Sunday August 29, 2010 Day 1 Finished Stadio Giuseppe Meazza

AC Milan 4 - 0 Lecce

  • Pato 16’, 28’
  • Thiago Silva 23’
  • Inzaghi 90’

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  1. Milan teach Lecce top flight lesson

    Milan teach Lecce top flight lesson

    AC Milan welcomed Lecce back to the top flight with a 4-0 masterclass led by a double from Alexandre Pato. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • AC Milan
    • Lecce
    • 90+3' FULL-TIME! Milan have dominated throughout. Lecce were not the toughest opponents, but Allegri will surely be delighted with what he saw. A great start to the campaign for the Rossoneri, but plenty to do for Lecce.
    • 90+2' Gattuso is running on the ball in the dying seconds, looking for a way into the area.
    • 90' Three minutes of injury time - the game surely cannot end quickly enough for Lecce.
    • 89' FINALLY A FOURTH! INZAGHI! It breaks to him after Boateng and Gattuso missed out on the ball and it deflected off Sini towards him. He hits it hard and low, and it squeaks through Rosati's legs and into the net.
    • 88' Final change from Lecce - Chevanton is off for Brivio - a very decent effort from the forward.
    • 87' RONALDINHO! And at the other end Ronaldinho has a chance to put the seal on his performance with a goal but Rosati stands up boldly to his fierce strike and makes a good save.
    • 86' A whisker wide from Chevanton! It was a bold backheel from Corvia to get him free and he struck a placed shot from distance first time. Abbiati just about beaten, but so was the post. Close!
    • 84' Ronaldinho chases manfully to keep a cross in play but it was out and Lecce have a goal kick.
    • 83' Inzaghi goes clsoe again! He is released by a superb pass from Pirlo, controls well but just cannot get his shot away under pressure from Rosati.
    • 82' Chevanton on the end of another header after another cross from the right from Piatti. He might have done better with these chances, but he has got himself into good positions.
    • 81' A quick impromptu drinks break after Ronaldinho cartwheels over Donati and the right-back needs a little check-up as he met the Brazilian's studs with his back.
    • 80' Ronaldinho has a shout over to the referee on the far side as he's convinced he won a throw from a bewitched Donati. The referee sees it differently, suffice to say.
    • 79' Boateng pulled back as he looked to break free by Grossmuller, and that earns the Lecce man a booking.
    • 78' So much space for Bonera on the right, and he plays a cross low towards Inzaghi. The veteran fires a shot first time with ferocity but it's narrowly wide.
    • 77' A slick move from Lecce - good cross from the right to Chevanton, whose header is glanced too far wide. He heads the post in frustration afterwards.
    • 76' Another Pirlo strike, another Rosati punch - again the Lecce keeper can consider himself fortunate that he didn't find a red and black shirt.
    • 76' Pato off, Boateng on - Pato leaves to a standing ovation, and deservedly so.
    • 75' He opts to shoot - and with the swerve Rosati is forced to punch! He can consider himself fortunate that it lands in Donati's path rather than Pato's.
    • 74' A free kick from distance for Milan - Pirlo places this one and takes a deep breath.
    • 73' Thiago Silva picks out Inzaghi on the run but he runs into trouble immediately and is dispossessed after his first touch.
    • 72' Corvia's shot blocked by Inzaghi in the wall and immediately Milan are back on the front foot. The move gives Gattuso a chance to volley from range but it's well off target.
    • 71' That's the end of Ambrosini's evening - Gattuso replaces him.
    • 70' Ambrosini and Pirlo combine to give away a foul on Mesbah from a striking range. Hard to know exactly who was reponsible for that free kick - they both met Mesbah's leg at the same time.
    • 69' A rocket shot from Grossmuller, but it was always going over.
    • 68' Another crossfield ball from Ronaldinho picks out Pato. He swerves a shot at the near post but there is not enough room to beat Rosati.
    • 68' Chevanton tries to wriggle through the Milan defensive wall. He manages to get to the edge of the box before Nesta turns him away.
    • 67' Milan are in control, but have gone slightly off the boil in the second half. There's been plenty to enjoy in their performance nonetheless.
    • 65' Inzaghi snatches the ball away from Donati and Pato tries a cross which is too close to Rosati.
    • 64' INZAGHI DENIED BY THE POST! He displays great touch to keep the lofted through pass from Ronaldinho down, and opts for a half-volleyed chip from range - and it hits the outside of post. Would have been a fantastic goal from the substitute had it gone in.
    • 63' Long - and very hopeful - shot from Piatti there, and though it was well struck it was never destined to test Abbiati.
    • 62' Still the side in white are kept at bay - but this time illegally - Chevanton wins a free kick for a tackle from behind from Ambrosini.
    • 61' Lecce on the ball but not able to get into the final third.
    • 60' It's Borriello's last action of the match - Inzaghi replaces him.
    • 59' Did Donati handle that Seedorf shot? Maybe so - but Borriello was offside when lashing in the deflection and the fourth goal won't stand.
    • 58' Corvia has Lecce's best chance of the game there with a right-footed effort from the centre of the penalty area, and he doesn't do enough with it. It's wide, and he's disappointed with himself.
    • 56' Another well-shaped cross from deep from Grossmuller, Abbiati punches away.
