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2 vs 3
Played
October 29, 2011 5:00 PM BST
Stadio Olimpico — Roma
Referee:‬ A. Damato‎
Attendance:‬ 44000‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Roma 2-3 AC Milan

Goal.com rates the performances of the players involved in the Rossoneri's victory over the Giallorossi as Zlatan Ibrahimovic bags two to inspire his team to all three points

By Vasil Kotsev

  • Maarten Stekelenburg
    16
    14
    2.50

    Maarten Stekelenburg

    Beaten rather easily for all but the first goal. Milan had three shots on target, and scored thrice, which really says it all. A game to forget for the Dutch goalkeeper.

  • Juan
    7
    13
    2.50

    Juan

    The Brazilian defender had a very difficult game against Ibrahimovic and should take some of the blame for the opener. More often than not he found it hard to contain the Swede, and was hesitant in the air.

  • José Ángel
    7
    14
    2.50

    José Ángel

    The Spaniard had a below-par game as he was caught out of position on a number of occasions. Was reckless in the tackle, and was not much of a threat in the final third in the second half. At fault for Nesta's goal as he was easily out-muscled by the veteran.

  • Nicolas Burdisso
    10
    10
    3.00

    Nicolas Burdisso

    The Argentine was the best player in Roma's defence, which is not saying much. Did well to score the equaliser, but was often turned inside and out by Robinho, and his lack of pace was exposed on a number of occasions.

  • Marco Cassetti
    6
    17
    2.50

    Marco Cassetti Flop of the Match

    The defender showed once again his positioning sense was below par as more often than not he had to sprint back to catch up with Milan's attackers. Had virtually no contribution in the final third.

  • David Pizarro
    24
    9
    3.50

    David Pizarro

    The Chilean was simply unplayable at times, dribbling with ease past the visitors' defence. Put in some neat passes, and did a lot of work in defence as well.

  • Miralem Pjanic
    42
    5
    3.00

    Miralem Pjanic

    The ex-Olympique Lyonnais man showed great delivery from set-pieces, but was hardly a threat from open play. Assisted the equaliser, and nearly scored with a majestic free-kick on the hour mark.

  • Daniele De Rossi
    18
    9
    3.00

    Daniele De Rossi

    The midfielder had a great game in defensively, but failed to offer anything in the final third. Showed some good touches on the ball, but his passing was far from his usual standard.

  • Fernando Gago
    9
    17
    2.50

    Fernando Gago

    The Argentine hardly made an impact as he chased shadows for most of the game, and failed to make his presence felt in the centre of the pitch. Booked for an offence that could have easily earned him a red card.

  • Pablo Daniel Osvaldo
    11
    15
    2.50

    Pablo Daniel Osvaldo

    Missed a great chance in the 71st minute, and cut a frustrated figure upfront. Did not get many chances, but hardly helped himself with his positioning either.

  • Fabio Borini
    12
    15
    3.00

    Fabio Borini

    The ex-Chelsea man did well before picking up an injury, which ended his participation in this game.

Substitutions

  • Gabriel Heinze
    12
    10
    2.50

    Gabriel Heinze

    Beaten in the air by Ibrahimovic for the third goal that ultimately sunk Roma.

  • Erik Lamela
    25
    17
    2.50

    Erik Lamela

    An inspired cameo by the ex-River Plate youngster, who was at the heart of everything in the final 20 minutes, and played a key part in Roma's second goal.

  • Bojan Krkic
    33
    11
    3.00

    Bojan Krkic

    Came on for Borini, and generally had a hard time against Milan's robust defence. Showed great instincts to score Roma's second goal, though.

  • Christian Abbiati
    54
    12
    3.00

    Christian Abbiati

    The goalkeeper had no chance for the equaliser, but could have done better for Roma's second goal as he spilled Lamela's shot onto Bojan's feet. He did pull off some fantastic saves, though, as he stopped Pjanic's free-kick on the hour mark, and denied Osvaldo from six yards out in the 71st minute.

  • Alessandro Nesta
    105
    6
    3.50

    Alessandro Nesta

    The veteran defender delivered an immense performance in the heart of Milan's defence. Read the game superbly, and made some very important interventions, with his lunge in the 57th minute being a highlight. Scored a fine goal to put the cherry on the cake.

  • Gianluca Zambrotta
    32
    42
    2.50

    Gianluca Zambrotta

    An inept performance as he was completely at fault for the equaliser and had absolutely no influence in the final third. Looked like a liability at the back in a game he would like to forget.

  • Ignazio Abate
    61
    9
    3.00

    Ignazio Abate

    Had a field day against Roma's left flank until Lamela entered the pitch. Was rock-solid at the back in the first half, and made a few rampaging runs, but was pinned back once the Argentine came on.

  • Thiago Silva
    66
    8
    3.00

    Thiago Silva

    Had a lapse of concentration, which ultimately got punished as Roma scored a second goal. Did very well to limit Osvaldo's efficiency, once again proving he is a great reader of the game.

  • Mark van Bommel
    28
    33
    2.50

    Mark van Bommel

    The Dutchman had an uncharacteristically poor game as he did not look like his usual combative self in the centre of the pitch. On top of that, his passing was below-par, and looked hesitant on the ball.

  • Alberto Aquilani
    117
    4
    3.50

    Alberto Aquilani

    The ex-Liverpool man had an inspired game as he displayed his arsenal of precise passing and shooting. Assisted Ibrahimovic's brace, and nearly got on the score-sheet with a cracking effort near the hour mark. Did not look too assured helping out in defence, however.

  • Antonio Nocerino
    56
    10
    3.00

    Antonio Nocerino

    The ex-Palermo man had a decent game as he showed tremendous work-rate, covering a lot of ground for his team. Kept his passing simple, but should really have converted a chance in the 86th minute.

  • Kevin-Prince Boateng
    55
    44
    2.50

    Kevin-Prince Boateng

    Had an average game as nothing he tried in this game worked. His passing was sloppy, and he lacked his usual drive. Shown a red card for a spat on the touchline shortly after he was substituted.

  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic
    149
    11
    4.00

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic Top of the Match

    An immense performance by the Swede, who led his team by example, netting with two superb headers. Gave Roma's defence a nightmare evening in a memorable game.

  • Robinho
    59
    26
    3.00

    Robinho

    The Brazilian was sharp on the ball in this game, but his final pass left a lot to be desired. Showed great vision to bypass Roma's defence, but really could have done better to take his chances.

Substitutions

  • Massimo Ambrosini
    28
    15
    2.50

    Massimo Ambrosini

    A late substitution.

  • Urby Emanuelson
    60
    3
    3.00

    Urby Emanuelson

    An energetic cameo by the ex-Ajax man.

  • Antonio Cassano
    74
    8
    3.00

    Antonio Cassano

    Impressed on the ball, and showed great vision to create some decent chances.

Results
 
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