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May 22, 2011
• Stadio Communale Friuli, Udine
Referee: P. Tagliavento
• Attendance: 15000
That's it from us tonight. Lazio defeated Lecce 4-2 this evening but will play in the Europa League as Udinese earned the draw they needed to qualify for the Champions League. Milan will be happy to end their superb campaign without defeat so the result will suit both sides this evening. Be sure to check out the other final fixtures of a gripping Serie A season on Goal.com with Juventus, Napoli and Roma all in action tonight. Goodnight and god bless.
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FULL-TIME! It finishes 0-0 which means Udinese grab the fourth and final Champions League spot. Guidolin's men can perhaps count themselves unlucky not to grab all three points after dominating the second half. Amelia was in inspired form for Milan, the highlight being saving Di Natale's penalty.
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Yellow Card C. Seedorf
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Armero is brought down on the left wing by Seedorf. Will Di Natale look to cross the ball here or run down time?
Robinho flicks the ball into the box with Flamini forward but the Frenchman fails to control the ball. There will be two minutes of stoppage time.
Lazio still lead Lecce 4-2 but Udinese will hold onto fourth spot and take part in next season's Champions League as long as they do not concede in these final minutes.
Milan replace goalkeeper Amelia with Roma who makes his season debut in the final game of the campaign. The departing keeper has been arguably the man of the match this evening, making several superb stops.
Scary moment for Udinese as Prince-Boateng's flicked header nearly fell into the path of Robinho. However, Handanovic is alert to it and smothers the loose ball.
Play resumes as we head into the final five minutes as Cassano strokes the ball back to Handanovic to give possession back to the home side.
Udinese still looking the better side although there will be a slight delay in proceedings with Sanchez down with cramp.
The Udinese onslaught has died down a little in recent minutes with Milan regaining control of the ball. Will the home team's search for a goal lead to gaps in their defence?
The home side are completely dominating here and will be wondering how they have not taken the lead. Lazio are still beating Lecce 4-2 although a point is enough for Guidolin's side to claim fourth spot.
UDINESE COME CLOSE AGAIN! Sanchez dances around several challenges before shooting from the edge of the box. His low shot is blocked by the legs of Amelia with Armero wasting the rebound, hitting the ball off his own team-mate, Di Natale.
UDINESE HIT THE BAR AND THE POST! Inler picks the ball up 30 yards from goal and unleashes a thunderbolt. Amelia is left rooted to his spot as he can only watch on as the ball rebounds off the crossbar, then onto the post and clear of danger. Astonishing stuff.
BRILLIANT SAVE FROM AMELIA! Di Natale whips a nice looking corner into the near post which is flicked goalwards by Inler. However, the keeper turns the ball around the post with another terrific stop.
Missed Penalty Antonio Di Natale
Penalty save Marco Amelia
PENALTY SAVED! Di Natale steps up, looking for his 29th Serie A goal of the season but his low effort is tipped into the post by Amelia. A wonderful penalty save.
PENALTY TO UDINESE! Sanchez embarks on a mazy run down the right wing, making his way past several Milan players before Seedord's late challenge brings the winger down.
Concern for Milan with Pato being stretchered off following a tough tackle from Zapata. Robinho will be brought into the game.
Heading into the final 20 minutes, the score remains 0-0. Both sides have enjoyed decent spells in this second half although Udinese have come closer to scoring, especially the frontline of Di Natale and Sanchhez who have scored 38 Serie A goals between them this season.
BRILLIANT SAVE BY AMELIA! The keeper has been in inspired form this evening and makes a great save to deny Sanchez who bypasses three Milan defender before shooting from a narrow angle.
Lazio look to have secured victory in Lecce with Vives putting the ball past his own keeper to make it 4-2 to the away side.
GREAT SAVE FROM AMELIA! Di Natale receives the ball in the Milan box, getting between both cente halfs but his 15 yard effort is parried by the keeper.
Again, Armero looks lively down the wing but Thiago Silva is on cue to race out of his central position to put the ball into the stands. A goal looks unlikely at the moment in a lively game where both defences are impressing.
The home support raise their noise levels when Armero races clear of Abate down the wing. However, Thiago Silva is on hand to tackle the winger. The Brazilian really has been the stand out defender in Serie A this season.
Vila's cross-come-shot from the left wing is claimed by Handanovic but the Slovenian keeper looks injured following a late lunge by Prince-Boateng.
There has been a goal in the game between Lecce and Lazio with the away side taking the lead for the third time. Zarate has grabbed his second goal of the game from the penalty spot. Udinese will still finish fourth if the scores stay the same on goal difference.
Udinese can't seem to get hold of the ball at the moment although Milan are hardly peppering their goal with shots. The home side defending resolutely at the moment.
Milan are in control at the moment as a decent spell of possession ends in Emanuelson thrashing the ball over the crossbar, a dreadful effort.
Cassano plays a short corner to Emanuelson before receiving the ball and whipping it into the box. However, Zapata is on hand to clear the danger with a terrific diving header.
Udinese have made a bright start to the second hald as Di Natale breaks into the box. The Serie A top scorer looks about to pull the trigger but Emanuelson gets a foot in.
Mark van Bommel
Milan get the second half underway with Milan bringing on Emanuelson for the injured van Bommel at the break. Surely Pirlo will make a final appearance in the red and black of Milan this evening.
