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Stadio Alberto Braglia
Carpi v Milan Live Commentary, 06/12/2015
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That's all from us today. Thanks for joining us through this Serie A clash between Carpi and Milan. It's goodbye for now until next time!
Full time at Carpi and the Serie A newcomers earn themselves a draw against Milan. A poor attacking display from the Rossoneri and their poor performances on the road continue.
Late corner for Milan as a deflected pass goes out of play. Bonaventura whips a floated cross in, but the referee isn't happy with the wrestling in the box and awards a free-kick to Carpi.
It looks as if this match is going to end a draw. Milan are chucking everything they have at Carpi but simply put it hasn't been enough tonight. Belec has made a few good saves, but it's been a poor attacking performance in total.
Final sub of the game for Carpi and it's a defensive one to try and secure the point. Striker Borriello is brought off for full-back Gabriel Silva.
Scramble in the box following a corner which results in two saves from Belec and a penalty shout from Milan. The visitors really turning up the heat now and Gagliolo has to put his body on the line to stop a shot from Bonaventura.
Bonaventura is finding he's being doubled up on now but he still manages to find room in the Carpi box to get a shot off, unfortunately for Milan he drags his effort wide of the home side's goal.
The game is in it's final stages and Milan is on top, but still they look no closer to scoring with Belec yet to be truly tested. Unless something changes in this match, we could very well be heading to a 0-0.
Free-kick for Milan about 25 yards out and Niang takes the duties following the poor nature of Bonaventura's last effort, however the Frenchman is able to do no better and sends the ball into the stands.
Cross in from Pasciuti on the wing almost leads to an extravagant goal from Mbakogu as the Nigerian striker tries and overhead kick and almost connects. However, his effort goes wide due to the lack of accuracy on his effort.
Fantastic block from Labizia on the right flank again as Niang tried to get a cross into the box with both Bacca and Luiz Adriano unmarked in the area as the Rossoneri broke away on a counter.
Free-kick Milan in a dangerous position again and it's Cofie coming unstuck by the quality of Bonaventura again. The winger decides to shoot with the set-piece, but it goes well over Belec's crossbar.
Another sub for Carpi and it's Lasanga who makes way, who has looked dangerous tonight for the hosts. Mbakogu gets introduced in a like-for-like replacement.
Just like they did in the last half, Milan are displaying more quallity at the minutes progress. Niang wins the away side a corner as Labizia blocks the striker's cross into the box from the right flank.
A much neede change for Milan as Cerci makes way for Luiz Adriano. The Italian hasn't had his best game in a Milan shirt and won't look back on his performance tonight with pleasure.
Free-kick for Milan in a dangerous position as Bonaventura goes down, somewhat theatrically, to a tackle from Cofie. The winger takes the honours from the set-piece but his effort is gathered by Belec.
Beautiful skill from Bonaventura in midfield sees the winger flick the ball over the head of Cofie on the spin before feeding the ball to Niang, however the striker wastes the Italian's work by firing his effort wide.
Milan being reduced to long balls here as the Rossoneri lack creativity going forward. Mihajlovic may want to look towards his sub bench for his side to get the victory they want from this game.
STAT: Borriello has been involved in 7 of Carpi's 13 goals this season.
Neither goalkeeper yet to be tested in this half as both Milan and Carpi continue to cancel one another out. The home side looking the brighter of the two teams this half, just like they did at the start of the first.
Corner for Carpi as the ball breaks to Labizia about 25 yards out and the full-back tries to unleash a shot on goal through a sea of players but unsurprisingly it takes a deflection and goes wide.
Yellow card for Romagnoli as Lasanga picks the ball up in midfield and skips past the defender, leaving the cente-back little option to bring the forward to the groud.
Stoppage in play as De Sciglio goes to the ground clutching his ankle. The full-back requires treatment from the physio team but after a short while he's fine to continue.
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First sub of the match comes from Carpi as Castori brings off Martinho for Di Gaudio.
Another corner for Milan as Bonaventura whips a cross into the box but the play is brought to a halt by the referee as Niang is found to clip Gagliolo in the face whilst they were wrestling.
Milan have their first attack of the half and Niang earns the Rossoneri a corner after spinning past Zaccardo and drilling a cross along the ground which is put behind.
Starting minutes of this half have started similar to the last. Carpi showing the early initiative, however it's all coming from long, hopeful passes up the field and Milan are sweeping up well.
Carpi get the second half underway!
Halftime at Carpi and these two sides are going into the break level at 0-0. Milan have been the better of the two sides as the half progressed but the hosts do look as if they can threaten through Borriello and Lasagna.
A three verus two situation for Milan as Niang, Bacca and Bonaventura break away but Niang's pass to Bacca halts play as the Colombian is found offside to prevent a fantastic opoortunity.
A strike from Kucka outside the box from Milan is blocked by Gagliolo as it heads towards goal, but the ball almost deflects into the path of Bonaventura for an opportunity for the Rossoneri.
Penalty shouts from the home support as Lasagna wrestles with Alex to get through on goal and chip the ball over Donnarumma before going to groud. The referee waves play on despite appeals from Carpi.
