Sunday May 1, 2011 Day 35 Finished Stadio Giuseppe Meazza

AC Milan 1 - 0 Bologna

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  1. Milan win to close in on title

    Milan win to close in on title

    Milan edged closer to a first Serie A title in seven years after Mathieu Flamini’s early goal gave them a scrappy 1-0 win against Bologna. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • AC Milan
    • Bologna
    • 90+3 That's it! Milan go within a point of the title! A scrappy win in the end but they hold on, eight points clear of Inter with three games left!
    • 90+3 Beretta on the right can end it with Robinho free, he slips but gets it to Robinho anyway, poor touch from him and Mutarelli smacks it behind. Corner.
    • 90+2 MILAN SUB: A long ball takes a big bounce and almost goes over Abbiati but he claims. Yepes is on.
    • 90+1 Portanova almost meets the corner and hacked away by Milan!
    • 90' Bologna counter but Nesta snuffs it out with Di Vaio lurking, corner with three minutes stoppage time signalled.
    • 89' Beretta bundles through a few challenges, great strength and he's in! Surely a goal on his debut but he fires weakly at Viviano!
    • 88' Nice pass by Seedorf but beyond Robinho.
    • 87' Beretta gets a touch and the fans will him to shoot - it's his debut.
    • 85' MILAN SUB: Beretta on for Cassano.
    • 83' Bologna are furious and rightly so - they were in the ascendance and Della Rocca was pulling the strings. That the ref had the card out within a milisecond of the challenge being made makes me think he was a touch too quick with that.
    • 82' Della Rocca is sent off! Straight red card for the sub after a late challenge on Nesta. Bad decision, the ref almost seemed like he wanted to show the card, it was out before he'd even made contact. Never a red. Not even close.
    • 81' MILAN SUB: Pirlo comes on for Boateng.
    • 79' JUST WIDE BY RAMIREZ! Super header from that left-wing ball! He rose through a crowd of bodies, Della Rocca with the cross.
    • 77' Abbiati claims Ramirez's shot. Speculative.
    • 76' By the way Gimenez came on for Ekdal for Bologna. A couple of minutes ago that happened.
    • 75' Corner to Bologna on the left and a great leap by Gimenez but he heads it wide!
    • 74' Lovely flick wide by Seedorf for Zambrotta but a weak low cross from the full-back.
    • 73' Bologna break but Mudingayi fires well wide.
    • 72' Robinho and Cassano bomb down the left but the low ball is deflected away from Cassano into Abbiati's arms.
    • 71' Ekdal now fouls Abate and Milan have a free-kick 10 yards short of the box on the right.
    • 70' Moras is a lucky ball after a foul on Boateng, he could have got a second yellow for that!
    • 69' Milan switch off at the back and Di Vaio could be in here but good defending by Abate to clear! Ekdal causing the problems.
    • 68' Aimless pass forward from Seedorf but Cassano does really well to chase down Britos: goal kick though.
    • 67' Boateng on the left but he slows it down when the break was on.
    • 66' Milan are sitting pretty, looking for counters but they really need s second to put this to bed.
    • 64' The ball is swung in from the resultant free-kick but Milan clear easily enough.
    • 63' Very high from Boateng and now he sees yellow.
    • 62' Belated booking for Mudingayi's foul. Deep free-kick Milan now but Abate heads well over.
    • 61' What a miss by Robinho! Cassano plays him clean through after an foul from Mudingayi, but the Brazilian delays perhaps a bit too long but anyway, he should have tucked it away. Well wide in the end.
    • 60' Good diagonal ball aimed for Di Vaio by Della Rocca but Silva heads away.
    • 58' Seedorf sees Boateng's run but the Ghanaian shifts left and the ball doesn't find him.
    • 57' Robinho's ball is too deep and out.
    • 56' Della Rocca puts it behind for a corner then screams at Boateng for going down - could well have been a penalty from Cherubin's foul.
    • 54' BOLOGNA DOUBLE SUB: Rubin off for Ramirez. Meggiorini replaced by Della Rocca.
    • 53' Moras clobbers Zambrotta and is booked for his sins.
    • 51' Cassano and Seedorf with some one-twos but the final ball hits Britos and back to Viviano.
    • 50' Abate wins a free-kick as Milan try to get back into their possession groove.
    • 49' Milan are back in charge now as they knock it about. Not the best start to the half for them though.
    • 48' Di Vaio has commanded this one, Britos lingering too... short from Di Vaio but Meggiorini hits it into the wall. Disappointing.
    • 47' Zambrotta trips Mutarelli on the edge of the box and Bologna have a free-kick.
    • 46' Great ball by Robinho to Seedorf who should be in here but, unusually, his control lets him down.
    • 46' The second half is underway.
    • 45+1 Should have been 2-0 from Flamini but he ran out of steam after making the run. Half-time and 1-0 to Milan but could and should be a lot more.
    • 45' Boateng robs Portanova, great tackle, Milan break, they're in here as Robinho slips it wide to FLAMINI BUT SAVED BY VIVIANO!
    • 44' Throw to Bologna wide right, Zambrotta clearing well under pressure. Cleared by Nesta.
    • 43' Mutarelli is booked for cumulative fouling after sliding in on Nesta.
    • 42' Good defending by Bologna as Viviano claims a ball in from wide that Cassano was never reaching.
    • 41' Mutarelli slides Di Vaio in but he is offside.
    • 40' Seedorf with a clever ball for Ambrosini but cleared to touch.
    • 39' Boateng cuts in from the right but his ball inside for Cassano is too heavy. Bologna clear.
    • 38' Meggiorini gets the better of Zambrotta, it opens up for him but the shot is blocked by Silva.
    • 37' Silva brings the ball away, now Cassano with a super crossfield pass to Robinho, great cross from him AND BOATENG FLIES IN but he heads over! He got under it but should have done better!
    • 36' Slack pass from Robinho but the through ball for Di Vaio is too heavy.
    • 34' Tough challenge by Mutarelli, which seemed to take the ball but Zambrotta gets the free-kick.
    • 33' Great first touch by Cassano but Bologna have everyone back and he has to look wide, Seedorf crosses and headed in the air by Ruben, Flamini arrives but he miskicks it away for a goal kick.
    • 32' Mutarelli comes forward, lots of space for him but he plays a poor, straight pass aimed at Di Vaio that is too easy for Silva.
    • 31' Milan bossed the opening but it's fairly even, although the home side look far more dangerous.
    • 30' Mutarelli fouls Robinho in midfield.
    • 29 Portanova intercepts after good play from Cassano and Seedorf.
    • 28' Good challenge by Mudingayi, which wins a throw for his side too.
    • 27' Boateng with a vicious low ball across goal and Robinho almost converts but Portanova hacks away! That all came from Meggiorini failing to clear his lines, having thought the ball was going out.
    • 26' Nice ball from Cassano to Seedorf, who isn't quick enough for it but buys a throw on the right.
    • 25' Good defensive header from Ambrosini but Milan fail to break, Zambrotta giving it away.
    • 24' Di Vaio is tripped by Ambrosini abut 30 yards out to the left...
    • 23' Good possession from Bologna as Ekdal takes it into the right, Zambrotta putting out for a throw.
    • 22' Silva wins a free-kick in his own box as Di Vaio tried to chase one into the area.
    • 20' Milan are playing the ball around nicely, looking like champions today.
    • 18' Viviano claims the corner. Entertaining start to this match.
    • 17' Corner Milan as Seedorf crosses in. Replay shows Cassano was offside, a yard or so on Ambrosini's ball.
    • 16' Cassano is sent through, onside and he must score but he's as surprised as everyone that the flag stayed down and his hesitance allows Viviano to save with Portanova hacking the loose ball away from the line!
    • 15' Robinho with a clever turn and pass, Boateng turns Portanova and cleverly wins a free-kick.
    • 14' Meggiorini slides in on Ambrosini, the Milan fans want a free-kick but he got the ball.
    • 13' Dodgy short free-kick but Nesta is able to bring it clear under pressure.
    • 12' Milan's wily offside trap keeps Bologna at bay, Di Vaio caught this time.
    • 11' Bologna immediately have a crack at getting an equaliser but Milan holding firm at the back.
    • 9' That is Flamini's second Serie A goal in three seasons.
    • 8' Super through ball by Robinho, he sends Flamini in, great first touch to take him around Portanova and clean through, super save from Viviano but Flamini's momentum takes him on to the loose ball and he rams it in!
    • 7' Boateng is bundled over by a clumsy tackle. Free-kick Milan in their own half.
    • 6' Seedorf puts in a decent cross but Britos nods back to Viviano.
    • 4' Nesta challenges Meggiorini, leaving him in a heap. No free-kick though, a Milan throw in the end.
    • 3' Bologna with a spell of pressure as they win a throw on the right.
    • 2' Robinho cheers the fans as he chases a lost cause. Inter's late win last night means they need to get all three points to restore their eight-point lead which, given the goal difference, would all-but secure the Serie A title.
    • 1' The first half is underway!
    • 13:55 Welcome to our LIVE coverage of Serie A leaders Milan's clash with Bologna, kick off at 2pm UK time.
  • Summary

