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Serie A

  • November 3, 2012
  • • 17:00
  • • Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milano
  • Referee: P. Giacomelli
  • • Attendance: 49000

Live Commentary

  • FIVE!!!!! What a way to cap a maestro performance from Milan as Adriano Galliani is jubilant! El Shaarawy breaks down the left and crosses in for Pazzini to tap home! 5-1 and we're out. I've been Livio Caferoglu and you've been amazing as ever. Good night!
  • 90' + 2'
    Assist Stephan El Shaarawy
  • 90' + 2'
    Goal Giampaolo Pazzini
  • 90' + 2'
    Zapata is alert to a long ball, which threatens to creep into Stoian's path.
  • 90'
    Three minutes of stoppage time will be played.
  • 89'
    Bojan's movement was highlighed by his coach before the game and it has been a real standout tonight. He makes a diagonal run into the box, where he collects Pazzini's swivel and pass, and side-foots a shot into Sorrentino's legs!
  • 88'
    De Sciglio looks to make an instant impact down the right as Abate's replacement, but his endeavour takes him all the way into Sorrentino's hands.
  • 86'
    SubstitutionIgnazio Abate Mattia De Sciglio
  • 86'
    Two quick-fire chances see Constant jink his way past Frey, despite starting as a left-back, and Boateng fires a shot high over the net.
  • 85'
    Chievo grind out a surprise attack, led by Thereau, but the move eventually breaks down, as Milan prepare a substitution.
  • 82'
    ALMOST!!! El Shaarawy, again the catalyst, clips an inch-perfect ball onto the run of Boateng, but the Ghanaian's first-time effort creeps just over the crossbar!
  • 79'
    10 or so minutes left at San Siro and Boateng complains about a clash of heads with Hetemaj. The free kick is given, and Milan are more than happy to pass the ball around with a natural ease.
  • 77'
    Well, well, well! My pre-match prediction of 2-0 is vindicated to an extent, but admittedly I did not expect Allegri's experimentation of a four-man attack to work such wonders! Kudos to the coach from me.
  • 76'
    SubstitutionRiccardo Montolivo Nigel De Jong
  • 75'
    Assist Ignazio Abate
  • 75'
    Goal Stephan El Shaarawy
    EL SHAARAWYYYYYYYYYY!!!! It was coming. Abate works his way into the box and drills in a cross that evades the entire Chievo defence, handing the forward the simple opportunity of a tap-in. It's his eighth of the season and Milan's dominant rule over the Bentegodi outfit continues!
  • 73'
    @Raybenzinoo, meanwhile, is just happy with the (likely) three points: "Just want the winning Milan back... Forza Milan."
  • 72'
    SubstitutionSergio Pellissier David Di Michele
  • 72'
    NOT AGAIN... ! Milan are beginning to miss a truck load of chances now as Pazzini is the guilty party once more, failing to guide home a low cross that drops to him in front of goal
  • 71'
    Corini isn't afraid to stamp his authority on his Chievo side as he replaces captain Pellissier with former West Ham and Lecce ace David Di Michele. It's another throw of the dice for the visitors!
  • 70'
    El Shaarawy cannot quite believe it! Constant, who is quickly making a name for himself in this contest, drills a low ball across goal, and the Italo-Egyptian miskicks from the D!
  • 68'
    SubstitutionUrby Emanuelson Kevin-Prince Boateng
  • 68'
    The man of the match, in this writer's humble opinion, is replaced by Kevin Prince-Boateng. Can he mark his comeback in style?
  • 67'
    Constant AGAIN is in the thick of the action, as he leaves Frey for dead before whipping up a tantalising low cross which Pazzini cannot quite connect with.
  • 65'
    Actually, it was a handball from the Guinean - hence the forward's anger! At the other end, El Shaarawy feeds Pazzini on the edge of the box, but the hitman can only fire blanks.
  • 63'
    Thereau looks furious as the linesman awards a goal kick against him, despite Constant looking to have got the final touch. They're lacking that rub of the green!
  • 62'
    Right, play is resumed and here's a good time for some opinion! @tyanzy on Twitter wants more from Milan, as he quips: "This game is really good for our record but we still lack that champion instinct.. Forza Milan."
