Monday April 8 2013
Mayhem for the Milanese

Milan and Inter both threw away two-goal advantages at the weekend. Giancarlo Rinaldi wraps up another heated round on and off the pitch.

It was one of those crazy Sundays which only Serie A really knows how to produce. There were red cards, controversial penalties, cracking goals and even a rumble among the VIPs. At the heart of it all were the two sides of Milan.

The Rossoneri got the madness started with a lunchtime trip to a jam-packed Stadio Artemio Franchi. The game with Fiorentina was billed as a Champions League showdown and it proved just as contentious as such clashes tend to be in Italy. The final outcome, a 2-2 draw, left Milan in pole position for a top-three finish, but what twists and turns there were along the way.

First there was a goal for the not-very-welcome old boy Riccardo Montolivo. His persistence paid off when he robbed David Pizarro of the ball and thumped one home and was then submerged in the midst of his non-celebration. It must have felt sweet, however, to stick one to the supporters who were jeering him.

Things seemed to fall apart for the home side after that. Stefan Savic had to go off injured, then his countryman Stevan Jovetic also limped out of the game. But, in between times, came the game’s most incendiary moment.

Nenad Tomovic was shown a straight red for an outstretched arm which felled Stephan El Shaarawy. The home support felt it was a harsh decision and, in among the honoured guests, somebody turned on Milan supremo Adriano Galliani. Things got extremely heated and, eventually, he watched the rest of the game elsewhere. Fiorentina apologised for his treatment post-match and promised to ban the individual involved.

It looked like Galliani would be celebrating nonetheless when the Rossoneri went 2-0 up through Mathieu Flamini but their 10-man opponents had other ideas. Incredibly, through Adem Ljajic and then Pizarro, they converted two penalties to grab a draw which still leaves Max Allegri’s men favourites for the Champions League but salvaged some purple pride.

“It’s not possible to let Fiorentina back into the game from 2-0 up,” said the Milan boss. “The mistakes we made today will help us to mature because you can’t let a team a man short get back into the game.”

But if he thought he had things to teach his side, he should spare a thought for Andrea Stramaccioni. He must have believed his Inter team was finally on the right track when it led Atalanta 3-1 at home to keep its European dreams alive. But German Denis had other ideas to produce a hat-trick and turn the game on its head. By the end of the match there were more unedifying scenes with the players on the pitch ready for a fight.

The Inter boss was convinced that a controversial penalty for the Bergamo outfit turned the game on its head. He was scathing in his criticism of referee Andrea Gervasoni.

“He saw something which wasn’t there,” he said. “The Atalanta players were going to take a corner. I am new to this game but only he saw the penalty.”

“It was an invented penalty - a disgrace,” added Javier Zanetti. “It was a decisive mistake because at 3-1 we were in control. It always seems to happen to us.”

The incredible result effectively ended Inter’s hopes of third place despite their cousins being held to a draw in Florence. It would take an amazing turnaround for the Nerazzurri to achieve Champions League football now. The Europa League may be their only hope at this point.

Elsewhere over the weekend, Juve sweated more than necessary in their 2-1 win over Pescara, mainly thanks to the heroics of visiting goalkeeper Ivan Pelizzoli. Goal hero Mirko Vucinic stripped down to his pants to celebrate one of his strikes. It had many people wondering what he might do if he struck the winner to turn around the Champions League tie with Bayern Munich.

Napoli were able to keep the gap to nine points – and increase their breathing space over chasing Milan – with a competent win over Genoa. In the process, however, they threw the Rossoblu into prime relegation territory. A rare away win for Palermo at Sampdoria and a draw between Siena and Parma mean there are now three teams tied on 27 points in a fight to avoid being the two sides who join Pescara in Serie B next season.

All in all, a pretty gripping weekend of action. And there is only the little matter of the Rome derby to come...

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Have your say...
Viktor, i think my posts, whilst sometimes controversial, are at the end of the day my opinion. You are free to disagree or just ignore altogether. Therefore if my view is that both Milan team suck, which they do, and their pathetic performances in Europe and domestically, then it shall be posted and you can then try and disprove me rather then cry like a baby, you need to grow a pair son
on the 13th April, 2013 at 11:51am
@Jack, Inter were given the 2006 title when Juve were found guilty of match fixing!!! Then they won 4-5 titles on the trott not to mention the Champions League.... the majority of people knew Juve & Milan were paying off the ref's Inter are in a transition and doing things the proper way!!!

Forza Inter!!!
on the 11th April, 2013 at 1:00pm
@Moi, er did you actually watch Fiorentina vs Milan? Yes Fiorentina shouldn't have had a man sent off but then the ref more than made up for it by giving you two non existent penalites and denying us two, including when a defender batted the ball away in the box with his hand like he was playing tennis.
on the 10th April, 2013 at 9:23pm
The balance of power in Italian football is returning to the status quo. It has been proved that Calcopoli was nothing more than a way of getting rid of the all conquering Juventus and to allow Inter to win all those fake titles. Inter were the true criminals of Calcopoli, but the evidence was deliberately buried till the statue of limitations expired. These are facts and a change of law would see Inter banished to C2 and all those fake titles stripped. One day justice will destroy Moratti & co.
on the 10th April, 2013 at 5:28am
Love how you allow Boss to post whatever nonsense pleases him while other people who actually post with seriousness get neglected and rejected. Biased or what?
on the 9th April, 2013 at 6:07pm
It's not corruption or match fixing in Serie's normality/equilibrium being restored.
After a dark period marred by a falsified kangaroo trial run by Interisti (conveniently protected by hidden evidence only released after the statue of limitations expired), Juve and Milan resume battling for the title. Milan started too slowly this year but next year will be business as usual with Juve/Milan fighting for the top spot and Lazio/Napoli battling for 3rd. Inter can enjoy the Europa League.
on the 9th April, 2013 at 10:01am
@Marc F

I disagree with you a bit. Perhaps with the Milanese sides, the mentality can't be changed but Juve under Conte have shown that it is changeable.

