Friday September 9, 2011 Day 2 Finished Stadio Giuseppe Meazza

AC Milan 2 - 2 Lazio

  • Ibrahimovic 29’
  • Cassano 33’
  • Klose 12’
  • Cissé 21’

  1. Milan draw in season opener

    Milan draw in season opener

    Milan came from behind to begin their Serie A defence with an entertaining 2-2 draw at home to Lazio. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • AC Milan
    • Lazio
    • 90+6' They cannot. It's over. I believe Cassano was booked at the death, too. Strange. Good start to the Italian season, however, and a great result for Lazio - though it should have been much, much better.
    • 90+5' Late corner for Milan! Can they steal it here?
    • 90+4' Great sliding intrception sets Ibrahimovic free via Pato, but the stubborn back line deal with the danger.
    • 90+3' Brocchi goes down rather easily under pressure from Pato to ease further pressure and win a free-kick. Pato is furious.
    • 90+2' Abate's punt into the danger zone is headed back by Ibra to PATO! Blazed over. Should have done better there.
    • 90+1' Gonzalez is unable to get into a one-on-one with Abbiati thanks to great defending by Silva, who wins a free kick in the end.
    • 90' Matuzalem heads away Abate's early cross. We will have FIVE MINUTES of added time. Will we see a dramatic winner?
    • 89' Ledesma goes for goal from a 40-plus-yard free-kick. To the shock of nobody, it doesn't come close to Abbiati's goal.
    • 88' The Brazillian sub's cross from the right is headed away by Nesta. Not a single white shirt to be found in the box, anyway...
    • 86' Final sub for Lazio - and for the contest - sees Hernanes make way for compatriot Matuzalem.
    • 85' IBRA'S THROUGH! GREAT SAVE BY BIZZARRI! Pato was there for the square pass but unlike Cassano for the Swede's goal earlier, he wasn't picked out.
    • 84' Ledesma sends Lulic sprinting down the left flank, but the Bosnian takes a heavy touch and knocks it off for a goal kick.
    • 83' Gonzalez gets his shirt tugged. Defensive free-kick to Lazio. They won't rush this one...
    • 82' A Lazio error allows Ibrahimovic through on the left, his low cross almost finds Cassano but for a vital interception by the fresh and alert Lulic.
    • 80' Mauri was booked on his way off the pitch for taking an eternity. Golden sign number two. Abate's cross is well caught by Bizzarri. The right-back collided with Dias on delivery.
    • 79' Mauri's impactful performance comes to an end, with Senad Lulic on in his place.
    • 78' Bizzarri forces Ibrahimovic to close him down completely before picking up the ball at his feet. The golden sign of a team killing time.
    • 77' More prolonged Milan possession, as Lazio appear to have entered flat back ten mode. Shame after such an electric first half but understandable in a way. Momentum is now against them and they've already blown a two-goal lead.
    • 75' Final Milan sub coming up - can Pato play the role of impact sub? He has 15 minutes in place of Boateng.
    • 74' Cassano feeds Ibra into the box, and despite two team-mates being free on the far side he goes for goal and shoots off-target.
    • 73' Ledesma's powerful deep cross from the right almost turns Mauri from provider to beneficiary. Too much mustard on the delivery, however, and it's out for a goal kick.
    • 72' Handbags between Dias and Ibrahimovic leads to a Milan free-kick. Dias needs to watch himself, he's the only player thus far on yellow.
    • 70' Brocchi cuts out a low cross as Milan pile on the pressure.
    • 69' Cassano and Ibra once again try to combine, but their control lets them down on this occasion.
    • 68' Antonio Nocerino has come on for Aquilani in the home side's second change of the game. Meanwhile, Lazio make their first switch: scorer Klose is replaced by Alvaro Gonzalez.
    • 67' Ibrahimovic is denied another clear-cut chance by Biava.
    • 66' The corner comes to nothing, Milan clear comfortably.
    • 65' What pace by Cisse to beat the centre-backs to a ball dinked over the back line! But Nesta recovers to thwart a simple conversion and Milan escape with a corner conceded! Curse of the (text) commentator has struck...
    • 64' Aquilani sets Cassano free just left of centre once again.... cut back to Boateng and a good save by Bizzarri! Milan look very likely to stage an excellent comeback at the moment...
    • 63' Cassano collects a clever diagonal ball from Ibrahimovic at the far post... and HITS THE POST!
    • 61' Nesta is muscled off the ball in a dangerous area by Ledesma, but it goes off for a throw.
    • 60' Ibrahimovic now puts Boateng through out on the right, but his ball is strong and the attacking midfielder has to try to stop it to keep it on. It rolls off anyway. Goal kick.
    • 59' Ibrahimovic is caught offside. A good run, just a little off with the timing.
    • 58' Cisse attempts to dummy Hernanes' cross-fielder and allow it to run to the left flank. Two team-mates fail to read the play and it's taken care of by the defence.
    • 57' Hernanes feeds the overlapping Konko, who moves inside and fires a tame shot which Abbiati has zero trouble collecting.
    • 56' Abate's low cross is cleared by a fully-outstreched Biava.
    • 55' Thiago Silva confidently cuts out an attempt to pump it upfield to the run of Cisse.
    • 54' Aquilani clatters Hernanes inside the centre-circle, free-kick Lazio. Milan sweep up and try to break, but concede another foul in the process. This time Cassano losing out to Dias in a 50-50.
    • 53' Now it's Cisse's turn to lay hurt on the pitch. But of an innocent-seeming knock and he's back up.
    • 52' Antonini picks out Cassano with a peach of a cross-field pass, but the cross is blocked and cleared.
    • 50' It looks like Boateng is OK to continue. He gets some treatment on the sidelines for his shoulder, but I'd expect him to be back shortly.
    • 49' Ibrahimovic comes out deep to recieve the ball from Aquilani, he sees the clever run of Boateng across his marker but the ball into the box drops down just a tad early. What results is one of the lowest attempted diving headers in history, which goes wide from close range and results in Boateng hurt on the ground.
    • 48' Andre Dias mows through Boateng. A yellow card is the only option for the official.
    • 47' Milan break, Cassano cuts inside from the left once more... and that is wide of the far post by mere inches! Hot start for the resurgent hosts.
