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September 9, 2011
• Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milano
Referee: G. Rocchi
• Attendance: 55000
Z. Ibrahimovic 29'
A. Cassano 33'
M. Klose 12'
D. Cissé 21'
Shots on Target
90' + 7'
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90' + 6'
Yellow Card Antonio Cassano
90' + 6'
No winners, no losers, but Lazio will be the happier of the two teams following the 2-2 draw at San Siro.
90' + 5'
A final chance for Milan who win the corner, no, the referee blows his whistle, leaving Milan furious. It's over here at San Siro, but Milan players are not happy at not being allowed to take the set-piece.
90' + 4'
Pato fouls Brocchi as he goes in with too much zeal and the free-kick is Lazio's.
90' + 3'
Abate hits it forwards, Ibrahimovic knocks it down, and it is over the bar from Pato as he volleys over. That should have been the match winning goal from the Brazilian.
There will be five minutes of injury time.
Milan have been unable to break down Lazio in this second half as the Romans are very tight at the back. Just minutes to go until the end, but still enough time for a winner.
Ibrahimovic is onside and through on goal, surely now for the winner... No! Great stop by Bizzarri who shows strong hands to save the left-foot strike low to his near post.
Hernanes for Lazio. He feeds Lulic and the race is on with Nesta, but the Italian does enough to force the player wide.
Good strength from Abate who forces the play down the right to cross, but Bizzarri is quick off his line to smother the danger
Yellow Card Stefano Mauri
Cassano tries to get Milan going as Ibrahimovic thinks about having a shot after being fed by the playmaker. However, the move breaks down. Milan struggle to find a winner as Lazio sit back.
Cassano feeds Ibrahimovic who does well to get in front of his man, but his left-foot drive goes over as Lazio escape danger.
Ledesma's cross for Cisse is far too deep as Abbiati claims it. The Argentine has had a quiet game tonight.
Abate times his challenge on Brocchi late as Lazio win a free-kick in the middle of the park.
A very late flag from the referee's assistant as Ibrahimovic is caught offside.
Antonini finds Ibrahimovic who knocks it to Cassano, but the forward is marked tightly and cannot turn to shoot as Lazio clear it.
Ohh! Nesta redeems himself for earlier mistakes as he does brilliantly to stop Cisse from scoring a certain goal as he clears the ball following a lob from the striker.
Another Milan chance as Boateng goes for power, but Bizzarri is there to parry away.
Ohhh! Cassano hits the post for Milan. The ball falls to the Italy playmaker, but he sees the shot come back off the upright.
Nesta has been struggling all night against Cisse's pace, but Yepes is on the bench if needs be.
The game's tempo in tending to drift into isolation as neither side is looking dangerous on the hour mark.
Aquilani with the cross for Milan, but Dias clears. The former Roma man has been in and out of proceedings tonight. Not one of his better performances by any means.
Lazio last won here in 1989. Who scored the winner? It was a Paolo Maldini own goal for Milan. The legendary defender is in the stands watching tonight. He retired from football in 2009.
Did you know Massimiliano Allegri is the only coach in Serie A this season to have won the title. Where has everyone gone? Milan maintain the ball as they play it around.
Boateng receives treatment on the touchline, but he is soon back on the pitch after falling awkwardly.
Milan have come out all guns blazing as Dias gets booked for a foul on Boateng. Ibrahimovic with the cross as he picks out Boateng with the diving header, but it is just wide.
Yellow Card Andrè Dias
Ohhh! Cassano a whisker away from giving Milan the lead as he curls one around the post after being teed up by Van Bommel.
Welcome back for the second-half of Milan - Lazio as the home side get us restarted. If the first-half is anything to go by then we are in for a real goal fest.
What a game so far at San Siro As Klose, Cisse, Ibrahimovic and Cassano all find the net. A Brilliant start to Serie A. Who said the Italian league was boring? Think again. More of the same for the second-half please.
45' + 1'
That's it for the first-half as Cisse sees another drive fly wide of the mark. And what a half it has been 2-2 at the interval with all four strikers from both teams finding the net.
Brocchi gets into trouble and gives the ball away to Van Bommel who shoots from distance, but his effort clears the bar.
Boateng smashes one across the box, but the ball bends wide of the far post. A poor effort from the midfielder.
Cisses lets fly from a long way out and sees the ball head well wide of goal.
Cassano chips it in for Ambrosini who rises for a header, but Brocchi uses his weight to nudge the player off balance as Lazio clear.
