SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 38 - 13 May 2012 (14.00 UK)
Milan 2 - 1
Garcia 20 (N), Flamini 56 (M), Inzaghi 82 (M)
Stadio Giuseppe Meazza

Milan said goodbye to their stars in style, as Pippo Inzaghi scored his final goal in a Rossoneri jersey amid moving scenes against Novara.

The Rossoneri end their campaign and wave goodbye to stars Alessandro Nesta, Pippo Inzaghi, Gennaro Gattuso, Clarence Seedorf, Gianluca Zambrotta and Mark van Bommel. Also on the injury list were Alexandre Pato, Thiago Silva, Christian Abbiati, Daniele Bonera, Sulley Muntari, Urby Emanuelson, Mattia De Sciglio and the suspended Ignazio Abate. Novara had Giuseppe Mascara out on a ban with Samir Ujkani, Achille Coser, Samir Ujkani, Andrea Mazzarani and Francesco Marianini sidelined.

There were emotional scenes before kick-off with Gattuso in particular shedding tears after 13 years at the club. The choregraphy in the stands had three huge jerseys representing Gattuso, Inzaghi and Nesta.

Jeda thought he had given Novara the lead after four minutes with a glancing header on Marco Rigoni’s cross, but it was correctly ruled offside. Marco Amelia also smothered a Giuseppe Gemiti snapshot.

Milan’s injury crisis showed no signs of calming down, as Kevin-Prince Boateng went off for Mathieu Flamini just 11 minutes in.

Novara seemed more fired up for the game and took the lead when a Rigoni free kick was not cleared effectively and Santiago Garcia latched on to a deflected Gemiti strike to turn it in off the inside of the far post from eight yards.

Andrea Caracciolo tested Amelia from close range on a free kick and Zambrotta flashed an angled drive just past the far stick. Seedorf should’ve scored on 28 minutes when left totally unmarked on a corner, but fired well wide.

Caracciolo’s header was just off target and Amelia punched away a Rigoni free kick. Alberto Aquilani remarkably fired a Djamel Mesbah cross wide from a couple of yards, firing it across the face of an open goal.

Seedorf improved his aim after the break, his free kick curling over the wall and clipping the outside edge of the upright.

Moments later Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s angled drive was well palmed out of the bottom corner by Mario Alberto Fontana.

The Rossoneri seemed to be a different side after Allegri’s team talk and equalised when Flamini gathered from Antonio Cassano down the left and smashed an angled drive from the edge of the box.

Seedorf skipped past Michele Morganella and could only hit the side-netting from close range, as Milan were a completely different team.

Rigoni still threatened on a counter-attack from his own half, but was tired by the end of the run and drilled wide.

Inzaghi came on for his final match in a Milan jersey and as a professional football player, greeted by chants and banners from the stands. SuperPippo had a shot charged down by Centurioni and another volley whistled across the face of goal.

Nesta also replaced Gattuso in an exchange of two players who are leaving Milan.

His teammates were raining in assists for Inzaghi and he got the goal he was looking for! It was a well-taken strike, as he chested down the Seedorf pass and smacked a half-volley across the goalkeeper with his right foot. He was visibly moved during the celebrations, knelt down and kissed his jersey while pointing to the fans.

Seedorf clipped the edge of the upright again with a free kick.


Milan: Amelia; Zambrotta, Mexes, Yepes, Mesbah; Gattuso (Nesta 80), Aquilani, Seedorf; Boateng (Flamini 11); Ibrahimovic, Cassano (Inzaghi 67)
: Fontana; Morganella, Lisuzzo, Centurioni (Ludi 85), Garcia; Porcari, Pesce (Maggio 85), Gemiti; Rigoni; Jeda, Caracciolo (Radovanovic 66)
Ref: Velotto