Berlusconi Trophy: AC Milan 1 (5) – Juventus 1 (4), that’s new


San Siro saw on Monday night two great teams who competed very well each other. After 1-1 draw in 90 minutes, the ref sent the match to penalty shootouts. With a first great save, Milan won the Berlusconi Trophy and shared honor with Italy prime minister Silvio Berlusconi

In a very surprise way, that was a very good match for AC Milan. But maybe I just say that because they win the match, a first match, after eight games in pre-season they lost. When everything looks dark, Pato’s head will always be there to save your butt.

It could be a total disaster for Milan if they were losing this game as well. After eight consecutive defeats, and the continuous whines of Leonardo that he needs a larger squad and all those stuff – Milan finally won, that’s an extraordinary thing in the last weeks!

On Friday night it all was quite different, Milan played like second graded team, they haven’t shown too well then, but Leonardo said he was needed some times. Less then four days passed, and the time has come, Milan lift a first trophy in this summer, after finish in the bottom of any other tournaments.

The new Serie A season upcoming and Milan have only recorded two victories out of eleven matches. Milan were the underdog for this match after lost to Juventus 2-0 on Friday’s TIM Trophy. But on Monday, the story was different.

Milan 1 – Juventus 1, Pato’s Head Gives Milan A Chance To Win

Both teams played with the same system; Milan played with the ordinary 4-3-1-2 formation with Ronaldinho behind both Dutchman Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, and Brazilian star Alexandre Pato. The Old Lady played with Diego behind David Trezeguet and Vincenzo Iaquinta in attack.

Juventus fans were more dominate in the opening minutes because they were the most, in this surprising way or another. They cheered the team also on the 13th minutes, when new Brazilian attacking midfielder Diego had a run near to Gattuso and Huntelaar, but couldn’t find anyone.

In my view, Milan were better in the first half, could make it 1-0 on the 18th minute, when Italian playmaker Andrea Pirlo, who didn’t participate in Friday’s matches, unleashed a great kick from 30 meters towards Gianluigi Buffon’s goal, but it just hit the crossbar. Unlucky shot, nothing more than that!

The visitors made it 1-0 when Diego managed a long run through the penalty box … he didn’t arrived there, he just sent an easy-to-save shot, but unfortunately his shot got a different direction, after Thiago Silva touched the ball when trying to clear the area. After the 27 minutes: AC Milan 0 – Juventus 1.

The ref whistled to the end of the first half with one-nil on the scoring board. Despite had the lead, Juventus were the team to make changes: Ciro Ferrara called Paolo De Ceglie and Iaquinta out and entered Cristian Molinaro and Amauri both for two different positions.

During the first minutes of the second half, Diego and Amauri just managed a football-school there. Amauri passed the ball between his legs, and perplexed Milan players, then he passed them again with a clever turn. Diego waited for the ball and he got it, crossed to Trezeguet, who couldn’t touch the ball.

The match head on, and Milan could find the breaking point to Juventus play, as Pirlo lobbed the ball nicely to Pato who headed from a good position, but hit the ball to weak, Buffon just easily grabbed it.

An impressive work of Ignazio Abate saw Milan’s equalizer getting into the net. When 68 minutes were behind us, Abate crossed the ball from right, perfectly to Pato’s head, who couldn’t do otherwise than put the ball where it was deserved. AC Milan 1 – Juventus 1. Great cross, great header.

Brazilian midfielder Ronaldinho could save from all of us the penalty shootouts as on the 90th minutes, his wonderful skills helped him pass through both Juventus’s Felipe Melo and Nicola Legrottaglie, showed some signs of magic from 2006. However, his shot went just wide of the crossbar.

In the end of 90 minutes and a draw, there is no extra time and the game was sent to penalty shootouts.

Penalty Shootouts: Milan 5 – Juventus 4, Marco Storari Is The Hero

Yago: saved;
Pirlo: goal;
Trezeguet: goal;
Ronaldinho: goal;
Felipe Melo: goal;
Borriello: goal;
Marchisio: goal;
Inzaghi: goal;
Amauri: goal;
Thiago Silva: goal

Starting Line-Ups

Milan (4-3-1-2): Storari; Zambrotta, Nesta, Thiago Silva, Jankulovski; Gattuso, Pirlo, Flamini; Ronaldinho; Huntelaar, Pato. Coach: Leonardo.
Juventus (4-3-1-2): Buffon; Grygera, Cannavaro, Legrottaglie, Salihamidzic; Marchisio, Felipe Melo, De Ceglie; Diego; Trezeguet, Iaquinta. Coach: Ferrara.

Other Writers Comments

The next match is against Siena, and the league will be finally open! Milan looked good very, very good, like in old days. We want to see more than that in the future.

By Meytar Zeevi, Rossoneri Blog

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Really nice win. I’ve been very impressed by Milan players this year. I like Abate, he’s very enthusiastic