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Scot Munroe On November - 1 - 2011

Roma 2-3 AC Milan: Ibrahimovic the Conqueror

Saturday evening in Italy hosted two monumental games as Juventus travelled to the San Siro to take on Inter, and Milan travelled to the Stadio Olimpico in Rome to face Roma hoping to pick up a win for the first time since March 2005.

AC Milan have started this season in Serie A from the bottom up but ever since injured players have been coming back especially Kevin-Prince Boateng and Robinho the Milan based team have been showing better form.

On match news the visitors were still missing Philippe Mexes, Gennaro Gattuso, Alexandre Pato and Clarence Seedorf due to Injury while Roma had to deal without the injured Francesco Totti, but Miralem Pjanic was announced fit to take on Milan after missing the last two games. Simon Kjaer was missing due to suspension after his red card in the Rome Derby.

After a very tense opening fifteen minutes it was the away side who took the lead and it was the languid Swedish striker who got the goal as he got on the end of a Alberto Aquilani cross to powerfully head home. Robinho nearly scored a wonder goal as he spotted the Roma keeper Maarten Stekelenburg off his line put the Brazilian effort was wide of goal. Roma got the equaliser just before the half hour as a David Pizarro corner found the un marked Nicolas Burdisso to head home.

But just two minutes later thanks to poor marking, last year champions added to their lead as Robinho corner found former Lazio defender Alessandro Nesta to head home, sadly for Roma no one was marking the Italian defender. Once again Roma conceded goals thanks to poor defending. Just before the interval Roma tested out Christian Abbiati in the Milan goal as David Pizarro had his shot spilled and the rebound gathered on the second occasion. Roma were enforced to a change as Fabio Borini picked up a injury after a clash with Christian Abbiati and was replaced by Bojan.

Milan keeper had to be at this best in the second half and he delivered as Abbiati denied Roma twice in succession. First was from a Miralem Pjanic rocket of a free kick which was tipped over. From the resulting corner Nicolas Burdisso had his header tipped over the bar. Two brilliant saves.

Just past the hour Kevin-Prince Boateng was taken off and Urby Emanuelson was brought on, as he was taken off Boateng said something to the fourth official. Just as he sat on the bench Boateng was shown a red card.

AC Milan added to their lead and it was the flying Swede Zlatan Ibrahimovic with the goal. A short corner found Alberto Aquilani who crossed in for Ibrahimovic to head home. With three minutes remaining Roma made a game of it as Erik Lamela had a long range effort parried into the path of Bojan who tapped in from close range.
In added time AC Milan boss Max Allegri was then sent off for dissent. In the last minute of added time Christian Abiatti had a few nervous moments as he flapped at a cross twice and nearly took out Daniele De Rossi, on any other day a penalty would of been given. Jose Angel then crossed in and the Italian keeper once flapped at a cross but at the end managed to grab on to the ball.

Milan got a well deserved win in the end and rose to second in the table before the games on Sunday. Roma are clearly struggling to find something at the moment and it doesn’t really help as Luis Enrique is changing his starting XI every game. But Luis Enrique is building something at Roma and he is making the team play a different style of Football which is enterprising.

As we found out after the game Antonio Cassano complained of falling ill as the plane arrived back from Rome complaining of dizziness and slurred speech. It was confirmed on Monday evening that Antonio Cassano had suffered a mini stroke. Let’s hope he returns to full health as soon as possible.

Next up for Milan is Tuesday’s Champions League away match to FC BATE Borisov between the five wins in a row for Milan and current inconsistent performances by BATE this writer is predicting a visitor win for the men in red and black.

Scot Munroe

A Football fan for around 18 years since the age of 6 years old. My first love is Swindon town now managed by the mad man that is Paolo Di Canio. I have been a fan of Italian football for around 10-15 years now since the Channel four days back in the Uk with James Richardson. I am a Roma fan as well and i have been following the club since 2003 with the attack minded football with Totti and Cassano.

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