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January 29, 2011
• Stadio Angelo Massimino, Catania
Referee: P. Tagliavento
• Attendance: 20000
Z. Ibrahimovic 85'
90' + 3'
Tagliavento blows his whistle to end the match as Milan show their championship mettle by scoring two goals after being reduced to ten men to pick up a vital three points. The Rossoneri move seven points clear at the top of the table thanks to the 2-0 win tonight.
The fourth official indicates there will be three minutes of extra time.
Catania win a late corner as they search for a way back into the match but it comes to nothing.
Morimoto tries to cut the deficit in half as he lets a low shot go that Abbiati pushes around the post.
Goal Zlatan Ibrahimovic
GOAAAAAAAAAL!!! Ibrahimovic puts the match to bed with a simple finish after a sensational pass from Robinho!
Francesco Fabio Sciacca
OH!!! Emanuelson tries his luck from 15 yards and Andujar makes the save. Milan look like the team who has the man advantage.
OH!!! Ibrahimovic has a great chance to put the match to bed but he can't beat Andujar who makes a good kick save!
The Milan defence is under siege as Ledesma is taken down and wins his side a free kick.
It's all Catania now as Pesce's glancing header just misses the top corner.
OH!!! Catania win a corner and it's played short to Mascara whose low ball reaches Ricchuiti but the substitute sends his effort over the bar from 12 yards away!
Play is halted as Ambrosini is down clutching his leg.
Pesce finds some space on the right hand side but his cross is blocked by Oddo.
Yellow Card Giuseppe Mascara
Thiago Silva tries to pick out Ibrahimovic but his pass runs out of play.
Yellow Card Massimo Ambrosini
Catania don't look like scoring even with a man advantage as Ambrosini is booked for a cynical challenge.
Ledesma runs at the Milan defence and dials up a long distance effort that sails over the bar.
Mascara picks out Maxi Lopez but once again the linesman's flag is up.
The Elefanti faithful are stunned and the visiting Rossoneri supporters are the ones making all the noise right now.
Assist Zlatan Ibrahimovic
GOAL!!!!! Ten man AC Milan take the lead as Ibrahimovic's free kick is parried straight to Robinho who taps the ball past Andujar from close range.
Sloppy play by both sides as they take turns giving the ball away in midfield.
Yellow/Red Mark van Bommel
Unbelievable scenes at the Angelo Massimino as Van Bommel is show his second yellow card of the match after taking down Ledesma. The Dutchman sees red on his full Serie A debut! Milan are down to ten-men.
Ibrahimovic unleashes an effort that sails high over the bar inviting sarcastic cheers from the Catania faithful.
Robinho plays a wonderful ball to Cassano on the flank and his first time pass for Ibrahimovic is deflected out for a corner.
Capuano goes down in a heap after running into Bonera but it looks as if he will be fine.
The second half is underway with one change as Allegri brings on Emanuelson for Merkel.
Tagliavento blows his whistle to end a tepid first half devoid of any real scoring chances.
OH!!! Ibrahimovic plays a great ball into the area for Cassano but he can't push the ball past Andujar!
Yepes is the latest player to see yellow as there have been more bookings than scoring chances in the first half tonight.
Yellow Card Mario Yepes
Robinho plays a majestic 30-yard ball that finds Ibrahimovic in space but the best the Swede can do is win a corner.
Ibrahimovic is caught offside once again in what has been a pretty drab first half so far.
Yellow Card Nicolás Spolli
Merkel is called for another foul and the youngster needs to be careful as he is already on a yellow card.
Spolli has very much been in the wars in the first half as he is hacked down by Van Bommel who is quickly shown a yellow card.
Yellow Card Mark van Bommel
Lopez takes the ball down neatly but the linesman's flag is up for offside.
Antonini gallops up the left flank and sends in a cross that is way too high for Ibrahimovic to reach.
Mascara kicks the ball out of play as Thiago Silva is down on the ground clutching his face.
Catania are enjoying a good spell of possession but can't find a way through the Milan backline.
Milan seem content to play possession football for the time being.
OH!!! Ibrahimovic chests the ball down to Cassano but the Italian attacker's shot sails high over the bar.
Yellow Card Alexander Merkel
A rash of fouls have slowed the match down and Merkel is the first player to go into the referee's book.
Robinho runs at the Catania defence and slips a ball into Ibrahimovic's path but the linesman's flag is up for offside.
Milan win a corner and Yepes is first to reach the ball but his weak header is straight at Andujar.
OH!!! Maxi Lopez does ever so well to pick out Ledesma inside of the Milan penalty area but 26-year-old can't find the target! He should have hit the net from there!
Mascara dances past two defenders but gives the ball away cheaply and Milan hit on the counter but Ibrahimovic is muscled off the ball and the attack comes to nothing.
Lopez sneaks behind the Milan defence but his weak shot from a tight angle doesn't trouble Abbiati.
There's a good pace to this match in the early going as Cassano's throughball for Merkel runs out of play.
Antonini concedes a free kick and Mascara's ensuing delivery is knocked out for a corner.
Ibrahimovic chops Spolli down and draws the ire of the entire Catania backline.
Milan waste no time in asserted their dominance over the hosts as Ibrahimovic pokes the ball to Robinho who unleashes a low drive that Andujar saves.
Paolo Tagliavento gets the match underway with Catania coach Diego Simeone starting Mascara and Maxi Lopez upfront while Massimiliano Allegri counters with Ibrahimovic and Cassano.
Welcome to Goal.com’s live coverage of the Serie A. Tonight’s match comes to you from the Stadio Angelo Massimino in Sicily where Catania are all set to lock horns with Milan in what should be an intense affair. New Etnei coach Diego Simeone will be looking for his first win in charge of the Sicilian outfit while the Rossoneri hope to snag all three points to extend their lead at the top of the table. Stay tuned to Goal.com for all of the action!
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