Aside from the weak mentality shown by the Milanese clubs and the debatable penalties, Milan was lucky to get a point. Pizarro's error changed the momentum of the game and he didn't gift Montolive the first goal, the game might have ended differently.
on the 9th April, 2013 at 3:02am
I for one am confused on what exactly these referees are taught? Is Moratti incorrect? Strama? If Ranocchia and Vucinic are wrestling in the Inter box and Vucinic goes to ground without the ref seeing is he then able to award a pensalty on the basis of what has possibly happened? Inter v Cagliari a clear penalty on Ranocchia, Lazio v Inter , Ciani double handed threw Ranocchia to ground, Inter Juve , chiellini felled Cassano with his dragging leg. My question here is how are these not awarded?
on the 8th April, 2013 at 6:46pm
Yes we all know the Milan teams suck. They surrender leads like the scared little cowards they are. Both teams r spineless.

If you could pick one team 2 comeback against it is definitely Milan. They surrender so many leads. Lack of fitness and no heart in Italian teams. No desire.
on the 8th April, 2013 at 6:37pm
I cant stand Inter . However, after watching the penalty call it reconfirms what Italy is all about. Fixing games and championships. It is embarrassing that a modern country and soccer league is run in a criminal way. People think Calciopoli is over? Hilarious.
on the 8th April, 2013 at 6:05pm
Hmm I have mixed feelings as an AC milan fan and a juventus fan!

Does anyone know how Supermario played? I was keen to see him score again, as his run has been superb thus far?

Does seem a running theme with some Italian clubs, they take the lead and the foot comes off the gas, it used to work but not with such poors defenses of the present, gone are the days of Nesta, Zambrotta and Maldini.

It's good to see Montolivio scoring as he needs to put in some more great consistand peformances
on the 8th April, 2013 at 4:41pm
Forza la Viola, it's about time people will understand the quality of Fiorentina. Yes, the referee has ruined the match but that was only on the favor of AC Milan. The predicted result with Fiorentina in full form and no injury Fiorentina 3 - 1 AC Milan
on the 8th April, 2013 at 2:18pm
What a thoroughly enjoyable weekend of football only marred by Juventus winning! Well happy both Milan clubs were surprised. Told my Brother-in-law (inter fan) that denis would score a hatrick! Wish i had put money on it! Forza Napoli !
on the 8th April, 2013 at 1:34pm
Unfortunatly it's the Italian/Milan mentality. It's in their DNA. This will be an issue that they'll never get rid of. You can't teach this kind of thing. It's an arrogant mind set.
on the 8th April, 2013 at 12:58pm
d ref was a joke, but allegri was even a bigger joke. He was clueless. Ge couldnt look 4 weaknesses in 10 man fio. His duty will end at d end of his contract, when he must hv rebuilt d squad (i.e, if he doesnt learn) What a joke!
on the 8th April, 2013 at 11:55am
Hey Inter, if you want to make progress, stop pointing fingers outside the club and look at the ridiculous comedians running the club. Stramaccioni and Moratti have to go...they are useless and clueless. It's like when Juve had Ranieri and Cobolli-Gigli in charge...
At least at rock bottom, there's only one direction to go!
on the 8th April, 2013 at 11:10am
I have to agree with skemish, watching yesterdays games reminded me of the bad old days of refereeing in Seria A. The thing is now the timing of the dodgy decision is whats important not the final result. Someone somwhere is picking up a very big cheque of a booky today. Just bizarre.
on the 8th April, 2013 at 10:34am
Maldini's Heir, you are spot on! It's a difficult one with Muntari though, he looked like a red card in waiting. But then, by taking him off, you lose some bite in the midfield. Sam, I cannot call tonight's game. Roma have the better players, but Petkovic is a superb coach. Lazio have a defined gameplan, great organization, & really battle hard. I'm still not convinced with Roma's coach. The results have improved a little, but the football isn't as entertaining.
on the 8th April, 2013 at 10:34am
The referee in Florence was terrible for both teams but I can't believe Inter. They only have themselves to blame for losing a 3:1 lead to Atlanta. Noone else but them. As for Allegri..a few more questions remain: why was Muntari taken off at half time? why was Pazzini only brought on 82nd minute? More of the wrong type of tactical tinkering from Allegri. I am not sure we can win the league again under Allegri. Remember he'll have another slow start to next season and hand the title to juve
on the 8th April, 2013 at 10:15am
I seriously think the italian league some serious reformation to do.whats with the referees.
on the 8th April, 2013 at 9:52am
Forza roma. Lets win the derby della capitale tonight and put lazio in there place. Hope lazio produce a great comeback on thursday though. Roma will win 2-1 tonight, totti and lamela will score. A win tonight would give us a massive lift for rest of season. Serie A is the most exciting league, just look at games this weekend.
on the 8th April, 2013 at 9:45am
When will Milan ever learn? How many big leads have they surrendered over the past 10+ years: Dortmund, Deportivo, Liverpool, Barca, Viola all spring to mind. 3
on the 8th April, 2013 at 9:28am

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