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November 11, 2012 2:00 PM GMT
Stadio Giuseppe Meazza — Milano
Referee:‬ A. Romeo‎
Attendance:‬ 38625‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: AC Milan 1-3 Fiorentina

Alberto Aquilani came back to haunt his old club, who looked toothless in attack and unsteady in defence as the Viola earned a well-deserved victory at San Siro

By Joe Wright

  • Christian Abbiati
    35
    88
    3.00

    Christian Abbiati

    Helpless against Aquilani's close-range finish and could do nothing to stop Borja Valero once he had got beyond Mexes. Made a routine stop from Cuadrado and blocked Cassani's effort, but was powerless to stop El Hamdaoui's superb curler.

  • Mattia De Sciglio
    98
    50
    3.00

    Mattia De Sciglio

    Got forward regularly and provided one or two telling crosses, but rarely looked 100 per cent convincing as part of a defensive unit for the hosts.

  • Philippe Mexes
    34
    152
    2.00

    Philippe Mexes

    Failed to prevent Cuadrado's throw from reaching Aquilani for the opening goal and offered the tamest of challenges to stop Borja Valero for the second. However, his outrageous backheeled effort fell kindly for Pazzini to tap home,

  • Kevin Constant
    68
    85
    2.50

    Kevin Constant

    Rather faded into the turf at San Siro as he failed to make an impact against a well-organised and hard-working Fiorentina outfit.

  • Daniele Bonera
    16
    164
    2.50

    Daniele Bonera

    Struggled early on, failing to stop Ljajic finding Aquilani for Fiorentina's opener before being booked for going through the back of Toni. An uncomfortable afternoon all told.

  • Kevin-Prince Boateng
    31
    170
    2.00

    Kevin-Prince Boateng

    Struggled to find any space in the first half to influence the attack. Steered a header just wide shortly after the break and fired wide from distance once or twice, but was frustrated in his efforts by the work of Pizarro and Aquilani.

  • Riccardo Montolivo
    109
    55
    2.50

    Riccardo Montolivo

    Dragged a low effort wide after 20 minutes, and allowed Borja Valero to get beyond him far too easily for the Spaniard's goal to compound his poor first half. Failed to impact the game much more in the second.

  • Massimo Ambrosini
    38
    114
    2.50

    Massimo Ambrosini

    Comprehensively beaten in the midfield battle by Pizarro and Aquilani in the first half, the captain had more of an influence in the second was frequently outnumbered at the heart of the pitch. Replaced by Robinho as Milan went for broke.

  • Urby Emanuelson
    38
    109
    2.50

    Urby Emanuelson

    Industrious down the right flank, but his final ball was too inconsistent to provide much threat to the visitors' backline. Replaced by Bojan Krkic at half-time.

  • Alexandre Pato
    55
    191
    1.00

    Alexandre Pato Flop of the Match

    Blazed a spot-kick over the bar just moments before Borja Valero made it 2-0. Was unable to link up with El Shaarawy and Boateng, and cut a continued frustrated figure up front. Hauled off for Pazzini at half-time.

  • Stephan El Shaarawy
    135
    48
    2.50

    Stephan El Shaarawy

    Lively movement in the first half but too often guilty of losing possession in promising areas. Provided the cross which led to Pazzini's goal

Substitutions

  • Robinho
    46
    104
    2.50

    Robinho

    Came on for Ambrosini as Milan went for broke but was unable to salvage anything for his side.

  • Giampaolo Pazzini
    123
    50
    3.50

    Giampaolo Pazzini

    Missed a good chance when he failed to meet a cross but was alert to tap home Mexes' effort which hit the post to put his side back in the game.

  • Bojan Krkic
    138
    40
    3.00

    Bojan Krkic

    Replaced Emanuelson but failed to influence the game, and was largely starved of service throughout the second half.

  • Emiliano Viviano
    54
    10
    3.00

    Emiliano Viviano

    Practically untested in the first half. Could do nothing to stop Pazzini slotting home after Mexes hit the post, but was otherwise given a quiet afternoon at San Siro.

  • Gonzalo Rodríguez
    62
    10
    4.00

    Gonzalo Rodríguez

    The Argentine performed well alongside Roncaglia, dealing with most of Milan's crossing and forcing them into efforts from distance.

  • Facundo Roncaglia
    48
    14
    3.00

    Facundo Roncaglia

    Booked for a clumsy challenge on Pato, giving away the penalty which the Brazilian fired over the bar. Aside from that, he was generally accomplished when dealing with a number of Milan crosses,

  • Stefan Savic
    72
    11
    4.00

    Stefan Savic

    Worked extremely hard alongside Roncaglia to deny service to the hosts' front men. Solid as a rock all afternoon.

  • Manuel Pasqual
    39
    12
    3.00

    Manuel Pasqual

    Full of energy early on down the right, tracking the runs of El Shaarawy whilst pushing forward with aplomb. A tireless display.

  • David Pizarro
    67
    9
    3.50

    David Pizarro

    Forced to walk a tightrope after picking up a soft booking for a tug on Ambrosini, but was superb in the first half, using the ball well whilst harrying the hosts' midfield and made a crucial block on Boateng shortly before the break.

  • Alberto Aquilani
    87
    10
    4.00

    Alberto Aquilani

    Given the freedom of penalty area to stroke his side into the lead when completely unmarked from a throw-in, silencing the crowd at his old home. Shielded the defence well alongside Pizarro, and was replaced by Matias Fernandez as he began to tire.

  • Juan Cuadrado
    83
    10
    4.00

    Juan Cuadrado

    A threat down the wing, he provided the throw-in which led to the first goal and caused De Sciglio and Co. some problems throughout the match. Always a useful outlet for the visitors.

  • Borja Valero
    111
    8
    4.00

    Borja Valero Top of the Match

    Bundled past the wafer-thin challenge from Mexes before slotting low past Abbiati to put his side 2-0 up shortly before the break, and burst forward to tee up El Hamdaoui for the clincher. An energetic and intelligent display.

  • Adem Ljajic
    53
    24
    2.50

    Adem Ljajic

    Did well to turn Cuadrado's throw in to the path of the arriving Aquilani. Lively off the ball and held up the play well, allowing his side to relieve the pressure when Milan were chasing the game. Taken off for El Hamdaoui shortly before the hour mark.

  • Luca Toni
    67
    14
    3.00

    Luca Toni

    Chances were few and far between for the veteran for the most part, but his strength against Mexes and Bonera was impressive as he held the ball up well for the visitors. Replaced by Cassani for the final quarter of an hour.

Substitutions

  • Mattia Cassani
    49
    12
    3.00

    Mattia Cassani

    Spurned one excellent chance late on when Abbiati saved from point-blank range, but it mattered little in the end as El Hamdaoui struck a minute later.

  • Mati Fernández
    59
    9
    3.00

    Mati Fernández

    Replaced Aquilani for the final half-hour. Came close with a dipping free kick from distance, and fired just wide following a mix-up at a corner kick.

  • Mounir El Hamdaoui
    94
    7
    3.50

    Mounir El Hamdaoui

    Replaced Ljajic after 55 minutes, and worked hard to put pressure on a shaky backline. Curled a delightful third for his side from 20 yards in the closing minutes, leaving Abbiati no chance.

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