Lecce 1 – 1 Milan

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THE ROSSONERI failed to extend their lead at the top of the Serie A to 6 points earlier tonight, as they drew 1-1 with Lecce. Despite taking the lead through a spectacular volley from Ibrahimovic, poor defending at a corner meant Olivera could equalise for the home side, meaning Milan only left with a point.

Milan lined up in a familiar 4-3-1-2, Amelia started behind the usual 3 of Abate, Nesta, Thiago Silva – with Daniele Bonera playing at left back this week. In midfield, Gattuso, Ambrosini and Flamini played as a result of Pirlo still being injured, whilst Clarence Seedorf lined up behind Pato and Ibrahimovic to make up the attack.

The game started in a fairly lacklustre fashion, with neither side particularly dominating the opening 10 minutes. However, Milan did have more possession than the home side, despite not really putting it to much use early on. That said Lecce did occasionally look dangerous on the counter as the Rossoneri’s passing was a bit sloppy at times.

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Lecce 1 – 1 Milan

Despite still having more of the ball, Milan’s passing in general was poor. The Rossoneri failed to create any real chances in the next 10 minutes too, and all though the midfield broke up play well, they struggled to keep the ball, or create any scoring oppertunities for the strikers. Milan finally had a decent effort in the 21st minute, but Gennaro Gattuso’s shot across goal went wide.

It was only really Flamini and Abate who looked lively for Milan – a point which was demonstrated with 27 minutes on the clock. After Nesta was caught in possession high up field, it was Ignazio Abate who sprinted back and put in an excellent sliding tackle to block the shot of Grossmüller.

Milan began piling on the pressure as the half came close to the end. Finally Ibrahimovic sparked into life, firstly by nutmegging two players in passing the ball to Pato (unfortunately nothing came from it) but moments later, Ibra took on several Lecce players and ran at their back 4 in the box, after beating 3 defenders he shaped to shoot but frustratingly his shot was blocked well, keeping the scores level.

The half ended goalless – rather unsurprisingly to be honest. Despite having more of the ball, Milan didn’t create very much, and many attacks broke down before reaching the edge of Lecce’s penalty area. Lecce had looked occasionnally threatening, but Milan at least defended and broke up play quite well – Abate probably Milan’s best player in the first half.

Just moments in to the second half, Milan finally broke the deadlock and took the lead thanks to Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Antonio Rosati was left helpless in Lecce’s goal, as Ibrahimovic beat Vives to the ball before chesting it down and spectacularly volleying it in to the top corner from 25 yards out! An outrageous and brilliant piece of skill from Ibra, who once again sparked Milan in to life – and in to the lead!

Milan continued to dominate from then on, and had a few half chances, but nothing of significance. In the 60th minute, Clarence Seedorf went down injured in Lecce’s penalty area, but Lecce continued despite the dutchman writhing in agony – On the counter Lecce sub Giacomazzi forced an outstadning one handed save from Marco Amelia after a scramble in Milan’s box, however, Nesta cleared well after Amelia’s reflex save, and it remained 0-1.

With 70 minutes on the clock, Antonio Cassano was brought on off the bench – replacing Alexandre Pato. The Brazilian had been fairly uninvolved in the game (though it wasn’t entirely his fault) but surely it would have made more sense to take off Seedorf who was playing worse, and had taken a knock just minutes earlier? Nonetheless, Allegri was making a positive change hoping to double the lead and wrap up the game.

As time went on Lecce started to get back in to it more, and started pressing Milan a bit higher up the pitch. Superb defending from Daniele Bonera – and in particular Ignazio Abate – kept them out and restricted them to just corners.

Unfortunately, with just 8 minutes to go, Davide Di Michele’s shot deflected fortuitously off Alessandro Nesta, and struck the post on it’s way out for a corner. From the resulting corner Milan were caught napping by the home side. A good ball in managed to find Olivera, who punished the slack defending by heading the equalizer for Lecce. Milan had 7 minutes and injury time to rescue 2 points.

Ignazio Abate was like a man on a mission, and just moments after the call he stormed down the right and then picked out Clarence Seedorf at the edge of the box. The dutchman brought the ball under control well, and Struck it goalwards only to be blocked on the line!

After a Lecce counter Milan started their own counter attack – Antonio Cassano picked the ball up in space on the right, took on the Lecce full back before aiming a ball in to the box. Cassano’s low cross found Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who struck the ball goalwards first time, but Rosati pulled off a fine reflex save to keep the scores level! Milan were piling on the pressure!

