Milan 1 – 0 Fiorentina

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THE ROSSONERI are still the leaders of Serie A, after Zlatan Ibrahimovic secured another win for Milan with an exquisite goal. With Ronaldinho benched after his partying antics, and Pirlo not fit to play after picking up an injury with Italy, Ibrahimovic, Binho and Seedorf were relied on to create for Milan, and they did enough to overcome Fiorentina.

Milan pressured Fiorentina from the off, with the Viola unable to get out of their own half until the 4th minute, and within that time, Milan already had a shot, with Daniele Bonera surprisingly take a shot, however Artur Boruc had it covered.

D’agostino fired a free kick at goal for Fiorentina after a Flamini handball moments later, but Christian Abbiati pulled off a magnificent save to keep the score 0-0, even though only 6 minutes were on the clock!

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The game opened up slightly in the next 10 minutes, and after some excellent work from Mathieu Flamini (who had started the game very well) Robinho fired the ball hard and low across the face of goal, but it was off target and nobody had followed it in.

After some great build up play from Cerci, D’agostino’s corner met the head of Gilardino, who got it on target, only for Christian Abbiati to once again make the save,  and keep it out for another corner (which was subsequently cleared by Ibra)

Gattuso had a chance to give Milan the lead with 25 minutes on the clock, but he overran the ball, and unfortunately Artur Boruc came out to narrow the angle, and block Gattuso’s shot.

Fiorentina were on the attack then, but they failed to create anything other than a shot from Ljajic which was fired straight at Abbiati. It was then Artur Boruc’s turn to stop a shot, this time from Clarence Seedorf’s effort, but it wasn’t too difficult a save for him.

Milan had the ball in the back of the net on the 40 minute mark, Robinho picking up Seedorf’s ball and firing it past Boruc in to the bottom left side of the net, however, the referee’s asistant had other ideas, and ruled it out for offside (a correct decision, even though it was close)

The Rossoneri ended the half in the lead though, Zlatan Ibrahimovic controlling a ball in from Thiago Silva, flicking it up with his back to goal and volleying it in with a scissor kick style attempt in to the bottom corner, a goal of the utmost quality, requiring excellent technique!

The second half got off to a flyer, Robinho given space down the left flank managed to put in a decent ball, but Clarence Seedorf dragged his half-volley a bit too much across goal and wide.

Per Kroldrup then saved Fiorentina, by blocking Robinho’s shot at the end of a fantastic flowing move of football, including 2 brilliant backheel flicks from both Clarence Seedorf and Zlatan Ibrahimovic!

With 52 minutes on the clock, Zlatan Ibrahimovic played an incisive pass for Flamini to take it to the byline – pulling the ball back, Seedorf came to the near post, but was just unable to direct it at goal, but it was clear Milan were going for the jugular, hoping to effectively close the game.

Dribbling past several players, Robinho earned a corner around the 56 minute mark, from which Alessandro Nesta had a glorious oppertunity to score after making a good run forward, but his header flew straight in to the hands of Fiorentina’s polish international goalkeeper Artur Boruc.

The home side had a few chances to score within a space of a few minutes near the 2/3 way mark, first a penalty claim was denied (though it did seem to strike the fiorentina players’ hand) then Thiago Silva’s effort came close, before finally Flamini found Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who unfortunately pulled his shot too far across goal.

Near the 80 minute mark, Kevin-Prince Boateng replaced Robinho (although it would’ve made more sense to rest Seedorf, Ibra or Gattuso) however Prince then had an instant impact, half-volleying a shot hard and low across goal, only for Boruc to save the angled shot well.

Moments later, Adem Ljajic had a great chance to score after some brilliant work from Alberto Gilardino, but Fiorentina failed to score. Nonetheless, the pressure was building, and it seemed Milan were settling for another 1-0, even though it was a risky strategy to take.

With 5 minutes to go, Ronaldinho was brought on to replace Clarence Seedorf, perhaps this was more aimed at wasting time than anything though, as 5 minutes isn’t really enough time to impress to earn a starting place for the mid-week game with Auxerre.

Although there were 3 minuted added time, Milan hung on for the victory, once again topping the table, and to add insult to injury for Fiorentina, Per Kroldup was sent off in the dying minutes, after a combination of fouling Ibra, and dissenting the referee!

Best Moment: Zlatan’s fantastic goal

Man of the Match: Ibrahimovic, simply because he proved to be the difference between the sides (credit to Flamini, Seedorf, Binho + Abbiati)

PS: We apologise for the late posting of the report, as you are all aware, there were some technical difficulties with the website.

