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September 15, 2012 7:45 PM BST
Stadio Giuseppe Meazza — Milano
Referee:‬ D. Orsato‎
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Player Ratings: AC Milan 0-1 Atalanta

Goal.com casts a studious eye over the performers at San Siro as a Cigarini effort condemned the Rossoneri to a second home defeat in the fledgling Serie A season.

By Keeghann Sinanan

  • Christian Abbiati
    47
    32
    3.00

    Christian Abbiati

    A pair of decent stops to halt Atalanta, and could do nothing to stop Cigarini’s strong strike.

  • Francesco Acerbi
    29
    66
    2.00

    Francesco Acerbi

    Good job marking Denis on occasion, but he did have some nervy times when Atalanta broke on the counter and got players forward.

  • Ignazio Abate
    28
    63
    2.00

    Ignazio Abate

    Motored up on the right flank often, but his crossing from out wide was simply not up to the required standard, with Pazzini, in particular dissatisfied with his service. A little trouble in keeping up with Moralez in his own half to boot.

  • Daniele Bonera
    21
    80
    2.50

    Daniele Bonera

    A little lost for positioning whenever Atalanta broke, and was too slow to step out and close down Moralez when the winger cut inside to attack from a central position.

  • Luca Antonini
    28
    78
    3.00

    Luca Antonini

    Got forward often, and once or twice, he was able to overlap and whip in a few decent looking crosses into the area. Solid enough defensively, though he could have done with a bit more help from his teammates.

  • Kevin-Prince Boateng
    35
    69
    2.50

    Kevin-Prince Boateng

    With three midfielders behind him to defend and support, his task was primarily a creative one. He had a handful of moments that threatened to wreak havoc on the Atalanta backline, but ultimately, he lacked the cutting edge needed.

  • Massimo Ambrosini
    46
    57
    3.00

    Massimo Ambrosini

    Though a little legged at times, Ambrosini proved otherwise to be a strong presence in midfield, and was able to break up a number of Atalanta attacks, which sparked his team forward.

  • Urby Emanuelson
    56
    45
    2.50

    Urby Emanuelson

    Perhaps tried to do too much when on the ball, because a slew of good runs into space were often halted by some shoddy decision making.

  • Nigel De Jong
    61
    39
    2.00

    Nigel De Jong

    A fairly quiet start from the normally tenacious midfielder, who understandably still needs to get to grips with his surroundings and his teammates.

  • Giampaolo Pazzini
    37
    91
    1.50

    Giampaolo Pazzini Flop of the Match

    Strikers of his ilk are often helpless once starved of service, and it did not help that Manfredini marked him completely out of the game. A real downer following his Bologna hat trick.

  • Stephan El Shaarawy
    78
    51
    3.00

    Stephan El Shaarawy

    His pace was a troublesome sight for the Atalanta fullbacks at times, and he had a few tries at goal that called Consigli into action. Not always the most intelligent with the ball, however.

Substitutions

  • Antonio Nocerino
    31
    51
    2.50

    Antonio Nocerino

    Got himself into a few decent positions, but one shameful dive put a mark on his display.

  • Bojan Krkic
    38
    49
    2.00

    Bojan Krkic

    One half-volley aside, his cameo was rather uneventful.

  • Andrea Consigli
    22
    3
    3.00

    Andrea Consigli

    A series of solid stops helped his team preserve the result. A figure of calm between the posts.

  • Stefano Lucchini
    18
    4
    3.00

    Stefano Lucchini

    Solid display in the centre of defence, and was happy to mop up any loose balls. Showed proficiency in getting his head on corners to clear.

  • Thomas Manfredini
    25
    2
    3.50

    Thomas Manfredini

    Took Pazzini out of the equation with an exceptional display of man-marking. One last-ditch clearance to deny the striker a surefire tap-in was a particular highlight of an all-action defensive display.

  • Gianpaolo Bellini
    18
    3
    3.00

    Gianpaolo Bellini

    Good play to force El Shaarawy infield on more than one occasion, but he could have done with a bit more help in tracking Atonini on the overlap.

  • Davide Brivio
    18
    3
    3.00

    Davide Brivio

    Tracked infield often to provide an extra body inside the box, and succeeded at making things congested for Milan in the centre.

  • Giacomo Bonaventura
    18
    5
    2.50

    Giacomo Bonaventura

    Worked as hard as anyone in the first half, but definitely tired as the second period wore on, and was replaced in the closing stages.

  • Maximiliano Moralez
    28
    2
    3.50

    Maximiliano Moralez

    A thorn in Milan’s side all game. He was often the one spearheading Atalanta on the counter, and the Rossoneri found it extremely difficult to pick up his runs infield from a wide position.

  • Luca Cigarini
    35
    4
    3.50

    Luca Cigarini

    His goal, a strong low strike into the corner, was taken excellently. His workrate throughout the match was also extremely commendable, a compliment that could be extended to most of the team.

  • Cristian Raimondi
    17
    2
    3.00

    Cristian Raimondi

    Very eager to close down Milan whenever they entered his half of the field. His effort cannot be faulted, but his work on the ball left a bit to be desired, particularly his crossing.

  • Davide Biondini
    18
    3
    3.00

    Davide Biondini

    Good work in forcing Boateng wide on a multitude of occasions, and was also quick to get forward on the counter to provide support.

  • Germán Denis
    52
    7
    4.00

    Germán Denis Top of the Match

    Proved a real handful for the Milan defence. His link up play was absolutely superb, and his ability to hold up the ball allowed his team to flow forward on the counter attack. One such sequence set up Cigarini for the winner.

Substitutions

  • Michele Ferri
    19
    4
    3.00

    Michele Ferri

    Solid in his cameo off the bench.

  • Giuseppe De Luca
    20
    6
    3.00

    Giuseppe De Luca

    Helped relieve pressure on the Atalanta goal in the closing stages.

Results
 
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