Sunday January 22, 2012 Day 19 Finished Stadio Silvio Piola

Novara 0 - 3 AC Milan

  • Ibrahimovic 57’, 90’
  • Robinho 74’

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  1. Ibra brace sees Milan defeat Novara

    Ibra brace sees Milan defeat Novara

    Milan bounced back from their derby defeat to Inter with a 3-0 victory away to Serie A basement side Novara. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Novara
    • AC Milan
    • 90+3' That's it! Milan bounce back from the derby defeat with a win over Novara which was tougher than they'd like to admit until that first goal went in. Thanks for following me today, join me on Twitter for post-match discussion @liamhappe
    • 90+2' Pandev has equalised for Napoli after Cavani missed a penalty earlier on. It's 5-3 to Palermo against Genoa!
    • 90+1' Three minutes of added time to be played.
    • 90' Milan have a 3-on-3 here as they surge forward, and Ibra picks out El Shaarawy whose chipped cross is again punched away unconvicingly by Ujkani. It falls to Ibrahimovic with his back to goal, and what a deft touch to send it gently back towards goal and over the line past the outrushing keeper and befuddled defenders! Game over!
    • 89' Gemiti fires a low 25-yarder - it's not a bad effort, but Amelia sees it all the way and goes low to hold it.
    • 87' Robinho is withdrawn three minutes from time, his replacement is Alexander Merkel.
    • 86' Ibra fouls Porcari. Free-kick just inside the Milan half.
    • 85' Wicked driven cross from the left by Gemiti, just misses Caracciolo! Silva hashes it away, but the flag went up.
    • 83' Nocerino fires over. I can't believe I've gone almost the entire game without pointing out the Zorro-like protective mask Ujkani is wearing.
    • 82' Ibrahimovic is dispossessed on the edge of the box but the ball lands at the feet of El Shaarawy, who fires low and wide of the far post.
    • 81' Good catch by Amiela with Caracciolo inches away from meeting Morganella's good cross.
    • 80' Caracciolo is through... but offside.
    • 79' Now Ambrosini sees yellow for a foul on Rigoni. Fabrizio Miccoli has put Palermo 4-2 ahead at home to Genoa.
    • 78' Turns out Ujkani was booked for his angry disputes with the controversial second goal.
    • 77' Good defending from Emanuelson to cut out Morganella's attempt to whip in a cross out on the right.
    • 75' ...it's played short to Jensen, who skies it over the bar.
    • 74' Robinho ends his drought of nine league games with that game, which may well wrap this one up. But Novara have a corner here...
    • 73' Handball by Nocerino as he receives the ball in the area? No, apparently not. He picks out El Shaarawy who shoots for goal... and Robinho's there at the far post to make sure! Controversial but Milan double their tally!
    • 72' Here come Milan again and El Shaarawy is through! Somehow he misses the target! Inexplicable.
    • 71' Emanuelson the man fouled there. Siena lead Napoli, believe it or not. Emanuele Calaio with the goal.
    • 70' Marianini sees yellow for a foul in the middle of the park.
    • 69' Debut time for Daniel Jensen in Novara's final change. Mascara the player coming off.
    • 68' Nocerino is through as he mugs Rinauldo for possession! No he's not - he fouled the defender, says the ref.
    • 66' Robinho now caught offside from Ambrosini's through ball.
    • 65' Robinho rounds Ujkani! But he takes himself away from goal in the process! And good Novara defending leaves the striker settling for a corner.
    • 63' It's going to be a double change, in fact, as Garcia makes way for Francesco Marianini.
    • 62' First change for Novara as Raffaele Rubino comes on for Pesce.
    • 61' Rigoni handballs mid-attack and Milan clear the danger with Abate's defensive free-kick.
    • 60' Antonio Di Natale strikes again for Udinese, doubling their lead over Catania. Palacio nets his second of the game from the spot for Genoa to pull them back to 3-2.
    • 59' Novara look for an instant reply as Silva concedes a corner within a minute of the restart, but Milan deal with it and march on.
    • 58' Delightful diagonal ball to the far post by Ambrosini as Ibra beats the offside trap, and the Swede has time for an assured first touch before volleying the opening goal beyond Ujkani.
    • 57' IBRAHIMOVIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Milan finally break down Novara!
    • 55' El Shaarawy is caught offside. But I'll give him this, he's wasting no time getting involved in this game. This sub may well pay off sooner rather than later.
    • 54' Clever and selfless from Nocerino with a ball across the face of goal, but Garcia volleys it away.
    • 53' Ibra bombs down the left wing and has enough space to come inside with a slight sight of goal, but not enough to do anything other than fire straight at Ujkani.
    • 52' Decent dribble from El Shaarawy inside the Novara box takes him past two defenders but not the third. And to his frustration, the goal kick is given rather than the corner he feels he has won.
    • 51' Robinho wins a corner, but his delivery is a poor one and telegraphed by the Novara defence.
    • 50' Rigoni strikes from a Caracciolo assist, but it's both high and wide.
    • 48' It's back at the Novara end soon enough, however, and the sub El Shaarawy almost makes an instant impact, heading Robinho's decent cross wide of the far post.
    • 47' Novara attack with little over a minute played in this half, and Caracciolo has space for a shot here - decent effort looking for the bottom far corner, but Amelia gets fingertips to push it around the post!
    • 46' ...it's Stephan El Shaarawy on for left-back Luca Antonini.
    • 46' Milan kick off the second half, and they'll do so with a more attack-minded approach thanks to their half-time substitution.......
    • 45+1' The corner sails out of play mid-air, but no goal kick is given as the referee calls time on the first half.
    • 45' Morganella receives the ball out on the right from a good overlapping run. His cross is put behind by Thiago Silva for Novara's first corner of the game on the stroke of half-time.
    • 44' Andrea Mantovani extends Palermo's lead, it's 3-1 against Genoa now.
