Thursday January 6, 2011 Day 18 Finished Stadio Sant'Elia

Cagliari 0 - 1 AC Milan

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  1. Lucky Milan sink Cagliari

    Lucky Milan sink Cagliari

    A late goal from Rodney Strasser helped Milan to three vital away points with a 1-0 victory over Cagliari at the Stadio Sant'Elia. More

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    Time:90'
    • Cagliari
    • AC Milan
    • 90+4' FULL TIME! It's all over at the Stadio Sant'Elia, and Milan move five points clear at the top of the table! Napoli can close the gap with a win over Inter later this evening, but Milan have done what they needed to do, and that's take all three points from Massimo Allegri's former club! Thanks for joining our live coverage, we'll also be bringing you live commentary of Napoli v Inter, Napoli v Inter, over here!
    • 90+3' Just one minute left to play, and Milan have the ball in the corner
    • 90+2' Lazio have drawn 0-0 at Genoa, meaning that Milan will go five points clear if they hold onto this 1-0 lead!
    • 90' Replays of Strasser's goal show that the 20-year-old was just offside as Cassano played the ball through, and the goal shouldn't have counted. Desperately unlucky for Cagliari
    • 89' Cagliari desperately chasing this game now, but against a Milan side who are defending stubbornly
    • 87' Ambrosini commits another foul on the edge of the centre-circle, and becomes the first Rossoneri to enter the book today. He's now suspended for the visit of Udinese at the weekend
    • 86' That's Strasser's first goal for Milan, and it might just have snatched all three points for the visitors!
    • 85' GOAL! MILAN TAKE THE LEAD! Robinho flicks the ball to Cassano on the edge of the box with the back of his heel. Cassano plays the ball through to Strasser - who holds off his marker and slams the ball into the back of the net!
    • 83' Time is running out for Milan now - they're going to have to do something special here if they're to break this deadlock
    • 82' Three players stand over the ball, and Seedorf eventually touches it on to PATO! Blasted wide of the target
    • 81' Milan have a free kick, some 25 yards out
    • 80' Robinho tries to play the ball through to Cassano, who is easily outpaced by Pisano
    • 79' Cassano heads a lofted cross back across the area to Robinho, who brings the ball under control with some lovely control before hammering the ball over the bar on the turn
    • 77' Robinho sweeps a diagonal ball to Cassano from the right wing, and the former Sampdoria forward gets his first touch. He brings the ball under control, and lifts a disappointing ball into the box and straight to Agazzi
    • 76' Thiago Silva completely loses sight of his man in the box, and Biondini almost punishes him with a free header, but he can't keep it under the bar. Cagliari continuing to press, and looking far more likely to score
    • 75' Here he is! One of the most controversial forwards in Italian football makes his way onto a Serie A pitch in the Rossoneri jersey for the first time. He's not played competitively since late October, and Massimo Allegri has warned him that this might be his last chance at making it at a top side. Can he make it a dream debut?
    • 74' Milan sub: Merkel off, Cassano on!!
    • 73' Merkel is penalised for a tug on Nainggolan now, on the half-way line, as Madrid struggle to get any time on the ball
    • 72' The ball is lofted back into the area, where Nene is penalised for leaning into his marker
    • 71' Whipped in by Cossu... cleared by the first man. Again
    • 70' The hosts have a free kick, 40 yards out in the left channel
    • 68' Agostini puts in a lovely cross, which Nene heads across the face off goal! Abbiati in no-man's land, and Matri hammers the ball towards the near post and the keeper manages to smother the ball! Anotehr chance for Cagliari, who are matching Milan blow for blow!
    • 67' Cagliari attack nwo with Agostini on the left, running onto Nainggolan's clever backheel
    • 66' Pato breaks into the Cagliari half on the right flank, and plays a perfectly-weighted ball into the path of Robinho whose touch is far too heavy and Agazzi gathers! Let-off for Cagliari, and a sunday-league first touch from Robinho
    • 65' Milan clear, and they can counter here!
    • 64' Biondini whips a lovely ball in from the right wing, which is cleared behind for a corner
    • 64' Bonera and Nainggolan compete under a high ball just inside the Milan box, and Nainggolan goes down! The crowd want a penalty, as does the Cagliari man, but the ref waves play on
    • 63' After a slight delay for Agazzi to be treated, we're back underway at the Stadio Sant'Elia
    • 61' Agazzi does well to punch the ball clear of the on-rushing Thiago Silva, but the keeper stays down after a crunching collision
