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1 vs 4
Played
April 29, 2012 2:00 PM BST
Stadio Comunale Artemio Franchi - Montepaschi Arena — Siena
Referee:‬ C. Brighi‎
Attendance:‬ 14655‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Siena 1-4 AC Milan

Goal.com casts a studious eye over the performers as the Rossoneri scored four goals in a comfortable victory away from home to stay three points behind Juventus

By Keeghann Sinanan

  • Zeljko Brkic
    16
    30
    2.00

    Zeljko Brkic Flop of the Match

    Gifted Milan the breakthrough with an atrocious bit of handling from a seemingly routine Ibrahimovic cross, instead spilling the ball right into Cassano’s path. Did make a pair of good saves on Boateng and Ibrahimovic after, but the damage had already been done.

  • Roberto Vitiello
    4
    13
    2.50

    Roberto Vitiello

    Rarely got the chance to venture forward as he had to be on his toes to stop Milan attacking down his flank. A few nervy moments at the back regardless.

  • Cristiano Del Grosso
    3
    13
    2.50

    Cristiano Del Grosso

    His concentration started to slip at crucial moments during the first half after a strong start to the match. Sometimes left too much space between himself and the nearest central defender. Did have some good passes in the offensive third though.

  • Luca Rossettini
    4
    12
    2.50

    Luca Rossettini

    Apart from the odd moment of miscommunication in tracking Ibrahimovic and Cassano, the defender executed his duties at the back decently. The big Swede did give him some problems with his strength, but that was to be expected.

  • Claudio Terzi
    3
    13
    2.50

    Claudio Terzi

    Was always going to be second best defending against Ibrahimovic in the build-up to Milan’s second and so it proved. Taken off with an injury midway through the first half.

  • Simone Vergassola
    3
    10
    2.50

    Simone Vergassola

    The veteran started strongly in the game, but as Milan’s influence grew, his waned. Tired legs told the story in the second half, and he drifted from the game.

  • Alessandro Gazzi
    3
    10
    2.50

    Alessandro Gazzi

    A little pedestrian at times in the middle of the park, and rarely looked like making a decisive contribution whenever his side had possession of the ball.

  • Paolo Grossi
    3
    11
    3.00

    Paolo Grossi

    Like the rest of his teammates, he faded after a positive start to the game. There were long stretches where he did not touch the ball at all, and his withdrawal in the second half was of little surprise.

  • Marcelo Larrondo
    3
    14
    2.50

    Marcelo Larrondo

    Ineffective showing in the attacking third, and never looked close to a breakthrough. Taken off early in the second half to end a frustrating outing.

  • Mattia Destro
    4
    15
    2.50

    Mattia Destro

    Just was not his day. Some incredibly poor touches in the penalty box, including one effort that he completely mishit from a position from which he should have scored. He would inadvertently play a role in the Siena breakthrough though, when his shot was tipped right into Bogdani’s path.

  • Franco Brienza
    6
    14
    2.50

    Franco Brienza

    Showed some encouraging signs in the opening exchanges, with some lively play in the attacking third. However, his contribution could not last the whole game as he failed to shine much after the two quickfire Milan goals.

Substitutions

  • Matteo Contini
    3
    11
    2.50

    Matteo Contini

    Came on in the first half due to an injury to Terzi, and was suspect in the last two Milan goals, with a pair of missed tackles.

  • Francesco Bolzoni
    3
    10
    2.50

    Francesco Bolzoni

    Did not contribute a whole lot despite playing the majority of the second half.

  • Erjon Bogdani
    35
    7
    3.00

    Erjon Bogdani

    Struggled to initially make an imprint on the game as his side were starved of possession after his arrival. However, he was on hand to tap in a rebound after an Abbiati save to give Siena hope late on.

  • Christian Abbiati
    77
    14
    3.00

    Christian Abbiati

    A quiet game for the stopper, but somewhat unfortunate to see his save from Destro pounced on for the Siena goal.

  • Djamel Mesbah
    64
    38
    3.00

    Djamel Mesbah

    Decent at times going forward, though he did slip twice in the first half to halt his side in their tracks. Not given much to think about in his own half of the field by Siena.

  • Ignazio Abate
    99
    13
    3.00

    Ignazio Abate

    Was a good outlet to support the attack out wide on the right, but a little slow in tracking back to his proper defensive position at times. Still though, a good game, as when he was in his own half, he usually defended stoutly.

  • Daniele Bonera
    72
    25
    3.00

    Daniele Bonera

    Executed his duties in defence with the minimum of fuss despite a few reckless challenges. Solid in the air, but could have been a tad more diligent with his positioning. Siena never made it especially hard for him though

  • Mario Yepes
    83
    15
    3.00

    Mario Yepes

    Caught a little short in stature on one or two instances as he was beaten in the air, but he otherwise was solid at the back, save for a pair of moments when Destro was able to find space.

  • Mark van Bommel
    95
    16
    3.00

    Mark van Bommel

    Played his part in securing the result by disrupting Siena whenever they had possession. Saw yellow for an extremely clumsy attempt to jostle for position with Brienza.

  • Gennaro Ivan Gattuso
    83
    27
    3.00

    Gennaro Ivan Gattuso

    Charged about the middle with typical reckless abandon, and somehow got away with a two-footed challenge on Brienza on the edge of the area. Closed down the space well and was always committed to the cause.

  • Sulley Muntari
    85
    24
    3.00

    Sulley Muntari

    A relatively stress free game in midfield. His first touch was a bit leaden, but his physicality was an asset. Withdrawn on thee hour mark.

  • Kevin-Prince Boateng
    148
    14
    3.00

    Kevin-Prince Boateng

    Showed energy and enthusiasm in the final third. Had one powerful blast saved, while another whistled just wide. The maverick in him did rear its head at times.

  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic
    273
    21
    3.50

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic

    Started the game slowly, but grew in stature as it progressed. A well-timed run and cross set the first goal in motion, and a soft first touch aligned to a powerful finish smashed home the second. At the death, he rounded off his double with a cool side foot into the corner from good work by Cassano.

  • Antonio Cassano
    402
    10
    4.00

    Antonio Cassano Top of the Match

    Looked in fine form as he continues his road to recovery. He was given the first goal on a platter by Brkic, but it was no less than he deserved. His movement and interplay with his team-mates was excellent all game, as evidenced by his assist for his side’s second and fourth goals. A possible X-factor for the Rossoneri in the few games that remain in the title race.

Substitutions

  • Alberto Aquilani
    97
    29
    3.00

    Alberto Aquilani

    Showed some nice touches in the attacking third after his arrival without ever being overly dynamic.

  • Antonio Nocerino
    220
    7
    3.00

    Antonio Nocerino

    Came on for the last 15 minutes and scored a sensational solo effort with a marauding run from the halfway line to crush Siena once and for all.

  • Stephan El Shaarawy
    135
    13
    3.00

    Stephan El Shaarawy

    Only got a few touches after coming on for the last 10 minutes.

Results
 
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Torino
20 0
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18 2
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17 5
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Inter
15 0