Saturday September 18, 2010 Day 3 Finished Stadio Giuseppe Meazza

AC Milan 1 - 1 Catania

  • Inzaghi 45’
  • Capuano 27’

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  1. Milan held at home by Catania

    Milan held at home by Catania

    Filippo Inzaghi spared Milan’s blushes by poking home the equaliser in a 1-1 draw at home to Catania. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • AC Milan
    • Catania
    • 90+4' FULL-TIME! A point for Catania! They're ecstatic - Milan look flat - and only loud music drowns out the whistles of the home fans.
    • 90+3' The ball in nearly falls to Ibrahimovic, but Andujar shepherds him out of play!
    • 90+3' Capuano picks up a yellow for a terrible challenge on Boateng.
    • 90+3' Adriano Galliani has seen enough and is seen leaving. That's not a good sign.
    • 90+2' Odu gives away a foul for tussling with Mascara. He looks amazed.
    • 90+2' Nesta tries to get Milan going again from the halfway line.
    • 90' Four minutes of injury time. Doesn't feel like we've been held up that long. Four more minutes for Catania to negotiate.
    • 90' Another Milan change sees Gattuso replace Seedorf.
    • 89' Ronaldinho hits a first-time effort with pace, but the Catania defence block manfully and it rolls to Andujar. Time ticking here...
    • 88' Milan get in a muddle and when Bonera finally gets a cross in it is to nobody.
    • 87' Good claim from Andujar - he plucks a cross from deep out of the sky before Ibrahimovic can get too close to it.
    • 85' Odu replaces Inzaghi - a chance for the young Nigerian.
    • 84' Rare foray forward for Catania - Delvecchio slows things down and the visitors will be pleased to be out of their own half.
    • 84' Thiago Silva gets on the end of Ronaldinho's ball in and his header takes a deflection for a corner.
    • 83' Capuano brings down Boateng, and though he complains that he has been struck by an elbow, it's a Milan free kick from a tasty position.
    • 82' Potenza off and Alvarez on for Catania - that's their last change. Milan have yet to make a single substitute.
    • 81' DANGER! Ronaldinho's cross is met by the back of Capuano's head and he forces his own keeper into an important save!
    • 80' Bonera and Boateng swap passes, and Boateng curls a cross from the byline which Andujar plucks out of the air.
    • 79' Maxi Lopez looks to have broken down the left, but there's a break up the other end too. Milan cannot capitalise, and Potenza is back on the pitch.
    • 78' It's Potenza of Catania who is down with cramp, but play is finally able to continue.
    • 77' A moment's pause here as we have an injury.
    • 76' Milan might be dominating but the hosts still haven't got the goal which would put them in front and the clock is running down. Just a quarter of an hour left.
    • 75' Delvecchio replaces Carboni for Catania - a like-for-like swap.
    • 74' Antonini brings down Izco with a tackle from behind - fairly unpleasant.
    • 73' Maxi Lopez gives Silva chase, but he'd have preferred to be up against Nesta there. Silva clears.
    • 72' And he's never scored for Milan. Not a huge surprise.
    • 72' Bonera tries a volley from the edge of the D - it tells you everything you need to know that it went out for a throw-in.
    • 71' Maxi Lopez muscles Nesta off the ball - again unfairly, says the referee.
    • 70' Potenza, who has stood up well to Ronaldinho, keeps the Brazilian at bay - he tries so many tricks that in the end he falls over himself.
    • 69' Ibrahimovic brings down Capuano after leaving a foot in the tackle. Some respite for Catania once more.
    • 68' Milan having 65% of the possession over the course of the match - and it feels like they've had more still in the second half.
    • 67' There's an atmosphere building that the Milan goal is coming. Inzaghi beats the line and only a sharp piece of keeping from Andujar to pounce on the ball before the Italian can get a kick saves the day.
    • 66' Mascara does well to get a cross in for Catania from a problematic angle but Abbiati claims it.
    • 65' Ronaldinho bursts down the line with purpose and menace, but his cut-back does not find a colleague. It falls to Thiago Silva who tries a pop from range - but although it's full of swerve Andujar pats the shot down before catching it.
    • 64' The ball is in the net - but Ibrahimovic puts it in from an offside position. The cross was a good one from Ronaldinho.
    • 63' Ledesma strokes the ball wide but there's an interception and Milan break.
    • 62' Corner - and Inzaghi puts his header over the bar. Catania can breathe again.
    • 61' Antonini keeps the ball in play but then, together with Ronaldinho, Milan find themselves unable to get the cross in.
    • 60' First substitute - Ricchiuti replaced by Ledesma.
    • 59' Ronaldinho picks out Ibrahimovic - nearly - Spolli claims he was pulled away and off the ball. No matter - it's a goal kick.
    • 58' The ball breaks through to Inzaghi when Ibrahinmovic pokes it forward but once again the veteran is offside.
    • 57' Mascara bundled off the ball by Pirlo and Catania's break fizzles out.
    • 56' Aimless ball from Pirlo which Andujar plucks out of the air, and Catania break.
    • 56' Maxi Lopez has been quiet of late but looks to have beaten Thiago Silva, only to be pulled back for a raised foot. Tough call against him.
    • 55' Milan take a quick kick with Ronaldinho which Andujar has to be alert to to punch away.
    • 54' Ibrahimovic holds the ball up well but Seedorf is then muscled off the ball and Catania clear.
    • 53' Ronaldinho clips a ball into the box, but Inzaghi is lurking in an offside position.
    • 52' Capuano skips past a challenge into space to fire in a left-footed corner, but it's got too much pace on it and goes well beyond the white shirts in the box.
    • 51' Mascara picks up Biagianti and Nesta has to challenge forcefully to close the door.
    • 50' Catania clear the corner without great fuss.
    • 49' Capuano disposses Ibrahimovic in the area, but gives away a corner in the process.
    • 48' Milan looking positive in the second half, they've been lucky to start the period at 1-1.
    • 47' Pirlo picks up a yellow for a silly pull on his opponent's shirt.
    • 46' Instant chance! Backheel from Ibrahimovic reaches Seedorf, and it's a good save low from Andujar to stop the Dutchman's drilled shot!
    • 45' The second half begins!
    • 45+1' HALF-TIME: Ibrahimovic and Ronaldinho almost combine to force a second, but Catania hold out. But the visitors have a huge task ahead of them to arrest Milan's newfound momentum.
    • 45+1' One minute of stoppages to be played.
    • 45' INZAGHI LEVELS! The ball pinged pinball-style around the goal mouth until Ronaldinho found Inzaghi - and he atones for his earlier horror miss by sticking it home from six yards.
    • 44' Boateng wins a corner tucked up by the right hand flag.
