Game recap: Milan 2-1 Sassuolo

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DESPITE GRABBING the all-important three points at home against Sassuolo, AC Milan’s fate also rested in the hands, or shall we say at the feet of Torino and Parma. Those results did not go as was necessary and Milan will subsequently miss European football next term.

The game could not have started any better for the home side as midfielder Sulley Muntari collected the ball in midfield and rifled a 30 yard shot in off the post past Sassuolo keeper Alberto Pamini. Seven minutes later the visitors should have leveled after a header in the box from striker Simeone Zaza finds the open man, only for defender Mendes to volley over from close range.

On 18 minutes, the largely quiet Kaka almost grabbed a second goal for the home team when his low shot from the top of the box almost sneaked in, if for Pamini pushing it away. 3 minutes later Milan’s largely ineffective forward Giampaolo Pazzini thought he scored after collecting what seemed to be a shot from defender Adil Rami and turning and firing into the top left corner, only to be rightfully called for offside.

Milan-Sassuolo: Official line-ups
Highlights: Milan 2-1 Sassuolo

It did not take much longer for Milan to double their lead. This time from a free kick, as midfield workhorse Nigel de Jong’s blast ricocheted off the wall, and caught Pamini wrong footed. The game took on a bit of edge after hot-headed defender Philippe Mexes put in a rash challenge on Zaza from behind, for which he rightfully was booked. Soon after, there were some minor tussling among the players due to that incident.

The half time break came at the perfect time to put some distance between the two teams as they seemed to be getting into each other more than into the game. Out of the break the game turned into more of an up and down affair as Sassuolo was able to find more room and create some more chances. The 55th minute saw a superb blocked shot from Milan’s best interior defender this term, as Adil Rami got back in position brilliantly and launched himself to make the key block on a goal bound effort.

Goal scorer Muntari was substituted on the stroke of 60 minutes in favor of Stephan El Shaarawy, who has not seen much of the field this year at all due to a few injury bouts. Il Farone is involved immediately with a few beautiful runs down the left hand flank and some nice passing. Two minutes into his time on the field, Shaarawy dribbled into the box, cut back and let loose a cannon towards the bottom right hand corner of the Sassuolo goal, but Pamini was equal to the effort and makes the save.

Mexes got his marching orders shortly after that when he made an absolutely unnecessary and completely mindless challenge on Berardi. Almost 10 minutes later in the 78th minute, Pazzini who used his strength well all night, was able to shield of Cannavaro and latch onto a long ball that put him in a one vs. one with the keeper but in the end he was only able to muster up a weak stab at the ball that Pamini was able to save. Very disappointing all season from Pazzini unfortunately.

Sassuolo thought they scored a goal in the 84th minute if not for another offside ruling from the linesman. A few minutes later Cannavaro sees his marching orders after he blatantly caught Il Farone with a studded challenge to the foot, straight red for that one. The 89th minute saw the absolute worst call of the game thus far as a quick counter from Sassuolo found a man free in the box. Defender and fan favorite Mattia De Sciglio recovered well and cleanly tackled the ball away, only for the referee to not only award a penalty, but also show a straight red to De Sciglio. Poor decision from a below average referee at that. Sassuolo was able to pull one back from the spot.

The game ended just as the season has been seemingly all season for Milan. Chaotic and full of bad decisions by the people in charge. The other games proved Milan would not qualify for a European spot, and although I was all for it, I now realize it is better for the team to regroup and only focus on one match per week instead of a host of other tournaments.

As always, Forza Milan!

Milan 2-1 Sassuolo: La Gazzetta dello Sport ratings (screenshot)
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Olalekan Mojeed

Wow the season as come to an end am very greatful for my team not to qualify for any europeann competition nxt season tyanks for galliani

milan#boy

I hope Milan will appeal for MDS’ red card. And they will only do that if MDS will stay. Hoping for his stay too. FORZA MILAN!!!

Lumen.

Reports says that Mastour’s promotion to the first team by Galliani was prompted by a contract offer for Mastour from Barcelona,and he could sign for any professional team as soon as he turn 16 on July 15th,2014.
Bad news,Galliani has lost it if this is true.

SUkaka

dude where did you get that news from @lumen

Lumen.

@ SUkaka,from ”MILAN FANS”,our facebook Page.

the referee

Mexes, Pazzini, Emanuelson, Essien etc OUT

Criscito, Vermaleane, Bacca IN. Plus Rami, Poli and Taarabt.

Dude

Bacca isn’t milan material, he’s subtop material

Stanbenedict-nigeria

@lumen the news aint true its all rumour

Lumen.

@ Stanbenedict-Nigeria,i be like say na rumour,but Galliani don lose im brain if that be true.[Pigean English,Only Nigerians like me and few Africans will understand what i said,pardon me i was just talking to my fellow Nigerian]

Stanbenedict-nigeria

Hahahahaha @lumen i understand u perfectly. That man chop witch craze dey worry am no be small

delima

Galiani promote mastour so dat they can sell him out 2 fund money