 7:45 PM BST
Stadio Giuseppe Meazza — Milano
Referee:‬ M. Guida‎
Attendance:‬ 51000‎
 
 
90+3′ Robinho
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: AC Milan 2-0 Atalanta

Goal.com casts a studious eye over the performers at San Siro as an early and late goal sent the hosts to within a point of first place

By Keeghann Sinanan

  • Christian Abbiati
    134
    7
    3.00

    Christian Abbiati

    The Milan stopper had two crucial saves in the first half to stop Atalanta at their most dangerous and preserve a well-earned clean sheet.

  • Philippe Mexes
    129
    11
    3.00

    Philippe Mexes

    Along with Nesta, he formed an authoritative partnership in the heart of the Rossoneri defence. Denis was able to wriggle free once or twice, but it was a minor blot on his performance.

  • Alessandro Nesta
    257
    7
    3.00

    Alessandro Nesta Top of the Match

    The veteran defied his age with a gutsy showing to shut out Atalanta. Made some crucial tackles and was not at all afraid to throw his body on the line for the cause. Links with a move to the MLS may well be premature after today’s display.

  • Mattia De Sciglio
    221
    9
    3.00

    Mattia De Sciglio

    Quite an assured display at the back for the youngster, who gave Bonaventura an extremely tough time in their tussles out on the flanks. Did not affect things offensively as often as he would have liked, but his task today was primarily in his own half.

  • Luca Antonini
    95
    26
    3.00

    Luca Antonini

    Never overly troubled by Raimondi on his flank, and though he was a tad suspect in the air, it still should not stain a solid showing. Did not allow substitute Moralez past him in the second half either.

  • Sulley Muntari
    171
    11
    3.00

    Sulley Muntari

    Despite being left in acres of space, it has to be said that the Ghanaian took his goal with an air of confidence. He was drawn into a sense of complacency in a few moments during lulls in the game, which was evidenced by his wayward passing. However, he worked hard along with the rest of his midfield colleagues to control the game in the centre of the park, which ultimately was the key factor in Milan’s success.

  • Antonio Nocerino
    140
    16
    3.00

    Antonio Nocerino

    Did a tiny bit of everything today in a good all-round game. Tracked back well, was generally on point with his passing and kept going for the entire 90 minutes. Only his shooting let him down a touch, but he was still the glue that held the Milan midfield together.

  • Massimo Ambrosini
    99
    26
    3.00

    Massimo Ambrosini

    Relatively unfussed in the middle, and executed his role with the veteran savvy that we have come to expect. Did not venture forward too often, instead preferring to support his teammates from deep. Broke up a few Atalanta attacks well, but ran out of steam in the second half and was replaced.

  • Kevin-Prince Boateng
    158
    11
    3.00

    Kevin-Prince Boateng

    Raced out of the blocks straight from kickoff and played like a man possessed. Had three great chances to open the scoring with the game barely six minutes old. He decided instead to turn provider, and set up the opener for Muntari with a well-timed cross that fooled the Atalanta defence into playing the offside trap. He did not last the full game though, as long periods of charging about finally told on his stamina, and he was brought off visibly fatigued in the second half.

  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic
    98
    92
    2.50

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic

    As ever, the big Swede held the ball up well and utilized his strength to good effect. His shooting boots were left at home though, as he could have easily had at least a brace on another day. His late free kick was spilled, allowing Robinho to score the clincher.

  • Antonio Cassano
    141
    13
    3.00

    Antonio Cassano

    A bit of a mixed bag from the Italian, who nevertheless continues to make an impressive recovery from his cardiovascular troubles. Showcased some lovely touches on the ball and always looked to get involved in the attack, adopting positions right across the front line. However, his end product lacked the cutting edge of games past, and he was substituted midway through the second half.

Substitutions

  • Gennaro Ivan Gattuso
    87
    21
    3.00

    Gennaro Ivan Gattuso

    Provided some fresh legs in the centre of the park after his introduction.

  • Mathieu Flamini
    100
    22

    Mathieu Flamini

    Shored up the midfield in the closing stages of the game.

  • Robinho
    136
    21
    3.00

    Robinho

    Came on for the latter stages of the half and missed a great chance, before heading home a rebound to seal the game for the hosts.

  • Andrea Consigli
    9
    14
    3.00

    Andrea Consigli

    Was sold short by his defenders for the opening goal of the match, but did nothing wrong in almost all of the time that remained. However, a shoddy piece of handling at the death allowed Robinho to pounce.

  • Guglielmo Stendardo
    4
    10
    3.00

    Guglielmo Stendardo

    Had a difficult time marking Ibrahimovic when isolated with the Swede, although the same could be said of most of the defenders in the league. Gave it his all though, but was caught chasing shadows on more than one occasion.

  • Stefano Lucchini
    6
    7
    2.50

    Stefano Lucchini

    Read the game well overall, save for a poor decision to initiate an offside trap on the opening goal by Muntari. Sat a little deeper than the rest of the back four, and swept up a few loose ends.

  • Federico Peluso
    4
    7
    3.00

    Federico Peluso

    A little lost for positioning at times with Boateng breathing down his neck, and looked to be a weak link after an unconvincing start to the game. However, he recovered well enough to cut out the mistakes and play his role at the back. Rarely had time to go forward though.

  • Michele Ferri
    4
    8
    2.50

    Michele Ferri

    Held his lines well out on the right and did not often allow the likes of Ibrahimovic or Antonini past him. Marshalled Cassano with authority on one potentially dangerous Milan attack and generally looked the part in defence, until his surprise withdrawal early in the second half.

  • Giacomo Bonaventura
    2
    11
    2.50

    Giacomo Bonaventura

    Saw a lot of the ball in the second half, but was unable to make any headway against De Sciglio out wide. Subbed near the hour mark after what can only be described as a frustrating outing against the youngster.

  • Luca Cigarini
    8
    7
    3.00

    Luca Cigarini

    At times, his interplay in the centre looked the most likely source of a breakthrough for Atalanta. Some good passing and awareness laid on a few chances for his teammates, but his influence waned as the game wore on and the movement around him stopped.

  • Riccardo Cazzola
    2
    10
    3.00

    Riccardo Cazzola

    Apart from one shot on the stroke of half time that was sent off target, he had a largely anonymous game in the middle, and always looked to be chasing shadows on the pitch. Boateng in particular was too much for him to handle.

  • Cristian Raimondi
    2
    9
    3.00

    Cristian Raimondi

    Got free out wide once or twice and was able to adopt a few dangerous positions that gave the Milan defence food for thought. However, his end product was not up to standard.

  • Germán Denis
    7
    12
    3.00

    Germán Denis

    Twice had chances to put his side ahead but both times was found wanting, as his finishing was no up to scratch. Won a few headers against Milan in long ball situations, but it just was not to be his day.

  • Simone Tiribocchi
    4
    21
    2.50

    Simone Tiribocchi Flop of the Match

    Apart from one or two nifty interchanges with Denis, his task up front was largely a fruitless one. Subbed late on after running out of energy and ideas.

Substitutions

  • Ezequiel Schelotto
    4
    12
    3.00

    Ezequiel Schelotto

    A quiet showing from the winger despite playing much of the second half.

  • Maximiliano Moralez
    5
    10
    2.50

    Maximiliano Moralez

    Had a few chances to go on the run and cause problems, but was mostly kept under wraps by Milan.

  • Alessandro Carrozza
    2
    11

    Alessandro Carrozza

    Did not influence the game much in his time on the field.

Results
 
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