    • 55' Ronaldinho finds Seedorf unusually far upfield on the left but the Dutch midfielder's cross leaves a lot to be desired.
    • 54' Pato threatens to run straight through the Lecce defence from his starting point on the right - the visitors have no idea how to contain him.
    • 53' Inzaghi warming up for Milan - but it's Lecce who make the change - Piatti replaces Munari.
    • 52' Some possession for Lecce, who through Giacomazzi are happy to build patiently and enjoy some time on the ball.
    • 51' Air shot from Ronaldinho after a great run and low centre from Antonini... Could have been a good chance for Ronaldinho to get the goal his performance has deserved.
    • 50' A fairly dangerous free kick, with Abbiati failing to grab hold of the ball - but he punches it out and that releases Pato.
    • 50' Vives down after Pirlo clatters him with his arm - Lecce have a free kick.
    • 49' Silvio Berlusconi has arrived, and he's having a quick word with Zlatan.
    • 48' Pirlo takes a couple of classy touches on his penalty area and lays the ball back to Abbiati. Milan move forward again.
    • 47' Ambrosini down - AC Milan have a kick halfway into the Lecce half. They're looking bright already in the second half.
    • 46' Another chance for Pato as the second half begins - he checks out of his run and passes to Borriello - bad choice, because he was offside.
    • 46' We're back in play!
    • 20:39 Zlatan Ibrahimovic is walking a red carpet to the centre circle to be presented as a Milan player. It's brilliantly over the top.
    • 45+2' HALF-TIME: A drubbing. Milan have been superb. Allegri couldn't have wished for any more on his first game in charge. Ronaldinho and Pato in particular have been a cut above. Lecce have made it easy for the home side, but it's been a thoroughly enjoyable Milan display. Join us in a few moments for the second half.
    • 45+2' Seedorf's lofted cross not read by Pato, but in the build-up Ronaldinho really did make a lunging effort to intercept a pass. The Brazilian has looked exceptional.
    • 45+1' Two minutes of stoppage time scheduled.
    • 45' Borriello's turn to go close with a shot from the left, and Rosati has to tip around the post for a corner.
    • 44' Too... many... highlights! Ronaldinho tries a Baggio-style chipped cross on his left foot - it's too far, but it comes back to Ambrosini who nearly flashes a volley home for the fourth.
    • 43' So nearly Pato again! Ronaldinho curves a cross from the right into him, the offside trap is beaten again, and Pato finds the netting rather than the net from a narrow angle.
    • 42' Ronaldinho and Pato are combining with excellent understanding - Ronaldinho's ball in reaches his compatriot, but tough defending from a combination of Ferrario and Donati get him off the ball.
    • 40' Chevanton tries a shot from distance for Lecce and it has good shape, but always going narrowly wide of Abbiati's post. The keeper watches it go out of play for a goal kick.
    • 39' And Seedorf now! He's had a couple of golden chances and this one comes from a crossed ball from the right - he volleys in space just inches wide, but it's another terrific move.
    • 38' Fantastic ball from Ronaldinho, tremendous control from Pato, and only some brave goalkeeping from Rosati keeps out the hat-trick goal. Borriello has half a chance straight afterwards but his back is to goal.
    • 37' Borriello looks like he's beaten the offside trap to have a shot on goal here but the referee says he was offside. He wasn't though, as replays prove.
    • 37' Great ball to pick out Ronaldinho from Bonera, and he wins a corner.
    • 36' Milan have just calmed down a little bit here after the third goal - but the game is surely already won.
    • 35' Munari tries a chipped cross from an angle but it's half-cleared and then Corvia gives away a foul challenging Nesta for the ball.
    • 34' Free kick won by Chevanton seems to miss everybody and only go narrowly wide of Abbiati's post.
    • 33' It's THAT kind of game - the kind where Ronaldinho beats two men in the centre circle and then tries to lob the keeper from halfway. He's not miles away, but it is wide.
    • 32' Lecce have a little possession, but it comes to nothing when Giacomazzi's cross lands in Abbiati's arms.
    • 31' Sub for Lecce - Chevanton replaces Giuliatto.
    • 30' Lecce venture forward - Corvia cannot keep Vives' backheel on the byline in play, though.
    • 29' Replays show that Vives seems to have been caught by Ambrosini just before the goal, but that doesn't take away from a fantastic goal made in Brazil.
    • 28' TWO FOR PATO, THREE FOR MILAN! Lecce look to play him offside from Ronaldinho's angled through ball, but he's not offside. Instead he's one-on-one with Rosati, he goes to the left, and tucks into an open goal.
    • 27' Borriello wins a throw which is taken quickly, chested down to Borriello for a long range volley - Rosati is in a good position to make the save.
    • 26' Who will Ibrahimovic replace in the front line for Milan when everyone is playing so well?
    • 25' Ronaldinho backheels to Ambrosini who gets a cross in towards Borriello in the middle, but he brings down Ferrario in his effort to get to the ball.
    • 25' Another Milan corner - Pirlo's ball does not beat the first man, and Lecce get out of trouble.
    • 24' Mensah pops up on the left as Lecce try to attack, but he cannot keep the pass in play. He looks furious, and Lecce need to regroup fast.
    • 23' GOAL! TWO FOR MILAN! THIAGO SILVA! The cross from Ronaldinho is flicked on by Pato. Boriello nearly squeezes it over the line and in the goalmouth melee Thiago Silva is on hand to poke home.
