THE ROSSONERI celebrated winning the scudetto in style with a classy performance against Cagliari. 2 goals from Robinho, along with fitting goals for both Gattuso and Seedorf wrapped up the tie despite Cossu’s consolation goal!
Following on from the disappointment of the coppa italia and following the festivities of celebration, Massimiliano Allegri fielded a slightly changed 4-3-1-2, Christian Abbiati started in goal, behind a back 4 of Ignazio Abate, Thiago Silva, Mario Yepes and Gianluca Zambrotta. In midfield, Gennaro Gattuso, Massimo Ambrosini and Urby Emmanuelson started, whilst Clarence Seedorf started behind Pato and Robinho in attack.
And, as an extra treat – Pippo Inzaghi returned to the squad, on the bench!
It was well documented that Cagliari had effectively ‘switched off’ of late, and the first 10 minutes of this match showed no signs otherwise. However, the Rossoneri didn’t look particularly good either, though Milan were the better team and there were some brilliant moments (a memorable move from Pato on 2 Cagliari defenders for example) but Cagliari had dominated the midfield area initially.
Milan finally grew in to the game with around quarter of an hour on the clock though, and the moves were beginning to flow. As the match clock hit 15 minutes, some great work from Abate down the right led to Robinho chipping it in for Pato, however, Agazzi was there to hold it. Within minutes, he was tested again, as Emmanuelson’s header was blocked, it fell out for Robinho, but the brazilian’s blasted effort couldn’t beat Agazzi – despite stining his hands!
With almost 20 minutes gone, Gianluca Zambrotta pulled off a wonderful mazy run down the left hand side of the Cagliari box, cutting in and out repeatedly before getting a shot underway – however, his effort was blocked. Within minutes, Milan once again came close – following a lovely exchange and a quick 1-2, Ignazio Abate drove in to the box, however, the ball bounced up and unluckily rolled to Agazzi!
Just after 20 minutes Robinho scored! Picking the ball up wide left way out from goal, the brazilian cut inside, took it on to his stronger foot and drove in to the box! After getting inside the box, Robinho curled the effort beautifully in to the bottom right corner leaving Agazzi with no chance at all! A brilliant goal!!!
Less than 2 minutes later, and the lead was doubled!!!!! Following an outstanding move, which saw Robinho play a brilliant through ball for Pato in to the box, Agazzi cleared the ball out, but was miles away from goal! The ball found it’s way straight to Rino Gattuso – who calmly headed the ball in to the empty net – once again Agazzi was helpless, and the lead was doubled!
With around half an hour on the clock, Alexandre Pato should have added a third, but his effort was saved well again by Agazzi following Seedorf’s through ball.
However, with 35 minutes on the clock, THE LEAD WAS 3! Once again, Robinho scored! Following a superb touch from Pato, he was through, and Milan were 2 v 1 with the Cagliari defence! Pato gave over a wonderful chip to find his fellow Brazilian Robinho, who was 1 on 1 with Agazzi, nonchelantly placed it in to the bottom corner past the goalkeeper with ease! Milan were playing fantastic football despite not needing to work that hard! outstanding stuff!
Shortly before the 40th minute, Cagliari pulled one back! Following an excellent through ball by Angola, and some lax defending from Mario Yepes, Cossu was in and 1 on 1 with Christian Abbiati – and Cossu made no mistake and placed the ball in to the open net to pull one back for the away side – the first goal Milan conceded in 5 games!
The half drew to a close in a comfortable fashion for Milan, despite Cagliari’s goal. Milan ended the half on top, and stroked the ball around comfortably, whilst Cagliari struggled to create anything of not after that goal – as they had failed to do before they scored the goal too.
At half time, Andrea Pirlo was brought on, in place of Massimo Ambrosini.
The opening quarter of an hour of the second half contained little action. Neither side managed to create anything particularly meaningful, despite one particularly brilliant move from Emmanuelson to beat 3 cagliari players! As the clock struck 61, Mathieu Flamini was brought on to replace Gennaro Gattuso.
Around 10 minutes later, and Robinho perhaps should have had his hat trick! Following an outstanding ball from Pirlo along the ground and through the cagliari defence, Robinho was free inside the Cagliari box. However, Agazzi was aware that Robinho would aim to place the ball in the far corner, and pre-empted the shot by diving early, in the process making a fine save to deny Robinho his hat-trick!
Clarence Seedorf made it 4 less than 10 minutes after Robinho’s miss! The fans were treated to Van Halen’s ‘Jump’ once more after some wonderful interplay between Flamini and Robinho led on to a wonderful pass which found Clarence Seedorf in the box, and the dutchman made no mistake in scoring to add to Milan’s tally! There may have been a sign that he could be leaving too – he gave a warm embrace to Antonio Cassano after his goal in celebration!
As the clock struck 81, a sight for all Milan fans to behold was seen! PIPPO INZAGHI RETURNED! Coming off the bench for Alexandre Pato – and the stadium was in full song giving him the biggest cheer of the night too!
The game ended and Milan went on to celebrate a great season capped with a great evening!
Best Moment: Pippo coming on!
Man of the Match: Robinho