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    • - Milan fail to score in their home opener in a Serie A season for the second time in 23 years (also vs Inter in 2009),
    • - Stephan El Shaarawy had just one touch in the opposition box in his 56 mins v Sampdoria, according to OptaPaolo
    • 90' Full-time: AC Milan 0-1 Sampdoria. Sampdoria record a valuable away win in their first game back in Italy's top flight. On this performance, AC Milan will need to dip into the transfer market as they looked toothless upfront for long periods.
    • 90+4' How close are Milan coming to equalising? Constant's cross is cut back by Yepes for Flamini whose drive at goal is hacked off the line, and then Emanuelson's follow-up is curled wide.
    • 90+4' De Sciglio whips in the ball from the right, but Boateng's header is too close to Romero who shows solid hands in holding onto the ball.
    • 90+3' Daniele Bonera is booked for holding onto Maxi Lopez.
    • 90+2' Sampdoria clinging on, but they manage to clear their lines once more as Milan flood the penalty box.
    • 90+1' As four minutes of stoppage time are signalled, Kevin Prince-Boateng collects the ball from 30 yards out, turns and sends a deflected drive towards goal which cracks against the post of Romero's goal and out to safety. So close for Milan.
    • 90' Mario Yepes is penalised for holding onto Jonathan Rossini's shirt when attempting to control the ball with his chest in the Sampdoria box.
    • 89' Boateng is flagged offside from a punt upfield by keeper Christian Abbiati.
    • 88' Montolivo finds Pazzini but he fails to control. The ball rebounds to Boateng whose first-time strike is sliced horribly wide from an acute angle.
    • 86' Milan crank up the pressure with Emanuelson finding Constant again - this time the substitute's effort stings the palms of Romero but nothing more.
    • 85' Emanuelson feeds the ball to Constant, but his delivery from the left is ballooned over.
    • 84' Montolivo attempts to find Antonini with a clipped delivery into the box, but Romero comes off his line to collect it.
    • 83' Sampdoria keeper Sergio Romero is booked for time-wasting.
    • 82' Tissone attempts a long-range drive from 35 yards but it flies well over Abbiati's goal.
    • 81' Final Sampdoria sub: Andrea Poli comes off for Gianni Munari
    • 80' Boateng collects the ball on the edge of the Sampdoria box but, despite connecting cleanly, the shot is straight at Romero.
    • 79' Fernando Tissone is booked for attempting to delay a Milan free-kick.
    • 78' Milan look like they are running out of ideas as they continue to run out of time to find an equaliser.
    • 76' Sampdoria sub: Eder (who is being hurried off by the Milan players) comes off for Roberto Soriano.
    • 75' Final Milan sub: Kevin Constant comes on for Antonio Nocerino.
    • 74' Sampdoria sub: Marcelo Estigarribia comes off Maxi Lopez.
    • 73' De Sciglio's corner finds Flamini but the Frenchman drags his shot wide of the Sampdoria goal.
    • 72' Pedro Obiang sends a backwards header towards the Milan goal, but Abbiati is more than equal to it.
    • 71' It means a free-kick for Milan out on the right, taken by Emanuelsson. It is headed out, but Montolivo finds Flamini whose cutback is cleared behind for a corner. Mounting pressure from the hosts now.
    • 69' Andrea Costa cyncially brings down Boateng and that sees the goal-scorer carded.
    • 67' Kevin-Prince Boateng handles the ball as he strikes at the Sampdoria goal, and that will be a booking for him.
    • 66' Unbelievable scenes. And how have Milan not equalised? This time, Yepes' header from Mattia De Sciglio's corner is met perfectly but Romero is equal to it. The ball rebounds off the posts and Sampdoria's keeper has the calmness of mind to gather it. Milan's Colombian defender must have thought he had scored.
    • 64' Emanuelson cuts the ball back for Pazzini, but the Italian is unable to turn and control the ball as Sampdoria clear.
    • 63' Milan have had little response since falling behind. De Sciglio's corner was headed over by Mario Yepes, but Sampdoria look comfortable.
    • 61' Milan sub: Robinho comes off for Urby Emanuelson.
    • 60' GOAL FOR SAMPDORIA! AC MILAN 0-1 SAMPDORIA (Andrea Costa). Sampdoria win a corner and Fernando Tissone's delivery is emphatically headed home by Andrea Costa to give Sampdoria the lead.
    • 58' Andrea Costa gets the ball in a good position out on the left but his cross is straight into the arms of Pazzini. At the other end, Robinho almost finds Pazzini with a through-ball through the heart of the Sampdoria side.
    • 56' Milan sub: Stephan El Shaawary comes off for Giampaolo Pazzini.
    • 55' Obiang almost players in Estigarribia, but the ball is slightly over-hit and travels out for a Milan goal-kick. Good tempo to the second-half from both sides.
    • 54' Eder attempts to find Estigarribia, but Antonini cuts off the supply and Abbiati can gather the loose ball.
    • 53' Marcelo Estigarribia rifles the ball over the Milan goal, as Sampdoria look to gain a foothold in this half.
    • 52' Flamini plays the ball through for Robinho, but his curling effort from a central position does not have the direction to cause Romero too many problems.
    • 50' Robinho cuts in off the right and manages to get to the byline. But the Brazilian's clipped cross lands on the roof of the net, with Nocerino waiting in the box. A wasted opportunity.
    • 49' In a carbon copy of moments ago, Robinho chests down Jonathan Rossini's poor clearance and slices the ball well over the Sampdoria goal.
    • 48' It means Pazzini is still waiting to make his entrance for Milan, but at least they have begun this half with more purpose as Robinho blazes over having made space for himself.
    • 47' There were no changes at half-time for either side, as Boateng's ball into the Sampdoria box from the right flank is collected by Romero.
    • 46' AC Milan get us back underway desperately needing a goal to lift the home fans' spirits.
    • 45' Half-time: AC Milan 0-0 Sampdoria
    • 45+1' This time Bonera slips and gives the ball away to Eder who sends a low drive towards goal, of which Abbiati is able to collect easily.
    • 45' Two minutes of injury time at the end of the first half.
    • 45' Eder just fails to get something on a deep cross from the left, as Abbiati gets down to gather. Anything stronger on that and the Brazilian might have opened the scoring for Sampdoria.
