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December 17, 2011
• Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milano
Referee: M. Bergonzi
• Attendance: 41759
A. Nocerino 54'
Z. Ibrahimovic 64'
90' + 4'
And it's all over! 2-0 to Allegri's men! Milan returns to the top of the table with a one point lead over Juventus and Udinese, having played a game more. The home side have now won the last six games at home, and it's back to the drawing board for Sannino to remedy his side's away form. I'm Julian De Martinis and I'd like to thank you for joining us here at Goal.com for this one. Take care!
90' + 3'
Grossi gets in a fantastic position in the box and tries to slot the ball into the near post but Amelia isn't fooled and saves the shot!
90' + 1'
The fourth official has added on four minutes of injury time.
Aquilani earns Milan their tenth corner of the match but it comes to nothing.
Another possibility for Milan goes begging as the pass to Ibra is overhit and slides past the striker.
The onrushing Nocerino heads an Ibrahimovic cross just passed the post after some excellent hold up play by the big Swede.
Very neat ball from Destro to Angelo as the latter races into the box but he is just slightly offside. That was quite the pass, nevertheless.
Emanuelson commits a foul and Siena are very quick to take the free kick. It's intercepted by Van Bommel and then given away by Bonera.
Destro coming on now for Reginaldo as Siena take one last roll of the dice.
Despite having a two goal cushion Milan continue to look for an additional goal. Less than 10 minutes plus injury time to go now and Siena are going to need something special to get back into this one.
Bolzoni is at it again! He forces a wonderful save from Amelia as he gets on the end of a cross and brushes off Bonera far too easily.
Ibra commits a foul and Siena take the ensuing free kick quickly. Brienza tries to chip it to Vitiello in the box but it's overhit and right out for a goal-kick.
Taiwo is down and in some pain. Allegri has used up all 3 substitutions and the medical team is coming onto the pitch with a stretcher as Milan's fullback woes look to continue. Luckily Taiwo is able to walk off himself and looks alright to come back on.
Emanuelson coming on for Boateng now.
Robinho is coming off for Pato now as the young Brazilian looks to get his goalscoring boots back on.
Assist Kevin-Prince Boateng
Penalty Goal Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Ibra scores! The Swede rifles the shot into the right of the net; Brkic guessed correctly but the ball was simply too fast for him to reach. Milan now 2-0 up and cruising towards victory.
Yellow Card Zeljko Brkic
PENALTY TO MILAN! Brkic takes down Boateng in the box after a fantastic counter attack from Milan. It all started with Aquilani back defending, taking the ball from Siena and playing it forward. The penalty is somewhat debatable as Boateng did appear to go down rather easily, but nevertheless, it's been given.
Mexes shepards out a cross well after Grossi fails to control it in the box.
Taiwo plays a decent cross into the box. The ball initially isn't cleared well but Siena gets a reprieve when Aquilani concedes a free kick. Grossi comes on for Gazzi immediately after.
Siena trying to immediately get back into the match but Thiago Silva and co are more than up for the challenge.
And another change- D'Agostino coming on for Reginaldo as Sannino looks to gain more control in the centre of the pitch.
Seedorf off for Aquilani immediately following the goal.
Goal Antonio Nocerino
NOCERINO GOAL! And the midfielder cannot stop scoring this season! He precisely slots the ball into the net after a great cutback by Robinho from a corner. The ball made it through several players and into the net, though it seems the ball may have taken a deflection on the way. Milan up 1-0!
Gazzi is walking off the pitch for treatment after being smacked in the mouth by a trailing hand from Boateng. He doesn't appear to be bleeding and comes back onto the pitch shortly thereafter.
Neither side is playing particular well at the moment, constantly losing the ball and failing to get past the midfield.
Yellow Card C. Seedorf
Seedorf booked for Milan as he pulled down Angelo on a counter.
Siena waste a counter-attacking which looked rather promising. It began when Taiwo's cross was cleared to Reginaldo, who ghosted past Van Bommel and raced down the pitch. Three Siena players took on two Milan defenders but the cross was poor and allowed Amelia to collect without any problems.
Reginaldo tries to take control in the box but he fails to bring down the bouncing ball properly.
Brienza flicks a header on past Mexes but the player had returned from an offside position, and Milan thus have a free-kick. This time it's Ibra who's offside and now Siena have a free-kick themselves.
And we're back! No changes from either coach over the break. Siena start off by nearly cutting through Milan's defence but Amelia is there and willing to scoop up the ball.