    • 22' Chance for Seedorf! Moment of great skill from Ronaldinho as he holds the ball up in the area to free up Seedorf, and it's a good point blank save from Rosati to deny him!
    • 21' Every Lecce clearance seems to find a Milan shirt. This time it's Giuliatto's clearance and it's Ronaldinho's shirt. He cannot quite get his chipped ball to Pato.
    • 20' Nesta, who is playing with a bandage on his hand, strokes the ball forward. It goes out shortly afterwards on the left when Ronaldinho loses possession.
    • 19' Borriello has not had the chance to run a great deal but he's drawing men in to counter him whenever he gets the ball. Ferrario on this occasion does a great job to close him out.
    • 18' A rare error from skipper Ambrosini as he fails to control a pass and lets the ball slip out of play for a throw in.
    • 17' If the game carries on at this rate we could have a rout. Luigi Di Canio needs to find a way to get his Lecce side back into the game.
    • 16' PATO SCORES! GREAT FINISH! Milan on the move, Borriello and Ambrosini move the ball right to him - he takes one touch to move into the penalty area and then strikes it with power into the far corner. It took strength and precision, and it's no more than Milan deserve.
    • 15' Some nice one touch passing between Ronaldinho and Seedorf but this time the move fizzles out when Antonini tries to attack the box from the left hand side.
    • 14' Lecce stretched already, and Milan playing at their own pace, which is quick and incisive.
    • 13' A moment of magic from Pato which would have been very special had it ended with a goal - he controls Pato's pass over his shoulder as he runs into the area - turns, creates space - only to hit his shot over the bar.
    • 12' Silva close to getting a head to Ronaldinho's corner, too - but Vives is there just quick enough for Lecce.
    • 12' Rocket attempt from Thiago Silva from 35 yards! And it takes a good save from Rosati to keep it out! Great strike with some venomous left to right swerve!
    • 11' All Milan in the last few minutes as Pirlo wins a foul trying to dance his way through the midfield.
    • 10' First sign of Ronaldinho - he's into the box with some stepovers, but Donati holds his ground well and prevents him going past.
    • 9' Antonini cuts in from the left and tries a right footed curling shot which never truly tested Rosati.
    • 8' Milan surging forward now, this time with Pato, who is bundled off the ball as he approaches the area. Almost broke to Borriello, though.
    • 7' Chance but no shot! Seedorf is played in with a sideways ball from the right and suddenly it looks like it will open up for him, but he takes too long to fire a shot and Sini does well to block any attempt.
    • 7' Ibrahimovic is pictured next to Adriano Galliani in the stands - they both look uncomfortable.
    • 6' Antonini gives away a throw near to his own corner flag - Lecce take it quickly but Seedorf does some good defensive work to clear.
    • 5' Giacomazzi gives away a foul at halfway after challenging Ambrosini for the ball. Milan move forward.
    • 4' Now Mesbah tries a shot from 25 yards on the left hand side which doesn't trouble Abbiati. He gathers and sends the ball long.
    • 4' Mesbah does good work in the middle, feeding Giacomazzi. He tries a shot from range which travels all of five yards before being blocked.
    • 3' Some possession for Milan - Thiago Silva breaks out of defence and strokes a pass left to Antonini.
    • 2' Donati wins a free kick as Seedorf brings him down clumsily.
    • 2' The corner goes straight out of the penalty area, Grossmuller gives away a free kick as he challenges unfairly for the ball.
    • 1' Lecce enjoy the first minute's possession, finishing with Mesbah winning a corner for the visitors.
    • 1' And away we go!
    • 19:42 Pictures in the crowd of a Milan fan with an Ibrahimovic scarf - that was quick - and he here is in the ground, ready to watch his new side in action.
    • 19:40 The players are making their way towards the field.
    • 19:40 There are a couple of calls for Kevin Prince Boateng to make an appearance for the home side in the comments section - he's on the bench tonight. Every chance of making his debut, however.
    • 19:35 About ten minutes away from kick off - does anyone think Lecce can achieve a famous result?
    • 19:30 Milan: Abbiati - Thiago Silva, Nesta, Antonini, Bonera - Pirlo, Seedorf, Ambrosini - Ronaldinho, Borriello, Pato
    • 19:30 Lecce: Rosati - Ferrario, Sini, Giulatto, Donati - Giacomazzi, Grossmuller, Vives - Corvia, Mesbah, Munari
    • 19:25 Milan fans - you've just signed Zlatan Ibrahimovic - is it enough to bring the feel good factor back to the San Siro? More here
    • 19:20 Lecce, you might have noticed, are coached by Luigi Di Canio, whose last managerial role was in England with QPR. He took over as the club sank back to Serie B, but he also masterminded their recovery and championship last season.
    • 19:15 Lecce were champions of Serie B last season, earning their place in the top flight in the process. They doubtless want to be back for games like these - but perhaps not first up.
    • 19:15 It's the first test for new Milan manager Massimiliano Allegri, and it's been a relatively kind first day draw for the Rossoneri as they attempt to overhaul Inter Milan, now coached by Rafa Benitez.
    • 19:10 Hello and welcome to live updates from Milan as AC Milan begin their Serie A campaign at home to Lecce.
  • Summary