    • 43' Lengthy possession for Milan now, Novara have NINE players back inside their own final third.
    • 41' Rigoni's through pass to Caracciolo ends with an offside decision.
    • 40' Matias Silvestre has turned it around for Palermo against Genoa - they now lead 2-1.
    • 39' Ujkani flaps at the in-swinger and can only punch it as far as Mexes out on the right-hand side of the area - low drive from the defender, cleared a yard from the line by a Novara defender!
    • 38' Another Milan corner coming up. Their fourth, while Novara have yet to take one.
    • 37' Garcia fouls Ibrahimovic but Milan fail to build a sustained attack from the set piece, just inside the home team's half.
    • 36' Andrea Esposito has pulled Lecce a goal back against Chievo; 1-2 the score now.
    • 35' Ambrosini's ball looking to set Nocerino up once more is heavy and comes to nothing.
    • 34' Milan win another corner but fail to get it beyond the near post.
    • 33' Ibra, out on the right, finds space between two markers to slip a ball short into Nocerino on the corner of the six-yard box - and what a turn and shot from the midfielder! Narrowly wide of the far post from a very difficult angle!
    • 32' Shouts of handball from the home fans as Nocerino controls a Van Bommel pass inside the Novara box, but the defence get the danger away for the time being regardless.
    • 31' Long Novara ball upfield is headed safely back to Amelia by Mexes.
    • 30' Paloschi at the double as Chievo go two ahead at Lecce. Igor Budan has pulled Palermo level.
    • 29' Nocerino catches Porcari late and concedes a free-kick inside Novara's half.
    • 28' The free-kick is out on the right flank, but the delivery fails to meet a team-mate and Milan have it away.
    • 27' Robinho concedes a free-kick when it appeared he was fouled by Morganella. The reason? He prematurely picked up the ball expecting the decision to go his way and was penalised for handball.
    • 26' Ibra fires a free-kick-like shot low from open play this time, and once again Ujkani fails to convince with his spilled save! Thankfully for him the ball goes up in the air and back down into his grateful grasp rather than to a lurking white shirt.
    • 25' Novara break but Porcari's wayward shot from far out is a disappointment.
    • 24' The delivery finds the head of Thiago Silva, and it's cleared off the line! Second corner in succession... Ujkani eventually gets his hands on it and the danger is over for now.
    • 23' Ibrahimovic goes low and hard again, and Ujkani spills it behind him for a corner!
    • 22' Another Milan free-kick in a dangerous area, one which produces the game's first yellow card for Mascara after a bad challenge on Ambrosini.
    • 21' Pablo Armero has put Milan's title rivals Udinese ahead at home to Catania.
    • 20' Now the visitors find themselves with the same problem after regaining possession. Solid shape from Novara to keep them at bay and Robinho is forced to settle for a long-range shot which doesn't come close to Ujkani's goal.
    • 19' Decent spell of Novara pressure now in the Milan half, but they're unable to find a way into the box.
    • 18' Nocerino, who has found space inside the danger zone on a few occasions already, does so again but for the second time is halted by the flag.
    • 17' Rodrigo Palacio has put Genoa ahead at Palermo, so two games now with their deadlocks broken.
    • 16' Van Bommel drives from distance, but the effort sails harmlessly wide.
    • 15' Caracciolo slides in on Antonini, conceding a free-kick in the middle of the park.
    • 14' The Novara skipper makes amends for his handball by bravely cutting out a link-up inside his own final third between Ibra and Nocerino.
    • 13' Rigoni scuffs a shot wide up the other end of the pitch.
    • 12' Ibra to hammer this one low and to Ujkani's right, but the keeper dives well to parry! Robinho picks up the rebound, but at a very tight angle and his shot flashes across goal and out for a goal kick.
    • 11' Robinho tries his luck from 20 yards with a volley from Ibrahimovic's good header down into his path. It catches the arm of Centurioni, and Milan have a free-kick inside the 'D'.
    • 10' Novara's last season in Serie A, 1955/56, saw them lose both times to Milan and concede four in each game. Can the title hopefuls replicate that today?
    • 9' Rigoni's cross from the right narrowly misses the head of Mascara. Almost a good chance for the underdogs there.
    • 7' Nocerino triggers the offside flag as he collects a lofted pass into the Novara penalty area.
    • 6' Alberto Paloschi has put Chievo ahead at Lecce, our first goal of the Italian afternoon kick-offs.
    • 5' Good through pass down the right from Ambrosini finds Ibrahimovic, but his low cross is pushed away by Ujkani and Rinaudo is there to get the second ball clear.
    • 4' Now Morganella appears to halt a Robinho run with an illegal check, but gets away with it and Novara clear the danger.
    • 3' The clattering start continues as Emanuelson and Ambrosini each foul Pesce in quick succession.
    • 2' Mascara is fouled by Nocerino and Novara take the free-kick short out on the right.
    • 1' And the home side get the game underway.
    • 14:00 The teams are out on the pitch at the Stadio Silvio Piola - kick-off and full text coverage coming up next!
    • 13:55 TEAMS - Novara: Samir Ujkani; Michel Morganella, Leandro Rinaudo, Matteo Centurioni, Giuseppe Gemiti, Ivan Radovanović; Filippo Porcari, Simone Pesce, Marco Rigoni; Giuseppe Mascara, Andrea Caracciolo. /// Milan: Marco Amelia; Ignazio Abate, Philippe Mexes, Thiago Silva, Luca Antonini; Massimo Ambrosini, Mark Van Bommel, Antonio Nocerino; Urby Emanuelson; Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Robinho.
    • 13:50 These two sides did battle only four days ago in the Coppa Italia. It was Milan playing host on Wednesday, and it took an extra time winner from Pato for the giants to overcome their plucky adversaries 2-1. The Brazillian striker picked up a thigh injury during that match, however, and misses out today as a result. Full article - Milan dealt Pato injury blow
    • 13:45 Good afternoon and welcome to our LIVE coverage of the Serie A fixture between Novara and AC Milan!
  • Summary

