Sunday January 29, 2012 Day 20 Finished Stadio Giuseppe Meazza

AC Milan 3 - 0 Cagliari

  • Ibrahimovic 32’
  • Nocerino 39’
  • Ambrosini 75’

  1. Milan beat Cagliari to keep pressure on

    Milan beat Cagliari to keep pressure on

    AC Milan moved back to within a point of Serie A leaders Juventus after a 3-0 win over Cagliari at the San Siro. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • AC Milan
    • Cagliari
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    • 90+4' That's it! Milan move back to within a point of Serie A leaders Juventus after a 3-0 win over Cagliari at the San Siro.
    • 90+3' Pinilla has worked hard for Cagliari tonight but he has had little support.
    • 90+1' Ekdal shoots well wide for Cagliari.
    • 90' Nesta should really have collected a second yellow card for a poor challenge on Pinilla but he gets away with it.
    • 90' There will be four minutes of stoppage time here.
    • 88' Milan moving back to within a point of Juve tonight, as Abate defends well against Ibarbo in the area.
    • 87' Nesta puts the ball out for a Cagliari throw.
    • 86' Inzaghi's touch is just too heavy and the ball goes off his thigh for a goal kick.
    • 85' A long-range effort from Van Bommel is saved by Agazzi. It was a well struck effort from the Dutchman and Agazzi had to stretch to make the save.
    • 84' This could be Pippo's last game for Milan because he is unhappy at his lack of first-team football.
    • 83' Filippo Inzaghi replaces Ibrahimovic for his 296th appearance for Milan.
    • 82' Ibrahimovic heads away a Cagliari free-kick.
    • 80' Good defending from Nesta who heads the ball away under pressure from Pinilla.
    • 79' Could this be a sign-post weekend in Serie A with Udinese and Inter losing ground on Juventus and Milan?
    • 77' Emmanuelson just fails to get on the end of a pass from Ibrahimovic before Ibarbo shoots just wide at the other end.
    • 76' That was Ambrosini's 36th goal for Milan.
    • 75' GOAL! MILAN 3-0 CAGLIARI. Ambrosini marks his 450th appearance for Milan by bending the ball with the outside of his foot into the bottom left corner after collecting a pass from Emmanuelson on the edge of the area!
    • 73' Milan stroking the ball around at ease.
    • 72' That was Nesta's seventh yellow card of the season.
    • 71' Abate's cross is caught by Agazzi before Nesta is booked for a foul on Pinilla.
    • 69' Free-kick against Agostini for a foul on Van Bommel.
    • 68' Allegri must have a cigar on the bench. This has been so easy for Milan.
    • 67' Massimo Ambrosini comes on for Seedorf who had a quiet game.
    • 66' Daniele Conti replaces Radja Nainggolan for Cagliari.
    • 65' Stephan El Shaarawy makes contact with Seedorfs free-kick at the near post and his shot is just wide!
    • 64' Ibarbo tracks a long way back but fouls Nocerino.
    • 62' Stephan El Shaarawy comes on for Robinho who has played well in fits and starts tonight.
    • 61' Abbiati gathers Astori's header after a Cagliari corner.
    • 59' Nesta catches Pinilla who is limping off for treatment. He should be back.
    • 58' Great ball over the top from Robinho to Nocerino but the ball is cleared away.
    • 57' Agostini's cross is brilliantly defended by Nesta.
    • 56' Cagliari making change number two as they bring Moestafa El Kabir on for Cossu.
    • 55' AC Milan are unbeaten against Cagliari in 18 games, and are on a run of six consecutive wins against the Sardinians.
    • 54' The ball breaks to Nocerino on the edge of the area and his right-footed strike is palmed away by Agazzi!
    • 53' Thiago Ribeiro comes on to replace Pisano for Cagliari.
    • 52' Poor piece of control by Abate who let the ball run under his feet and out for a throw.
    • 51' No doubt we'll see new Milan signing Maxi Lopez later on. Especially if Milan stay this comfortable.
    • 50' Pinilla fouls Mexes and Milan have a free-kick in their own area.
    • 49' Van Bommel heads the ball out for a corner to Cagliari.
    • 48' Feel free to get in touch on Twitter. @SCoggin_journo
    • 47' No changes by Massimiliano Allegri or Davide Ballardini at the break.
    • 46' The second-half gets underway at the San Siro.
    • 45+1' That's half-time. A very comfortable half for Milan against a poor Cagliari side.
    • 45' There will be one added minute at the end of the first-half.
    • 44' Pisano gets a tackle in on Mesbah.
    • 43' Milan have enjoyed 60% of the possession tonight.
    • 41' The last two meetings at the San Siro between these two sides have seen the hosts score four goals.
    • 40' That was Nocerino's sixth goal of the season.
    • 39' Milan have not played particularly well tonight but they are 2-0 up. Two moments of magic from Zlatan.
    • 38' GOAL! MILAN 2-0 CAGLIARI. Zlatan beautifully chests down a long ball from Mexes and Nocerino is on hand to power the ball into the bottom left corner!
    • 37' STAT: Seedorf is making his 875th career appearance tonight.
    • 35' Zlatan is penalised for a foul on Astori. Debatable that.
    • 34' Goals have been hard to come by for Cagliari this season and they have an uphill task now.
    • 32' It really was a stunning strike from Zlatan and has lit up a mediocre game.
    • 31' GOAL! MILAN 1-0 CAGLIARI. Out of nothing Zlatan curls a beautiful free-kick into the top left-hand corner!
    • 30' Milan have dominated possession here but Cagliari have not been troubled.
    • 29' Zlatan has shown some nice early touches here.
    • 28' Davide Astori slips but Zlatan's cross into the area is cleared.
    • 27' Van Bommel's low shot is held by Michael Agazzi in the Cagliari goal.
    • 26' Milan come close as Zlatan plays the ball to Mesbah in the area and the defender shoots just over.
    • 24' It really is sterile stuff here, as Zlatan plays a sloppy ball. Cagliari defending well though.
    • 23' Pinilla goes for glory from range but fires well over.
    • 22' Robinho tries to play a give-and-go with Emmanuelson but the Dutchman gives it away.
    • 20' Abate's cross is headed away by Pisano for Milan's first corner of the night, but it comes to nothing.
    • 19' Robinho plays a clever ball forward to Seedorf, but the goalkeeper gathers.
    • 18' A poor crowd here at the San Siro tonight.
    • 17' A low long-range effort from Ekdal goes well wide.
    • 15' It's been a slow start here - Cagliari giving the ball away a lot but Milan hardly threatening themselves.
    • 14' Seedorf chips the ball in for Van Bommel but Cagliari keep Milan at bay for now.
    • 13' Pinilla blasts his free-kick well over Abbiati's bar.
    • 12' Van Bommel will have to watch himself for the rest of the match.
    • 11' Pinilla eludes Nesta and Marc van Bommel and is brought down by the latter who is yellow carded.
    • 10' Robinho cannot control an overhit pass from Clarence Seedorf.
    • 9' Andrea Cossu beats Nocerino down the right but his cross is easily caught by Christian Abbiati.
    • 7' Ibarbo shoots weakly across goal but Cagliari are showing some early intent here.
    • 7' Antonio Nocerino is dispossessed by Ekdal.
    • 6' Victor Ibarbo is fouled by Alessandro Nesta and Cagliari have a free-kick on the halfway line.
    • 5' Ekdal is back in business and the match is underway again.
    • 4' It's been a stop-start opening four minutes here as Albin Ekdal suffers a nasty fall. He's getting treatment now.
    • 3' They have tried to remedy that last statistic my bringing Mauricio Pinilla into the club.
    • 2' Cagliari are the second lowest scorers in Serie A.
    • 1' We are off and underway at San Siro!
    • 19:40 If you want to get in touch on Twitter, I'll try to be as active as possible. @SCoggin_journo
    • 19:35 STAT: Cagliari have not picked up a single point here for 12 years.
    • 19:30 Maxi Lopez starts on the bench for Milan after completing a loan move from Catania. Urby Emanuelson and Djamel Mesbah start, but Milan have a long injury list featuring the likes of Kevin-Prince Boateng and Alexandre Pato. Cagliari hand Mauricio Pinilla a debut but must do without the injured Nene, Sebastian Eriksson and Lorenzo Ariaudo.
    • 19:25 AC MILAN: Abbiati; Abate, Nesta, Mexes, Mesbah; Seedorf, Van Bommel, Nocerino; Emanuelson; Ibrahimovic, Robinho. Subs: Amelia, Zambrotta, Bonera, Ambrosini, Inzaghi, El Shaarawy. /// CAGLIARI: Agazzi; Pisano, Canini, Astori, Agostini; Dessena, Ekdal, Nainggolan; Cossu; Ibarbo, Pinilla. Subs: Avramov, Gozzi, Perico, Conti, Larrivey, El Kabir, Ribeiro.
    • 19:20 Milan will be looking to restore the gap between themselves and Serie A leaders Juventus to a point with a win tonight.
    • 19:15 Hello and welcome to our LIVE coverage of Milan's clash with Cagliari.
  • Summary