  • 60'
    SubstitutionBoukary Dramé Adrian Stoian
  • 59'
    Drame remains down and only now is he carried onto a stretcher with his replacement waiting in the wings in the form of Adrian Stoian. Get well soon, Boukary!
  • 57'
    That looked PAINFUL! Abate rockets a cross onto the back of Drame's flailing head. The full-back is staying down, with all of the medics on the pitch. A substitution must be made now, much to Corini's worry as he gazes on.
  • 56'
    The Brazilian veteran is surprisingly replaced, although his legs may have gone in the eyes of his boss! Can goalscoring midfielder Rigoni pull one back for the away side?
  • 55'
    SubstitutionLuciano Marco Rigoni
  • 55'
    Yellow Card Roberto Guana
  • 55'
    Guana is shown the yellow card, and rightly so, for hauling down Bojan in the final third after the forward received a clever backheel from El Shaarawy.
  • 53'
    Constant is working undeniably hard down the left flank and wins a corner off of Frey. Prior to that, Thereau is frustrated as Mexes appears to clip him in the box. Nothing given!
  • 51'
    Luciano gets stuck in to his credit, but probably a little too much as he leaves a trailing leg into Montolivo. The free kick is bobbled around the Chievo half and goes over the touchline.
  • 50'
    Luciano wastes an opportunity to create something as his lobbed through ball blazes over the bar. Chievo need the Brazilian's influence not to wane if they are to stage a comeback!
  • 48'
    Again the hosts look dangerous, as Emanuelson whips in a curling ball which just brushes off the head of Pazzini and rolls out for another throw.
  • 46'
    Milan break from a Chievo free kick, and it ends up with Hetemaj putting the ball out for a throw-in near the corner flag. Sorrentino eventually gathers, however, and danger is averted.
  • 45'
    Thanks for your input guys and gals, we're back on for the second half!
  • Similarly for Chievo, they too keep the status quo: Sorrentino; Frey, Andreolli, Dainelli, Papp, Drame; Luciano, Guana, Hetemaj; Thereau, Pellissier.
  • Second-half team news is here! Milan remain unchanged: Abbiati; Abate, Mexes, Zapata, Constant; Montolivo, Ambrosini; Emanuelson, Bojan, El Shaarawy; Pazzini.
  • @pratik_gupte is understandably delighted with the current scoreline and insists Milan must give Allegri time to rebuild the squad: "3-1 :D never doubted Allegri. If we cannot give him money let's at least give him time. #forzamilan."
  • Frey tries to go for the spectacular but can only aim wide of the post as Milan go into the break 3-1 up over Chievo. Now's the time to send me all of your in-game tweets. Hit me up at @livmc and the best ones will be posted in our coverage this evening!
  • 45'
    One minute of injury time to be played here at San Siro.
  • 44'
    Nearly four!!! El Shaarawy finds himself in the box with the ball at feet, but he can only hammer at a yellow-green strip! The corner amounts to nothing.
  • 43'
    Another goal of the finest quality from Milan. On this half of football's evidence, they seem to be a team with a lot of attacking potential!
  • 41'
    Assist Urby Emanuelson
  • 41'
    Goal Bojan Krkic
    Uno, due... TRE!!!!!! It's three for Milan now and it's a first goal for Bojan, who picks the ball up central to goal and steers home, into the bottom right corner. Milan are most definitely back on top!
  • 40'
    Turns out Mexes actually handballed while trying to clear his lines in that phase of play. Moving on, Chievo appear to be away in the clear, but Thereau cannot beat Abbiati from a tight angle!
  • 38'
    Milan boss Allegri will be mightily pleased to have seen his team regain their advantage, although a slight misjudgement from Mexes forces Abbiati to come off his line again and collect a loose ball.
  • 36'
    Assist Urby Emanuelson
  • 36'
    Goal Riccardo Montolivo
    BELLISSIMOOO!!!!!!! That was a beautiful goal from start to finish! El Shaarawy belts down the left flank, before finding Montolivo through the middle. The play then gets spread onto the flanks via Bojan, and the forward cuts back for the ex-Fiorentina ace to slam home low and hard!
