Sunday April 10, 2011 Day 32 Finished Stadio Artemio Franchi

Fiorentina 1 - 2 AC Milan

  • Vargas 80’
  • Seedorf 8’
  • Pato 41’

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  1. 10-man Milan win at Fiorentina

    10-man Milan win at Fiorentina

    AC Milan had Zlatan Ibrahimovic sent off as they re-established their three-point lead at the top of Serie A with a 2-1 win at Fiorentina. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Fiorentina
    • AC Milan
    • 90' And that's the final whistle. Milan have held on for a 2-1 win.
    • 89' In amongst all of the controversy, Pato has put the ball into the net but he is flagged offside. That high Fiorentina line survives again.
    • 88' Tempers are fraying here as players are squaring up left, right and centre. In the melee, Ibrahimovic has been shown a red card for what appears to be a comment to the assistant referee.
    • 86' RED CARD: Ibrahimovic has been sent off!
    • 82' Milan are desperate to make this safe and keeping Fiorentina inside their own half here...
    • 80' Milan should not have conceded that given their dominance and now Fiorentina have finally found some confidence. This could be an uncomfortable 10 minutes for Milan.
    • 78' That was very much against the run of play and somewhat out of nothing. Yepes got across to snuff out the danger for Milan, but the ball rolled across to Vargas whose deflected shot beat Abbiati. Game on.
    • 77' GOAL! Vargas has scored for Fiorentina!
    • 76' Abate is clattered by Santana, who sees yellow.
    • 74' Gilardino was happy to go to ground there but I'm not sure a yellow card was warranted. The home fans are at the loudest they've been all night, jeering that decision.
    • 73' Gilardino is booked for diving after a tangle in the Milan box with Seedorf.
    • 72' And then lambasts his defenders for allowing Gilardino the space to shoot.
    • 70' Gilardino gets into a good position on the left, catching Abate out of position. He cuts inside and shoots low with his left foot but Abbiati gathers the ball.
    • 68' Milan are playing much like Fiorentina were in the first at the moment, soaking up the pressure and hitting them on the break.
    • 65' Milan are stroking the ball around with real confidence. Hard to see a way back for Fiorentina at the moment.
    • 63' On this occasion Pato tries to find Ibrahimovic but yet again he cannot control the ball and the chance goes begging.
    • 57' Van Bommel has incensed the home fans with a two-footed lunge that has gone unpunished. That was a definite yellow card if you ask me.
    • 55' Fiorentina sub: Kroldrup on, Natali off
    • 53' Another great chance for Ibrahimovic! A glaring miss infact. Pato threads a beautiful pass into Ibrahimovic's path who, under pressure, sends his shot wide. Two big misses in a minute for Ibra.
    • 51' How has Ibrahimovic missed? The Swede evaded Fiorentina's high line and found himself one-on-one with Boruc... Ibrahimovic tried to curl the ball inside the far post but his shot shaved the outside of the post. Big miss by Ibrahimovic.
    • 50' Robinho is warming up for Milan, who seem to be happy with their 2-0 lead at the moment. Fiorentina have dominated, without threatening, since the restart.
    • 49' And the substitute comes close with a low drive from 20 yards. Abbiati had it covered but at least it's a sign of intent from Fiorentina.
    • 48' By the way, Fiorentina made one substition at half time: Babacar on, Ljajic off
    • 47' Fiorentina are showing more desire to retain possession than in the first half.
    • 46' The second half is underway.
    • 45' Join me in 15 minutes for the second half. Remember you can follow me, Michael Da Silva, on Twitter right here
    • 45' And that's the end of a brilliant half for Milan, and a horrible one for Fiorentina.
    • 44' And it can't come soon enough for them. Milan, meanwhile, are looking for a third...
    • 43' Fiorentina are yet to get out of the blocks and are set for a blasting from Siniša Mihajlovic at half-time.
    • 41' The in-form Brazilian has scored again and how simple it was! Ibrahimovic leads the Milan attack bursting into space in the Fiorentina half. With the home defenders backpeddling, he lays the ball wide to Boateng, who centres a low cross to Pato, who taps home. 2-0. Too easy.
    • 40' GOAL! Pato makes it 2-0!
    • 38' Gilardino tries to find a way past Zambrotta on the byline but the Milan defender stands tall.
    • 37' Fiorentina are trying to get back into this one, but it's going to take a miracle for them to score before half-time. Santana sees his tame shot saved easily by Abbiati.