    • 43' Milan have had two thirds of the possession - but all the meaningful chances seem to have fallen the way of the visitors.
    • 42' Ibrahimovic manages to squeeze the ball out from under his feet and stub a shot towards goal - but it's narrowly wide.
    • 41' Clever ball from Ronaldinho nearly picked out Ibrahimovic at the near post but he's half a yard short of it and it runs out of play.
    • 40' Inzaghi gets the ball in the far corner of the area, holds it up and lays it off to Boateng, whose shot was ambitious and a poor choice.
    • 39' Gattuso is chewing gum nervously on the sidelines. Milanare off the boil at the moment.
    • 38' Ibrahimovic does well to head a ball back into Seedorf's path and he rasps a volley over the bar. Chance for the hosts though.
    • 37' Can Catania afford to spurn the chances they've had to extend their lead, however?
    • 36' Milan spreading the ball around with ease, but they're so vulnerable if they lose the ball, and they're lacking incisiveness at the moment.
    • 35' ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY MISSED! Mascara's ball in is a good one, and Silvestre has a free header - he should have hit the target, and it should have been two for Catania.
    • 34' Maxi Lopez skips past Thiago Silva and runs out of options - but he holds up the ball well until he wins a free kick in a useful area.
    • 33' Decent cross from Seedorf on the right but again Catania clear and break at pace.
    • 32' Antonini and Biagianti collide and the Milan man is underwhelmed by the challenge. The referee books Biagianti accordingly.
    • 31' Maxi Lopez, who has been a handful, strikes one from just outside the box which goes over the top.
    • 30' Bonera forces a corner for Milan as they search for an equaliser.
    • 29' SHOULD HAVE BEEN TWO! Catania break at pace, the ball is threaded through to Ricchiuti in space, and he hooks his shot left of the far post. That was a great chance which has gone begging.
    • 28' The crowd here is quite stunned. It's just seen the most wonderful goal, but it means their beloved Milan are behind!
    • 27' CATANIA LEAD! AND IT'S A WONDER STRIKE! CAPUANO! It's a volley from fully thirty yards! It's low to the corner and hard to explain quite how crisp his left-footed strike was!
    • 25' CHANCE! POTENZA! He does a fabulous job to exchange passes with Ricchiuti and cut into the box, and his shot has to be saved well at the near post!
    • 24' Good work from Maxi Lopez to free Izco - Catania on the attack.
    • 23' Ronaldinho goes down in the penalty area over Potenza's leg, but the Catania full-back got the ball cleanly - and he's had the measure of his Brazilian opponent so far.
    • 22' Milan are getting closer, but this time Catania break away. Mascara fires a shot from range, which Abbiati gets down to comfortably.
    • 21' Ronaldinho drills a volleyed cross into the box - too sharp for anyone to control.
    • 20' A ridiculously complicated build-up, it takes a deflection and immediately Maxi Lopez is caught offside. Not Catania's finest moment.
    • 19' Handy-looking free kick here for Catania. 29m from goal. AC Milan are building a wall, Catania are having a meeting to discuss it.
    • 18' Mascara's run just keeps on going - when it finally comes to an end Maxi Lopez gets the ball and Boateng slides in recklessly to earn a booking.
    • 17' Effortless control from Ibrahimovic on the right, and he works with Boateng to get a cross in. It breaks to Ronaldinho on the far post but he cannot beat Potenza.
    • 15' Catania struggling a little in the last few minutes. They are glad to get a bit of possession here. Izco spreads the ball around from midfield.
    • 14' It wasn't an open goal, but for a man who has made a career out of finishing chances like that it was a shocker.
    • 13' TERRIBLE MISS! Inzaghi is set free by Boateng's strong play down the right but Inzaghi misses high and wide from six yards!
    • 12' Antonini rolls straight over the top of an opponent and gives away a free kick in the process.
    • 11' Antonini looks for a pass for an eternity and doesn't find the right one. Milan go backwards.
    • 10' Even early exchanges so far. Catania have begun brightly enough.
    • 9' Ricchiuti's cross-come-shot is destined for the far corner and Abbiati has to tip around for a corner!There's no telling from his face that he meant it, but he very nearly gave Catania the lead.
    • 8' It takes a while for Mascara to rise to his feet, but finally he does and Ronaldinho sportingly knocks the ball back to the Catania defenders from the throw.
    • 7' Mascara is down after Bonera clatters into him from behind.
    • 6' Seedorf's ball back to Boateng is missed and Catania look to break, but Potenza slows things up on the right hand side.
    • 5' Messy stuff. The centre circle is claimed by neither side and the ball bobbles around with neither team able to control it.
    • 4' Seedorf driving forward, but twice he turns inside when a ball outside would have found Ronaldinho unmarked, and he settles for a corner instead.
    • 3' Slick passing from Milan - Ronaldinho at the heart of it - it comes to nothing this time, but it was wonderful to watch.
    • 2' An early chance falls to Catania! maxi Lopez kept going and going and only a lunging tackle from Thiago Silva stopped him - Ricchiuti fires the follow-up at Abbiati!
    • 1' Away we go!
    • 19:45 Players are on the field, the formalities have been taken care of, and we're ready for action!
    • 19:40 Just five minutes away from kick-off. The stadium is filling and the flags are flying.
    • 19:35 So which way should we expect this game to go? From our good friend OptaPaolo: "13 - At home AC Milan are unbeaten with Catania in 13 Serie A games (9 W and 4 D), and have kept a clean sheet in 7 of these. Devils"
    • 19:35 Milan lining up 4-3-3, and it's a chance for Zlatan Ibrahimovic to make his home debut in Serie A for Milan. The big news, however, is that despite Pato's injury there's no place for Robinho - even on the subs' bench.
    • 19:30 MILAN: Abbiati - Silva, Nesta, Antonini, Bonera - Pirlo, Seedorf, Boateng - Ronaldinho, Inzaghi, Ibrahimovic
    • 19:30 CATANIA: Andujar - Spolli, Silvestre, Capuano, Potenza - Biagianti, Ricchiuti, Carboni, Mascara, Izco - Lopez
    • 19:30 Milan were effortlessly brilliant against Lecce on the first day, but beyond disappointing against Cesena. They have the benefit of home advantage to make amends today, though.
    • 19:25 Catania have scored a big win over Parma and gone down to league leaders Chievo so far. This is doubtless their biggest challenge so far this season, though.
    • 19:20 Evening everyone, and welcome to LIVE updates of AC Milan's game against Catania. We've just seen Fiorentina slump to defeat at home to Lazio, and now Milan have a chance to put last week's defeat at Cesena behind them.
  • Summary

