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September 18, 2012 7:45 PM BST
Stadio Giuseppe Meazza — Milano
Referee:‬ W. Collum‎
Attendance:‬ 27593‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: AC Milan 0-0 Anderlecht

Goal.com evaluates the performances of everyone involved at the Giuseppe Meazza, after a game in which the home side struggled horribly to break down their Belgian rivals

By Mark Doyle

  • Christian Abbiati
    66
    19
    3.50

    Christian Abbiati

    One of the few Milan players who didn't under perform. Did well to get down low to keep out efforts from Klejstan and Gillet and collected everything that came his way in the air.

  • Daniele Bonera
    24
    66
    3.00

    Daniele Bonera

    Struggled at times with Mbokani's quick feet but, overall, Bonera was a reliable presence at the back, giving Bruno very little room in which to manoeuvre.

  • Luca Antonini
    18
    77
    2.50

    Luca Antonini

    Was given a torrid time by Gillet and also offered little going forward, repeatedly failing to pick out a man with any of his deliveries. Left-back remains a major problem position for Milan.

  • Mattia De Sciglio
    77
    31
    2.50

    Mattia De Sciglio

    Did not come under the same level of pressure as his fellow full-back Antonini, which was just as well, really, as he looked very shaky, particularly when Mbokani drifted wide. His crossing was consistently dire but he did put over one decent ball which Pazzini went close to converting.

  • Philippe Mexes
    94
    21
    3.50

    Philippe Mexes

    Turned in a very classy display at the back, showing off his fine footballing skills at one point in the corner. Stood up well to the physical challenge posed by Mbokani and Kanu and Milan were lucky to have him marshalling the centre of an otherwise suspect defence.

  • Antonio Nocerino
    26
    69
    2.50

    Antonio Nocerino

    Continues to look a shadow of the player who performed with such distinction last season. Though he did put in a shift and also put over a couple of decent crosses, he just no longer carries a decent attacking threat from midfield.

  • Kevin-Prince Boateng
    28
    87
    2.00

    Kevin-Prince Boateng

    Milan needed a big game from arguably their best player - but they did not get one. Boateng had a couple of half-chances in the first half, but he showed no great conviction any time the ball came his way. Was left flat on his backside after being pushed off the ball at one stage. Was hauled off early in the second half and Milan enjoyed their best spell thereafter, which says it all.

  • Mathieu Flamini
    23
    64
    2.50

    Mathieu Flamini

    Industrious as ever and also got himself into some decent attacking positions. Indeed, he really should have scored after being slipped in on goal midway through the first half. However, on this evidence, one wonders if Flamini is really worth his place in the team - if ever he was.

  • Nigel De Jong
    42
    50
    2.00

    Nigel De Jong

    Played one great ball over the top to Emanuelson but his passing was far too sloppy and he was particularly culpable in Milan's miserable failure to win the battle for midfield supremacy.

  • Urby Emanuelson
    42
    51
    2.50

    Urby Emanuelson

    As ever, a mixed bag. Showed flashes of what he can do, springing the offside trap before being denied by Proto, and later firing over a terrific cross for El Shaarawy. However, he continues to be profligate in possession and in front of goal.

  • Giampaolo Pazzini
    30
    76
    2.00

    Giampaolo Pazzini Flop of the Match

    May as well not have being playing, so anonymous that he was in the first half. Picked up a bit after El Shaarawy had come on, but, for the most part, he was a non-entity.

Substitutions

  • Kevin Constant
    18
    48

    Kevin Constant

    Came on for the last 12 minutes of normal time but did not really impose himself on the game in any meaningful way.

  • Mario Yepes
    21
    41

    Mario Yepes

    Thrown on for the injured Bonera with about 15 minutes to go and looked solid enough, albeit without having to do very much.

  • Stephan El Shaarawy
    118
    22
    3.50

    Stephan El Shaarawy

    Only saw a half hour of action but was easily one of Milan's better players. Probably should have scored with his near-post header but he was a real livewire on the left-hand side and also laid on a good chance for Emanuelson. Will be recalled to the starting line up on this showing.

  • Silvio Proto
    14
    4
    3.50

    Silvio Proto

    In truth, not exactly overworked, but repeatedly came up trumps when called upon, most notably with fine reaction saves from Flamini, Emanuelson and El Shaarawy.

  • Bram Nuytinck
    10
    3
    3.00

    Bram Nuytinck

    A no-nonsense performance from the centre-half, who took no chances with his clearances and was pretty uncompromising in terms of some of his aerial challenges. However, he wasn't all brute force as when he did have some time in possession, his distribution was good.

  • Cheikhou Kouyaté
    12
    3
    3.00

    Cheikhou Kouyaté

    Positioned just in front of the back four, Kouyate anchored the Anderlecht midfield superbly, letting nothing get by him and using the ball well.

  • Marcin Wasilewski
    16
    5
    3.00

    Marcin Wasilewski

    Playing on the right-hand side of defence, Wasilewski was rarely troubled, reading the game well by spotting the danger any time Gillet was caught too far forward. His one error - an ill-timed tackle on Pazzini - rightly earned him a booking.

  • Olivier Deschacht
    8
    3
    2.50

    Olivier Deschacht

    Did not get forward as much as his team-mate on the opposite flank but was never afraid to step over halfway. Very dogged in the tackle, he dealt quite easily with everything Milan threw at him.

  • Guillaume Gillet
    34
    7
    4.00

    Guillaume Gillet Top of the Match

    Stationed at right-back but he was one of Anderlecht's most dangerous attacking players, particularly during a first half in which he forced Abbiati into action after beating two Milan players out wide. Also defended excellently.

  • Kanu
    6
    4
    2.50

    Kanu

    Showed some nice touches on the ball and did cause some problems when he got beyond his forwards, but he didn't contribute as much as he should have given how much possession Anderlecht enjoyed.

  • Lucas Biglia
    24
    3
    3.50

    Lucas Biglia

    Worked had and was always neat and tidy in possession. Showed his willingness to get forward during the opening 45 minutes but then blew a glorious chance to break the deadlock early in the second period after being put through by Mbokani.

  • Sacha Kljestan
    8
    4
    2.50

    Sacha Kljestan

    Enjoyed some success when he cut inside from the left and drew a save from Abbiati after one such run. Took up some good positions in between the Milan midfield and defence but faded badly in the second half.

  • Mbokani
    13
    3
    3.00

    Mbokani

    The liveliest attacker on the pitch, Mbokani was always looking to make something happen. His control was excellent and he held the ball up really well for the visitors. Never saw a clear sight of goal himself but did fashion a great opening for Biglia with a measured through-ball.

  • Massimo Bruno
    11
    3
    3.00

    Massimo Bruno

    Just 18 years of age and he seemed a little overawed by the occasion at times, as well as being easily outmuscled whenever he squared up to Milan's central defenders. Still, he improved as the game wore on and showed off his great footwork. More to come from the young forward.

Substitutions

  • Roland Juhasz
    8
    5

    Roland Juhasz

    Saw 12 minutes of action late on, but did not have a major impact on the game.

  • Dennis Praet
    8
    3

    Dennis Praet

    Came on for Kouyate in the closing stages and his most notable contribution was a marauding run which Flamini ended brutally, thus earning the Frenchman a booking.

  • Oleksandr Iakovenko
    6
    4

    Oleksandr Iakovenko

    Only saw a couple of minutes at the death after coming on for Kanu.

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