    • 35' But Milan are opening Fiorentina up at will here.
    • 34' Great chance for Pato who picks the ball up in space on the edge of the box, but his shot is tame and saved by Boruc.
    • 32' Abate bursts forward yet again, cuts inside and shoots low with his left foot. Saved by Boruc.
    • 30' The home fans can't take much more of this. The only fans you can here are the Milan fans at the moment. Fiorentina fans are very restless right now.
    • 28' Zambrotta collects a short corner (which was infact a very long corner, played 30 yards back to where Zambrotta was standing) and shoots from distance, forcing Boruc to tip over his crossbar.
    • 27' Milan looking very dangerous every time they go forward, Fiorentina just can't get to grips with Seedorf.
    • 26' Seedorf picks up the ball 25 yards from goal and goes on a mazy run before unleashing a shot from 12 yards but about three Fiorentina defenders combine to block the Dutchman's shot.
    • 25' Pato is causing havoc again and wins a throw deep inside the Fiorentina half.
    • 23' Boateng is penalised for a foul on Ljajic and the home fans can't believe that he's not in the book like Donadel moments before.
    • 22' Fiorentina have finally woken up and are keeping Milan pinned inside their own half at the moment.
    • 20' And now Donadel is penalised for a rash challenge on Boateng.
    • 18' Best chance of the game so far for Fiorentina. Donadel bursts down the left wing, cuts inside Abate, and fires a dangerous low drive that Abbiati has to turn around his post at the expense of a corner.
    • 17' Abate, playing more like a right-sided attacker than a right-back at the moment, again gets to the byline but there is no one in the box to cross to.
    • 15' Siniša Mihajlovic is prowling the touchline, barking instructions to his players. He doesn't looks at all happy.
    • 14' Milan knocking the ball around nonchantly at the moment, Fiorentina still struggling to get a kick.
    • 12' But Gilardino's corner goes straight into Abbiati's arms and Milan have possession again...
    • 11' Finally a move of purpose for Fiorentina, who win a corner.
    • 10' Fiorentina are all over the place. They just give the ball away to Pato who, one-on-one with Boruc, passes the ball straight into his arms. Should have been 2-0.
    • 9' Milan have the lead and it is a lovely finish from the Dutchman. Seedorf does well to win the ball on the edge of the Fiorentina box and the ball falls to Pato, who calmly plays it back into Seedorf's path who fires the ball powerfully into the roof of the net. 1-0 Milan.
    • 8' GOAL! Seedorf gives Milan the lead!
    • 7' Very lively start to this one.
    • 6' At the other end, a deep cross finds Santana who thinks about volleying it towards goal but thinks better of it and waits for the ball to bounce, but his hooked shot sails straight into the arms of Abbiati.
    • 5' It's all Milan in the opening minutes. Ibrahimovic bursts forward from midfield and finds Pato on the edge of the box, who plays the ball back to the Swede, whose shot is blocked.
    • 4' Early warning sign for Fiorentina there.
    • 3' A long, hopeful ball finds Pato but Natali does enough to clear. However Boateng picks up the pieces and fires a excellent left-footed effort from 15 yards that Boruc palms away.
    • 2' Cross from Abate tests Boruc early on, but it's a fairly routine for the keeper.
    • 1' Fiorentina playing in their normal home kit of all purple, Milan are in all white.
    • 1' We're underway in Florence.
    • 19.45 FIORENTINA XI: Boruc, Comotto, Gamberini, Natali, Pasqual, Vargas, Donadel, Montolivo, Santana, Ljajic, Gilardino. MILAN XI: Abbiati, Yepes, Silva, Zambrotta, Abate, Flamini, van Bommel, Seedorf, KP Boateng, Ibrahimovic, Pato.
    • 19.40 Should Fiorentina, who currently lie 10th and with little to play for, spring a surprise and win today it will blow the title race wide open again. Particularly given that Internazionale, just two points behind Napoli, are also within touching distance of the leaders.
    • 19.35 They are leading Napoli on goal difference, but hope to go three points clear again with this, their game in hand.
    • 19.30 Following their premature exit from the Champions League, Milan have turned their full attention to the very respectable consolation of the Serie A title. And they remain in pole position.
    • 19.25 Hello everyone. Welcome to live coverage of Fiorentina vs AC Milan.
  • Summary