    • 60' Seedorf shows some lovely feet to work space in his own half, before launching a probing diagonal ball towards the Cagliari box which is hoofed out for a corner
    • 59' So, Allegri brings on 20-year-old Strasser, who hails from Sierra Leone. He's making only his fifth appearance for the first team, and has lent this Milan midfield an uncharacteristically youthful air!
    • 58' Milan sub: Gattuso off, Strasser on
    • 56' The ball is eventually slipped through the defence for Matri to chase, but he's well marshalled by the Milan backline
    • 55' Brilliant harrying in the middle of the park by the home side - putting Seedorf under pressure and Cossu coming away with the ball
    • 54' Cagliari back with the ball on the half-way line. How they're not ahead in this match, they'll never know, but Milan look particularly ordinary this afternoon. How long before Allegri makes a change?
    • 53' Bonera plays the ball back to Abbiati, WHO PASSES THE BALL STRAIGHT TO NENE! NENE SHOOTS! TIPPED WIDE BY ABBIATI! A moment of utter madness by the Italian goalkeeper, passing straight along the floor to Nene who should have scored!
    • 52' What a save by Agazzi! With a strong left hand to bat the ball away from his near post. Milan's corner
    • 51' Seedorf takes a couple of touches on the half way line, before dinking a lovely ball over the defence to PATO WHO'S ONSIDE! HE TAKES A TOUCH, AND SHOOTS! SAVED!
    • 50' Gatusso exchanges passes with Robinho on the first win, before playing a superb reverse ball through the defence towards Pato - who goes down too easily inside the box
    • 49' That's clearly an injury-enforced substitution, but surely not as a consequence of that last challenge. Lazzari must have had a knock in the first half - which presumably he hasn't been able to run off
    • 48' Caglirai substitution: Lazzari off, Biondini on
    • 47' Abate clatters into Lazzari right on the sideline near the dugout, and that'll be a free kick for Cagliari
    • 46' Welcome back for the second half! No changes to tell you about at half-time, with both managers seemingly happy to wait and see how the game unfolds before making their first rolls of the dice
    • 45+2' HALF TIME! Antonini picks out Pato, who jinks his way towards the area from the left, but the referee blows his whistle. A disappointing half of football, with Canini's headed the only real chance of the match. Come back in a few minutes for the second half, when Milan new-boy Cassano might just be handed his Rossoneri debut!
    • 45+1' The fourth official signals two minutes of stoppages. Milan on the ball with Antonini
    • 45' Robinho caught in possession on the edge of the centre circle, and Agostini has space to run into! He advances towards the box, and SHOOTS! Cracking effort! Agostini absolutely leathers it on the left foot, but Abbiati punches clear
    • 44' Milan try to exert some pressure of their own with moments remaining in this half. Seedorf lifts a free kick into the box, but once again a Cagliari defender pops up with a massive header
    • 43' Milan look to counter, and Pato shoots from 25 yards! The shot swerves a yard wide of the right post. Decent effort, but it'd take something special to score from that sort of range
    • 42' OFFSIDE! Another real let-off for Milan, and Thiago Silva, as the linesman (correctly) judges Matri to be in an offside position when the ball cannons off Nene
    • 41' Seedorf with the ball in the middle for Milan, but his long ball forwards is deflected to MATRI BEHIND THE MILAN DEFENCE! He avances on Abbiati's goal... AND IS BROUGHT DOWN BY THIAGO SILVA IN THE BOX!
    • 40' Cossu receives the ball again, wide left now. He takes a touch, and whips a shoddy ball into Abbiati's hands
    • 38' Whipped in by Cossu... and headed clear by Seedorf - the first man.
    • 37' Cagliari are enjoying their best spell of pressure now though, and they immediately win a corner with a deflected shot
    • 36' Nene steps up to take it... Hammered low into the wall. Disappointing
    • 35' Cossu is challenged late by Ambrosini, and Cagliari have a free kick 30 yards from goal!
    • 34' Nainggolan with the ball in the centre-circle, as the midfield starts to open up now
    • 33' Merkel goes down under pressure on the left wing, but somehow concedes the free kick himself
    • 32' The corner is lifted into the middle of the box and HEADED BY CANINI! OFF THE INSIDE OF THE POST! What an escape by Milan, as the box cannons out off the post and mercifully clear of the advancing blue and red shirts!
    • 32' Possession surrendered cheaply though, and Nainggolan forces a corner with a deflected shot from range!
    • 31' Lazzari brings down a high ball on the edge of the area, but clearly uses his arm. Spotted by the ref, Milan free kick
    • 30' There's a few more niggly fouls now, as the pace of this match lessens even further
