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4 vs 2
Played
April 28, 2013 7:45 PM BST
Stadio Giuseppe Meazza — Milano
Referee:‬ D. Massa‎
Attendance:‬ 36335‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: AC Milan 4-2 Catania

Goal.com takes a look at the performances from every player as Milan keep Champions League hopes alive by coming from behind to beat Catania at San Siro.

By Harry Slavin

  • Marco Amelia
    52
    69
    3.00

    Marco Amelia

    Nothing the Milan keeper could do about the two goals in a game in which he otherwise had very little to do. Couldn't get near the headed opener and was outfoxed by Bergessio's clever dink.

  • Mattia De Sciglio
    140
    19
    2.50

    Mattia De Sciglio

    Booked in the opening 10 minutes for a scything tackle on the Catania captain Izco. Did well to get beyond El Shaarawy a couple of times but didn't have his finest game.

  • Philippe Mexes
    147
    13
    3.00

    Philippe Mexes

    Did not have to much to do in defence apart from anticipate counterattacks from the opposition. Found himself in the opposing half for chunks of the second period, causing problems in the air.

  • Ignazio Abate
    134
    41
    3.50

    Ignazio Abate

    Marauded down the right side constantly for the first half, playing a big part in Milan's equaliser and unperturbed by Bergessio's attempts to amputate him. Another strong performances from one of the game's up and coming fullbacks.

  • Daniele Bonera
    49
    124
    3.00

    Daniele Bonera

    Like Mexes, Bonera didn't have too much to deal with at centre-back this evening as Milan did the bast majority of the pressing.

  • Antonio Nocerino
    62
    134
    2.00

    Antonio Nocerino Flop of the Match

    For a player who has shown his frustration at the lack of first team opportunites, Nocerino did not make the most of his chance tonight, substituted after a fairly lacklustre display.

  • Kevin-Prince Boateng
    183
    16
    3.50

    Kevin-Prince Boateng

    Smashed the crossbar with an effort in the first half and wasted a good heading opportunity as well. Good awareness to set up Flamini for the equaliser.

  • Mathieu Flamini
    201
    12
    4.00

    Mathieu Flamini

    Was getting increasingly exacerbated as the first half wore on by some of the chances he and his team were missing and the relief was evident in the celebration of his well-taken goal.

  • Riccardo Montolivo
    157
    19
    3.00

    Riccardo Montolivo

    Had an early crack at goal but apart from that, the Milan midfielder was kept largely quiet along with Nocerino.

  • Mario Balotelli
    244
    8
    3.50

    Mario Balotelli

    He was always going to figure on his comeback and threatened from the early stages. Denied only by a stunning save from Frison in the opening half. Finally got his goal late on thanks to a stoppage-time penalty.

  • Stephan El Shaarawy
    174
    40
    2.50

    Stephan El Shaarawy

    Has struggled for form recently after such an impressive start to the season and failed to get in on the act in the opening half of tormenting the Catania back line. Was substituted after wasting a couple of good chances to score his first goal since February.

Substitutions

  • Sulley Muntari
    140
    14
    3.00

    Sulley Muntari

    Came on late and helped Balotelli win the penalty by teeing him up.

  • Giampaolo Pazzini
    289
    6
    4.00

    Giampaolo Pazzini Top of the Match

    Turned the game on its head with two goals in two minutes, showing a real knack for being in the right place at the right time.

  • M'Baye Niang
    116
    22
    3.00

    M'Baye Niang

    Came on too late to make any real contribution.

  • Alberto Frison
    52
    9
    4.00

    Alberto Frison

    Absurdly booked for time-wasting in the first half but made up for it with a couple of smart stops, most notably from Balotelli's free kick. Nothing he could do about Flamini's volley but question marks over his keeping for Pazzini's first.

  • Alexis Rolín
    3
    11
    2.50

    Alexis Rolín

    Partnered Legrottaglie well in the opening half where Catania almost shut out their more illustrious opponents. Went missing in the second half however and was slow to react for Pazzini's two tap ins.

  • Nicola Legrottaglie
    26
    8
    3.50

    Nicola Legrottaglie

    Powered his side into the lead with a bullet header to open the scoring and defended well on the whole throughout the opening forty-five. Took one for the team by taking out El Shaarawy and picking up a yellow card.

  • Giovanni Marchese
    2
    11
    3.00

    Giovanni Marchese

    Was given a torrid time by Abate down the flank and was a little unfortunate to be booked for handball. Will point to the fact that none of the goals came down his flank.

  • Sergio Almiron
    6
    8
    2.50

    Sergio Almiron

    Was part of midfield that kept Nocerino and Montolivo quiet for large parts of the game. Lost his cool a little when Catania surrendered the lead and was subsequently substituted.

  • Francesco Lodi
    15
    7
    3.50

    Francesco Lodi

    Swung in the free kick that saw Legrottaglie leap and head the visitors into the lead. Did well alongside Almiron to keep Milan's advances through the centre at bay, but things unraveled quickly after Pazzini's leveler.

  • Mariano Julio Izco
    12
    6
    3.50

    Mariano Julio Izco

    Chopped down early on by De Sciglio but that didn't deter his performance. Did well to frustrate El Shaarawy all night, a performance that saw his opposite man substituted.

  • Lucas Castro
    2
    10
    3.00

    Lucas Castro

    Solid performance in midfield that saw him link well with both the players behind him and in front. Did well to break up Milan attacks on a couple of occasions.

  • Pablo Barrientos
    1
    14
    3.00

    Pablo Barrientos

    Showed great awareness to tee up Bergessio with a cutting through-ball. Set up the same player later but could perhaps have provided a better cross with the space he was afforded.

  • Gonzalo Bergessio
    14
    6
    3.50

    Gonzalo Bergessio

    Took his goal extremely well, showing a confidence in his ability to clip the ball over Amelia. Almost grabbed a third for his side but couldn't direct the ball on target when it came in at an awkward height from Barrientos.

  • Alejandro Gómez
    3
    13
    2.50

    Alejandro Gómez

    Almost anonymous throughout proceedings, the winger did little to help his team mate Marchese out with the the problem of Abate. Catania's defensive trouble on that flank probably explains why he saw little of the ball.

Substitutions

  • Ciro Capuano
    4
    7
    3.00

    Ciro Capuano

    Came on too late to have any real impact.

  • Marco Biagianti
    7
    6
    3.00

    Marco Biagianti

    Appeared once his side had fallen behind but didn't have an opportunity to affect the outcome in his 10-minute cameo.

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Ciro Immobile Ciro Immobile
Striker
Torino
20 0
Luca Toni Luca Toni
Striker
Hellas Verona
18 2
Carlos Tévez Carlos Tévez
Striker
Juventus
18 1
Gonzalo Higuaín Gonzalo Higuaín
Striker
Napoli
17 5
Rodrigo Palacio Rodrigo Palacio
Striker
Inter
15 0