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December 12, 2010
• Stadio Renato Dall'Ara, Bologna
Referee: G. Rocchi
• Attendance: 24915
K. Boateng 9'
Z. Ibrahimovic 60'
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90' + 3'
A somewhat unconvincing two-handed palm by Abbiati from a left wing corner signals the end of the game. A 3-0 victory for Milan. It was a dominant display with almost everyone playing their part, including the keeper, who pulled off that late penalty save to earn a clean sheet.
90' + 2'
Ignazio Abate is scampering around to the last. He wants to help his back four to a clean sheet and goes in with two good tackles in quick succession.
We'll have three extra minutes in the second half. Thought it might be one of those games where the referee would decide that with three goals the different the 45 would do!
Moras just about manages to keep out Ibrahimovic, but it's another Milan corner.
It's a thankless task now simply for Bologna to win any ball. Milan keep the ball well normally anyway, so 3-0 up with four minutes to play is simple stuff for them.
A cross from the left goes flashing across the face of Milan's goal, but Abbiati need do nothing about it as there are no Rossoblu attackers gambling to get on the end of the ball.
Bologna scrambling balls clear at the moment. Morleo needs Ekdal's help to foil a Rossoneri attack down the right. They're clinging on for the final whistle.
That penalty save has clearly sucked the last bit of life out of Bologna. Milan break with Ibrahimovic breaking onto Seedorf's through ball, but Britos blocks.
Missed Penalty Marco Di Vaio
Penalty save Christian Abbiati
SAVED!!!!! Bologna can't buy any luck today. Marco Di Vaio's penalty is low and not particularly well struck, and Abbiati guesses the right way to keep the effort out. Salt in the wounds.
PENALTY BOLOGNA!! Seedorf brings down Di Vaio.
Last change from Alberto Malesani. Ramirez gets to knock off early, with Gimenez replacing him.
Another Milan corner. They're looking for goal number four still, despite Bologna upping the ante somewhat.
Best chance yet for the home side!! Casarini crosses from the right, Meggiorini climbs high at the near post and Abbiati has to dive across to keep it out. Unlucky.
Milan change. On comes Seedorf for Kevin Prince Boateng.
The Felsinei could do with a positive last 20 minutes. They'd won their last two, so a nice ending - despite the defeat - should rein some of that momentum back in.
Ibra takes a piggy-back from Britos and concedes a free kick. Bologna really lacking ideas.
Milan playing Ole Football now, but will not want to give up on more goals. They won 4-1 in this fixture two years ago.
Yellow Card G. Ramírez
Anyone tuning in now would suggest that Bologna are looking shell-shocked, but to be fair they've looked like that since kick-off.
Very one-sided now. Milan just letting Bologna knock it around on the halfway line. You don't pull three goals back playing it around there.
Assist Andrea Pirlo
Goal Zlatan Ibrahimovic
AND IT'S THREE!!!! Pirlo plays a beautiful lofted ball into the right channel and Ibrahimovic holds off his man and slides it past Viviano at the near post. Game, set and match for sure.
Another injury for Milan. Zambrotta is replaced by Antonini following that dangerous challenge by Casarini.
Brain freeze from Abbiati!!!! Meggiorini ignores Di Vaio on the left and loses the ball. Abbiati gets to the ball on the bye-line but is then tackled by Meggiorini and as the ball breaks free he just about gets back to stop Ramirez having a tap-in, though he clatters the forward in the process.
Casarini goes flying in on Zambrotta, which goes down about as well as a lead balloon with the Rossonero.
First change for Milan. After that knock earlier Gattuso's still struggled, and he's replaced by Rodney Strasser.
Ibrahimovic winds up an effort which Viviano just about sees off, even as Robinho comes in with a follow-up attempt.
Same story as much of the first half so far. Di Vaio tries to run at the Mialn defence but they deal with the danger and still Abbiati's not been forced to do much more than yawn.
Pirlo shoots low from 20 yards, but it's past the near post and Viviano can watch it out easily enough.
Morleo crosses low from the left, but he was in an offside position from Ekdal's clever flick.
Francesco Della Rocca
CH...CH...CH...CH...CHANGES!! Bologna go for a switcharoo at half-time. Meggiorini and Ekdal are on. Busce' and Della Rocca are sacrificed.
45' + 2'
Half-time, and it's been a one-sided affair so far. Milan looking hot, Bologna not. See you back here in 15.
45' + 1'
We're into the first of two added minutes.
The Diavolo are just doing that confident league leaders' thing of knocking the ball around with ease now. Bologna can't get close and you've got to believe that a third could signal the onset of a rout.
Busce' and Di Vaio on slightly different wavelengths as Milan remain the side more likely to add to the scoreline. Is the Rossoblu's mini revival over before half-time?
Bologna have the demeanour of a beaten side at the moment, which is not good news for the neutrals among us.
That was actually great goalkeeping by Viviano, who managed to get enough onto it to force the shot away from goal.
Aw... that was superb stuff from the Rossoneri. So easily could have been three. Robinho plays a neat, slightly chipped ball through to Ibrahimovic, who fools Britos into a stumble and shoots across Viviano, but it's just wide of the far post.
Assist Kevin-Prince Boateng
2-0 MILAN!!!! They have got that second goal, and it's a much deserved one for Robinho, who breaks through the centre, holds off Esposito and fires past Viviano with his right foot. Game over already?
Abate breaks down the right but Milan waste the half chance that comes. Will they get a second to tie this one up early?
Di Vaio does what he can to fashion on opportunity on the right but still they're unable to really trouble Abbiati.
Busce' gets down the right and crosses, but again Abbiati is more than equal to it. Confident start by the keeper.
Moras has to throw himself in the way of Robinho after more good work by Ibrahimovic. The Rossoblu have little answer to the Swede so far.
Di Vaio gets a cross in from the left, but Abbiati answers easily. Bologna haven't had too much in front of goal so far.
Milan still pretty much in control beyond the quarter mark. You get a feeling that another goal soon might kill this game altogether.
Gattuso has only just returned to the play following that foul from Mudingayi. Allegri will be keeping an eye on the Calabrian as he is still running gingerly.
Yellow Card Gaby Mudingayi
Bologna's first yellow card comes for Mudingayi for a foul. He didn't look to happy about the decision, but then only Xabi Alonso and Sergio Ramos are normally happy to be booked!
Ohhh... that was poor by Robinho as he plays a bad pass looking for Boateng, who was looking good to break through on the counter.
Free-kick for Milan as the influential Ramirez brings down Pirlo, but the No. 21's effort goes just over the bar.
Viviano looking for an assist! A long ball forward finds Ramirez, but Abate covers and Abbiati can deal with the rest.
This is now surely set up for more Milan goals. Bologna are having much of the possession, but the Rossoneri look primed to hit them on the counter.
Ramirez has a free-kick for Bologna. It's their first real chance and a good opportunity for a quick response. Far too easy for Abbiati though.
Yellow Card Kevin-Prince Boateng
Assist Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Goal Kevin-Prince Boateng
GOOOOOOOOLLLL DEEEEELLLL MIIIIIIIIILLLLAN!!!! Superb play down the left by Zlatan Ibrahimovic, before finding Kevin Prince Boateng in the middle and the Ghanaian sends it past Viviano. Great start for the leaders.
Robinho continues to cause trouble for the home defence. He's clearly up for this one.
Bologna trying their best to release some pressure. They're pressing well, but the Rossoneri having most of the ball predictably.
Robinho trying to open up the home side early. Milan in a bodged up away kit of white shirts and red shorts today... this will take some getting used to.
And we're off... Bologna versus Milan from the Dall'Ara.
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