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November 25, 2012 7:45 PM GMT
Stadio Giuseppe Meazza — Milano
Referee:‬ N. Rizzoli‎
Attendance:‬ 77063‎
 
31′ (PG) Robinho
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: AC Milan 1-0 Juventus

Goal.com was on hand to cast a critical eye over events at San Siro as Robinho's successful penalty condemned the Bianconeri to their second defeat of the Serie A season

By Keeghann Sinanan

  • Marco Amelia
    386
    41
    3.50

    Marco Amelia

    Rarely given anything to think about by the Juve attack as he spent the majority of his time as a spectator, but kept his concentration to make two key saves late in the game.

  • Mattia De Sciglio
    643
    30
    3.50

    Mattia De Sciglio

    Very ambitious early on as he forced two shots during the opening exchanges, one of which tested Buffon in the Juve goal. Settled down shortly after into his defensive duties admirably, but still had an eye for getting forward and supporting the attack.

  • Philippe Mexes
    520
    37
    3.50

    Philippe Mexes

    Solid and unflappable at the back, as he was more than a match for whatever Juve could throw his way. Especially notable in the latter stages when he made a series of last-ditch defensive plays.

  • Kevin Constant
    586
    45
    4.00

    Kevin Constant

    Put in a good shift defensively on the left flank, where he did not allow many Juventus attacks to get past him. Preferred to sit deep and lock down his side, rather than venture forward and risk surrendering his defensive position.

  • Mario Yepes
    439
    51
    3.50

    Mario Yepes

    Stepped out of defence to make some timely interceptions, and take full advantage of Juve's lack of cohesion in the attacking third. Rarely made any mistakes throughout in what was a very dependable performance.

  • Antonio Nocerino
    393
    72
    3.00

    Antonio Nocerino

    Decent enough in the middle of the park, proving a willing runner, despite his eagerness getting the better of him when giving away some cheap fouls. Did well to force Isla into conceding a penalty with a determined run into the area from a deep position.

  • Kevin-Prince Boateng
    291
    176
    3.00

    Kevin-Prince Boateng

    Not decisive enough in attack on a few Milan possessions, and eventually settled into a less ambitious role, allowing the likes of Robinho and El Shaarawy to do the running at the defence.

  • Riccardo Montolivo
    603
    37
    3.50

    Riccardo Montolivo

    Very intelligent in possession, as he always seemed to pick out the most effectively placed player when Milan looked to attack. Held his position well in the middle of the park, and made a few good tackles. Outdid Pirlo at his own game on the night.

  • Nigel De Jong
    476
    46
    3.50

    Nigel De Jong

    Protected the defence effectively, as he was relentless in patrolling the space in front of his own penalty area. Often slowed down Juve when they attacked through the centre, and such was his success at forcing congestion in the middle, that the visitors were often forced to lesser options out wide.

  • Robinho
    499
    75
    4.00

    Robinho

    His movement and willingness to work the channels of space afforded to him by Juventus' three-man back-line was a key factor in the way Milan approached their offensive operations. A consistent threat, and did just enough to convert a first-half penalty to give his side the lead.

  • Stephan El Shaarawy
    730
    75
    4.00

    Stephan El Shaarawy Top of the Match

    A danger whenever he broke with the ball, and even as Milan settled into a defensive set up during the second half, he still harboured a threat on the counter with his pace.

Substitutions

  • Cristian Zapata
    325
    46

    Cristian Zapata

    An extra body in defence; made one or two interceptions.

  • Mathieu Flamini
    258
    81

    Mathieu Flamini

    Solidified the midfield in the closing stages.

  • Giampaolo Pazzini
    265
    120

    Giampaolo Pazzini

    Not much for him to feed off in attack, as defence was firmly on the agenda by the time he took the field.

  • Gianluigi Buffon
    139
    133
    3.00

    Gianluigi Buffon

    Probably disappointed in himself that he let Robinho's penalty in as he did get a strong hand to the attempt. One horrible pass in the second half nearly cost his team dearly, but for the alertness of Andrea Barzagli.

  • Martín Cáceres
    76
    155
    2.50

    Martín Cáceres

    Given a few problems by the movement of Robinho, and struggled to contain the Brazilian when he attacked. Too often appeared isolated on the left side of defence, and could have done with more cover.

  • Andrea Barzagli
    112
    136
    3.00

    Andrea Barzagli

    Gave away a careless foul at the edge of his area on El Shaarawy, but otherwise kept his concentration well to make some good defensive plays, particularly a superb sliding challenge to extinguish a potentially suicidal pass out from Buffon.

  • Leonardo Bonucci
    87
    155
    3.00

    Leonardo Bonucci

    Did what was required of him with little fuss, and though he seemed stretched on a few counterattacks, he did not do a whole lot wrong. Picked up a yellow card for a careless foul.

  • Claudio Marchisio
    69
    179
    2.50

    Claudio Marchisio

    Frustrating game for the normally energetic midfielder, who failed to get much change from the determined ranks of Milan. As frustrated as the rest of his team.

  • Andrea Pirlo
    134
    163
    2.50

    Andrea Pirlo

    With the players in front of him well marshalled by the Milan midfield and defence, Pirlo's influence was rather limited as his passing could not have the desired effect.

  • Kwadwo Asamoah
    89
    168
    3.00

    Kwadwo Asamoah

    Huffed and puffed out on the left, but often found himself isolated as Juve seemed unsure of their route forward in attack. One or two good cross-field balls was about the best he could offer in the first half, and he was taken off in the second after struggling to better De Sciglio.

  • Arturo Vidal
    74
    185
    2.00

    Arturo Vidal

    Far more effective in the second half than in the first, as he found a lot of joy slipping into unmanned positions on the right flank, and giving the Juve attack an extra dimension of width.

  • Mauricio Isla
    66
    296
    1.50

    Mauricio Isla Flop of the Match

    Tasked with providing his side some width on the right flank, but far too often, his final ball into the area was lacking the desired quality. A bit unlucky to concede a somewhat soft penalty for a handball, but he was careless to leave his arm up during the play. Taken off at half time.

  • Mirko Vučinić
    48
    209
    2.50

    Mirko Vučinić

    Rather forgettable in the first half as he was decidedly out of sync when on the ball. A little more effective after the break when allowed to run at the defence, but still could not conjure up many meaningful moments.

  • Fabio Quagliarella
    52
    186
    2.50

    Fabio Quagliarella

    Snatched at the pair of half-chances that fell his way in the first half, and failed to really trouble Abbiati. Though his link up play was decent, too often, it led to nothing of note for the Bianconeri.

Substitutions

  • Simone Padoin
    98
    140
    3.00

    Simone Padoin

    Offered far more than Isla on the right flank, and threatened the Milan defence with a few good deliveries into the area. A positive substitution for the visitors.

  • Sebastian Giovinco
    109
    147
    2.50

    Sebastian Giovinco

    Sparked a Juve improvement shortly after his introduction with a few good set-ups in attack, but could not sustain it and faded.

Results
 
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Striker
Torino
20 0
Luca Toni Luca Toni
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Hellas Verona
18 2
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Juventus
18 1
Gonzalo Higuaín Gonzalo Higuaín
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Napoli
17 5
Rodrigo Palacio Rodrigo Palacio
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Inter
15 0