At the moment, Udinese will finish in fourth spot as a point will be enough for the home side tonight. Their rivals for the final Champions League qualification spot, Lazio, are currently drawing 2-2 away to Lecce at half-time meaning the Roman club will stay two points behind Guidolin's men. Join us for the second half in 15 minutes for what promises to be an intriguing 45 minutes.
Yellow Card Mehdi Benatia
HALF-TIME! The free-kick comes to nothing and the referee blows the whistle for the interval. Both sides have enjoyed decent spells of possession and the nearest we have come to a goal was Di Natale's free-kick which struck the post.
Milan are ending the first-half positively with the debutant Vila impressing with his marauding runs down the left wing. Seedord will deliver a ball into the box from a set-piece. Can the away team score?
Big cheer in Stadio Friuli as the big screen shows Lecce have equalised. Piatti's left-footed drive on 41 minutes has pegged Reja's men back meaning Lazio will not be able to overtake Udinese who are in fourth spot if the scores stay the same.
At the moment, Udinese will qualify for next season's Champions League but a Milan goal would change that. The first goal in this game is vital.
CLOSE FROM SANCHEZ! Armero whips a great ball into the box from the left but the Chilean player can only head over the bar from eight yards.
There has been some drama in the game between Lecce and Lazio. The home side equalised through a neat finish from Coppola on 32 minutes. However Zarate has restored the away side's lead after running onto Rocchi's through ball and scoring to make it 2-1 to Lazio.
Shot on goal for Milan. Flamini flicks the bal into the path of Cassano on the edge of the box but the former Sampdoria man can only hit his shot straight into the arms of Handanovic.
Interesting midfield battle at the moment with Pinzi, Inler and Asamoah looking to create space by passing and moving. However, Prince-Boateng, Flamini and van Bommel have all been guilty of 'roughing' up the home team's midfield which is disrupting the flow of the game.
Udinese are definitely seeing more of the ball in this first-half but as they have done so often this season, Milan look dangerous on the counter-attack. Will we see an opening goal anytime soon?
Just as I say that, Milan come close. After some wonderful build-up play, Cassano chips an inviting ball towards Seedorf who is running into the box. However, Handanovic rushes out of his goal to punch clear, injuring Seedorf in the process.
Still 0-0 here which would leave both sides content if it was to stay the same. Milan have offered very little going forward with Udinese seeing the best of the play.
In Lecce, Lazio still lead 1-0 although the home side have reacted well to going a goal down. Piatti and Mesbah have both missed opportunites in the opening 20 minutes to draw level.
The home team are continuing to put Allegri's side under pressure with Zapata's ball into the box finding Asamoah who is unable to bring it under control.
UDINESE HIT THE POST! Di Natale lines up a free-kick 30 yards from goal and curls a powerful effort towards Amelia's goal. The former Palermo keeper leaps across his goal only to see the ball smack off the wrong side of the post. Big let off.
Yellow Card Kevin-Prince Boateng
Van Bommel escapes a booking for a late challenge on Sanchez who has already drawn a number of fouls from Milan. Surely the danger man for the home side.
Slow start to this game with the home side looking the likelier to break the deadlock at the moment. However, no real clear cut chances of note as of yet.
Yellow Card Mathieu Flamini
First yellow card of the game is shown to Flamini. The former Arsenal man slides Inler with a two-footed lunge. He wins the ball but it is a dangerous looking challenge.
Seedorf, who could be playing his final game for Milan this evening picks the ball up 25 yards out but his long range effort is high, wide and not so handsome.
Another opportunity for Guidolin's men as Isla slides the ball back to Inler who hits a low effort from 25 yards out. However, it's a weak effort which never looks like causing Amelia any trouble.
Sanchez is released down the right side of the box but the angle is tight and the in-demand Chilean can only sky the ball over the bar.
Goal alert from Lecce. Lazio have taken a 1-0 lead in the sixth minute with Rocchi sliding the ball into the net following Ledesma's clever through ball. The Roman club would qualify for the Champions League if they kept their lead and Milan were to beat Udinese here.
Another free-kick awarded to Udinese as Yepes comes out of the centre of defence to barge into Sanchez. The following free-kick is wasted by the home side.
The champions are in control of possession at the moment, slowly knocking the ball around the field, allowing everyone to get a touch of the ball.
The home side get us underway and straight away the inexperienced Vila brings down Pinzi on the right wing. Di Natale whips a ball into the box from the resulting set-piece but Milan clear with ease.
Udinese line-up with the expected XI while Milan spring a few surprises. Didac Vila makes a rare start at left-back with Zambrotta dropping to the bench. Pirlo, who is on the verge of departing the club does not figure in the starting XI with Flamini lining up in midfield.
AC Milan starting XI: Amelia, Abate, Yepes, Thiago Silva, Vila; Flamini, Van Bommel, Seedorf; Boateng; Pato, Cassano
Udinese starting XI: Handanovic; Benatia, Zapata, Domizzi; Isla, Pinzi, Inler, Asamoah, Armero; Sanchez, Di Natale
Here come the teams....
We will also be keeping you upto date with the Lecce versus Lazio game with Edoardo Reja's men needing a victory to stand any chance of Champions League football next season.
Hello and welcome to Goal.com's coverage of the Serie A fixture between Udinese and AC Milan. We're into the final round of fixtures in Italy and this is a huge game. The home team require a win to secure a Champions League berth for next season although a point should be enough to see them finish above fifth-placed Lazio. Milan on the otherhand have already been crowned champions but will looking to end an impressive season on a high.
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