    • 90+3 Beretta on the right can end it with Robinho free, he slips but gets it to Robinho anyway, poor touch from him and Mutarelli smacks it behind. Corner.
    • 89' Beretta bundles through a few challenges, great strength and he's in! Surely a goal on his debut but he fires weakly at Viviano!
    • 82' Della Rocca is sent off! Straight red card for the sub after a late challenge on Nesta. Bad decision, the ref almost seemed like he wanted to show the card, it was out before he'd even made contact. Never a red. Not even close.
    • 79' JUST WIDE BY RAMIREZ! Super header from that left-wing ball! He rose through a crowd of bodies, Della Rocca with the cross.
    • 75' Corner to Bologna on the left and a great leap by Gimenez but he heads it wide!
    • 69' Milan switch off at the back and Di Vaio could be in here but good defending by Abate to clear! Ekdal causing the problems.
    • 61' What a miss by Robinho! Cassano plays him clean through after an foul from Mudingayi, but the Brazilian delays perhaps a bit too long but anyway, he should have tucked it away. Well wide in the end.
    • 45' Boateng robs Portanova, great tackle, Milan break, they're in here as Robinho slips it wide to FLAMINI BUT SAVED BY VIVIANO!
    • 37' Silva brings the ball away, now Cassano with a super crossfield pass to Robinho, great cross from him AND BOATENG FLIES IN but he heads over! He got under it but should have done better!
    • 27' Boateng with a vicious low ball across goal and Robinho almost converts but Portanova hacks away! That all came from Meggiorini failing to clear his lines, having thought the ball was going out.
    • 16' Cassano is sent through, onside and he must score but he's as surprised as everyone that the flag stayed down and his hesitance allows Viviano to save with Portanova hacking the loose ball away from the line!
    • 8' Super through ball by Robinho, he sends Flamini in, great first touch to take him around Portanova and clean through, super save from Viviano but Flamini's momentum takes him on to the loose ball and he rams it in!

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  • AC Milan

    Manager: Massimiliano Allegri

  • Bologna

    Manager: Alberto Malesani

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