Saturday December 4, 2010 Day 15 Finished Stadio Giuseppe Meazza

AC Milan 3 - 0 Brescia

  • Boateng 4’
  • Robinho 28’
  • Ibrahimovic 30’

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  1. Milan stroll to win over Brescia

    Milan stroll to win over Brescia

    AC Milan gave struggling Brescia a masterclass at the San Siro, sweeping to a 3-0 win to move three points clear at the top of Serie A. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • AC Milan
    • Brescia
    • - We'll be back for more Serie A tomorrow, including Fiorentina v Cagliari and Catania v Juventus LIVE. Join us then!
    • 90+1' FULL-TIME: We don't quite manage the extra minute, but it's not needed. Milan win at a canter. Great first-half effort, and it's more than enough for the Rossoneri to restore their three-point lead at the top of Serie A. Their title campaign remains on track.
    • 90' A single minute of stoppages to play - that will suit both sides.
    • 89' Goal kick for Abbiati as another Brescia move comes to nothing. Milan have been quite pedestrian in the second half, but they'd already achieved what they had to do.
    • 88' Yepes and Pirlo swap passes before Gattuso spreads the ball right. Abate makes a surging run but his cross doesn't find a Milan shirt.
    • 87' Budel has a shot from range - absolutely no worries for the Milan defence. The game is drifting lazily to its conclusion.
    • 86' Eder hits it... and Gattuso sticks a leg out to deflect it out for a corner.
    • 85' Handball from Pirlo to cut out a through ball and that leaves Brescia with a useful free kick which interests Eder and Diamanti.
    • 84' Caracciolo is penalised after challenging with Yepes for a long ball - and the replay shows he was pulling the defender's shirt.
    • 83' Free kick for Milan down the left. They take it short, and Robinho runs out of space close to the byline.
    • 81' Abbiati plucks the ball out of the air and Milan sweep forward. Robinho tries a shot but has it blocked.
    • 80' A set piece from Diamanti causes a little confusion in the box and the last touch appears to come from Boateng. Corner for the visitors.
    • 79' FLAMINI HITS ONE! But his shot from just outside the area is swerving wide.
    • 79' Ronaldinho tries to pick out the run of Zambrotta, who's been quite quiet today, but the high ball is not a problem for Sereni.
    • 78' Thiago Silva, stepping forward, has his shirt pulled by a frustrated Caracciolo. Free kick for the hosts on halfway.
    • 77' Robinho, back on the edge of his own box, gets Milan back on the move.
    • 76' Eder links up with Daprela as Brescia enjoy one of their better moments in this match - but the chance to shoot does not arrive.
    • 75' Abbiati takes a long goal kick and Pirlo toys with defenders before being just a bit too clever for his own good and losing out to Diamanti.
    • 74' Brescia make a move forward. Hetemaj slips it left to Diamanti to cross, but it sails straight over Abbiati's crossbar.
    • 73' Robinho pops up on the right, looking for a way to get the ball back into the middle. Certainly seems happier, if one can judge these things on performances alone, at Milan.
    • 72' RONALDINHO CLOSE! Would have been wonderful! A perfect delivery from Abate and Ronaldinho is sauntering down the middle. He tries to sidefoot it in on the volley but strokes it just over.
    • 70' Final Milan change: Ibra off, Ronaldinho on. The Swede is cheered off after an excellent first half, but he wasn't as sharp in the second.
    • 69' Brescia break - and it's a good challenge from Thiago Silva to deny Diamanti a way on to the ball.
    • 68' Milan camped out in the final third, but not getting much further.
    • 67' Vass off, Budel on his place as Brescia make another change.
    • 66' IBRAHIMOVIC CLOSE TO SOMETHING SPECIAL! Abate's high ball stays in the air for an eternity, and Ibra runs past it, but nearly rescues it with an overhead kick! Only narrowly wide!
    • 65' First touches for Flamini as Milan build down the left.
    • 64' Ronaldinho doing some stretches on the bench. He's wrapped in about four layers and wearing a scarf and hat covering everything but his eyes. Just as well he never moved to Manchester City - he wouldn't have enjoyed the weather.
    • 63' Milan change: Ambrosini off, Flamini on.
    • 63' GATTUSO CLOSE! Robinho picks him out with a cross but his low shot is bravely blocked by Berardi.
    • 62' Ibrahimovic has just gone off the boil in the second half - Ronaldinho is amongst the substitutes if Allegri wants to give him a rest.
    • 61' ROBINHO! BAD MISS! Boateng flies down the right and slides a low cross which evades the four Brescia players back and finds Robinho at the far post, and he should do far, far better. Should be the fourth - instead, it's high over the bar.
    • 60' Berardi goes into the book for an abysmal sliding tackle on Robinho.
    • 59' Caracciolo narrowly offside just as traps the ball in a dangerous spot - he's been the one Brescia man to cause worries for the Milan defence.
    • 59' Seedorf is waving to the crowds as he tackles some shuttle runs. He could be making an entrance shortly.
    • 58' Brescia make a change - Kone is off, replaced by Eder.
    • 56' Daprela gets a head on Ambrosini's cross from the left to escape the danger. Ibrahimovic picks up the ball on the right hand side but his pass off the outside of the boot doesn't find Gattuso.
    • 55' Milan firmly in second gear here. The intensity, for now at least, has disappeared from this game.
    • 54' Abate plays a poor ball and Milan's move forward stutters, but they soon have it back through the tenacious Gattuso.
    • 53' Kone goes down in pain after a tackle from Pirlo. He's writhing around but the replays show he kicked Pirlo after the AC Milan midfielder had pinched the ball from him.
    • 52' Clumsy tackle, this one from Boateng on Daprela. Milan yet to hit the highs of the first half.
    • 51' Yepes somewhat unceremoniously flattens Caracciolo. That's one way of stopping him.
    • 50' Pirlo with a chance to pull the strings from deep - he picks out Boateng who tries a classy flick to Robinho.
    • 49' Ibrahimovic tries a cute pass through to Robinho but it doesn't quite find its mark. He looks at his foot as if he's hurt himself.
    • 48' Diamanti looks as if he might have found some space for Brescia, but no - here come Ambrosini, Gattuso and Pirlo to strangle him and win the ball back for the hosts.
    • 47' Caracciolo gets on the end of a cross from the left, but his header loops up to Abbiati.
    • 46' One change to let you know about at the interval - Milan have replaced Nesta with Yepes.
    • 45' Brescia start the second half!
    • 45' HALF-TIME: Barely a moment of injury time, but that will be a relief to Brescia. Milan were running riot in the first half. Join us for the second half to see how this one ends.
    • 45' Thiago Silva drives it with real venom, but directly at the wall.
    • 44' Gattuso draws a foul - and a booking - from Martinez after the controlling a loose ball. Useful spot for a free kick.
    • 43' Hetemaj bundles Ambrosini off the ball and gives away a free kick. The visitors look short on ideas.