Terzi does very well to cut out a great cross in the box and Bergonzi blows the whistle shortly thereafter. For all the possession and dominance Milan have had, the best chance actually came from Siena and the home side aren't looking very lethal up front. Join us in 15 minutes for the rest of the match!
As the game approaches the half, Milan look like they're in desperate need of a bit of imagination. Lots of poor crosses at the moment but no real cutting edge to Allegri's side, who look like they need the guile of Aquilani.
Thiago Silva pushes Calaio out of bounds and Bergonzi awards a free kick to the visitors. Rossettini plays it all the way to Calaio but the striker is offside as he receives it.
Allegri is not going to be happy with this from Milan, who should be ahead after a great opening spell but have taken their foot off the pedal. Seedorf lazily puts in a very overhit cross into the box, and it seems like Ibra is the only source of creativity up front.
Ibra once again at the heart of a Milan attack, cleverly backheeling a pass to Seedorf in the box. The latter shoots and forces a solid diving save from Brkic.
Solid cross in from Siena but Amelia does well to come off his line and grab it. Milan race to the Siena goal and Boateng tries to cut a cross in, but it comes off Gazzi for a corner. Eventually Taiwo tries a long range effort from the corner but his shot is well wide and high.
Yellow Card Alessandro Gazzi
The first yellow of the game comes out for Gazzi who takes out Boateng roughly in midfield, missing the ball entirely as he sticks his leg out.
The away side are all too glad to take a free-kick in their half and look to Calaio to run at Milan's defence, but neither side can keep the ball at the moment.
Another chance goes begging! Taiwo to Ibra to Robinho, who fights off quite a few challenges just in front of goal before his shot gets deflected for a corner. There was a superb touch by Ibra in the buildup then to get the ball to the Brazilian.
A bit of the pace has been taken out of the game now as Siena are giving Milan problems passing. The away side is doing better in pressing and shutting down passing lanes.
Very very poor first touch from Boateng. Robinho had played the ball to the dynamic midfielder just outside the box, but the player plays it too far ahead of himself and it goes out for a goal-kick.
Siena getting a bit of a reprieve now as they're doing well to maintain possession in Milan's half via a series of throw-ins. They earn a corner after Taiwo's clearance which goes over everyone and out for a goal-kick.
Gazzi is down in some pain in his back but it looks like he'll play on. Bonera had headed him accidentally whilst trying to clear the ball.
Ibra fires a header over the bar from another great position. He really needs to get his shots on target from such close range.
Siena nearly take a shock lead! Bolzoni plays the offside trap perfectly as Bonera plays him on, and he beats Abbiati to the ball before poking it just wide of the far post. Once again Milan looking very suspect at the back.
Milan poking and prodding at the Siena backline, trying to find some way to break through but just cannot get a shot off at the moment.
What a chance for Milan! A fantastic ball is played into Boateng's path by Robinho, but Brkic pulls out a great stop as he dives low to parry it away. No one can get on the follow-up and Siena manage to clear.
Siena's first shot on target comes from Del Grosso, who rifles a shot from a few yards outside the box but it's right at Amelia.
Robinho nearly dribbles his way through three players but gets stopped just as he was entering the box by Rossettini.
It's a full scale assault on the goal, now. Siena clear three dangerous passes in a row as Milan are rushing forward at every opportunity.
Ibra somehow fires over the crossbar from mere yards out! Rossettini and Terzi make a meal of a clearance and the ball bounces off both players and falls fortuitously for the Swede. He volleys his shot but it's far too high. Siena just hanging on at the moment.
Reginaldo gets past Seedorf and Van Bommel with some great dribbling but drills his shot wide of Amelia's near post. The home side looked quite vulnerable for a few seconds, there.
Rossettini does just enough to get in front of a Robinho cross and concede a corner to Milan. It's played short to Taiwo who fires in a low cross but it's cleared. Mexes gets the ball and plays another cross to Ibra, who knocks it down for Robinho. Seedorf is played in and he mis-kicks his shot, which goes out wide for a goal kick.
Great play from Milan. Ibra somehow squeezes a pass through several players to get to Seedorf inside the box, and the veteran Dutch midfielder quickly sprays it wide for Nocerino. The latter's cross is cut out.
Seedorf now trying his magic with a lofted pass but Del Grosso reads it perfectly. Moments later it looks like Boateng and Robinho do just enough to break through in the box but scrappy defending saves the away side.