    • 28' Antonini races onto a loose pass, and is hacked down late by Nainggolan! He's lucky to get away without a card for that
    • 27' Canini passes across his defence to Pisano, who hares up the wing
    • 26' Cleared easily, but once again the ball is hoofed straight back to Milan
    • 25' Milan break straight from the throw, and Pato forces a corner from Agazzi
    • 24' Nainggolan plays the ball up the right wing to Lazzari, who cuts back inside. The ball is switched left to Matri, who concedes a throw under pressure from three white shirts
    • 22'' Seedorf with the ball 35 yards out. He plays a short pass to Gattuso ahead of him, who picks out Merkel on the edge of the box. The German tries to shoot on the turn, but he's charged down
    • 21' Antonini takes on Nainggolan on the left wing, and picks out a decent ball towards Robinho
    • 20' Milan ponder on the ball though, and Cossu whips it away to break into Milan's half and into plenty of space! He takes far too much time to assess his options though, and Gattuso nips in from behind to prod the ball onwards
    • 19' Nene runs into trouble on the left flank, and Milan are back on the ball. Seedorf switches the ball to Abate
    • 18' Poorly taken though, and claimed at the near stick by Abbiati
    • 17' Astori gets to the ball ahead of Robinho, and releases Lazzari who shoots from range! Deflected wide for a corner!
    • 16' Nainggolan swings in a cross from the right on a rare Cagliari attack, but it's comfortably headed clear
    • 15' Straight to a white shirt again though, and Thiago Silva's attempted long-ball forward goes out for a goal kick. A chance for the hosts to get some time on the ball, then
    • 14' Lovely passing from Gattuso and Merkel to get to the edge of the area, but Seedorf's final ball is easily cut out and hacked clear
    • 13' Taken short to Merkel, who spends too long on the ball and is easily dispossessed. Bright start to the match from the 18-year-old German, though
    • 12' Swung into the middle, and PATO! NODDED CLEAR BY ASTORI! Brilliant defending. Another corner for Milan, who are looking threatening
    • 11' It's all Milan at the moment, and they're breaking at pace with Merkel! The young German drags a centre'half across before slipping to ball to an unmarked Robinho on the left! Robinho takes a touch, and SHOOTS! Deflected just wide for a corner off Agazzi's foot!
    • 10' Abate launches a long diagonal to Robinho on the left wing, but the Brazilian miscontrols the ball with his chest under pressure
    • 9' Cagliaris's route-one football plays into Milan's hands, and the visitors have possession back with Bonera
    • 8' Sweeping passing from Milan to move from defence to attack. Ambrosini runs out of ideas coming into the final third, though, and plays left to Antonini, who loses the ball
    • 7' Swung in to the near post and Antonini! Headed well clear by the defence
    • 6' Decent spell of early pressure from Milan, who win a corner on the right
    • 5' Robinho fails to gather a long diagonal ball, but Milan maintain possesion
    • 4' This will be an intriguing battle for the coaches, with former Milan legend Roberto Donadoni managing Cagliari, and former Cagliari boss Massimo Allegri in charge of Milan!
    • 3' Gattuso makes a rough-looking challenge over the top of the ball on Agostini, and comes off worse on the right touchline
    • 2' New Milan signing Anotonio Cassano starts on the bench for this miss-match Milan side then, but 18-year-old German Alex Merkel is offered a starting role in midfield
    • 1' We're underway at the Stadio Sant'Elia! Milan wear their change white strip, Cagliari in red and navy blue
    • 13:55 MILAN: Abbiati , Bonera, Antonini, Thiago Silva, Gattuso, Seedorf, Ambrosini, Abate, Merkel, Robinho, and Pato. Subs: Cassano, Montelongo, Beretta, Amelia, Oddo, Yepes, Strasser
    • 13:55 CAGLIARI: Agazzi, Canini, Pisano, Agostini, Astori, Conti, Nainggolan, Lazzari, and Cossu, Nene, and Matri. Subs: Ragatzu, Perico, Pelizzoli, Ariaudo, Acquafresca, Laner, Biondini
    • 13:50 Cagliari, on the other hand, are expected to name a similar side the one defeated at home to Cesena in December. Currently 13th in the league, the Sardinians have lost three times at home this term, but will fancy their chances against Milan's injury-ravaged side
    • 13:45 League-leaders Milan currently have a three-point cushion at the top of the table, but face a daunting task in Sardinia this afternoon with a host of star names out injured. Veteran cetnre-half Alessandro Nesta is the latest big name to be declared unfit for duty, alongside Gianluca Zambrotta, Andrea Pirlo, Kevin-Prince Boateng, and Matthieu Flamini. Enigmatic striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is suspended.
    • 13:45 Good afternoon and welcome to our live text commentary of Cagliari v AC Milan!
  • Summary

