Serie A - AC Milan held to draw at Genoa
AC Milan missed the opportunity to stretch their lead at the top of Serie A, with a 1-1 draw at Genoa.
But the home side responded well and grabbed an equaliser through Antonio Floro Flores in first half stoppage time, after the Milan failed to clear the ball.
Each side created chances in an open second half, but the Rossoneri leave the Stadio Luigi Ferraris stadium having failed to increase their lead to eight points.
While Genoa created a couple of half chances in the opening stages of the game, it was Robinho who could, and should, have broken the deadlock in the ninth minute.
Ibrahimovic saw his shot blocked before Robinho picked up the pieces, sending his shot high and wide - but the Brazilian held his head in his hands knowing he should have tested Eduardo.
As Genoa’s early sense of adventure receded, Milan gradually took control of the game and they had the lead on 28 minutes.
A mistake in the box by Dario Dainelli was exploited by Ibrahimovic, who delayed, before passing to Pato who tapped in from close range.
Milan were rampant for a while and looked likely to extend their lead after a scintillating counter-attack led by Robinho was almost finished by Pato, but Dainelli got across to make a crucial tackle as Pato was about to volley towards goal.
But just as Milan were in the ascendancy at the end of the half, Genoa struck – very much against the run of play.
The ball ricocheted off Mark van Bommel and into the path of Flores, who steered the ball past Abbiati from 12 yards out. It was the perfect way to end the half for Genoa, who had been outplayed for much of the half.
Milan came out strongly for the second as both Matthieu Flamini and Robinho had early opportunities to re-establish the Rossoneri’s lead.
The second half, while being open, failed to produce many clear cut opportunities. Domenico Criscito’s strike across the face of the Milan goal was the closest the home side came to taking the lead, while Ibrahimovic almost managed to latch onto Pato’s cushioned header in the Genoa six yard box.
Milan pushed for the winner but Genoa held strong, for a crucial point in their quest for survival. But for Milan, the point represents little more than a missed opportunity.