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May 14, 2011
• Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milano
Referee: M. Ciampi
• Attendance: 52000
Robinho 22', 35'
G. Gattuso 24'
C. Seedorf 77'
A. Cossu 38'
90' + 3'
The second half is through! Milan win 4-1! Robinho scored a brace, Gattuso and Seedorf each added a goal, and Andrea Cossu netted a consolation strike. Filippo Inzgahi made his return in an emotional game for AC Milan's supporters. Stay with us for our post-match materials and do not forget to join us tomorrow for our live coverage of Barcelona - Deportivo! Bye, for now!
90' + 1'
90' + 1'
Ceppelini comes on for Andrea Cossu. The striker had a decent game, scoring the only goal for his side by this point.
Astori, an ex-Milan youngster, outmuscles Filippo Inzaghi, a Milan legend, just outside Cagliari's box. There are rumour of potential return of Astori to Massimiliano Allegri's team.
Biondini! The midfielder let if fly from 30 yards out, but his finish fizzled wide of the right post. Good shot here.
Canini blasts a shot from the right wing over the bar. A very ambitious drive, and one that ended in the stands as well.
The tempo has dropped in recent minutes, and both teams seem unwilling to put any additional effort in this game.
INZAGHI ON! Pato leaves the pitch! Standing ovation for both players! The living legend returns from injury!
Ariaudo came on for Perico a couple of minutes ago. An ex-Juventus youngster, the substitute will be keep to impress in defence.
Assist Alexandre Pato
Goal C. Seedorf
GOAL! 4-1! SEEDORF! Pato threaded a ball between Astori and Canini for the ex-Real Madrid man, who made no mistake with a powerful shot for the right corner from near the penalty spot.
Emanuelson with a cross from the left for Pato deep in Cagliari's penalty area, but Astori rises and heads the ball away for a corner on the right. Nothing comes off that set piece, however.
AC Milan have not went past the half line for some good 1o minutes now. Great pressing and play by Cagliari.
RAGATZU! Cossu was picked out by Biondini on the left side of the box, and squared the ball after taking a couple of steps, but Thiago Silva made a vital interception ahead of substitute Daniele Ragatzu.
Lazzari cleverly flicks the ball past Abate on the left wing, manages to recover it near the byline, but not to retain it as the defender tracks back and dispossesses him.
Biondini and combined well with Canini, who in turn crossed for Acquafresca who flashed a header wide of the left post from inside the box. Yepes has allowed the young striker too much chances on goal already.
Flamini with a sub-par shot from outside the box as he sends a low finish right into the hands of Agazzi. Disappointing.
'Super Pippo' is warming up AC Milan! The old fox returns from injury, and it would be great to see him score tonight!
ACQUAFRESCA! The striker was picked out by Agostini with a decent cross from the left, but was just a step away from connecting with ball and poking it past Abbiati from six yards out.
Flamini comes on for Gattuso. A great goal by the midfielder tonight, and a good performance overall.
Missiroli leaves for Ragatzu. Not a great game by the midfielder, who struggled for most of the game.
ACQUAFRESCA! The striker just could not connect with his head after a cross from Cossu on the left. A great chance as Yepes was well-behind and the distance was just six yards.
PERICO! The defender sent a stunning shot from distance, but Abbiati was up to the challenge and parried the ball away for a corner on the left. That set-piece amounted to nothing, however.
Cagliari are seeing more of the ball, but their crosses are unable to penetrate a thick and tall Milan defence. Donadoni will have to come up with something much cleverer to bypass the best defence in Serie A this season.
Gattuso with a great sliding challenge to dispossess Cossu on the left flank. One wonders what are the odd of Gattuso scoring again in this game.
Missiroli tries to make his way past Thiago Silva, but the Brazilian stands strong and dispossessed the midfielder.
Pirlo entered the pitch for Ambrosini at half-time. The ex-Inter player had a very bad game against Palermo in midweek.
The second half begins ...
45' + 1'
The first half is over! Plenty of action as AC Milan and Cagliari withdraw at half-time with the score 3-1. Robinho scored a brace for the Serie A champions, and Gattuso was also on target for the hosts. Andrea Cossu clawed one back for Cagliari, who will need to perform much better if they are to take anything out of this game. Join us after the break for the second half of this exciting game!