    • 88' Tempers are fraying here as players are squaring up left, right and centre. In the melee, Ibrahimovic has been shown a red card for what appears to be a comment to the assistant referee.
    • 86' RED CARD: Ibrahimovic has been sent off!
    • 78' That was very much against the run of play and somewhat out of nothing. Yepes got across to snuff out the danger for Milan, but the ball rolled across to Vargas whose deflected shot beat Abbiati. Game on.
    • 77' GOAL! Vargas has scored for Fiorentina!
    • 53' Another great chance for Ibrahimovic! A glaring miss infact. Pato threads a beautiful pass into Ibrahimovic's path who, under pressure, sends his shot wide. Two big misses in a minute for Ibra.
    • 51' How has Ibrahimovic missed? The Swede evaded Fiorentina's high line and found himself one-on-one with Boruc... Ibrahimovic tried to curl the ball inside the far post but his shot shaved the outside of the post. Big miss by Ibrahimovic.
    • 41' The in-form Brazilian has scored again and how simple it was! Ibrahimovic leads the Milan attack bursting into space in the Fiorentina half. With the home defenders backpeddling, he lays the ball wide to Boateng, who centres a low cross to Pato, who taps home. 2-0. Too easy.
    • 40' GOAL! Pato makes it 2-0!
    • 26' Seedorf picks up the ball 25 yards from goal and goes on a mazy run before unleashing a shot from 12 yards but about three Fiorentina defenders combine to block the Dutchman's shot.
    • 18' Best chance of the game so far for Fiorentina. Donadel bursts down the left wing, cuts inside Abate, and fires a dangerous low drive that Abbiati has to turn around his post at the expense of a corner.
    • 10' Fiorentina are all over the place. They just give the ball away to Pato who, one-on-one with Boruc, passes the ball straight into his arms. Should have been 2-0.
    • 9' Milan have the lead and it is a lovely finish from the Dutchman. Seedorf does well to win the ball on the edge of the Fiorentina box and the ball falls to Pato, who calmly plays it back into Seedorf's path who fires the ball powerfully into the roof of the net. 1-0 Milan.
    • 8' GOAL! Seedorf gives Milan the lead!
    • 19.45 FIORENTINA XI: Boruc, Comotto, Gamberini, Natali, Pasqual, Vargas, Donadel, Montolivo, Santana, Ljajic, Gilardino. MILAN XI: Abbiati, Yepes, Silva, Zambrotta, Abate, Flamini, van Bommel, Seedorf, KP Boateng, Ibrahimovic, Pato.

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Line-up

    Live Team Line-Up

    • Starting line-up

      • A. Boruc
      • G. Comotto
      • A. Gamberini
      • C. Natali Substitution Out (56′)
      • M. Pasqual
      • R. Montolivo
      • M. Donadel Yellow Card Substitution Out (62′)
      • J. Vargas Goal
      • M. Santana Yellow Card
      • A. Ljajic Substitution Out (45′)
      • A. Gilardino Yellow Card

      Subs

      • G. D'Agostino
      • M. Marchionni
      • P. Krøldrup Substitution In56′
      • A. Cerci
      • V. Behrami Substitution In62′
      • K. Babacar Substitution In45′
      • Neto
    • Starting line-up

      • C. Abbiati
      • I. Abate
      • Thiago Silva
      • M. Yepes
      • G. Zambrotta
      • M. van Bommel
      • M. Flamini
      • C. Seedorf Goal
      • K. Boateng Substitution Out (77′)
      • A. Pato Goal
      • Z. Ibrahimovic Red Card

      Subs

      • M. Amelia
      • M. Oddo
      • U. Emanuelson
      • S. Papastathopoulos
      • G. Gattuso Substitution In77′
      • Robinho
      • A. Merkel
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