Milan threw everything they could forward, and were almost caught out on the counter once, but they still couldn’t score. The final chance of the game was a cross in to the box from a free kick. Cassano was the man tasked with delivering it, and he did well, but Ibrahimovic was unable to direct his header on target as he had to come across a defender to get to it.

Despite immense pressure at the end, the game ended 1-1, Milan were unable to get the 3 points. The first half was a boring affair, but Ibrahimovic’s wondergoal livened up the match – sadly 1 sloppy corner and failure to take other chances cost Milan dearly. Perhaps Allegri should have taken Seedorf off for Pato, but Seedorf played better and better as the game drew to a close so how much difference it would’ve made is unknown really.

Best Moment: Ibra’s amazing goal

Worst Moment: the equaliser from Olivera

Man of the Match: Ignazio Abate – don’t think he put a foot wrong all night, and did well going forward too.

By Hefin Davies, Rossoneri Blog

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sherbini
sherbini
9 years ago

milan needs a revolution in the midfield an the deffens( AMBROSINI SEEDORF GATTUSO ARE OLDIES AND CAN”T REPRESENT A MIDFIELD OF A BIG TEAM LIKE MILAN) IF WE ARE NOT ABLE TO BUY LET”S GIVE A CHANCE TO OUR TALENTS LIKE VERDI IN ATTACKING MIDFIELD OR MERKEL IN MIDFIELD OR ALBERTAZZI IN THE DEFFENSE . JUST 2 or 3 NAMES WHOM CAN GIVE THE TEAM SOMETHING NEW LIKE ALL THE BIG TEAMS!!!!!

Tbone
Tbone
9 years ago

@Luke Are you freaking blind? The only people who played bad were pato seedorf. I remember pato only making 2/15 passes while seedorf was the same and it is by far not ambro, rino, or flamini’s fault that pato and seedorf couldn’t make a pass. The midfield could only manage to ever link with one player because the other 2 also in attack wouldn’t move and loose their marker. I didn’t see the real milan until lecce drew even and only then did Milan move and work like Milan should have the whole game. I do agree that seedorf should… Read more »

Tbone
Tbone
9 years ago

And ti everyone who can’t fucking type English. It’s the not da…da is what retards say and how russians say yes. Your grammar is atrocious and so hard to read I just end up recalling how Ebonics from a nigger might sound. Please learn to spell before you post to things. And just because you name Milan legends from 5 different time periods doesn’t make you a Milan fan

Sheva7
Sheva7
9 years ago

@Tbone i am not a MILAN fan??are you sure????I am crazy for Milan but i can’t see this team (7cl) get DRAW with Lecce.I respect Berlu because is the best president in history of Milan but we need CB AND LB.And i say this players because all of them are perfect and look now our team.Players like Bonera is not for Milan.MILAN IS NOT JUST A FOOTBALL CLUB

Alessadro
Alessadro
9 years ago

I think we cannot blame Allegri for it too much! As he said before it’s seedorf’s last chance to make it and from now on i believe he wont let him play again… Also the game was not too bad we had the most of the posession… Just someone creative was missing in the midfield Ambro couldnt do it this time unfortunately but next game i believe will see robinho starting agian for seedorf… nevertheless, there is one good point that we still lead the serie a with 4 points!

tremendousice
tremendousice
9 years ago

Some were saying Pato had a slight fever also. Could explain why he was subbed out for Cassano. Robinho as we know had the flu, since him and Pato are good friends, well you get the idea.

Chima
Chima
9 years ago

Dont know if d fault is from Allegri or Silver but milan need total change of midfielders

m4l2m@hotmail.com
9 years ago

ooooooooooooo

m4l2m@hotmail.com
9 years ago

This sh… need to stop. We are here giving our ideas about the game and Milan. If any of you milanisti thinks or wants to see some changes on milan team than !! say it like you want or as you can without being mean towards others opinions. If you think you can do better than go and play some playstation and cool down. I agree with the fact that our team needs some youngsters and yes Alegri should play more Straser, Merkel, Montelong but we don’t know all the story!!! I think that Alegri is trying to keep it… Read more »

kalakaladze
kalakaladze
9 years ago

Allegri show inexpiriences coach. Instead flamini than strasser. Three dfencive mfield on the center cant played ball. gattuso, time has come. Forza!