Milan are passing the ball around comfortably, waiting for the half-time whistle.
Abate fearlessly tries to penetrated Cagliari's defence from the right side of the box, but is stopped easily by Perico. Wishful thinking by the right-back as he had to beat three players on the flank.
Good play by Nainggolan to wrestle the ball off AC Milan's defence, and slide the ball to Cossu.
Assist Radja Nainggolan
Goal Andrea Cossu
GOAL! COSSU CLAWS ONE BACK FOR CAGLIARI! The striker was picked out just outside the six-yard box after some dreadful defending by Gattuso and Zambrotta, and calmly put the ball past Abbiati.
Where was Cagliari's defence? No right-back, no centre-half, no one! Dreadful defending by Roberto Donadoni's men.
Assist Alexandre Pato
GOAL! 3-0! Milan sure have this game in the bar! Pato picked out Robinho with a pass over the defender, and the ex-Real Madrid man coolly slotted past Agazzi from the left side of the box.
PATO! GREAT CHANCE FOR THE HOSTS TO MAKE IT THREE! The Brazilian was released on the right side of the box, and with only Agazzi to beat, he blasted his finish right into the goalkeeper!
Milan legend Roberto Donadoni does not look too calm on Cagliari's bench. After a similar winless run with Napoli, the ex-Italy coach was sacked not long ago.
Now Gattuso is brought down by Lazzari and Milan win a free-kick deep in their half. A minute ago Agostini had a harmless left-footed shot from outside the box blocked by Thiago Silva.
Seedorf is brought down by Cossu on the right wing and Milan win a free-kick. The Serie A champions are willing to score more it seems.
Gattuso's other goal in Serie A came against Juventus earlier this year. Gattuso scoring two goals is not something you see every season.
Assist C. Seedorf
Goal G. Gattuso
GOAL! GATTUSO! Milan double their lead! Agazzi barely managed to punch out a Seedorf shot, and the ball fell to Gattuso outside the box, and the tenacious midfielder sent a looping header to score his second goal of the season in Serie A.
Assist C. Seedorf
ROBINHO! GOAL! Seedorf played an excellent pass for Robinho, who coolly controlled before slotting in the right corner to give Milan the lead!
ABATE! The right-back found himself in the penalty area, but failed to control well, and was robbed off the ball by Astori. Great defending.
ZAMBROTTA! The ex-Barcelona man tested his once deadly foot with a powerful shot, but yet again it was blocked by ex-Milan man Astori.
PATO! The Brazilian was on the end of a great corss by Robinho, but had his header from the centre of the box saved.
LAZZARI! The midfielder let it fly again after being picked out by Cossu, but his shot is blocked. Great play by Lazzari.
Abate wins a free-kick in Milan's half after he was brough down by Lazzari. Still no good chances for either side.
Lazzari! The midfielder was picked out by Acquafresca after a great run by the ex-Inter striker, who managed to outmuscle Zambrotta to the ball, but surprisingly switched the ball to his weaker left foot before sending a finish, which was blocked by Mario Yepes.
PATO! The Brazilian powered his way down the flank, but was stopped in the box as he was about to shoot. Great play by the striker.
Nainggolan! Great shot from distance! The midfielder picked up the ball outside the box, and let it fly, but his shot blazed over the bar and went out for a goalkick.
There he goes ... Lazzari is scythed down by Gennaro Gattuso for the first foul of the game. A free-kick to Cagliari in the centre of the pitch.
Cossu sends a pass over the defence for Lazzari on the left, but the midfielder is caught in an offside position. Cagliari have not won in ten games.
The first half begins...
Agazzi; Perico, Canini, Astori, Agostini; Biondini, Nainggolan, Lazzari, Missiroli; Cossu, Acquafresca.
AC Milan: Abbiati; Abate, Yepes, Silva, Zambrotta; Ambrosini, Gattuso, Seedorf; Emuanuelso; Pato, Robinho.
Hello and welcome to Goal.com's live coverage of the game between AC Milan and Cagliari. Ibrahimovic & co. have already won the title, and will finally be able to enjoy a peaceful game against Cagliari, who have also hit their pre-season target and have avoided relegation. Here are the teams:
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