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October 15, 2011
• Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milano
Referee: P. Valeri
• Attendance: 53000
A. Nocerino 40'
A. Cassano 64'
90' + 2'
A valuable three points for Milan, concern for Palermo. That's me done, thanks for joining me Owen Neilson, you can find me @owenneilson on twitter, and I'll be commentating live around the world from 12:30 CET for Cesena - Fiorentina, so get your TV's on. Milan 3-0 Palermo. Peace
90' + 1'
It's been all Milan since, well since the first goal. Mangia is doubtless going to get roasted by Zamperini, but then everyone does so he shouldn't worry too much. Milan are taking the toast of the city this weekend after Inter's loss to Catania in Sicily.
Corner Milan as a studious looking Balzaretti watches on from the sides in his civies. This fashion of going short on the corner might work for Barcelona but there's a lot of teams in Italy that are just losing field position and/or possession.
Perhaps Zlatan had something to prove tonight after missing Sweden's game against the Netherlands. I think the stat went, they've won their last ten games without him. Hardly a confidence booster for their 'best' player and captain!
Tick Tock, but no more joy for Palermo, they're another unpredictable team. Beat Inter, lost to Atalanta, now a toothless, directionless performance against Milan, who in fairness before the goal were there for the taking.
Palermo scrabbling around in defence as Milan push for a fourth, I don't find myself saying that very often in Italian football. Aquilani with some nifty skill then a smart shot saved by Tzorvas.
As another Milan champion from tonight makes way. Cassano scores two for Italy then does the same for the Rossonero. Stone!
Stephan El Shaarawy
He has to be the meanest, weirdest footballer in Serie A. You know he's got some weird foibles, like only wearing a pair of trainers once, or not eating the skin on cucumber. What a man.
Did you know that Zlatan eats a pound of stones before sunrise every morning, washed down with monkey hearts. That's a real man. Then he practices Bushido. He should start his own martial art. Zlatanism, or Way of the Ibra, I'd sign up.
Zlatan slaying players left right and centre, Bertolo comes off worse from his Taikwondo skills as the forward's shot is blocked but the follow through forces Bertolo off.
That's a rout, but I supposed Milan have found a route through Palermo's defence. It's turned into a one-sided game with Milan profiting in all areas of the pitch. You wonder why they don't play like this for 80% of every game.
Assist Ignazio Abate
Goal Antonio Cassano
Cassano!! They're doing some weird Brazilian dance while Fantantonio sucks his thumb. 3-0 Milan and it's turning into a route. Pulled back from the edge of the box and Cassano drills it into the corner. Game over. Three points.
Aiy Currumba, Zlatan put through on the left of the box, charging onto the ball like a wild pony-tailed buffalo, but the colossus blasts over.
Something of a song echoing around the San Siro. Living in Milan as I do, I can't tell you enough how much winning the Scudetto meant to the Milanista last season. The city overnight was bedecked in red and black. Not that they're title contenders off this, but putting one in the eye of Inter means everything to them.
Ca Ca Ca, Can Milan score a third? Nope. Cassano gets it in the net bursting in behind but ruled out for offside. Apologies for the stutter, I'm seeing a therapist.
The champions lay the smack down on any Palermo come back and suddenly they are world beaters again....
Assist Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Ro Ro Ro Ro Ro Ro Ro Ro BEE BEE BEE BEE BEE BEE NEEHIOOOO! 2-0 Milan!! Robinho springs the offside trap and we have our second goal. Found with an angled ball by Zlatan 'I eat monkey hearts for breakfast' Ibrahimovic.
Corner to Milan and Palermo need to be on their toes. Aquilani tries to swing at one that loops over his shoulder on the second ball but Tzorvas claims. Still not seeing much from Palermo.
Incident abounds! Zlatan finds himself in space and pulls it back across the goal but cleared and Palermo can bring it forward.
Palermo still in a 4-1-4-1 without the ball trying to make it difficult for Milan with the ball.
Long ball up to Nocerino by Cassano, Top Gun (Volleyball scene) high fives. What an image! Can definitely see Cassamo rocking the speedos
Off we go again. Miccoli has gone off, Palermo's captain gone, Alvarez on. The Rosanero must attack.
Ibra hits a cannon blow with the right boot but Migliaccio, the warrior gets the block in. Much for Mangia to digest at half time. Boom Boom!!
The atmosphere in the San Siro is a little flat, neither Milan side has exhibited any real quality so far this season to get either set of fans excited. Napoli and Juventus have certainly been the most impressive two.
Customary drop in tempo from Milan following the goal. How are Palermo going to get a goal because they haven't created a great deal in this half.
