Saturday September 1, 2012 Kick off: 19:45 Day 2 Stadio Dall'Ara

Bologna v AC Milan

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    • 90+3' There goes the final whistle. A 3-1 win for Milan. Impressive victory and three points for the visitors.
    • 90+1' We are into three minutes of time added on.
    • 89' Pazzini departs to a standing ovation to be replaced by M'baye Yiang for Milan. The visiting fans have revelled in every moment of Pazzini's performance tonight.
    • 88' Antonsson comes to make sure Bojan can't get a shot at goal. Solid piece of defending.
    • 87' Morleo on the charge for Bologna. Milan deal with the danger. Headed clear by Bonera.
    • 86' Chance for Boateng on the edge of the box, but he prods the effort wide of target.
    • 85' Gabbiadini rises in the box to win a header, but can only send the ball into the arms of Abbiati. Was a half chance, it must be said.
    • 84' This scoreline flatters Milan, but this is a huge victory for them after last week's debacle. Pressure was on Allegri to produce the goods.
    • 83' Pazzini managed five with Inter last term but has banged in three tonight for Milan.
    • 82' GOAL! Pazzini completes the hat-trick and that is surely game over. Lovely flicked finish from Nocerino's shot. A 3-1 lead now.
    • 81' Guarente fancied his chances from 30 yards out, but blasts a shot miles wide and high of the goal.
    • 80' Bojan makes a good run and cross, but the ball comes back off him via a Bologna defender and that will be a goalkick to the home team.
    • 79' Guarente seemed to catch Bojan with a late elbow on the face, but no action taken. Lucky to avoid a heavier penalty.
    • 78' Gabbiadini takes over from Pazienza for the home side.
    • 77' Milan would thrust themselves into the top of the table after that defeat last week by Sampdoria. Early days, but three points would be welcomed here.
    • 76' It was Antonini's deflected cross that the Bologna keeper spilled. Bologna trying to hit back for a second time.
    • 75' Milan can't believe their luck. Presented on a plate to Pazzini who runs to acknowledge the travelling Milan fans in the corner of the ground.
    • 74' GOAL! Pazzini scores for Milan after Agliardi fails to collect the loose ball in the air. Drops the ball and that is a disaster for Bologna.
    • 73' Bologna trying to keep the ball for a period of time as Diamanti decides to slow it down. He has been at the forefront of all that has been good about the home side this evening.
    • 72' Pazzini deemed to be guilty of bringing down Antonsson in the middle of the park. A painful bump to the ground.
    • 71' A clear handball by Pazienza in the area from Diamanti's driven free-kick.
    • 70' Chance for Bologna. Free-kick out wide after Ambrosini brought down Taider.
    • 69' Motta brings down Nocerino. Milan again push forward. Both teams trying to get on with this here in search of a winning goal.
    • 68' No flag goes up against Gilardino as he threw himself at the ball from Diamanti's free-kick. Milan wouldn't have been happy if that hit the net.
    • 67' De Jong has been booked for a late tug on the back of Morleo. Free-kick chance here.
    • 66' Nocerino tries to pick out the run of Pazzini. Just fails to get on the end of that. This game beginning to open up.
    • 65' Change comes for Milan as Bojan is wheeled on to take over from El Shaarawy.
    • 64' Morleo decides to try a dive in the box. Clear dive and the referee was wanting nothing to do with that. Wise decision.
    • 63' A change for Bologna with Gilardino brought on to take over from Acquafresca.
    • 62' Ambrosini wins the ball in the middle of the park for Milan. Bologna coach Stefano Pioli is looking a bit agitated on the side of the park.
    • 61' El Shaarawy decides to go for goal, but ends up lifting the shot well over the bar from distance. Has to be a bit better than that surely.
    • 60' Both teams with eight shots at goal, and we nowhere nearer finding the winner of this match.
    • 59' Boateng drives a shot at goal, but Agliardi stands tall to make the save. Excellent save by the Bologna keeper.