Milan really turning up the heat on Carpi now as half time approaches and the home side look as if they could concede soon. Fabrizio Castori will be hoping his men can see out the first 45 minutes with the 0-0 scoreline in tact.
Niang stings the palms of Belec from outside the box to earn Milan a corner as the goalkeeper turns the ball over the crossbar. The set-piece is taken by Bonaventura but it's headed clear by the Carpi defence.
Niang, Bacca and Cerci breakaway in a three verus three situation however Bacca's pass across the pitch is heavy and flies past the Italian winger and out for a goal kick.
Free-kick for Milan in a dangerous position as Bacca whips a cross into the box which is met by the head of Niang, however the Frenchman is found offside for the second time in this match.
Milan starting to turn it up a notch now as both Abate and De Sciglio push forward to assist the visitors in attack. A risky strategy from the Rossoneri as Lasagna and Borriello look to pounce on the counter.
Cerci and Bacca exchange a wonderful one-two to allow the winger to rush through on goal, however yet again his touch lets him down and Belec is able to pounce and push the play out for a corner.
Free-kick for Carpi in a dangerous position and Pasciuti takes the duties of getting the ball into the box, but unfortunately for the home side his cross is poor and goes straight into the hands of Donnarumma.
De Sciglio rushes up the left side to support Milan in attack and eventually cuts the ball back to Niang on the edge of the box. The striker opts to try his luck from range, but his effort is high and wide of Belec's goal.
A lack of threats coming from either side in the last five minutes. Carpi still looking the most likely to score, but neither Donnarumma or Belec have been tested in a short while.
Alex appears to have taken it upon himself to man mark Borriello so the former Milan striker can't keep losing his marker like he did in the opening exchanges.
Milan starting to find their feet a bit now, although it must be said Carpi seem the most hungry. Cofie and Lollo are working extremely hard in midfield and are fighting for every ball.
Carpi's defensive line shows why it's the poorest in the league to allow Cerci to get behind them completely unmarked. Fortunately for the home side the winger is unable to bring the ball down out of the air well enough to fashion a shot.
Fantastic save from the Donnarumma as Lollo strikes a lethal shot towards the top corner of Milan's goal. A dangerous free-kick was cleared into the path of the midfielder and the teenager was fully extended to get a hand to that!
Alex picks up the first yellow card of the match as he pulls down Lasagna to prevent the forward from escaping the Brazilian
First real opportunity for Milan to run at the Carpi defence as Bacca drops deep to receive the ball, however his pass towards Niang is poor and possession is lost swifty.
Milan struggling here to contain Borriello. A header forward by Lollo over the visitor's defence allows the striker to get a shot off on goal but he slices his effort wide to the dismay of the home support.
A lot of long balls forward from both sides so far and it's one from Cofie towards Borriello which crafts a shooting opportunity for the hosts. The striker's cross was headed away and the Ghanian midfielder managed to rush forward to shoot but it was an easy save for Donnarumma.
Niang thought he had the opportunity to open the scoring as the striker was threaded through on goal by Montolivo, however the linesman flags the Frenchman offside and stops the play.
Martinho floats another cross into Milan's box which Romagnoli rises highest to clear, but his header can only find Pasciuti and the winger unleashes a volley which is well blocked by De Sciglio.
Carpi attack up the left side after the ball is well held up by Borriello up front, Martinho tries to cross deep towards Pasciuti but the winger gets underneath it and sees the play fly over him.
Milan get the match underway!
Kick-off is only five minutes away! The fans are in the stands, the atmosphere is building and the players are in the tunnel. Not long now.
A different forward line for Carpi heading into this fixture from their last league match. Returning from injury, Borriello leads the line against his former employers with his support behind him coming from Lasagna. Meanwhile, Milan make just the one change from their previous Serie A match with De Sciglio coming in for Antonelli.
Subs: Abbiati, Livieri, Calabria, Rodrigo Ely, Mexes, Zapata, De Jong, Josè Mauri, Poli, Suso, Honda, Luiz Adriano.
Milan (4-4-2): Donnarumma; Abate, Alex, Romagnoli, De Sciglio; Cerci, Kucka, Montolivo, Bonaventura; Bacca, Niang.
Subs: Brkic, Ryder, Lazzari, Di Gaudio, Spolli, Marrone, Mbakogu.
Carpi (4-4-1-1): Belec; Letizia, Gagliolo, S.Romagnoli, Zaccardo; Martinho, Lollo, Cofie, Pasciuti; Lasagna, Borriello.
CONFIRMED TEAM NEWS
After dismantling Sampdoria 4-1 in the league, Sinisa Mihajlovic's team will be keen to rectify their performances away from home when they travel to Carpi who have in fact won just the once at the Stadio Alberto Braglia in the Serie A this season. A win for Milan today could see them jump up to sixth and just one point away from the European spots.
The home side come into this match on back-to-back wins after progressing in the cup against Vincenza and a fantastic 2-1 away win at Genoa. However, Fabrizio Castori's side face a tough task to take any points off of Milan despite the Rossoneri being below par on the road.
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