    • 89' FINALLY A FOURTH! INZAGHI! It breaks to him after Boateng and Gattuso missed out on the ball and it deflected off Sini towards him. He hits it hard and low, and it squeaks through Rosati's legs and into the net.
    • 87' RONALDINHO! And at the other end Ronaldinho has a chance to put the seal on his performance with a goal but Rosati stands up boldly to his fierce strike and makes a good save.
    • 86' A whisker wide from Chevanton! It was a bold backheel from Corvia to get him free and he struck a placed shot from distance first time. Abbiati just about beaten, but so was the post. Close!
    • 78' So much space for Bonera on the right, and he plays a cross low towards Inzaghi. The veteran fires a shot first time with ferocity but it's narrowly wide.
    • 77' A slick move from Lecce - good cross from the right to Chevanton, whose header is glanced too far wide. He heads the post in frustration afterwards.
    • 64' INZAGHI DENIED BY THE POST! He displays great touch to keep the lofted through pass from Ronaldinho down, and opts for a half-volleyed chip from range - and it hits the outside of post. Would have been a fantastic goal from the substitute had it gone in.
    • 49' Silvio Berlusconi has arrived, and he's having a quick word with Zlatan.
    • 20:39 Zlatan Ibrahimovic is walking a red carpet to the centre circle to be presented as a Milan player. It's brilliantly over the top.
    • 44' Too... many... highlights! Ronaldinho tries a Baggio-style chipped cross on his left foot - it's too far, but it comes back to Ambrosini who nearly flashes a volley home for the fourth.
    • 43' So nearly Pato again! Ronaldinho curves a cross from the right into him, the offside trap is beaten again, and Pato finds the netting rather than the net from a narrow angle.
    • 39' And Seedorf now! He's had a couple of golden chances and this one comes from a crossed ball from the right - he volleys in space just inches wide, but it's another terrific move.
    • 38' Fantastic ball from Ronaldinho, tremendous control from Pato, and only some brave goalkeeping from Rosati keeps out the hat-trick goal. Borriello has half a chance straight afterwards but his back is to goal.
    • 33' It's THAT kind of game - the kind where Ronaldinho beats two men in the centre circle and then tries to lob the keeper from halfway. He's not miles away, but it is wide.
    • 28' TWO FOR PATO, THREE FOR MILAN! Lecce look to play him offside from Ronaldinho's angled through ball, but he's not offside. Instead he's one-on-one with Rosati, he goes to the left, and tucks into an open goal.
    • 23' GOAL! TWO FOR MILAN! THIAGO SILVA! The cross from Ronaldinho is flicked on by Pato. Boriello nearly squeezes it over the line and in the goalmouth melee Thiago Silva is on hand to poke home.
    • 22' Chance for Seedorf! Moment of great skill from Ronaldinho as he holds the ball up in the area to free up Seedorf, and it's a good point blank save from Rosati to deny him!
    • 16' PATO SCORES! GREAT FINISH! Milan on the move, Borriello and Ambrosini move the ball right to him - he takes one touch to move into the penalty area and then strikes it with power into the far corner. It took strength and precision, and it's no more than Milan deserve.
    • 13' A moment of magic from Pato which would have been very special had it ended with a goal - he controls Pato's pass over his shoulder as he runs into the area - turns, creates space - only to hit his shot over the bar.
    • 12' Rocket attempt from Thiago Silva from 35 yards! And it takes a good save from Rosati to keep it out! Great strike with some venomous left to right swerve!
    • 19:30 Milan: Abbiati - Thiago Silva, Nesta, Antonini, Bonera - Pirlo, Seedorf, Ambrosini - Ronaldinho, Borriello, Pato
    • 19:30 Lecce: Rosati - Ferrario, Sini, Giulatto, Donati - Giacomazzi, Grossmuller, Vives - Corvia, Mesbah, Munari
    • 19:25 Milan fans - you've just signed Zlatan Ibrahimovic - is it enough to bring the feel good factor back to the San Siro? More here
    • 19:10 Hello and welcome to live updates from Milan as AC Milan begin their Serie A campaign at home to Lecce.

