Palermo 1 – 0 Milan

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THE ROSSONERI dropped 3 points earlier tonight, as they lost 1-0 to Palermo in their first game without Ibrahimovic. After a lapse in concentration at the back, Palermo took the lead in the first half through Goian, but Milan failed to strike back, and lost all 3 points in Sicily – to cap it all off, Alexandre Pato was forced off with an injury (more news to follow on that).

With injuries to key players and Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s suspension, Milan were looking a bit below strength, but with Milan’s excellent squad depth, the side didn’t look too weak! Abbiati started once more in goal, behind Jankulovski, Thiago Silva, Nesta and Abate, with a midfield trio of Van Bommel, Flamini and Gattuso. In attack, Clarence Seedorf started behind the front pairing of Alexandre Pato and Antonio Cassano.

The game started off at a decent pace, but Palermo had the better of the early exchanges. However, just 10 minutes in, Palermo looked to continue their superb record at home to Milan by taking the lead. After some poor marking in Milan’s box, the ball fell to Goian, who controlled it, took a touch and blasted it past Abbiati from a very close range. It seemed at first that he was offside, however, replays showed that Mark van Bommel had just about played him on when the ball was played.

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Just moments after the goal, Milan could have been level! After a corner kick due to a save from a Flamini shot, Clarence Seedorf thought quickly, and took the corner along the ground. Palermo failed to pick up Flamini’s run, and the frenchman came across and diverted the ball across the box just a yard or two off the line. The ball swept across the face of goal, but nobody got a touch! Nesta had slid in late, but didn’t get a touch on the ball, and so, the score remained 1-0 Palermo.

Less than a quarter of an hour in to the game, and Marek Jankulovski was forced off with an injury – in his place, Allegri brought in Luca Antonini, who had been expected to start the game by most of the press.

Milan were struggling to get going, though they did at least improve after the Palermo goal. With 25 minutes on the clock, they bean to press more, and seemed more urgent, but Flamini’s decent effort to win a corner was the only chance created – at least the defence had seemingly woken upand looked more comfortable at dealing with Palermo.

The Rossoneri finally made a good chance for themselves with just over half an hour gone. After a superbly weighted through ball, Antonio Cassano found himself inside the right hand side of the penalty area in a little bit of space with the ball. However, the Italian rushed his effort and ended up skying it over the bar. Meanwhile Palermo looked very dangerous on the counter, as they sat back since taking the lead, ready to pounce when Milan lost the ball upfield.

Disappointingly, it seemed Milan’s defence had fallen asleep again nearing the 40 minute mark. After some poor defending, Palermo could have doubled their lead after Javier Pastore knocked the ball back down, but Palermo failed to capitalise. As Milan scrambled it away, Gattuso foolishly gave the ball away inside the Rossoneri area! Mercifully, Nocerino failed to do anything with it, and the score remained 1-0 to Palermo.

The second half continued in a similar fashion to the first. Milan did have one decent half chance 5 minutes in though – after a decent turn of pace from Clarence Seedorf (who’d drifted wide right) the ball was played in the box by him, and Cassano was found unmarked at the back post! However, the ball sat up awkwardly for him as he tried to bring it down, and couldn’t get over the ball enough as he attempted to volley it, meaning it was a poor effort on goal. Allegri decided to mix it up and brought on Kevin-Prince Boateng for Van Bommel.

Palermo could easily have doubled their lead with just over 56 minutes gone. After a quick counter, Palermo found themselves on the break, some brilliant defending from Thiago Silva forced them to go wide, and Pastore was at the left hand edge of Milan’s box. The highly rated Argentine flashed the ball across goal, but nobody could get on the end of it! Milan were looking quite vulnerable now. Despite this, Milan still had a lot of possession, so Allegri decided to shift Seedorf to a deeper role, more like the one he impressed in against Spurs.

The Rossoneri very nearly equalised with 65 minutes on the clock, just a minute after Pato was forced off with injury (so Allegri brought on Robinho). After a lovely play between Abate and Robinho, Robinho played the ball in to the box for Mathieu Flamini – the Frenchman struck it first time and it was curling goalwards, a great effort! But Salvatore Sirigu was up to the task and dived well high to his right to make the save and to keep Palermo in the lead.

Milan were beginning to dominate now, and were finally looking the better side. Robinho’s influence was instantly recognisable, and the Rossoneri were looking much improved. With nearly 70 minutes on the clock, Robinho drifted wide, and fired the ball in to the box with a cross/shot. Salvatore Sirigu was alert and managed to block it, however, he was very fortunate in the way that the ball bounced away from danger, despite Milan having many players in the box waiting to pounce.