    • 85' GOAL! MILAN TAKE THE LEAD! Robinho flicks the ball to Cassano on the edge of the box with the back of his heel. Cassano plays the ball through to Strasser - who holds off his marker and slams the ball into the back of the net!
    • 68' Agostini puts in a lovely cross, which Nene heads across the face off goal! Abbiati in no-man's land, and Matri hammers the ball towards the near post and the keeper manages to smother the ball! Anotehr chance for Cagliari, who are matching Milan blow for blow!
    • 58' Milan sub: Gattuso off, Strasser on
    • 53' Bonera plays the ball back to Abbiati, WHO PASSES THE BALL STRAIGHT TO NENE! NENE SHOOTS! TIPPED WIDE BY ABBIATI! A moment of utter madness by the Italian goalkeeper, passing straight along the floor to Nene who should have scored!
    • 51' Seedorf takes a couple of touches on the half way line, before dinking a lovely ball over the defence to PATO WHO'S ONSIDE! HE TAKES A TOUCH, AND SHOOTS! SAVED!
    • 41' Seedorf with the ball in the middle for Milan, but his long ball forwards is deflected to MATRI BEHIND THE MILAN DEFENCE! He avances on Abbiati's goal... AND IS BROUGHT DOWN BY THIAGO SILVA IN THE BOX!
    • 32' The corner is lifted into the middle of the box and HEADED BY CANINI! OFF THE INSIDE OF THE POST! What an escape by Milan, as the box cannons out off the post and mercifully clear of the advancing blue and red shirts!
    • 11' It's all Milan at the moment, and they're breaking at pace with Merkel! The young German drags a centre'half across before slipping to ball to an unmarked Robinho on the left! Robinho takes a touch, and SHOOTS! Deflected just wide for a corner off Agazzi's foot!
    • 13:55 MILAN: Abbiati , Bonera, Antonini, Thiago Silva, Gattuso, Seedorf, Ambrosini, Abate, Merkel, Robinho, and Pato. Subs: Cassano, Montelongo, Beretta, Amelia, Oddo, Yepes, Strasser
    • 13:55 CAGLIARI: Agazzi, Canini, Pisano, Agostini, Astori, Conti, Nainggolan, Lazzari, and Cossu, Nene, and Matri. Subs: Ragatzu, Perico, Pelizzoli, Ariaudo, Acquafresca, Laner, Biondini

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Cagliari

    Manager: Roberto Donadoni

  • AC Milan

    Manager: Massimiliano Allegri

  • Line-up

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    • Starting line-up

      • M. Agazzi
      • F. Pisano Yellow Card
      • M. Canini
      • D. Astori
      • A. Agostini
      • D. Conti
      • R. Nainggolan
      • A. Lazzari Substitution Out (48′)
      • A. Cossu
      • Nenê
      • A. Matri Substitution Out (84′)

      Subs

      • I. Pelizzoli
      • D. Biondini Substitution In48′
      • R. Acquafresca Substitution In84′
      • D. Ragatzu
      • S. Laner
      • L. Ariaudo
      • G. Perico
    • Starting line-up

      • C. Abbiati
      • I. Abate
      • D. Bonera
      • Thiago Silva
      • L. Antonini
      • M. Ambrosini Yellow Card
      • G. Gattuso Substitution Out (58′)
      • C. Seedorf
      • A. Merkel Substitution Out (74′)
      • A. Pato
      • Robinho

      Subs

      • A. Cassano Substitution In74′
      • M. Amelia
      • M. Oddo
      • M. Yepes
      • S. Papastathopoulos
      • R. Strasser Substitution In58′ Goal
      • G. Beretta
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