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • AC Milan

    Manager: Massimiliano Allegri

  • Lecce

    Manager: Luigi De Canio

  • Line-up

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    • Starting line-up

      • C. Abbiati
      • D. Bonera
      • A. Nesta
      • Thiago Silva Goal
      • L. Antonini
      • A. Pirlo
      • M. Ambrosini Substitution Out (71′)
      • C. Seedorf
      • A. Pato Goals×2 Substitution Out (76′)
      • Ronaldinho
      • M. Borriello Substitution Out (61′)

      Subs

      • F. Inzaghi Substitution In61′ Goal
      • M. Amelia
      • I. Abate
      • S. Papastathopoulos
      • G. Gattuso Substitution In71′
      • K. Boateng Substitution In76′
      • N. Oduamadi
    • Starting line-up

      • A. Rosati
      • G. Donati
      • S. Sini
      • S. Ferrario
      • A. Giuliatto Substitution Out (32′)
      • G. Munari Substitution Out (54′)
      • C. Grossmüller Yellow Card
      • G. Vives
      • G. Giacomazzi
      • D. Mesbah
      • D. Corvia

      Subs

      • I. Piatti Substitution In54′
      • D. Brivio Substitution In89′
      • T. Reginiussen
      • Gustavo
      • J. Chevantón Substitution In32′ Substitution Out89′
      • A. Bertolacci
      • M. Benassi
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