Amazingly, it was Gennaro Gattuso was the next to come close to giving Milan the lead, however, that’s all he did – come close to giving Milan the lead. After a fantastic ball in from the left, Gennaro Gattuso was found in unusual territory, running late in to the box towards the near post! The Italian managed to meet the ball, and direct a difficult header goalwards, it was a very good effort and seemed destined for the net, but once again Salvatore Sirigu pulled out a top drawer save to keep Palermo ahead!

Despite 4 minutes of added time, the Rossoneri failed to score and failed to even salvage a point, despite having more possession and looking like the better side for large parts of the game, Palermo took their chance, sat back and counter attacked well, whilst Milan missed Zlatan Ibrahimovic (and Robinho should have started too)

Best Moment: Gattuso’s header

Man of the Match: Thiago Silva, the only Milan player who can hold is head up high after that game

By Hefin Davies, Rossoneri Blog

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sidthekid
sidthekid
9 years ago

u people are not fans. fucking pathetic disgrace, when milan lift the scudetto this season all u will achieve are bragging rights
if u dont feel alive everytime u see your team play on the pitch, go to hell

deepak
deepak
9 years ago

i think allegiri is using DIDAC, MERKEL, STRASSER, URBY,only in training to increase the speed of GRANDFATHERS like BOMMEL SEEDORF JANK GUTTUSO AMBROSINI NESTA oddo Even at the age of 50 they will make up MILAN starting eleven if FAGGOT ALLEGIRI remains coach SACK HIM bring coach like WENGER who always give chances to young players I DON’T MIND ANCELOTTI

black milanista
black milanista
9 years ago

well when i watched the line up we was doom from the start allegri i was supporting him up until now..the fool show have played a team with tempo instead he played a team full of geriatrics in midfield the clown pratically hand inter the keys to the scudetto oh well almost don’t count when it comes to winning ask arsenal

rossonero23
rossonero23
9 years ago

No Ibra no party..

Milano Q8
Milano Q8
9 years ago

Its good to see that now people started to understand how important Ibra is to the team and why Allegri always played him, dose not have any other option with the absence of Inzaghi. All wanted to see Pato perform without Ibra, thinking Ibra was the problem well, there you go you saw what happened without having Ibra around. Infernos to Allegri the team did not perform; What did Pato do? Cassano? Robinho with his poor kicks? wake up guys. I have said it before with the absence of Ibra we might lose the Scuddito. Now lets hope Inzaghi and… Read more »

Red&Black-indo
Red&Black-indo
9 years ago

@allu allu:

you’re free to express your feelings, but don’t PUSH and BURDEN the team (both the coach and the players). what they need in hard time like this is your SUPPORT, not your harsh critics, anger, and your disappointment!! WTF

IF NOT US, THEN WHO ELSE WILL SUPPORT AC MILAN?!

when someone died, do you want to tell his/her family to cry? are you not going to SUPPORT them?! WTF. talk to the hand!!

YOU’RE SOOOOO PESIMISTIC AND SEEMS LOVE TO BLAME OTHERS!!

KEEP OPTIMISM HIGH FOR MILAN!
FORZA MILAAAAAN!!

rossonero23
rossonero23
9 years ago

If Inzaghi can walk, then he should start ahead of our two Brazilians.

Luke
Luke
9 years ago

OK – whoever says here that Allegri is doing a good job, please get off the drugs you are on. This is AC MILAN team that can’t beat Bari and Palermo – not only that they can’t beat the shitty teams, they give up goals using very defensive formation. Coach is responsible for putting players on the field and motivating them to play. How can you say we are Ibra dependant when we have a coach who doesn’t know what he is doing. If you put a good midfield on, any forward will score, not just Ibra. We have Merkel,… Read more »

Ronnie2009
Ronnie2009
9 years ago

I was tossed around with insults in the beginning of the season when my comments always suggested that Allegri misused his players especially RONALDINHO , he was treated so bad that he forced himself out of the team, with him gone there was no one to provide those killer passes. Its very simple and easy to identify the faults and erorrs made by Allegri game in and game out. 3 defensive midfielders who do not know the meaning of creativity and yet he wants the forwards to track back and defend, now can someone tell me how can forwards track… Read more »

Jack
Jack
9 years ago

with Pato, Inzaghi, Pirlo everyone getting injured atleast once why can’t seedorf break a leg for once. (i mean seriously thank you but fucking stop playing for us you fucking retard – no disrespect just anger) and antonini should just be sold no other comment.
Time to judge Allegri is coming soon and it doesn’t look at all good for him.