    • 42' Robinho almost picks out Ibrahimovic with a sweetly-judged ball. If Milan can keep this form up in the second half it could be highly enjoyable to watch these players in full flight.
    • 40' BOATENG CLOSE! A delightful move, with multiple passes before a perfectly-weighted touch from Ibra let in the Ghana international, who lashes just over.
    • 39' From OptaPaolo on Twitter - "8- Milan and Brescia have shared the points in eight of their last 11 Serie A encounters. Even." Not today, though.
    • 38' Possession 60/40 in Milan's favour so far. They've dominated on every front.
    • 37' Caracciolo and Nesta are having a good tussle on the rare occasions that Brescia get forward. It's a shame that it's rendered almost meaningless by the scoreline.
    • 36' Abate makes a sensational run cutting in from the right plays it towards Ibrahimovic - and for once the Swede's touch lets him down to stop the move in full flight.
    • 35' PIRLO FORCES A SAVE! Sereni parries at the far post and it almost fell to Milan. Real trouble for the visitors.
    • 35' Robinho wins a free kick just half a yard outside the penalty area. Good chance which Ibra and Pirlo are looking at.
    • 34' Bad news continues for Brescia - Sereni is clutching his shoulder after that save - he put his body on the line and is suffering - but carrying on for now.
    • 33' HOW ISN'T IT FOUR? Zebina makes a horrendous backpass which lands for Boateng. One-on-one with the keeper, Boateng forces a great save out of Sereni, and Martinez denies Robinho on the rebound!
    • 32' Giuseppe Iachini, the Brescia manager, wipes his brow. This could be a long night for his men.
    • 31' 8th goal for Ibra in Serie A this season, and that was an excellent one.
    • 30' IBRAHIMOVIC! A WONDERFUL GOAL! He didn't look like he had any space, but after a couple of dragbacks he opens up a little room, darts past Gilberto Martinez and lashes high into the goal. Terrific. Two in three minutes. Game over.
    • 28' THIS TIME, ROBINHO! 2-0! HIS FIFTH FOR MILAN! An effortless strike after Brescia are caught napping - a defensive pass from Hetemaj is to nobody in particular, and Christmas comes early for the Brazilian.
    • 27' ROBINHO! He seems to mesmerise the defenders with his stepovers, but drills his shot into the side neeting from a narrow angle.
    • 26' Gattuso has some stern words for Hetemaj and Diamanti here, and the referee has to step in to calm things down - it was a late challenge from Diamanti on the Milan man, and an unnecessary one.
    • 25' Vass collapses after a clash with Boateng. Not sure that much happened to justify that particular tumble.
    • 24' Brescia are looking more comfortable here after Milan's bright start, but they're not really turning that comfort into chances on goal.
    • 23' Inzaghi, of course, has had a potentially career-ending cruciate injury, so no wonder the home fans are showing their support for a Milan institution. More on Inzaghi here.
    • 22' A sign up at the San Siro - "Pippo, torna per noi! (back to us!)"
    • 21' Abate puts in a firm tackle as Hetemaj threatens to wriggle around both him and Gattuso. The move ends up with a corner, but Milan clear.
    • 20' Milan have just lost their edge in the last five minutes. If Brescia are going to find their way back into the game you sense they must pounce now.
    • 19' Pirlo is the furthest Milan man upfield chasing down Berardi - but he trips him as he looks for the ball.
    • 18' Diamanti wins a corner from a free kick, and now strides across to take the corner. Abbiati punches clear for a throw.
    • 17' Right on the line. Good call, but a good move from Brescia, made by Hetemaj on the right.
    • 16' BRESCIA! WAS IT IN? Caracciolo tries an acrobatic volley at an awkward angle - almost straight at Abbiati, but with such pace... No goal, but I'd love to see a replay because it was very, very close.
    • 15' Errant pass here could get Brescia on their way with Caracciolo.
    • 14' A slight pause here as Boateng is treated. Brescia are 17th in Serie A, and so far they're playing like it. Not just in terms of how they're performing, but also in terms of mentalty - they're paying Milan a lot of respect.
    • 13' Boateng down after a tackle from Berardi - looks like the Brescia man stepped on his foot.
    • 12' Robinho and Zebina go shoulder-to-shoulder before the Brazilian barges his defender away. Foul for Brescia.
    • 11' Every Brescia pass looks hurried - Milan are pressuring well. They break and Ibra picks out Robinho for a chance on goal from distance.
    • 10' Caracciolo and Nesta tussle in the box as Brescia make a rare advance forward. Looks like Caracciolo caught a kick in an area of his body he would prefer not to have kicked as Nesta cleared. Ouch.
    • 9' This is all looking very comfortable for Milan, whose play is being orchestrated by Pirlo and Ibrahimovic at the moment.
    • 8' Remember, victory today would put Milan a full ten points clear of city rivals Inter tonight. By early December. Not even in their wildest dreams would the Rossoneri have hoped for that.
    • 7' Abate offside there as Ibrahimovic tries to play him in, but this is an effervescent start from the league leaders.
    • 6' Abate puts in a good cross from the right - heaeded away by Kone but straight to Pirlo. Can he pull the trigger for Milan? No - he slips at the vital moment.
    • 5' Exuberant celebrations from Boateng, which fans at Portsmouth may remember - and why not? Milan have the perfect start.
    • 4' MILAN SCORE! KEVIN-PRINCE BOATENG! It's his first in Italy - and it's made by Ibrahimovic, who spins to the byline and slips a good low cross his way. Boateng is under pressure, but he does the business!
    • 3' Gattuso tries a long ball for Boateng which was perhaps a little ambitious. Daprela has possession for the visitors, who will need to settle quickly.
    • 2' Robinho tries to trick his way down the left wing but has no luck. The pitch looks superb - all the better in comparison to the abomination in Verona we saw earlier in Serie A.
    • 1' Away we go! It's Milan who kick this one off.
    • 19:44 The players are out on the pitch. Kick-off is not far away.
    • 19:42 Hard to believe, but Milan have not won Serie A since 2004-5. It looks like this might be their best chance since then under new boss Massimiliano Allegri.
    • 19:40 Check out the latest Serie A table here.
    • 19:40 Bad news for Inter last night, too, after Lazio beat them 3-1 at the Stadio Olimpico. Benitez is having a tough time so far in Italy.
    • 19:40 Earlier today Roma let a two-goal lead slip to draw 2-2 at Chievo on a shocker of a pitch. Read the match report here.
    • 19:35 BRESCIA: • M. Sereni • J. Zebina • F. Bega • G. Martínez • Á. Vass • P. Hetemaj • M. Zambelli • F. Daprelà • A. Diamanti • A. Caracciolo • P. Kone
    • 19:35 MILAN: • C. Abbiati • I. Abate • A. Nesta • Thiago Silva • G. Zambrotta • A. Pirlo • G. Gattuso • K. Boateng • M. Ambrosini • Z. Ibrahimovic • Robinho
    • 19:30 Good evening everyone and welcome to LIVE updates from Serie A, where AC Milan are hosting Brecia at the San Siro.
  • Summary

