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3 vs 2
Played
October 20, 2012 7:45 PM BST
Stadio Olimpico — Roma
Referee:‬ P. Tagliavento‎
Attendance:‬ 45000‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Lazio 3-2 AC Milan

Goal.com evaluates the performances of everyone involved at the Stadio Olimpico, after a game in which the Rossoneri came close to pulling off a stunning comeback

By Mark Doyle

  • Albano Bizzarri
    55
    23
    3.00

    Albano Bizzarri

    Was grateful to Dias for clearing off the line after being nutmegged by a shot from El Shaarawy, and was then lucky that no Milan player was on hand to head home after he failed horribly to claim a corner from the left. In fairness, though, there was little he could do about either of Milan's goals.

  • Andrè Dias
    82
    9
    4.00

    Andrè Dias

    Saw yellow for stupidly going through Nocerino in Milan territory but it was he who was on hand to clear the danger when Pazzini got in behind the Lazio defence 20 minutes in. Came to Lazio's rescue again soon after when he superbly threw himself in the way of El Shaarawy's goalbound effort and celebrated preventing a goal as if he had scored one.

  • Giuseppe Biava
    59
    11
    3.50

    Giuseppe Biava

    Did not catch the eye as much as Dias but Biava turned in a pretty commanding performance at the heart of the Biancocelesti defence.

  • Abdoulay Konko
    54
    18
    3.00

    Abdoulay Konko

    Looked uncomfortable in possession at times, while the less said about his attempt from distance 15 minutes in the better. From a defensive perspective, though, he didn't do much wrong.

  • Stefano Mauri
    53
    15
    3.00

    Stefano Mauri

    Ultimately ran out of steam but was always looking to get involved and pick a pass with that cultured left foot of his, while he also called Amelia into action with a first-half header - albeit a weak one. Rewarded for his endeavour with an assist for Hernanes.

  • Hernanes
    162
    8
    4.50

    Hernanes

    With his silky touch and quick feet, he looked the man most likely to make something happen from very early on so it was no surprise that he broke the deadlock - albeit with a little help from Bonera.

  • Alvaro Gonzalez
    65
    14
    3.50

    Alvaro Gonzalez

    Full of energy, as demonstrated by the way in which he earned his side a throw in an attacking area after putting Amelia under pressure in the Milan goal.

  • Senad Lulic
    114
    10
    3.50

    Senad Lulic

    More than willing to take up advanced positions, but his delivery was pretty dreadful. Even worse, he twice gave the ball away in his own half during the opening quarter. However, from a defensive perspective, he excelled.

  • Cristian Ledesma
    78
    8
    3.50

    Cristian Ledesma

    An industrious presence in the middle of the park, Ledesma put in sliding tackles here, there and everywhere, which prevented Milan from attaining any sort of fluidity in their play.

  • Antonio Candreva
    179
    11
    4.50

    Antonio Candreva Top of the Match

    Looked dangerous every single time he got a chance to run at players, as evidenced by the way in which he drew the foul that led to Nocerino going into the ref's notebook early on. However, the best was yet to come, with the former Udinese man doubling his side's lead with a wonderful long-range effort that moved all over the place in the air. Then threw in an assist for good measure, teeing up Klose with a measured ball from the right wing.

  • Miroslav Klose
    218
    11
    3.50

    Miroslav Klose

    Was given very little room in which to manoeuvre by Bonera and Yepes in the first half, regularly being outjumped in the air or just sent crashing to the floor as soon as the ball reached him. However, he simply bided his time and when his opportunity came, he took it with aplomb, coolly volleying home a cross from Candreva. On the down side, lost De Jong for Milan's first goal.

Substitutions

  • Luis Cavanda
    41
    31
    3.00

    Luis Cavanda

    Came on for Mauri 15 minutes into the second half but did not play with the same purpose as the man he had replaced.

  • Lorik Cana
    80
    20
    2.50

    Lorik Cana

    Replaced Gonzalez midway through the second half but failed to really influence the game.

  • Cristian Brocchi
    48
    17
    3.00

    Cristian Brocchi

    Saw seven minutes of action at the end after taking over from Candreva.