9ja
9ja
9 years ago

Go get frank rijkaard or marco van baston… Sack dis bastard allegri or wot’z is name… Dis allegri is so dump dat he doesn’t listen 2 advice.. U bin told nt 2 play 3 defensive midf’ders.. Yet u insist. Nw u’ve seen d result.. Even my granma can do better than allegri… *angry ryt nw*

allu allu
allu allu
9 years ago

@Red&Black-indo Yes we should support our team no mater what but if you don’t criticize the obvious than idiots are gonna rule, i mean if we don’t say what is out there things wont get better. And just that you know: I am the one which supported every game no mater what happened and i support Milan players but i can’t say the same about Allegri. My first comment of the season after Allegri took over the team was against him and i stand by my opinion that is cous i don’t liked what I saw than and even worst… Read more »

Coldy
Coldy
9 years ago

@ makAveli a.k.a makAllegri
i cn tell dhe way u’re talkin.You indolent pig. When do you start watchin football? You stinkin cunt.Go suck some ShIT.

I’mma beat you so good you wet head. Jst piss off you barrel body.Yo mama got a disgrace 2Look after.I need not even tell you bout ur blunders,jst hope you commit more.You get dhe fuck? Good for nothin jst as dhe name sounds.Pale dog.

Kelly
Kelly
9 years ago

Allegri is a stupid blind joker, not a coach. Pls berlusconi tell allegri, gattuso, antonini, van bomel, ambrosini, seedorf, nesta, bonera,flamini ,ibra, zambrotta, yepes, jakulovski, to leave the entire italy. Then get frank rykaard or our legend maldini, astori, ramos, poli, ganso, neymar, sirigu, sakon of PSG i cant rmm d spelling And promote berreta, verdi. Then start game with.. Sirigu as the Gk, silva, sakon at CB, ramos at RB emanuelson at LB, poli, ganso, boateng at MF, robinho pato cassano as FW. Sub. Strasser, merkel, papa, astori, abate, verdi, berretta, neymar, vila. Then we are for any team… Read more »

Ibracadabra
Ibracadabra
9 years ago

@ Kelly:

Great idea, but only if you do NOT want to win the league in the next years.

Why do you want Ibra to leave? And Robinho has to stay in your opinion? He totally sucks; what’s wrong with you?

giancarlo
giancarlo
9 years ago

are u people forgetting how we brushed aside napoli and managed to beat juve? not conceding a goal both those games as well…now the pressure will be on allegri and his team, and they will rise

100%MILAN!!!
100%MILAN!!!
9 years ago

the only good thing is inters not playing well too….hope theyll draw with lecce!!!!

macbeth
macbeth
9 years ago

let inter pick their poison, if they win against lecce…we have no choice but to win the derby…and so it will all come down to the winner being at the top
and it wont be a nigh covered in blue, but a night covered in red…with leo’s blood and in the middle of the pitch his head !

joshua
joshua
9 years ago

If anyone really observed, we will notice that midfield couldnot create chances for strikers especially pato. Seedoff and gattuso hardly cover and use sides to create chances. Allegri should stand up as Ǎ̜̣̍ man and speak out  the need for world class. Mildfielders. 1love

rossonero23
rossonero23
9 years ago

Ronaldinho? You mean the bum who just stands there on the left wing, waiting for the ball. The man, who’s the laziest player in the history of AC Milan. Good riddance, that moron is out of here. The ” Dinho era ” was a compete and utter failure. Quite possibly the worst Milan side, I’ve ever seen!!!

We should of sold Ronaldinho earlier. City, offered like 20m euros for the drunk and we said no…

Red&Black-indo
Red&Black-indo
9 years ago

yes, you’re right about critics to fix things and getting better. but what I mean is dont be too harsh to the team, because it’s better for them to play with the fans SUPPORTS rather than fans DEMANDS, right? and one more thing,I think it doesn’t fair if we make Allegri as the only person to blame. because, didn’t you see the tactics he use? it’s almost like Barcelona tactics, ALWAYS DOMINATING. in the previous matches, it’s only one mistake at the back that lead us to disappointing results. ONLY ONE. after the opposites got what they wanted, they PARKED… Read more »

偵探
9 years ago

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