Yellow Card Edgar Barreto
Assist Alberto Aquilani
Goal Antonio Nocerino
Abate is trying to take on two players on the flank and it's simply not working, he's not Dani Alves, but .. but... but... Nocerino!!! Against his old club Antonio Nocerino links up with Aquilani and it's a simple tap in from four yards. Milan 1-0 Palermo.
Counter attack in midfield but Palermo swarm over Ibra as he peals away to the right. The ball goes left and a Robinho shot is deflected for another short corner. Milan lose possession again.
Ibra almost finds space in the box but is crowded out by numerous defenders. The Swede wins a corner but there's no way through the wall of Rosanero
Bonera on for Silva, and that's not good for Milan.
There's one criticism I've read on match reports and min-by-min on goal.com, that "this is Italian football, accept it, or go away" In the global TV market, which provides the majority of funds for clubs, having a good product to sell to foreign markets is most important. Spending 30 minutes tapping the ball around at the back is bordering on self-harm.
Yellow Card Robinho
Lacking a bit of urgency Milan, a bit, a lot. Lest we forget they're defending champions, even factoring in Italian football's style this isn't a statement of intent.
Silva still hobbling around. Big news that I heard whispered this week, was that Berlusconi's latest trip to Russia, for Putin's 59th birthday was in part to talk about selling Milan to Gazprom. Make of that what you will.
Santa Maria!! Zlatan was clearly offside but didn't flag the giant Swede who flashes his shot across the goal. Another mistake in the Palermo defence gifts Milan an opportunity.
Ibra at the byline and tries to pull it back but the big bald swede of Migliaccio heads away.
Play meandering around in midfield, both sides just taking a break as is common in Italy. I commentated Vicenza - Verona today and it literally took them 45 minutes to warm up.
Cassano of course revealed he was going to retire in three years after a hard career of throwing his toys out of the pram. Footballers are another animal.
Yellow Card Alessandro Nesta
Chance!! Cassano again! Played in behind the line but Tzorvas does well to close down the angle.
There was a hope Phillipe Mexes would be involved but the French defender hasn't even made the bench. Miccoli beats Nesta for a yellow card. Both Milan sides showing their age.
Mangia making all sorts of hand movements on the touchline as Silva receives treatment for a collision. What a chance that was for Cassano! Six yards out to the right of the goal, but he couldn't test the keeper.
Cassano, the man of the moment latches onto a lucky bounce in the box, but slides his shot across the front of Tzorvas's goal.
Palermo with two rows of four in defence making it difficult for Milan. Nocerino does superbly to feed Robinho but the Brazilian loses control and it's cleared.
Ibrahimovich making a nuisance of himself on the edge of the box, but Palermo do well to force the ball back up the field.
Cassano given offside. Fantantonio could be crucial tonight along with Zlatan who missed the midweek win over the Netherlands because of suspension.
Corner to Palermo in their first attack but couldn't beat Zlatan at the front post.
Huge night for Mangia, a childhood Inter fan who came to the stadium where he grew up watching football.
The Barcelona style short corner doesn't work out well. Milan back to the halfway line. Counter by Hernandez who tries to score a wonder goal from 35 yards. No glory this time.
Bright start from Milan. Robinho feeds Abate on the right and Milan win a corner.
Underway at the Giuseppe Meazza, Milan already six points off the lead and they need need need a win tonight.
Well Palermo are looking pretty clueless now. Trying to put pressure on the ball but not in numbers so Milan are passing it about in defence thinking about Sunday lunch. Or maybe a night out on the town.
Pesky Palermo; Tzorvas, Pisano, Silvestre, Migliaccio, Mantovani, Bertolo, Barreto, Della Rocca, Ilicic, Hernandez, Miccoli
Mighty Milan; Abbiati; Abate, Nesta, Silva, Antonini; Nocerino, van Bommel, Aquilani; Robinho; Ibra, Cassano
Devis Mangia has the luxury of choosing from basically a fully-fit squad as Luca Di Matteo is the only injured player, however, Italy international Federico Balzaretti is banned and will miss the clash
Gennaro Gattuso, Alexandre Pato, Ignazio Abate and Massimo Ambrosini due to injury while Kevin Prince-Boateng is suspended.
Ok ladies and gents, I've magically switched from Sicily to Milan, back in more familiar surroundings. After Inter's loss it's imperative they win tonight to get away from their traditional rivals. Join me Owen Neilson resident minute by minute stooge and Italian football commentator. You can catch me tomorrow live on English networks around the world calling Cesena - Fiorentina.
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