    • 81' DANGER! Ronaldinho's cross is met by the back of Capuano's head and he forces his own keeper into an important save!
    • 46' Instant chance! Backheel from Ibrahimovic reaches Seedorf, and it's a good save low from Andujar to stop the Dutchman's drilled shot!
    • 45' INZAGHI LEVELS! The ball pinged pinball-style around the goal mouth until Ronaldinho found Inzaghi - and he atones for his earlier horror miss by sticking it home from six yards.
    • 38' Ibrahimovic does well to head a ball back into Seedorf's path and he rasps a volley over the bar. Chance for the hosts though.
    • 35' ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY MISSED! Mascara's ball in is a good one, and Silvestre has a free header - he should have hit the target, and it should have been two for Catania.
    • 29' SHOULD HAVE BEEN TWO! Catania break at pace, the ball is threaded through to Ricchiuti in space, and he hooks his shot left of the far post. That was a great chance which has gone begging.
    • 27' CATANIA LEAD! AND IT'S A WONDER STRIKE! CAPUANO! It's a volley from fully thirty yards! It's low to the corner and hard to explain quite how crisp his left-footed strike was!
    • 25' CHANCE! POTENZA! He does a fabulous job to exchange passes with Ricchiuti and cut into the box, and his shot has to be saved well at the near post!
    • 13' TERRIBLE MISS! Inzaghi is set free by Boateng's strong play down the right but Inzaghi misses high and wide from six yards!
    • 9' Ricchiuti's cross-come-shot is destined for the far corner and Abbiati has to tip around for a corner!There's no telling from his face that he meant it, but he very nearly gave Catania the lead.
    • 2' An early chance falls to Catania! maxi Lopez kept going and going and only a lunging tackle from Thiago Silva stopped him - Ricchiuti fires the follow-up at Abbiati!
    • 19:30 MILAN: Abbiati - Silva, Nesta, Antonini, Bonera - Pirlo, Seedorf, Boateng - Ronaldinho, Inzaghi, Ibrahimovic
    • 19:30 CATANIA: Andujar - Spolli, Silvestre, Capuano, Potenza - Biagianti, Ricchiuti, Carboni, Mascara, Izco - Lopez
    • 19:20 Evening everyone, and welcome to LIVE updates of AC Milan's game against Catania. We've just seen Fiorentina slump to defeat at home to Lazio, and now Milan have a chance to put last week's defeat at Cesena behind them.