Another ball is floated into the box from Mauri, but Thiago Silva blasts it down the pitch as he clears the danger.
Yellow Card Mark van Bommel
Ohhh! Hernanes' side-foot goes wide from close range as Milan fall asleep on Konko's low cross. Unlucky.
Lazio's caution seems to have backfired badly as Milan look to get themselves in front. The Romans stepped off the gas and have been made to pay with two quick-fire strikes from Milan.
Assist Alberto Aquilani
Goal Antonio Cassano
MILAN ARE BACK FROM THE DEAD AS CASSANO COMES TO LIFE! The striker connects with a cross from the right and nods low into the bottom corner. What a goal!
What a story, what a game! Three goals in less than 30 minutes as Abate pushes forward for his side. It's an open game now. Lazio's 4-2-Fantasy formation is risky as they are left short at times.
Assist Antonio Cassano
Goal Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Ibrahimovic brings Milan back into it with a tap in from close range. Poor defending sees Cassano through and he squares into to Ibrahimovic who doesn't miss from there! Milan cut the deficit.
It's hard work for Milan. The passes are not connecting as Boateng's long ball for Cassano goes out for a goalkick.
Aquilani shoots for Milan, but Brocchi charges it down. The ball is back with Milan, but Cassano is offside as the Italians stay switched off.
Unbelievable scenes in Milan. Allegri's side are lacking everything here as the Romans dominate. The champions need to get a grip, but things are slipping away.
Assist Stefano Mauri
Goal Djibril Cissé
GOAL! MILAN ARE TWO DOWN! Mauri with the cross, Cisse moves ahead of the defenders and glances his header beyond Abbiati. San Siro is stunned. What a goal.
Mark van Bommel
Ridiculous defending by Milan as Gattuso tangles with Cisse. The striker is all free and shoots, great save from Abbiati, surely Klose on the rebound now... No! He prods his effort wide. It should have been 2-0 Lazio. Milan escape.
Good play from Hernanes who tees up Mauri. He tries a curler, but Abbiati makes an easy save. Milan can break with Abate who crosses for Cassano... Bizzarri saves.
Ohhh! Klose is there again as he connects with Zauri's cross from the left, but Abbiati makes the save from the German's glancing header.
Allegri scratches his head on the bench. This is not according to the script by any means as his side are behind. Can they respond?
Assist Stefano Mauri
Goal Miroslav Klose
Milan are on the back foot here and are having to deal with relentless pressure from Lazio. And we have a GOAL! Lazio take the lead through Klose! What a goal. Klose leaves Nesta for dead and finishes brilliantly into the bottom corner. Quick feet, great strike!
Lazio go up the other end with Konko who overlaps and delivers well, but there are not enough white shirts inside the box to finish. The Romans should have scored!
Ohhh! Aquilani fires straight at the Lazio goalkeeper when he should have scored. Ibrahimovic plays the midfielder through, he takes a good touch, but finishes poorly as the ball comes back off Bizzarri!
Good play by Cassano who holds onto the ball, it falls to Boateng who has a snap-shot, but his left-foot effort is dragged wide of goal. Milan respond to initial pressure.
Ohhh! Lazio pushing forward as Ledesma shoots from distance, but the strike is over the bar. Early warning signs have been sounded for Milan.
Not the best of turn outs by any means at San Siro as the stadium is less than half full. Not great for the first game of the season for Milan.
Lazio get us under way and Cisse is off on a pacy run down the left flank to deliver the cross, but Milan clear as they get to touch the ball too.
Not long now, the players are in the dressing room, but will soon be out for some real action as Serie A finally begins. So, whether you are a Milan fan, Lazio supporter, or just a football neutral, sit back, relax, and enjoy as Goal.com takes you through every kick, foul, goal and card of the game.
Milan (4-3-1-2): Abbiati, Abate, Nesta, Thiago Silva, Antonini, Gattuso, Ambrosini, Aquilani, Boateng, Ibrahimovic, Cassano. Alberto Aquilani makes his Serie A debut for the Milanese after joining on loan from Liverpool in the summer.
Here are the official confrmed line ups: Lazio (4-2-3-1): Bizzarri, Konko, Biava, Dias, Zauri, Ledesma, Brocchi, Cisse, Hernanes, Mauri, Klose.
Hello and welcome to Goal.com's LIVE commentary of the Serie A clash between AC Milan and Lazio at San Siro. Thank you for joining us for this exciting match as the Italian champions begin their title defence.
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