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February 6, 2011
• Stadio Comunale Luigi Ferraris, Genova
Referee: P. Mazzoleni
• Attendance: 26000
A. Floro Flores 45'+
Alexandre Pato 29'
A big moment in the title race may have come today... Inter are now 8 behind, with 2 games in hand and the derby still to come. Similarly, Napoli could beat Milan on the way to overhauling them. It's really hotting up at the top of Serie A. Stick with us here on Goal.com for all of the best post-match reaction and reports. Plus, there's Inter-Roma to come at 20:45CET.
90' + 4'
Mesto loses the ball, but Cassano just runs out of space and the chance has gone. And Mazzoleni blows the whistle... that's a big point for Genoa, and two dropped by Milan.
90' + 3'
This could be a huge point for Genoa, as well as for those chasing Milan. Oddo plays a ball straight out for a throw-in.
90' + 1'
90' + 1'
We'll have three minutes extra, and in the first Paloschi bears down on Abbiati, but the flag is up.
Eduardo seems to have picked up an awful lot of loose balls of late... a sign that Milan haven't been at quite their cohesive best. Pato fires home, but Ibrahimovic's flick-on was added by a push on Dainelli.
Thiago Silva snuffs out Palacio's break. Genoa seriously living off scraps right now. From the right Palacio crosses, but Bonera's deflection sends the ball straight to Abbiati.
Danielli almost deflects a free-kick past his own keeper, but Eduardo saves the day, then Ibrahimovic passes behind Cassano. Time running out.
Ibrahimovic sinks to his knees... another Milan free-kick. Can Genoa survive under the weight?
Ibra strikes into the wall.... Bonera strikes into the remnants of the wall... Is this going to prove not to be Milan's day?
Milan demand a free-kick for handball by Rossi, and the referee obliges.... chance for the Rossoneri.
Cassano wins a corner, but when it's cut back Oddo hits the first man. Genoa can eventually break, but Konko's shot is too far out to overly stretch Abbiati.
Yellow Card Thiago Silva
Thiago Silva goes right over the ball on Palacio... clear yellow card.
Yellow Card Abdoulay Konko
The set piece from Milanetto hits the wall, and Milan are stopped - illegally - in their tracks on the counter. It gives them the chance to bring on Urby Emanuelson for Mathieu Flamini.
Genoa free-kick.... they're asking questions now.
Now it's Milan having to scramble... Yepes has to hammer a loose ball away after good work down the right by the home side.
Antonio Floro Flores
The main threat has gone for Milan... Floro Flores is off, but a face from the past is on in the shape of Alberto Paloschi.
IBRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!! Oddo's cross from the right is headed back by Bonera to Ibra at the back post, but even at 6'5" he can't quite get high enough and Eduardo saves with his fingertips.
Oddo swings another cross in, it's another that just gets cleared. Corner for Milan.
Clarence Seedorf is warming up, among others... Milan need something, espcially with Floro Flores causing trouble at their end.
Bonera seemed to be grabbing at Floro Flores there as a corner came in. Genoa are not happy, and it's easy to see why.
Here comes trouble.... Antonio Cassano replaces Robinho for his first league appearance back at the Marassi since his acrimonious departure from Sampdoria.
Gattuso in his inimitable style chases back, wins the ball, keeps his feet under a challenge, lays off the ball, then berates the referee!
With Napoli ahead, Milan won't want to drop points here, but Genoa are hanging on.
Clever inside of the foot pass against the angle of his run from Ibrahimovic, but it's well covered by Kaladze.
Floro Flores thinks he should have a decision go his way, but as is generally the case, it's given to the defending side and Milan havce a free-kick. Pato's snapshot at the other end fails to trouble Eduardo.
Much like the first half, Genoa are looking to cope with chances on the counter only, and they've won a corner kick here.
All Milan again.... as it was for most of the middle part of the first half. But Genoa are holding firm for now.
AND AGAIN!!!!! Robinho closing in on a shot, but that was an excellent tackle by Rossi. Genoa hanging on for now.
Oh!!! So close.... Ibrahimovic's lofted ball for Flamini was just cut out by Eduardo. Close one....
I'm glad you're back... so are the players, and we're underway once more.
45' + 2'
And that's half-time!!! What a time to score!!!! Floro Flores has probably deserved that to be fair. Join us back here in 15 minutes for full coverage of the second half.
45' + 1'
Goal Antonio Floro Flores
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Floro Flores is free in the box.... GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAALLLLLLLL!!! It was a killer ball through the centre by Konko and the former Udinese man keeps his cool from 12 yards. We're all square!
Yellow Card Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Neat play by Palacio, but whenever Genoa get close to the box, there appears a Milan defender.
Glorious sunshine today all across the north of Italy, though it's largely sheltered from the pitch already due to the stands.
Floro Flores gets up to take the set-piece himself, but he sends it just over the angle. Not a bad effort really.
Touch through by Floro Flores, and Rossi is caught by Oddo is he? The free-kick is given, but it's for a foul on Floro Flores in the first place.
Interesting one here, Robinho going through on goal, but the flag was already up. Milan seemed set to go 2 up, and Ibra certainly didn't agree with the call.
Criscito plays it long for Floro Flores, but the ball is cut out. Kaladze had to be on his toes at the other end too.
Milan just playing keep-ball right now. It's too easy for Allegri's side.
Another chance for Pato from Robinho's pass, but the Brazilian's shot deflects for a corner.
Genoa need to steady the ship somewhat. They're not in great form, they're behind, they've lost Destro. They'd probably take 1-0 at half-time right now.
Assist Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Goal Alexandre Pato
Dainelli fails to clear, and PPAAAATTTTTTTTTTOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.... The Milan No. 7 scores the opener. They had been threatening, but Dainelli's error gives them the advantage.
Pato threatening again, but Criscito's in the way. Genoa holding on somewhat now.
Yellow Card Daniele Bonera
Bonera is caught out - any else not surprised? - and gets a yellow card for his troubles.
Milanetto tries to get forward, but there's no luck. Milan holding resolutely.
Robinho and Pato link up well but then the final pass is missing... Milan frustrated and frustrating right now.
Bonera does well there to close off Rossi as he looked set to get in behind.
Milan looking to get something out of the usual suspects up front, but they're not in their stride yet.
That could well upset the Grifone, having to make a change so early.
Mattia Destro is really struggling at the moment. Palacio is warming up... we seem set to have an early change here.
Free-kick effort from Milanetto, but it's straight into Abbiati's bread basket.
Pato feeds Robinho... but the No. 70 fires high over the bar. Poor effort as Milan release some of the pressure.
Great stuff from Gattuso to close out Criscito, but then Mesto causes Milan more trouble... All Grifone right now.
And we're off with Goal.com's coverage of Genoa against Milan from matchday 24 of the Serie A season. The Rossoneri need a win to keep Inter and Napoli at arm's length.
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