    • 44' Boateng dummies the through-ball as it finds its way to Antonini but, after cutting back and curling the ball into the box, it is slightly overhit for El Shaarawy to get anything on it. Goal-kick for Sampdoria.
    • 42' Daniele Gastaldello is booked for a clumsy challenge on Robinho.
    • 41' Nenad Krsticic wins a corner for Sampdoria, as Abbiati is unable to keep his deflected left-wing cross from travelling out of action. Shame that they proceed to completely waste the corner as it flies over everyone in the box.
    • 37' The ball finds its way to Pedro Obiang who is off-balance as he strikes over from the edge of the Milan penalty area.
    • 36' Better from Milan as they attempt to hit Sampdoria on the break on two separate occasions. The first move breaks down after Nocerino fails to gather Robinho's pass and the second sees El-Shaarawy over-hit a cross from the right flank.
    • 34' Robinho attempts to tee up Boateng on the edge of the Sampdoria box, but the visitors quickly re-gather and block the forward route. A hopeful punt into the Sampdoria box sums up Milan's current woes.
    • 32' Very little to trouble either goalkeeper so far, with Milan lacking that attacking incisiveness in the final third. Sampdoria look comfortable.
    • 29' The resulting corner sees Mario Yepes head over from the edge of the box while off-balance.
    • 28' Free-kick for Milan in a promising position - 20 yards centrally from the Sampdoria goal - after Boateng is fouled. Robinho stands over it and... his attempt to whip the ball around deflects off the wall and wide of Romero's goal for a corner.
    • 25' Robinho's left-wing cross is headed clear, but only into the path of Boateng, whose deflected drive is gathered by Romero. Meanwhile, Obiang has rejoined the action along with a Terry Butcher style bandage around his head.
    • 23' Nenad Kristicic was booked for an earlier infringement.
    • 23' A high boot from Montolivo sees Pedro Obiang hit the floor with blood pouring from his head. He needs to leave the field for further treatment.
    • 20' Nocerino finds Robinho on the left and his cross is charged down at the expense of a first corner for Milan. Robinho's delivery from that almost finds Mario Yepes but he is unable to make a proper connection. Instead, the ball hits Daniele Gastaldello's arm but a penalty awarded there would have been very harsh.
    • 18' Robinho and El Shaarawy link up nicely through the centre but it is Andrea Poli who is back to mop up the danger for Sampdoria.
    • 16' Sampdoria are looking increasingly comfortable as the first-half develops; Andrea Costa's left-wing cross is headed clear of danger for Milan but there are promising signs for the visitors.
    • 15' Robinho collects the ball out on the left flank, before holding off a couple of challenges and sending a curling effort straight into the arms of a grateful Romero in the Sampdoria goal.
    • 13' Pedro Obiang takes a touch before sending a banana shot towards Abbiati's goal. However, it flies over the Milan goal.
    • 12' Up the other end, and Boateng is unable to properly connect with a cross from the left as Romero collects easily.
    • 11' Best chance so far and it falls to Sampdoria. Eder uses great strength to chase down a long ball and hold off Daniele Bonera. The Brazilian cuts in off the right flank, but Bonera recovers just in time to prevent the strike at Abbiati's goal.
    • 10' A little bit scrappy now as Nocerino trips Sampdoria's Fernando Tissone; both sides just sizing each other up at the moment.
    • 9' Montolivo wins a free-kick after Marcelo Estigarribia goes in with a high boot, the Paraguayan was lucky not to be shown a card there.
    • 8' Kevin-Prince Boateng attempts an ambitious strike from 35 yards, but the ball is always travelling over the Sampdoria goal.
    • 7' Stephan El Shaarawy collects the ball on the right and darts into the box, but the Sampdoria defence stands tall and prevents him from testing Sergio Romero.
    • 5' Antonio Nocerino clips the ball into the Sampdoria box but Robinho, who has tended to drift wide in these opening phases, cannot fashion a shot at goal. Milan starting to dominate possession though.
    • 2' Eder attempts to collect a long ball hit forward but controls with his hand for a Milan free-kick.
    • 1' Sampdoria get the action underway.
    • 16:59 And the teams now make their way out onto the San Siro pitch, greeted by sunny skies.
    • 16:58 Results so far during this opening weekend of Serie A... Fiorentina 2-1 Udinese and Juventus 2-0 Parma.
    • 16:55 For Sampdoria, with tonight marking their return to Italy's top flight, they hand first starts to former Juventus winger Marcelo Estigarribia and Eder up front, as the duo are joined by Nenad Krsticic in a three-pronged attack. Andrea Costa debuts at left-back and Argentinean Sergio Romero takes his place in goal.
    • 16:50 The big news for the Rossoneri, though, is that Pazzini has to settle for a place on the bench with Robinho and youngster Stephan El Shaarawy preferred upfront. Elsewhere, Riccardo Montolivo makes his debut in midfield and Mario Yepes is chosen ahead of Cristian Zapata in defence.
    • 16:48 But Milan have had a far from quiet summer themselves, with striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic and defender Thiago Silva joining Paris Saint-Germain in big money moves. Another of their attacking options - Antonio Cassano has joined city rivals Inter, although that move did see Giampaolo Pazzini head in the opposite direction to Massimiliano Allegri's side.
    • 16:45 League runners-up AC Milan will be hoping to get the season off to a winning start and apply some early pressure to champions Juventus, who have seen their coach Antonio Conte suspended for 10 months following match-fixing allegations said to take place during his time as coach of Siena.
    • 16:42 AC Milan have lost the opening game of Serie A in just one of the last 10 seasons, according to OptaPaolo
    • 16:40 Team News for Sampdoria... (4-3-3): Romero; Costa, Rossini, Gastaldello, Berardi; Poli, Tissone, Obiang; Krsticic, Eder, Estigarribia.
    • 16:35 Team News for AC Milan... (4-3-1-2): Abbiati; Antonini, Bonera, Yepes, De Sciglio; Montolivo, Nocerino, Flamini; Boateng; Robinho, El Shaarawy.
    • 16:30 Hello and welcome to live text coverage of the Serie A clash between AC Milan and Sampdoria as the new season gets underway in Italy.