    • 46' We are back underway.
    • 45+3' And there's the whistle for half-time. Konko's knock at the end created more stoppage time than the rest of the half combined!
    • 45+2' Konko recieves treatment after Boateng flies into him shoulder-first.
    • 45+1' Just the one minute of added time to be played at the end of the half.
    • 45' Van Bommel gets in on the act with a decent drive over the bar.
    • 44' Antonini puts a ball through to Ibrahimovic, just about catching him onside, but the striker is forced wide of the danger zone and the attack fizzles out.
    • 43' Mauri comes back to dispossess a complacent Ibrahimovic but it falls to Boateng who drives across the far post and over.
    • 42' Cisse gets on the end of a Lazio counter but his shot nears Row Z.
    • 41' Cassano drifts to the left to cut inside and whip a cross in towards Ibrahimovic, but Biava is strong to get there first and head away.
    • 40' Hernanes embarks on a good run but is stopped by Antonini.
    • 38' Abate's cross flies well off for a goal kick.
    • 36' Great movement from Konko on the right, creates space for a low cross... HERNANES LATCHES ONTO IT! He puts it wide. What a chance for 2-3.
    • 35' Boateng tries to dummy Cassano's daisycutter into the box but it's seen and cleared.
    • 34' He'd been frustratingly off colour for half an hour. And then he provides an assist and a goal which give the home side a massive early lifeline when they were threatening to sink without trace. This is how you start a domestic campaign!
    • 33' BOATENG! Wicked drive from just right of centre is tipped around the near post by Bizarri! The corner... is headed in by Cassano! All square!
    • 32' Great interception by Brocchi to cut out another build. Lazio counter but Hernanes is dispossessed inside the 'D'.
    • 31' Milan attack again, but Cassano cannot chase after it as he knows he's offside.
    • 30' More like it from the champs. And a warning to Lazio that they can't afford to drop off.
    • 29' Brilliant ball from Aquilani to Cassano, he's through. But he plays it selflessly to Ibrahimovic for the tap-in! 1-2!
    • 28' Hernanes drops back to cut out a decent Milan build from the right. Antonini was free on the left.
    • 26' Antonini shows good pace on the left but his cross is headed away.
    • 25' Aquilani again tries to feed a team-mate through. Cassano again triggers the flag. Milan need to shake their approach up, and fast.
    • 24' Aquilani pulls off an impressive delivery of his own into the Lazio area, but Cassano fouls his marker trying to latch onto it.
    • 23' Boateng shoots straight at Bizarri.
    • 22' 22 minutes. 2 debut strikers. 2 goals. Bad to worse for Milan.
    • 21' Mauri has time and space again... BIG MISTAKE. Another excellent deep cross and a bullet header from Cisse.... 0-2!
    • 20' Hernanes concedes a free-kick just inside the Lazio half.
    • 18' Looks like the defensive mess-up is leading to our first change. Gattuso is unable to continue and will be replaced by new signing Mark Van Bommel.
    • 17' Moments after a Cassano header is caught by Bizarri, a collision between Nesta and Gattuso allows Cisse to pounce... his low strike is blocked by Abbiati and Klose is unable to convert the rebound under heavy pessure from Bonera. This is a nightmare start to the title defence thus far for Milan!
    • 16' Mauri's ball towards Klose and Cisse goes straight to Abbiati.
    • 15' Klose is lurking again, but Abbiati has this one.
    • 14' But what a debut for Miroslav Klose. And we're only a fraction of the way in!
    • 13' The home side's attempt to respond immediately is thwarted by the offside flag.
    • 12' GOAL! Lazio are ahead! And it's Klose! Great diagonal assist from Mauri and the German striker's first touch completely befuddled Nesta. The finish was academic. 0-1!
    • 10' Ambrosini has a shot blocked and then cleared, overhead-kick style.
    • 9' Hernanes beats three men, feeds Rocchi, to Mauri on the right hand side of the area... his cross just flashes past Klose! And close that was, too.
    • 8' Aquilani is put though on goal! Great block by Bizarri at point blank range!
    • 7' Aquilani, in his Milan debut, takes the free kick low towards the near post but it's cleared for a corner, which also comes to nothing.
    • 6' Andre Dias is put under heavy pressure by Gattuso near the corner flag trying to clear, and concedes a free-kick as a result.
    • 5' Cassano brings down a lofted pass into the box, but Konko does well to dispossess him. It only gets as far as Boateng on the edge of the box, but his effort limps wide.
    • 4' Ledesma's 30-yard drive is only just over the bar. Good hit!
    • 3' Konko's deep cross attempt is blocked by Bonera and out for a throw.
    • 2' It's Lazio who start brightest in the opening moments, but several attempts at a final ball into the Milan area fall foul of the back line. The hosts, on the other hand, twice stray offside on the break.
    • 1' The visitors kick us off. Serie A is finally up and running for 2011/12!
    • 19:45 Here we go, kick off is moments away. Live match updates coming up!
    • 19:40 The teams are in the tunnel at the San Siro, and we are five minutes away from the beginning of the Italian season!
    • 19:35 TEAMS - Milan: Abbiati, Abate, Nesta, Thiago Silva, Antonini, Gattuso, Ambrosini, Aquilani, Boateng, Ibrahimovic, Cassano. Lazio: Bizzarri, Konko, Biava, Dias, Zauri, Ledesma, Brocchi, Cisse, Hernanes, Mauri, Klose.
    • 19:30 Compounding matters from the statistical point of view, Lazio's last league win against the league holders came in 1998, a 2-1 win at the Olimpico, while their last win in Milan was a further nine years back.
    • 19:25 Right, onto the task at hand for Edorado Reja's men tonight at the San Siro. Milan have lost just one of their last 24 season openers (a 2-1 home defeat against Bologna in 2008), and just once so far in 2011 (1-0 at Palermo). Lazio have their work cut out for them.
    • 19:20 The Italian domestic season is finally upon us... though up until this past Monday, we weren't sure if that would be the case. Monday was the day Serie A and the Italian Players' Union finally settled their dispute. Full story
    • 19:15 Good evening and welcome to our LIVE text coverage of the 2011/12 Serie A curtain-raiser as reigning champions Milan host Lazio!
  • Summary