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • AC Milan

    Manager: Massimiliano Allegri

  • Catania

    Manager: Marco Giampaolo

  • Line-up

    Live Team Line-Up

    • Starting line-up

      • C. Abbiati
      • D. Bonera
      • A. Nesta
      • Thiago Silva
      • L. Antonini
      • A. Pirlo Yellow Card
      • K. Boateng Yellow Card
      • C. Seedorf Substitution Out (90′)
      • Ronaldinho
      • Z. Ibrahimovic
      • F. Inzaghi Goal Substitution Out (85′)

      Subs

      • G. Zambrotta
      • M. Amelia
      • M. Yepes
      • I. Abate
      • S. Papastathopoulos
      • G. Gattuso Substitution In90′
      • N. Oduamadi Substitution In85′
    • Starting line-up

      • M. Andújar
      • A. Potenza Substitution Out (83′)
      • M. Silvestre
      • N. Spolli
      • C. Capuano Goal Yellow Card
      • G. Mascara
      • E. Carboni Substitution Out (76′)
      • M. Izco
      • M. Biagianti Yellow Card
      • A. Ricchiuti Substitution Out (60′)
      • M. López

      Subs

      • A. Campagnolo
      • C. Terlizzi
      • M. Antenucci
      • A. Gómez
      • G. Delvecchio Substitution In76′
      • P. Ledesma Substitution In60′
      • P. Álvarez Substitution In83′
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