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • AC Milan

    Manager: Massimiliano Allegri

  • Sampdoria

    Manager: Ciro Ferrara

AC Milan’s last 5 results

Sampdoria’s last 5 results

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  1. Berlusconi needs to sell the club to someone that is­ prepared to spend the money required to restore AC­ Milan to its former glory. Galliani needs to be sacked­ for destroying such a great club.

    From Foot Soldier, on Mon 27 Aug 12:12
  2. Milan pls i beg you guys to stand up and win more games

    From Onyinye, on Mon 27 Aug 8:10
  3. Pato should come to Chelsea!

    From Henry Ejiro, on Sun 26 Aug 20:12
  4. AC Milan is going to be a mid table team this season.­ In a few years they will be in the class of Northingham­ forest. Their financial crisis is going to be their­ down fall.

    From Henry Ejiro, on Sun 26 Aug 20:09
  5. serie B next year

    From Ben12, on Sun 26 Aug 19:15
  6. Ac milan is dead!!!!! Its all over!!! Berlusconi has­ ended it all!!! They should prepare for serie b next­ season!!!

    From Michael Myers, on Sun 26 Aug 19:10
  7. Well done Sampdoria!

    From Mr.EvoLuTioN, on Sun 26 Aug 18:58
  8. What kind of Milan is this? Who is De Sciglio? ­ Bonera, Yepes, really? Midfield looks all right,­ apart from that I can't see Milan winning serie A­ this season...

    From Adam Bartos, on Sun 26 Aug 18:28
  9. I dont understand why that noob flamini is playing and­ not emanuelson, and why in gods name is allegri playing­ Bonera as the last man, its practically suicide!!

    From Mboy, on Sun 26 Aug 18:16
  10. Berlusconi is stripping the club of its assets, once he­ has sold all the big name players including Pato he­ will sell the club to the Qataris for around­ £700million. Ideally he would like 1billion for the­ club but no one will pay that much, so instead he is­ selling the players.

    From Border Police, on Sun 26 Aug 17:54
  11. The stadium is known as both the Guisseppe Meazza­ (after a striker who played for both Milanese clubs)­ and the San Siro

    From Robert, on Sun 26 Aug 17:52
  12. The players names i see this season for Milan are not­ what is expected for such a great club, Berlusconi and­ co are ruining a once great club.

    From delazzuro, on Sun 26 Aug 17:22
  13. am i the only one who sees potential in this ac milan­ side,i predict theyll stay up this season!

    From Mike, on Sun 26 Aug 17:11
  14. It's San Siro Stadium not giuzeppe miaza

    From Abdel Malek S, on Sun 26 Aug 16:57
  15. Another season starts!Forza Rossoneri!

    From Bsun, on Sun 26 Aug 12:05
  16. ac milan 2-0 will win robinho en boateng will score

    From Moradlfcheaven, on Sun 26 Aug 10:28
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