    • 90' Milan have a 3-on-3 here as they surge forward, and Ibra picks out El Shaarawy whose chipped cross is again punched away unconvicingly by Ujkani. It falls to Ibrahimovic with his back to goal, and what a deft touch to send it gently back towards goal and over the line past the outrushing keeper and befuddled defenders! Game over!
    • 85' Wicked driven cross from the left by Gemiti, just misses Caracciolo! Silva hashes it away, but the flag went up.
    • 73' Handball by Nocerino as he receives the ball in the area? No, apparently not. He picks out El Shaarawy who shoots for goal... and Robinho's there at the far post to make sure! Controversial but Milan double their tally!
    • 72' Here come Milan again and El Shaarawy is through! Somehow he misses the target! Inexplicable.
    • 57' IBRAHIMOVIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Milan finally break down Novara!
    • 47' Novara attack with little over a minute played in this half, and Caracciolo has space for a shot here - decent effort looking for the bottom far corner, but Amelia gets fingertips to push it around the post!
    • 39' Ujkani flaps at the in-swinger and can only punch it as far as Mexes out on the right-hand side of the area - low drive from the defender, cleared a yard from the line by a Novara defender!
    • 33' Ibra, out on the right, finds space between two markers to slip a ball short into Nocerino on the corner of the six-yard box - and what a turn and shot from the midfielder! Narrowly wide of the far post from a very difficult angle!
    • 24' The delivery finds the head of Thiago Silva, and it's cleared off the line! Second corner in succession... Ujkani eventually gets his hands on it and the danger is over for now.
    • 23' Ibrahimovic goes low and hard again, and Ujkani spills it behind him for a corner!
    • 12' Ibra to hammer this one low and to Ujkani's right, but the keeper dives well to parry! Robinho picks up the rebound, but at a very tight angle and his shot flashes across goal and out for a goal kick.
    • 5' Good through pass down the right from Ambrosini finds Ibrahimovic, but his low cross is pushed away by Ujkani and Rinaudo is there to get the second ball clear.
    • 13:55 TEAMS - Novara: Samir Ujkani; Michel Morganella, Leandro Rinaudo, Matteo Centurioni, Giuseppe Gemiti, Ivan Radovanović; Filippo Porcari, Simone Pesce, Marco Rigoni; Giuseppe Mascara, Andrea Caracciolo. /// Milan: Marco Amelia; Ignazio Abate, Philippe Mexes, Thiago Silva, Luca Antonini; Massimo Ambrosini, Mark Van Bommel, Antonio Nocerino; Urby Emanuelson; Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Robinho.

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  • Novara

    Manager: Attilio Tesser

  • AC Milan

    Manager: Massimiliano Allegri

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