    • 85' IBRA'S THROUGH! GREAT SAVE BY BIZZARRI! Pato was there for the square pass but unlike Cassano for the Swede's goal earlier, he wasn't picked out.
    • 65' What pace by Cisse to beat the centre-backs to a ball dinked over the back line! But Nesta recovers to thwart a simple conversion and Milan escape with a corner conceded! Curse of the (text) commentator has struck...
    • 64' Aquilani sets Cassano free just left of centre once again.... cut back to Boateng and a good save by Bizzarri! Milan look very likely to stage an excellent comeback at the moment...
    • 63' Cassano collects a clever diagonal ball from Ibrahimovic at the far post... and HITS THE POST!
    • 47' Milan break, Cassano cuts inside from the left once more... and that is wide of the far post by mere inches! Hot start for the resurgent hosts.
    • 36' Great movement from Konko on the right, creates space for a low cross... HERNANES LATCHES ONTO IT! He puts it wide. What a chance for 2-3.
    • 33' BOATENG! Wicked drive from just right of centre is tipped around the near post by Bizarri! The corner... is headed in by Cassano! All square!
    • 29' Brilliant ball from Aquilani to Cassano, he's through. But he plays it selflessly to Ibrahimovic for the tap-in! 1-2!
    • 21' Mauri has time and space again... BIG MISTAKE. Another excellent deep cross and a bullet header from Cisse.... 0-2!
    • 17' Moments after a Cassano header is caught by Bizarri, a collision between Nesta and Gattuso allows Cisse to pounce... his low strike is blocked by Abbiati and Klose is unable to convert the rebound under heavy pessure from Bonera. This is a nightmare start to the title defence thus far for Milan!
    • 12' GOAL! Lazio are ahead! And it's Klose! Great diagonal assist from Mauri and the German striker's first touch completely befuddled Nesta. The finish was academic. 0-1!
    • 9' Hernanes beats three men, feeds Rocchi, to Mauri on the right hand side of the area... his cross just flashes past Klose! And close that was, too.
    • 8' Aquilani is put though on goal! Great block by Bizarri at point blank range!
    • 4' Ledesma's 30-yard drive is only just over the bar. Good hit!
    • 19:35 TEAMS - Milan: Abbiati, Abate, Nesta, Thiago Silva, Antonini, Gattuso, Ambrosini, Aquilani, Boateng, Ibrahimovic, Cassano. Lazio: Bizzarri, Konko, Biava, Dias, Zauri, Ledesma, Brocchi, Cisse, Hernanes, Mauri, Klose.

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    Manager: Massimiliano Allegri

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    Manager: Edoardo Reja

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