  • 34'
    The game is beginning to open up as neither midfield can gain a foothold at the moment! Papp tussles with Pazzini from a long ball, but Chievo hit back straight away and Thereau drills a shot that Abbiati must touch out!
  • 33'
    Chievo win another corner down the left and come close again from a set-piece situation, as Luciano curls in a floated attempt and requires Abbiati to make his presence known with an authoritative grasp!
  • 31'
    It's Hetemaj's turn to make a foray forward, and he blasts an attempt just wide! Milan's defence failed to sufficiently close him down there, despite two players in the picture.
  • 30'
    Bojan has done well in fits and spurts, and his low centre of gravity allows him to glide past Drame, although the Senegalese's dangling legs catch him. The resulting free kick is forgettable, however.
  • 29'
    Their mojo may be coming back after all, and its being led by Emanuelson! The flying Dutchman, so to speak, ghosts into the box and forces a corner!
  • 28'
    The visitors' midfield is holding up remarkably well. Corini's decision to field three tough-tackling central players is restricting the likes of Montolivo to have a telling impact. Mexes is trying his best to venture forward now!
  • 26'
    Abate hugs the touchline and races forward, but he drags his cross-cum-shot wide. I'm puzzled myself as to what the right-back was thinking!
  • 25'
    The spark seems to have died from Milan, as a teasing cross forces Abbiati into coming out and collecting ahead of the threat of Pellissier!
  • 23'
    Ambrosini needs to be careful or he risks facing the wrath of the referee! Another mistimed tackle into the back of Luciano gives Chievo a free kick, but it's wasted.
  • 21'
    Chievo, meanwhile, appear to have a spring in their step for the first time in this contest! Montolivo is refusing to back down in the face of adversity and tries to force a backheel through down the right. They need some kind of inspiration!
  • 20'
    Milan are stunned and they don't quite know what's hit them! Ambrosini fouls Hetemaj out of frustration near the centre circle after losing possession.
  • 18'
    Assist Luciano
  • 18'
    Goal Sergio Pellissier
    WHAT A RESPONSE!!!! Would you believe it Rossoneri fans? A corner is floated in and Pellissier beats his marker in the air and nods the ball across Abbiati! Third of the season for the legendary Flying Donkey.
  • 16'
    Goal Urby Emanuelson
    GOOOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLL!!!! A deserved opener for the home side and its Emanuelson who nets his first Serie A goal of the season! A diagonal ball drops to the Dutchman near the box on the volley and it arrows into the bottom left corner, albeit aided by a deflection!
  • 15'
    Milan have taken control of this match now and are allowed to freely spread the ball in their own half, with just Pellissier chasing any lost causes for Chievo.
  • 14'
    Worrying signs for Milan, as Constant stays down following a 50-50 challenge with Roberto Guana. He gets back on his feet eventually, however!
  • 13'
    El Shaarawy advances near goal again and fires a low shot, which Sorrentino does well to go down and gather.
  • 10'
    OOOH! Pazzini stands behind a free kick, which is well within range, and powers a curling effort just wide of the left-hand post!
  • 7'
    Chievo are struggling to make any sort of headway so far. It's been a high-tempo start from Milan, who have shown a case for development recently. Their front four always look like causing danger when on the ball!
  • 6'
    Promising football again from Milan as El Shaarawy charges forward with his head up and finds Pazzini to his right, central to goal, but the striker shoots aimlessly over.
  • 5'
    Yellow Card Boukary Dramé
  • 5'
    Awful attempt from Emanuelson! The ball is skied hopelessly over the bar and Chievo take the goal kick.
  • 4'
    Constant does well to push on down the left-hand side and the ball switches to the opposing flank. Abate wins another free kick following Drame's handball on his chipped pass.
  • 3'
    That was well worked in the end! Bojan fizzes a low ball across goal and Pazzini gets the final touch, but it goes wide of Stefano Sorrentino's net.
  • 3'
    That was well worked in the end! Bojan fizzes a low ball across goal and Pazzini gets the final touch, but it goes wide of Stefano Sorrentino's net.
  • 2'
    The first foul sees Hetemaj bring down an onrushing Abate. Free kick to the right of goal, but it's taken short.
  • 1'
    Piero Giacomelli blows his whistle and Milan get the game under way, with the home side going from left-to-right!