    • 85' A long-range effort from Van Bommel is saved by Agazzi. It was a well struck effort from the Dutchman and Agazzi had to stretch to make the save.
    • 77' Emmanuelson just fails to get on the end of a pass from Ibrahimovic before Ibarbo shoots just wide at the other end.
    • 75' GOAL! MILAN 3-0 CAGLIARI. Ambrosini marks his 450th appearance for Milan by bending the ball with the outside of his foot into the bottom left corner after collecting a pass from Emmanuelson on the edge of the area!
    • 65' Stephan El Shaarawy makes contact with Seedorfs free-kick at the near post and his shot is just wide!
    • 54' The ball breaks to Nocerino on the edge of the area and his right-footed strike is palmed away by Agazzi!
    • 38' GOAL! MILAN 2-0 CAGLIARI. Zlatan beautifully chests down a long ball from Mexes and Nocerino is on hand to power the ball into the bottom left corner!
    • 31' GOAL! MILAN 1-0 CAGLIARI. Out of nothing Zlatan curls a beautiful free-kick into the top left-hand corner!
    • 26' Milan come close as Zlatan plays the ball to Mesbah in the area and the defender shoots just over.
    • 19:25 AC MILAN: Abbiati; Abate, Nesta, Mexes, Mesbah; Seedorf, Van Bommel, Nocerino; Emanuelson; Ibrahimovic, Robinho. Subs: Amelia, Zambrotta, Bonera, Ambrosini, Inzaghi, El Shaarawy. /// CAGLIARI: Agazzi; Pisano, Canini, Astori, Agostini; Dessena, Ekdal, Nainggolan; Cossu; Ibarbo, Pinilla. Subs: Avramov, Gozzi, Perico, Conti, Larrivey, El Kabir, Ribeiro.

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  • AC Milan

    Manager: Massimiliano Allegri

  • Cagliari

    Manager: Davide Ballardini

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