    • - We'll be back for more Serie A tomorrow, including Fiorentina v Cagliari and Catania v Juventus LIVE. Join us then!
    • 79' FLAMINI HITS ONE! But his shot from just outside the area is swerving wide.
    • 72' RONALDINHO CLOSE! Would have been wonderful! A perfect delivery from Abate and Ronaldinho is sauntering down the middle. He tries to sidefoot it in on the volley but strokes it just over.
    • 66' IBRAHIMOVIC CLOSE TO SOMETHING SPECIAL! Abate's high ball stays in the air for an eternity, and Ibra runs past it, but nearly rescues it with an overhead kick! Only narrowly wide!
    • 63' GATTUSO CLOSE! Robinho picks him out with a cross but his low shot is bravely blocked by Berardi.
    • 61' ROBINHO! BAD MISS! Boateng flies down the right and slides a low cross which evades the four Brescia players back and finds Robinho at the far post, and he should do far, far better. Should be the fourth - instead, it's high over the bar.
    • 40' BOATENG CLOSE! A delightful move, with multiple passes before a perfectly-weighted touch from Ibra let in the Ghana international, who lashes just over.
    • 35' PIRLO FORCES A SAVE! Sereni parries at the far post and it almost fell to Milan. Real trouble for the visitors.
    • 33' HOW ISN'T IT FOUR? Zebina makes a horrendous backpass which lands for Boateng. One-on-one with the keeper, Boateng forces a great save out of Sereni, and Martinez denies Robinho on the rebound!
    • 30' IBRAHIMOVIC! A WONDERFUL GOAL! He didn't look like he had any space, but after a couple of dragbacks he opens up a little room, darts past Gilberto Martinez and lashes high into the goal. Terrific. Two in three minutes. Game over.
    • 28' THIS TIME, ROBINHO! 2-0! HIS FIFTH FOR MILAN! An effortless strike after Brescia are caught napping - a defensive pass from Hetemaj is to nobody in particular, and Christmas comes early for the Brazilian.
    • 27' ROBINHO! He seems to mesmerise the defenders with his stepovers, but drills his shot into the side neeting from a narrow angle.
    • 16' BRESCIA! WAS IT IN? Caracciolo tries an acrobatic volley at an awkward angle - almost straight at Abbiati, but with such pace... No goal, but I'd love to see a replay because it was very, very close.
    • 4' MILAN SCORE! KEVIN-PRINCE BOATENG! It's his first in Italy - and it's made by Ibrahimovic, who spins to the byline and slips a good low cross his way. Boateng is under pressure, but he does the business!
    • 19:35 BRESCIA: • M. Sereni • J. Zebina • F. Bega • G. Martínez • Á. Vass • P. Hetemaj • M. Zambelli • F. Daprelà • A. Diamanti • A. Caracciolo • P. Kone
    • 19:35 MILAN: • C. Abbiati • I. Abate • A. Nesta • Thiago Silva • G. Zambrotta • A. Pirlo • G. Gattuso • K. Boateng • M. Ambrosini • Z. Ibrahimovic • Robinho
    • 19:30 Good evening everyone and welcome to LIVE updates from Serie A, where AC Milan are hosting Brecia at the San Siro.