    • 58' Boateng slides the ball into the path of Nocerino, who can't finish. Great tackle by Carvalho to snuff out the danger.
    • 57' Pazzini is booked for a high boot. Almost took Cherubin's head off with that attempt. He is rightly booked.
    • 56' It was Diamanti who slotted the winning penalty that knocked England out of Euro 2012. He is a man with real composure as he almost picks out Acquafresca with a brilliant cross. So close.
    • 55' Bonera doing well to win the ball after De Jong lost it. Diamanti is buzzing around this pitch with real menace. He is a terrific player.
    • 54' That was probably Boateng's best effort of the night so far it must be said.
    • 53' Milan deal with the danger this time. The visitors trying to get themselves together here as Boateng sees a shot fly wide from distance.
    • 52' Morleo is pushed to the deck by De Sciglio and that will be a free-kick out wide for the home side.
    • 51' Pazzini just fails to connect as he attempts to head home Atonini's cross. Got the head on it, but not the right contact. On we go at 1-1.
    • 50' Bojan may well be thrown into the action. He turned 22 this week, and will be itching to prove himself in a Milan shirt.
    • 49' This game really in the balance here. Couldn't say with any real conviction how it is going to work out.
    • 48' Guarente fires a shot across goal and wide with Milan all over the place at the back. Should have been 2-1 to the home side. Real escape for Milan.
    • 47' Superb cross by Diamanti, but Carvalho just fails to connect with the cross. Brilliant cross there.
    • 46' We are off and running in the second half then.
    • 45+1' 1-1 at the break. All to play for in the second period.
    • 44' Boateng evaded Motta. Got the effort at goal, but the ball is over the bar. We are into one minute of time added on.
    • 43' De Jong was only on the park for a second and his side are pegged back. Not the ideal way to make your debut in this or any other game.
    • 42' All to play for now with the scores level after two penalties. Ambrosini is far from happy after he felt he was fouled by Diamanti, who has been the main man for the home team so far.
    • 41' GOAL! Brilliant penalty by Diamanti. He sends the ball one way, Abbiati dived the other way. We are level at 1-1.
    • 40' PENALTY TO BOLOGNA! Nocerino brings down Diamanti, and that will be the chance to bring the home side level. Silly foul and needlessly given away by Nocerino.
    • 39' Change coming for Milan as Nigel De Jong is thrown on to take over from the injured Montolivo.
    • 38' Bonera knocks the ball straight out of play. Looks like Montolivo is in a spot of problem with a hamstring problem.
    • 37' Right idea by Pazzini, but just couldn't pick out the run of El Shaaraway as Agliardi came off his line to collect the loose ball.
    • 36' Boateng decides to go for goal from 35 yards out. Plenty of power on the effort, but not the direction as the ball spins wide. We remain at 1-0 in Milan's favour.
    • 35' Milan with 64 percent of the possession, but Bologna's direct approach is certainly posing problems for their more revered opponents.
    • 34' Diamanti fires a cross across goal. Acquafresca just fails to get on the end of the loose ball. Much better by Diamanti.
    • 33' Taider takes Boateng out of the play with a late challenge. Could have been a booking, but this time the referee decides to keep his card in his pocket.
    • 32' Acquafresca is none too happy with that decision by Diamanti and makes his feelings known.
    • 31' Diamanti has the chance to play in Acquafresca, but instead opts to go for power and ends up drilling the shot miles wide of goal.
    • 30' Taider takes the shot on from the edge of the box, but ends up leaning back and lifting the shot well over the bar. Real chance there for Bologna to force the leveller.
    • 29' The odds for this match tonight: Bologna (19/6), AC Milan (15/13), Draw (40/17)
    • 28' Milan for the most part dominant in this match, but Bologna are far from out of this contest. They are fighting the good fight here.
