Got a kick to the arm when preventing a shot on goal just before the break, then made an excellent save right on the final whistle, but was largely a spectator as Milan dominated.
Given plenty of space to have a positive effect, and did ok as a link man between the advancing midfielders and the dominant front two. Seemed to really enjoy being given 90 minutes to stake his claim on a regular shirt.
His trailing arm kept out Lanzafame’s cross and on another day may have led to a Catania penalty, however he was much better going forward and collected a goal when following in from Andujar’s parry.
Collected a nasty knock to the head when he was late onto a challenge with Bergessio, and helped to end his involvement at the halfway stage. However, he left the scene having made a crucial clearance off the line when Abbiati went walkabouts.
Left himself chasing the ball when he clattered into Marchese and picked up a nasty bang on the thigh, but his attacking play was much more convincing and his defending improved as the game went on.
His sharp header from an early right-wing corner wasn’t far off target, and once Milan went ahead they rarely looked in danger of conceding with their ace Brazilian leading the line.
Not got nearly the mobility he might need to be the complete midfielder, but was still crucial in so many ways for Milan. He will try claiming the third goal after his pressure forced Lodi to turn in Robinho’s cross-shot.
Not as readily involved as he has been in other games recently, but still looked more than comfortable helping to keep Milan on the front foot and his free-kick led to the fourth goal. Fast becoming a key part of the champions’ setup.
Picked up an early yellow card for a clumsy foul on the lively Gomez but was more ordered thereafter as he kept things ticking over in midfield, allowing Aquilani and Seedorf to have more effect going forward.
Had that extra bit of quality that made Catania look second rate. Slammed home superbly from the spot after sending Robinho in in the build-up, then teed up the Brazilian again for the second. Picked up some marvellous space later on as Milan continued to dominate the away defence.
Penetrated the Catania back four in winning the early penalty, then finished beautifully after Bellusci’s slip. His run and cross-shot then finished with Lodi turning into his own net as he rounded off an excellent personal display.
Will have been disappointed with some of his efforts in goal, with a saveable penalty and a rebound from his spill both finding the net, while other goalbound shots needed scrambling clear to save the Argentine’s embarrassment.
Paid the price for backing off against Robinho when he slipped, allowing the Brazilian to double Milan’s lead. It was a sign of how his day was to continue as the champions constantly found the going easy on Catania’s right.
The former Milan man’s defensive expertise pulled Catania out of a number of tight spots, not least when foiling Seedorf near the byline, but even he couldn’t stop them being humiliated by the end.
Worked the flank extremely well at times as he asked questions of Abate, but he was caught out positionally in his own half on occasion, continuing a trend amongst the visitors’ back line.
Defended stoutly in the air and brought the ball out with aplomb when he had the chance, but his lack of mobility occasionally showed him up as Milan’s agile attack asked serious questions.
Couldn’t find the freedom to work his magic, starting as part of the midfield three in a side who generally struggled to hold possession in the opposition half. Replaced early in the second half.
Was the biggest danger to the Milan defence, though his final ball was not always what it should have been. Didn’t win many friends when he coaxed a free-kick out of Bonera with a blatant dive, but never stopped running in a bid to get his side back into the game.
The ex-Juventus midfielder was anonymous for long spells of the game as Catania struggled to have any real say in the centre of the park. Could have done much better when he got into a couple of good crossing positions.
Failed to have any real effect on the game in midfield, and his calamitous clearance against the post and into the back of the net put Milan out of sight.
Caught ball-watching, he attempted to make up for it by clattering into Robinho, allowing Milan to open the scoring from the spot. It wasn’t the last foot he put wrong, and he was substituted long before the end having failed to have a positive influence down the right.
His late effort was saved by Abbiati to maintain the home side’s clean sheet, but his endeavour probably deserved a goal. While he might have played much better for Catania, he never stopped working the line and creating options in the rare moments his side attacked.
- 30 A. Campagnolo
- 2 A. Potenza
- 33 C. Capuano
Brought on for the underwhelming Ricchiuti just after the break but failed to improve on the midfielder’s performance.
Replaced Lodi for the final 12 minutes.
- 32 A. Catellani
Replaced Lanzafame as Catania chased the game, but there never seemed any hint of a comeback.