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90+3′ The referee blows the whistle, bringing an end to the match. Allegri will be pleased with the performance by Milan. Three points will do his side well. As for Bologna, they looked dangerous at times and will rue the mistakes the made.

90+1′ Substitution: Hatrick hero Pazzini is replaced by M’Baye Niang for Milan

90+1′ Good buildup play and increasing space see Milan earn a chance after Boateng played in Bojan

86′ GOAL for MILAN: Pazzini gets his hat trick and puts Milan in front 3 goals to 1. Signature celebration this time from Giampolo

85′ Tight passing through the midfield sends De Scigilio on his way. His cross takes a deflection, Nocerino runs on to it, sidefoots an attempt on goal which is redirected into the net by Pazzini!

81′ Substitution: Manolo Gabbiadini replaces Michele Pazienza for Bologna

77′ GOAL for MILAN: Antonini’s cross is deflected high into the air. The goalkeeper spills and Pazzini is Giammi on the spot to clean up for the Rossoneri. Two goals for Pazzini, 2-1 to Milan

73′ Ambrosini is whistled in another soft decision and the resulting free kick is almost deflected into the back of the net. Milan dodge a bullet

69′ The delivery is a good one but the header misses. Bologna are looking dangerous in attack

68′ Yellow Card Nigel De Jong. Another soft looking yellow as De Jong is booked for a foul while jostling with Morleo

67′ Substitution: Bojan Krkic replaces Stephan El Shaarawy for Milan

66′ Bologna are a rising force. A good chance is wasted as Motta fires over from 15 yards on the run

61′ Substitution: Alberto Gilardino replaces Roberto Acquafresca for Bologna

61′ Boateng gets on the end of the corner but his heel flick carries out of bounds for a goal kick

60′ Boateng plays in Nocerino with a deft touch but his effort is blocked for a Milan corner. The ball falls for Boateng who throws several stepvoers before firing low; another corner to Milan

59′ Yellow Card Giampolo Pazzini. Pazzini tries to get on the end of an Antonini cross with a raised boot and it is ruled as dangerous play

56′ Boateng turns and hits with his left from 25 yards sending a decent effort just wide of the far post

54′ Diamanti plays a free kick square to the penalty spot and Guarente fluffs his effort, the ball trickling out for a goal kick

52′ Boateng doesn’t catch it that well and Bologna deal with the effort. Milan scramble the ball back in the box and the whistle blows for a foul against Milan

51′ Milan’s passing is getting crisper and they have won a free kick as a result. Dangerous position here 26 meters from goal in a good position for a cross or hit at goal

48′ Guarente plays a 1-2 with Acquafresca and nearly scores from a tight angle 6 yards from goal

The Second Half is underway

45+1′ The referee blows his whistle for half time. The two teams head into the dressing rooms with the score even at 1 goal a piece

45′ Corner won by Boateng. De Sciglio takes and Boateng volleys over the bar while falling back

42′ GOAL for BOLOGNA: Diamanti converts from the spot to make it 1-1

41′ Antonio Nocerino is judged to have taken down Diamanti just inside the box. Penalty to Bologna. Diamanti sends Abbiati the wrong way, finishing to the keeper’s left.

41′ Substitution Nigel De Jong on for Riccardo Montolivo

37′ Milan put together a couple of nice passes in succession resulting in Boateng getting an effort from 2 yards out, but he drags it wide to the keeper’s right

34′ Diamanti is seeing plenty of the ball. He sends in a bouncing cross but it’s just ahead of Acquafresca

32′ A loose ball falls kindly to Diamanti who drags a low effort wide from 28 meters out

28′ Ambrosini is booked for dragging back Diamanti as he charged out on the break

27′ El Shaarawy delivers well again from a corner kick and Pazzini does well to direct his flick on frame

26′ Diamanti goes for a 40 yard run before bouncing a shot into the arms of Abbiati who collects without too much trouble

25′ Yellow card for Daniele Bonera has he reaches in from behind. Didn’t seem to be too much in that tackle

22′ De Sciglio does well originally but clears to Diamanti who blazes over the bar from 25 meters on his week foot

20′ Milan give a free kick away 20 meters or so from goal at a tight angle. Diamanti whips it in but it’s blocked by the wall. Diamanti dribbles out and it’s a goal kick to the Rossoneri

18′ Yellow card Riccardo Montolivo

16′ GOAL for MILAN: Pazzini takes the subsequent spot kick and converts to the goalkeeper’s right. 1-0 to Milan as Pazzini bags his first for his new club. He chooses not to use his traditional tongue out celebration

15′ Yellow card Nicolo Cherubin

15′ Pazzini shields the ball after being sent in by Boateng. He is judged to have been dragged down and Milan win a penalty

14′ Boateng gets another chance at a free kick from an identical spot. This time he makes Agliardi work on a low effort near post. Corner to Milan. El Shaarawy sends in another cross with a good shape on it but Bologna clear

12′ Boateng drags a free kick wide of goal from 24 meters but it took a deflection. Corner for Milan. El Shaarawy delivers a dangerous ball. Milan receive a corner from the other flag. It sails over everyone and Milan reset

8′ De Sciglio puts in a cross which Agliardi spills and Antonini drags his follow up effort wide

5′ After some scrappy play, Morleo fires over the bar from 25 meters

And the match is underway!


Pazzini – El Shaarawy


Nocerino – Ambrosini – Montolivo

Antonini – Acerbi – Bonera – De Sciglio

Abbiati (GK)


Diamanti – Acquafresca

Morleo – Guarente – Taider – Pazienza – Motta

Cherubin – Antonsson – Carvalho

Agliardi (GK)


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