    • 27' Diamanti fires the free-kick straight into the wall. Bologna trying to take up residence in the Milan half. Acerbi doing well to win a header in the Milan box.
    • 26' Ambrosini deemed to be guilty of bringing down Diamanti on the charge and that is another booking.
    • 25' Pazzini gets a flick on the ball at the near post from El Shaarawy's corner, but straight into the paws of Agliardi.
    • 24' Superb run by Diamanti again. Causing real problems for that Milan defence. Fires the shot at goal. Decent enough take by Abbiati.
    • 23' Antonini throws a cross deep into the box, but nobody on hand to apply the finish for the visitors.
    • 22' Bonera is the latest man into the book for a late challenge on Acquafresca.
    • 21' Milan have made the brigher start here in the rain, but the home side are beginning to rise to the challenge in the middle of the park.
    • 20' Another chance for Diamanti from distance, but this time his shot spins over the bar. Diamanti looking in the mood out there.
    • 19' Diamanti is felled on the edge of the Milan box and that will be a free-kick for the home side out wide. Diamanti can only hit the wall before running it out of play.
    • 18' Montolivo has been handed a yellow card for a late challenge. Can have few complaints about that one either.
    • 17' Replays suggest it was a dive by Pazzini. Meanwhile, there is a booking here for Cherubin for his tug on Pazzini. Bolognia none too pleased.
    • 16' GOAL! Pazzini slots the penalty for AC Milan and the visiting side take the lead. Great penalty low to the keeper's right. Milan on the board. His 81st goal in Serie A.
    • 15' PENALTY TO MILAN! Pazzini pulled down by Cherubin in the box, and that is a penalty. Bologna are furious about that. Looked like a dive.
    • 14' Boateng thrashes the free-kick at the goal this time. Decent diving stop by Agliardi in the Bologna goal. Solid stop.
    • 13' Pazienza brings down Boateng for a second time in as many minutes. Another free-kick chance here for Milan.
    • 12' Motta whacks the ball clear from El Shaarawy's delivery. This game plodding along here. Could do with a goal. No doubt about that.
    • 11' Boateng sends a shot spinning wide of the target. Not his best effort it must be said. Deflection and Milan have a corner.
    • 10' Boateng taken out of the action late by Pazienza and that will be a free-kick from 30 yards out to the visiting side.
    • 9' Morleo goes for goal from distance, but well over the Milan bar. Not much goal action so far here.
    • 8' Carvalho taken out of the action late by Nocerino. Both teams flying into the tackles out there with some relish. The surface contributing to it.
    • 7' Antonsson forced to come up with another timely clearance in the heart of the Bologna defence.
    • 6' Both of these teams lost their opening games of the season. Milan lost 1-0 at home to Sampdoria while Bologna went down 2-0 at Chievo.
    • 5' Motta back to win the ball for Bologna. Acquafresca goes to ground seconds later, but the referee waves play on.
    • 4' Decent tackle by Antonsson to block the cross by Boateng. Milan trying to get on the ball with some purpose.
    • 3' Diamanti collects the ball after a strong challenge by Nocerino in the middle of the park. Pitch saturated. Not sure if it will make for a great game the longer it goes on.
    • 2' Pazzini makes his first start for Milan tonight with new arrivals Bojan Krkic, Nigel De Jong and Alberto Gilardino forced to start on the bench.
    • 1' Milan get the action off and running in the rain of Bologna.
    • 19.42 Teams: Bologna: Agliardi; Morleo, Antosson, De Carvalho, Motta; Taider, Pazienza, Guarente, Cherubin; Diamanti, Aquafresca////Milan: Abbiati; De Sciglio, Bonera, Acerbi, Antonini; Montolivo, Ambrosini, Nocerino; Boateng, Pazzini, El Shaarawy
    • 19.40 Good evening and welcome to LIVE coverage of Bologna v AC Milan from Serie A.

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Bologna

    Manager: Stefano Pioli

  • AC Milan

    Manager: Massimiliano Allegri

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