By Hefin Davies, Rossoneri Blog

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jomama

we won!!!! But to face the facts we need to create a little more on the offensive end and i don’t think that Ambrosini and Gattusso should be played at the same time. Also i really hope to see Ronnie return on Tuesday.

Piruus

dude. ronnie has lost it. the ex-worldclass player is not as good as he was. stop using him, gaddaym! milan should sell him too LA G. peace and love yall.

Oscar

Just ok Results, awful game… Try to do better, and also he should have rsted Ibra in the second half… And put Ronaldinho on, and Started boateng insted of Seedorf i think…

Momo

wonderful goal from Ibra and it’s such a good result. we’re still on the top. now it’s time to think about Champions League.

karimo

bad game even thought we managed to score but still we didnt creat so many chances…

fdl

bye bye dinho .. we dont need you .. its cold in milan -9 to all my inter freinds

MILAN IN EUROPA DOVUNQUE

N.S.R

Forza benitez! I hope he last longer in inter

snitchy

And to those of you who are saying bad game/awful game…i suggest y’all go jump off a cliff and die….the bottom line is we won and we still on top damn-it,can’t y’all see what’s happening to inter now uh….the least y’all can do is by appreciating what the team is achieving !!! forza rossoneri diavoli

musaa

zlatan is a phenomenon,currently the onli player who has similar influence on their team is messi and eto .

BuggyD

I think the win is great for Milan! Congratulations to the Team!
However, we need to be wary of relying too much on Ibra; seeing that he is the only class center-forward that we have. Adriano Galliani must buy a reliable backup for Ibra in January, else there is a chance of burn-out and under performance in crucial games to come. If we still had Huntelaar, it would have been great!

fdl

ALERT ALERT ALERT… HAS ANYONE SEEN RONNIE2009 .. HES TOTALY DISAPEARED.. LIKE HIS NAME SAKE .. LOL

TWF

congratulation milan. now, the coach & the squad need to focus on CL match against Auxere. milan must win! i don’t care milan plays good, bad, brutal or ellegant. as long as milan wins and works as a team, we are all happy. thanks to allegri, the team & the supporters. forza milan!

Oscar

@Snitchy As a supporter, and when you know a lot about Milan, and have been watching them all our lifes, Paying to get into San Siro and Scream and Support Milan in Good, Bad and Ugly times, and buy there Shirts, Clocks, Scarfs in 1000 of them… I thing i have the right to Comment and tell what i saw, and we need to improve from that game, If the Ibra goal hasn’t been in, maybe 0-0 no one, NO ONE would have been happy, as i said ok results, becouse Fiorentina deserved a point, but we got the whole… Read more »

Kelechi maldini

@oscar i want u 2 take a look at inter then you will know that our boys are doing well. The world is making good comments about this team with the exeption of its fans(few of them though). For now we only need the maximum points and thereafter the type of football u want will come naturally. U have to know dat serie a is a league where u need to concede zero goal and score one goal,then any additional goal(s) is a bonus because every team has one quality,which is defensive football. @snitchy u are my man because u… Read more »

young D

i dont know why everyone is saying milan didn’t play well. c’mon compare this season’s performance to that of last season they ve picked up at least.They keep improving with every game only that Allegri is yet to show big clubs like madrid, man u stuffs milan is made of. hope all man u fans re ready for payback. Ha Ha! FORZA ROSSONERI DIAVOLI

Oscar

Im not abusing the players, or talking bad about them they just didn’t play well ! simple I will never stop support them, and i know how well they can play… Simply am i encouraging them, as i said ” Just ok Results, awful game… Try to do better ” That was ok results, acceptable, but Fiorentina could easily have changed the game… Awful game: The game was awful, we should, SHOULD have rested Ibra in the second half, that’s a fact… ” I’m tired ” and to get him better for Auxerre ! And yeah Boateng for Seedorf is… Read more »

nick

Milan played a great game despite what anyone thinks. I really like how compact we are in the middle of the pitch and in defense. We may not have been scoring a lot of goals but we aren’t conceding any either which is really good. I think also that Mr Galliani should not think that we dont need a striker to replace Inzaghi. Ibra cant do it by himself, he will get burnt out and Pato is too injury prone. It is almost a garuantee that Pato will be injured again before the end of the season. We should get… Read more »

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