Angelo just brushes aside Taiwo on his way into the box and the Milan fullback will need to do much better than that to fight for a starting birth in the future. Luckily for him, the ensuing attack comes to nothing.
Ibra and Robinho are giving Terzi and company all kinds of trouble as they try to play the ball out from the back. Again the away side loses possession easily and Milan have no trouble getting to the box.
Calaio actually gets the ball in Milan's box but he's quite offside.
Half chance there! Nocerino gets to the byline with the ball and cuts it back across goal, but he fails to find any Milan players. The home side get the ball back; Ibra chips one into the ball for the onrushing Boateng but Brkic scoops it up easily.
Siena finally get the ball but have to resort to long balls thanks to great pressing from the likes of Nocerino and Boateng. Thiago Silva wins the header easily and once again Milan are absolutely swarming Siena.
Milan's dominance around the Siena box ends as Mexes' pass to Bonera goes right out of bounds. The home side are suffocating the visitors at the moment as Nocerino just fails to get a shot on target. A goal looks imminent.
Boateng lofts a fantastic ball from the side of the box to Ibra in the middle. The striker's shot is blocked but he manages to wrestle possession back from Terzi, and Milan look to come forward again.
And we have kick-off! Right off the bat, Ibra races through the Siena defence to collect a through ball but the tall Swede is just offside. Siena's counter is unsuccessful, and Milan use the opportunity to build an attack from the back.
What a block!! Del Grosso slides to prevent Pato's point blank shot from going into the net and that looked certain to be a goal!
So close to a third! Pato began the chance with a fantastic shot that Brkic parried into the air. Aquilani collected it and crossed it perfectly for Ibra, but the Swede's header was off target from mere yards out!
Mexes does very well to head clear a dangerous cross in the box. Milan looking quite comfortable now thanks to their two goal cushion.
Milan waste a great counter! Ibra takes on several players in the box and backheels the ball right to Pato, but the Brazilian tripped and fell down! Siena manage to clear and that should've led to a shot.
Boateng cuts inside from the right wing and drives his shot well wide of the far post.
The two sides are walking out for the pre-game anthem now. Each team is decked in their usual garments; Milan wearing black and red and Siena in their black and white stripes.
Mere minutes away from kickoff now. Milan have won each of the last four meetings between these two sides, twice scoring four goals or more but only once keeping a clean sheet.
The away side have a rather attacking team out, though they are missing the likes of D'Agostino in midfield. Guiseppe Sannino has made four changes from the side that eliminated Palermo from the Coppa Italia. SIENA: Brkic, Vitiello, Rossettini, Terzi, Del Grosso, Angelo, Bolzoni, Gazzi, Reginaldo, Brienza, Calaiò. Bench: Pegolo, Rossi, Contini, Grossi, Mannini, Gonzalez, Destro.
The starting elevens have been announced. Allegri has tinkered with his side a bit, no doubt to rest some players for Tuesday's midweek clash away to Cagliari. Taiwo gets a chance to prove himself and Amelia features in goal as regulars Abbiati and Aquilani are out for this one. MILAN: Amelia, Bonera, Mexes, Thiago Silva, Taiwo, Seedorf, Van Bommel, Nocerino, Boateng, Ibrahimovic, Robinho. Bench: Roma, De Sciglio, Aquilani, Ambrosini, Emanuelson, Pato, El Shaarawy.
Siena have been quite dreadful on the road, to boot. They've yet to win in seven away matches, drawing four and losing three whilst conceding seven goals and scoring three. The key here may be to play for a draw and try to keep a clean sheet, which may not be too tough for the 6th best defence in Serie A.
Allegri's team have turned the San Siro into a fortress this season; in seven home games, Milan have won five, drawn two, scored nineteen goals and conceded a mere four.
The away side can take solace in the fact that Milan barely scraped out a tie last week against Bologna, in a game that the side probably should have lost. However, that point was still one more than Siena gained at home against Genoa, where Alberto Malesani's side picked up all three in a 2-0 win. Needless to say, neither team had a great result last gameday and will be looking to make amends here.
Welcome to Goal.com's match coverage of Milan vs Siena! Maxmiliano Allegri's third placed side take on 17th placed Siena, who have failed to even pick up a point in the last three gamedays. On paper this should be a straightforward win for the Rossoneri, but the game is never played on paper, is it?
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