SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 5 - 25 Sep 2013 (19.45 UK)
Bologna 3 - 3 Milan
Poli 12 (M), Laxalt 33, 52 (B), Cristaldo 62 (B), Robinho 89 (M), Abate 91 (M)
Stadio Renato Dall’Ara

Milan completed an incredible comeback from 3-1 down to draw 3-3 with Bologna in stoppages.

The Rossoneri were increasingly under pressure with just four points from as many Serie A rounds. Mario Balotelli began his three-match ban for insulting the referee, joining the injured Stephan El Shaarawy, Kaka, Riccardo Montolivo, Giampaolo Pazzini, Daniele Bonera, Mattia De Sciglio and Matias Silvestre. Bologna weren’t faring much better with two points, Panagiotis Kone and Cesare Natali suspended.

Milan were unbeaten at the Dall’Ara since March 2002, notching up six wins and two draws. They took the lead after 12 minutes when Robinho’s smart pass found Andrea Poli for an angled drive into the far bottom corner, their first real attempt on goal.

Soon after, Alessandro Matri’s header whistled just past the post, but the former Juventus striker incredibly failed to score when ballooning his volley over the bar from eight yards.

Inter-owned Diego Laxalt threatened a Bologna equaliser, as his powerful strike stung Christian Abbiati’s palms at the near post. Robinho also had penalty appeals for a ‘sandwich’ in the box.

Laxalt did get the goal moments later, springing the offside trap and out-sprinting Cristian Zapata to fire past Abbiati.

Milan failed to score with an incredible series of shots, as Valter Birsa fired straight at Curci’s legs from point-blank range.

Matri wasted another golden opportunity after the restart, but Laxalt completed his brace with a header at the back post from the Lazaros Christodolopoulos cross. It was a remarkable start to his Serie A career for the Uruguayan 20-year-old.

Cristaldo also celebrated his first Serie A start with a goal, as his diving header surprised the Milan defence on an Alessandro Diamanti cross from the left.

Philippe Mexes thought he had pulled Milan back into the game, but his header from a corner smacked against the crossbar. M’Baye Niang also wasted a good chance, scuffing his finish from eight yards so it rolled across the face of goal.

Abbiati flew to fingertip a long-range Perez scorcher over the bar and Matri yet again aimed straight at a grateful Curci. The goalkeeper punched away a fierce Niang free kick, but Milan did get one back in chaotic fashion with several ricochets in the box until Robinho drilled home from eight yards.

Milan completed a comeback from 2-0 down at Torino and did it from 3-1 down to draw 3-3 in Bologna! Ignazio Abate again got the final touch after several ricochets in the area with the Rossoblu pegged back on a set play.

It was still wide open and Diamanti’s audacious effort from 20 metres out cracked against the crossbar.


Bologna: Curci; Garics, Antonsson, Mantovani, Morleo; Perez (Krhin 85), Pazienza (Della Rocca 65); Christodoulopoulos (Sorensen 79), Diamanti, Laxalt; Cristaldo
Milan: Abbiati; Abate, Zapata, Mexes, Constant; Poli (Emanuelson 90), De Jong, Nocerino (Muntari 74); Birsa (Niang 64); Matri, Robinho
Ref: Tagliavento