Jean-François Gillet [Bologna]
Couldn't do much about Denis' strike, but did limit Atalanta to just that one goal. Saved Bologna on several occasions in the second half when the visitors stepped up the pressure but his handling saved the day. Sedulous.
Douglas Maicon [Inter]
If only Inter had 11 of him consistently running into space and winning possession. Eventually rewarded for his efforts with a stunning strike that snuck under the bar from a tight angle. Sophisticated.
Giuseppe Bellusci [Catania]
Hard to pick the host's best defender as they all played out of their skins, but the 22-year-old was the central pillar of a steely resistance. Made mincemeat of Cavani and Lavezzi's reputations as men of menace. Splendid.
Alessandro Nesta [Milan]
At the top of his game and brought years of experience into 90 minutes of pre-eminence. Also made crucial interceptions on Pizarro and Bojan and, oh yes, he also scored a brilliant headed goal from Robinho's corner. Sublime.
Nicola Legrottaglie [Catania]
Put a cap on the normally effervescent Zuniga and had the left hand side of the pitch under his control. Also formed an amazing partnership in a five man defensive wall with Bellusci and Spolli. Solid.
Alberto Aquilani [Milan]
His former club's nemesis and never stopped prompting his colleagues from midfield while setting up several attacks. Had a massive hand in both Ibra's goals and almost scored himself in between. Stupendous.
Gaston Ramirez [Bologna]
Bologna's main man just behind the front two earned the penalty just before half-time after a fabulous dribble. Moments into the second half he sped into the box to casually knock the ball past the onrushing Consigli. Scintillating.
Senad Lulic [Lazio]
Gave Agazzi no chance for the opener and although Cagliari had more territorial advantage, the Bosnian refused to allow them to exploit it. Gave no quarter and had a massive involvement in the victory from the left. Sapiential.
Claudio Marchisio [Juventus]
Continued his fine performances with a masterful performance in midfield against Inter. While Pirlo and Vidal made mistakes, Marchisio was class personified – as was that cool strike which sealed the win. Seminal.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic [Milan]
Man of the Match and led the line with imperious ease, scoring two magnificent headers. With Aquilani providing both assists the pair were unstoppable with the first goal particularly outstanding as Ibra out-jumped everyone to beat Stekelenburg. Superb.
Gonzalo Bergessio [Catania]
Put the Napoli defence to shame with his running and total determination to win every tackle. Was totally alert to head home Ricchiuti's cross, banging it in from point blank range. Salutary.
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