SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 3 - 15 Sep 2012 (19.45 UK)
Milan 0 - 1 Atalanta
Cigarini 64 (A)
Stadio Giuseppe Meazza

It was Sampdoria all over again, as Milan dominated possession only to waste chances and fall to a shock home defeat against Atalanta!

With two consecutive losses at San Siro without scoring a goal and the fans jeering at the final whistle, the pressure is piling up on Massimiliano Allegri.

The Rossoneri were looking for their first home win of the season as Giampaolo Pazzini shook off an injury to face his former club, joined by Stephan El Shaarawy and Kevin-Prince Boateng after surgery on a fractured bone in his hand. Ignazio Abate also returned, but Robinho, Alexandre Pato, Riccardo Montolivo and Sulley Muntari were still sidelined.

Atalanta had one point from two games, but Ezequiel Schelotto, Guido Marilungo, Ivan Radovanovic, Ferreira Pinto, Carlos Carmona, Daniele Capelli and the suspended Federico Peluso missed out. Davide Brivio and Cristian Raimondi stepped in for Peluso and Schelotto.

Milan dominated possession in the opening stages, but it was Atalanta who rattled the woodwork on 20 minutes when German Denis made the most of a Francesco Acerbi error and saw his finish deflected on to the base of the far post!

The Rossoneri started giving the ball away repeatedly in midfield, earning jeers and groans from the San Siro crowd as Denis hit the side-netting.

Milan finally had a shot on target just before the half-hour mark as El Shaarawy’s rocket was beaten away by Andrea Consigli, who then had to parry what would’ve been an own goal follow-up from Gianpaolo Bellini.

A Massimo Ambrosini strike bounced off Consigli’s chest, but the loose ball was desperately cleared by Thomas Manfredini before Pazzini could pounce.

Christian Abbiati palmed away a swerving Maxi Moralez curler, while El Shaarawy had another attempt charged down and forced Consigli to capture his half-volley. Boateng spun round for a cross-shot that flashed across the six-yard box.

Boateng couldn’t get on the end of a Luca Antonini cross after the break and Abbiati punched a swerving Brivio snapshot. El Shaarawy cut in from the left to again test Consigli with a powerful strike from outside the area.

Maxi Moralez sparked a counter that saw Brivio’s attempt from a tight angle beaten away at the near post for a corner.

Much like the home defeat to Sampdoria in Week 1, Milan saw all their possession come to nothing and went a goal down. Denis rolled back to outside the box where Luca Cigarini picked the right angle with a precise daisy-cutter that rolled past Abbiati’s hand into the far bottom corner. Cigarini was left unmarked, as Nigel De Jong did not track back.

Milan went so close to an equaliser as Urby Emanuelson’s cross got a touch from Boateng, but flew inches away from both the back post and the outstretched foot of De Jong.

Bojan Krkic replaced El Shaarawy and another very dangerous Abate cross whipped along the six-yard box with Rossoneri bodies flinging themselves at it. Emanuelson’s cross-shot was deflected just past Pazzini’s toe, while another Antonini assist wouldn’t sit right for Antonio Nocerino to tap in.

Atalanta were now focused on the counter-attack and nearly doubled their lead when Moralez exchanged passes with Raimondi to force an Abbiati save under the bar. In stoppages Manfredini was stretchered off after badly spraining his ankle, but as the substitutions had been completed he insisted on playing on.


Milan: Abbiati; Abate, Bonera, Acerbi, Antonini; De Jong, Ambrosini (Nocerino 55), Emanuelson (Constant 79); Boateng; Pazzini, El Shaarawy (Bojan 70)
Atalanta: Consigli; Bellini, Lucchini, Manfredini, Brivio (Ferri 72); Raimondi, Cigarini (Cazzola 80), Biondini, Bonaventura (De Luca 77); Moralez; Denis
Ref: Orsato