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • AC Milan

    Manager: Massimiliano Allegri

  • Brescia

    Manager: Giuseppe Iachini

  • Line-up

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    • Starting line-up

      • C. Abbiati
      • I. Abate
      • A. Nesta Substitution Out (45′)
      • Thiago Silva
      • G. Zambrotta
      • A. Pirlo
      • G. Gattuso
      • M. Ambrosini Substitution Out (64′)
      • K. Boateng Goal
      • Robinho Goal
      • Z. Ibrahimovic Goal Substitution Out (70′)

      Subs

      • C. Seedorf
      • M. Amelia
      • D. Bonera
      • M. Yepes Substitution In45′
      • L. Antonini
      • Ronaldinho Substitution In70′
      • M. Flamini Substitution In64′
    • Starting line-up

      • M. Sereni
      • J. Zebina
      • F. Bega
      • G. Martínez Yellow Card
      • Á. Vass Substitution Out (67′)
      • F. Daprelà
      • G. Berardi Yellow Card
      • P. Hetemaj
      • A. Diamanti
      • A. Caracciolo
      • P. Kone Substitution Out (59′)

      Subs

      • D. Possanzini
      • D. Baiocco
      • V. Mareco
      • M. Zambelli
      • A. Budel Substitution In67′
      • Éder Substitution In59′
      • M. Arcari
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