  • Marco Amelia
    20
    185
    2.00

    Marco Amelia

    Stood in for the absent Abbiati, and must have wished he hadn't. Cruelly stranded on the edge of the six-yard box by Hernanes' deflected effort before then being left utterly bewitched by Candreva's swerving drive and absolutely exposed for Lazio's third.

  • Ignazio Abate
    54
    139
    3.00

    Ignazio Abate

    Did his best to get forward down the right-hand side but never managed to pick anyone out in the area. Criminally, he went completely AWOL for Klose's volley early in the second half.

  • Daniele Bonera
    14
    226
    2.50

    Daniele Bonera

    Was turned one way, and then the other by Hernanes in the lead-up to the goal, before then inadvertently deflecting the ball into his own net as he attempted to block the Brazilian's strike. Also didn't know whether he was coming or going when Klose made it 3-0. A dreadful evening for the centre-half.

  • Mario Yepes
    74
    127
    3.00

    Mario Yepes

    Very dominant in the air and made sure to let Klose know he was there as often as possible. However, this overly aggressive approach also earned him a booking for going through the German shortly before the interval.

  • Luca Antonini
    51
    141
    3.50

    Luca Antonini

    Did well in difficult circumstances. Should have been given greater help in trying to shut down Candreva. At the other end, he put over one wonderful cross into that corridor of uncertainty just over half an hour in but offered little going forward overall, so preoccupied was he with trying to contain Candreva.

  • Antonio Nocerino
    26
    164
    2.00

    Antonio Nocerino

    A real mixed bag from the midfielder. Twice miscontrolled the ball during the first half, as well as picking up a needless yellow for a clumsy foul on Candreva right on the touch-line. However, also played a couple of defence-splitting passes, one of which El Shaarawy so nearly converted.

  • Kevin-Prince Boateng
    35
    260
    1.50

    Kevin-Prince Boateng Flop of the Match

    Continues to flatter to deceive this season. Kicked the ball straight out of play with virtually his first touch and then pretty much faded into obscurity before being replaced at the break. During these dark days, Milan really could do with Boateng back at his best.

  • Riccardo Montolivo
    217
    32
    3.50

    Riccardo Montolivo

    Swung over a couple of decent set-pieces and difficult to fault him for effort - unlike some of his colleagues - but the former Fiorentina schemer was unable to influence the game to any great degree.

  • Nigel De Jong
    203
    37
    3.00

    Nigel De Jong

    Had an early sight of goal but dragged his shot well wide but did get on the scoresheet on the hour mark when he did well to get his toe on Emanuelson's free kick. One of the few players clad in red in black that can say he did his job - breaking up play and distributing the ball swiftly - fairly adequately.

  • Giampaolo Pazzini
    34
    178
    2.50

    Giampaolo Pazzini

    Held the ball up well and made a couple of well-timed runs in behind the Lazio backline. However, for the most part, he was starved of possession and an awkward header that Bizzarri easily managed to tip over was the best he could muster.

  • Stephan El Shaarawy
    333
    31
    4.00

    Stephan El Shaarawy

    His touch was a little off in the early exchanges but caused problems every time Milan managed to get the ball to him, with his well-taken goal a fine case in point. It was a thoroughly deserved goal for the forward as he had been desperately unfortunate not to score in the first half after firing the ball through the legs of Bizzarri.

Substitutions

  • Urby Emanuelson
    226
    35
    3.50

    Urby Emanuelson

    Came on for the listless Boateng at the break and offered Milan far more attacking endeavour. Indeed, he'd already produced one decent cross for Pazzini when he whipped over a low ball that De Jong toed home.

  • Alexandre Pato
    266
    48
    3.50

    Alexandre Pato

    Replaced Nocerino six minutes into the second half and his return seemed to lift the Rossoneri, even if he never came close to scoring himself.

  • Bojan Krkic
    61
    145

    Bojan Krkic

    Sent on in the closing stages as Milan went in search of an equaliser but he was unable to come to his side's rescue.

Results
 
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