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Match Report: Milan 2-1 Bologna

AC Milan Bologna Match Highlights

Match Stats

Milan           2-1         Bologna

24               Shots              6
7              On Target         2
8                Corners           1
59%       Possession       41%
459            Passes            370
82%        Accuracy        76%
22              Tackles          30
16               Fouls              9
1          Yellow Cards      3


FINAL WHISTLE

90+4′ – Bologna get the ball into the Milan box, but Traore emerges from the scrum and dribbles into the Bologna half. He loses possession and back come Bologna. Diamanti whips in a cross which is cleared and that’s it! Final whistle. Milan 2 Bologna 1. Milan survive the final onslaught and hold out in a must win match.

90+3′ – Mexes heads clear, falling to Traore, he plays it out wide to El Shaarawy who runs at his man, cuts inside, and fires a ferocious, curling effort which just misses the far post, lovely technique from il Faraone.

90′ – We are now in extra time. No signal yet on how many minutes will be added

88′ – Abate delivers another cross, which is turned out for a corner. El Shaarawy jogs over to take. A great delivery finds Traore but he sends his header into orbit, poor effort from the former Nancy man.

84′ – BOLOGNA GOAL: It’s an OWN GOAL from Philippe Mexes. Milan’s lead is cut in half as Mexes finds the back of his own net, nervy finish set up in San Siro

82′ – MILAN GOAL: Cross from Boateng that Pazzini controls well before flicking it over the head of his defender and firing low on the volley. Beauty for Pazzini! 2-0 to Milan, 2 goals for Pazzini, who has come to life out of nowhere!

82′ – Substitution, Milan. Bakaye Traoré on, Mathieu Flamini off

81′ – Yellow card Ignazio Abate

81′ – Free kick given away by Abate. Pasquato fires over

78′ – Substitution, Milan. Antonio Nocerino on, M’Baye Niang off

77′ – Yellow card Panagiotis Kone

77′ – Niang shows great feet to beat his man. The youngster is off to the races but gets pulled back, yellow card to Kone

75′ – Substitution, Bologna. Christian Pasquato on, Michele Pazienza off

72′ – El Shaarawy takes a heavy touch near the sideline but shows lovely skill to keep possession and win a free kick. Milan launch another attack

67′ – Free kick for Bologna near the right sideline and Diamanti goes for goal wildly. There’s no doubting the Bologna midfielder’s talent, but he often displays that kind of poor judgement

65′ – MILAN GOAL: Pazzini, inside the 6, takes down the cross from Abate, ball bounces as he strikes, it deflects off the sprawled defender’s leg and loops over the sprawling goalie and into the back of the net. 1-0 to Milan!

64′ – Abate is tormenting defenders down Milan’s right side, beating his man before delivering a cross, dealt with

62′ – Substitution, Bologna. Manolo Gabbiadini on, Alberto Gilardino off

59′ – Abate is behind his man again, this time winning a corner. Corner routine finds El Shaarawy who drives a bouncing effort goalwords, saved by Agliardi, rebound cleared

58′ – Abate is in behind the Bologna defense, gets to the touchline before crossing low for Pazzini who cannot score with the goal begging. Pazzini cannot find it today, don’t be surprised to see Bojan begin limbering up

56′ – Boateng makes a bit of space on the edge of the box but can’t force his shot through the wall of defenders

News from elsewhere as on loan Milan striker Alberto Paloschi has equalized for Chievo against Parma.

51′ – Substitution, Bologna. Saphir Sliti Taider on, Martí Riverola off

49′ – Boateng fires over from 25m, a wild effort that should really be directed on goal

46′ – And the second half is underway from San Siro

SECOND HALF UNDERWAY

Scores from around Serie A:

Genoa 0-1 Catania (half)
Chievo 0-1 Parma (half)
Siena 0-0 Sampdoria (half)
Pescara 0-2 Torino (half)
Atalanta 0-1 Cagliari (23′)

Halftime Stats: Milan 0-0 Bologna

Milan                                   Bologna
9                Shots                       3
3                On Target              2
56%           Possession          44%
234            Passes                  187
81%           Pass Accuracy  76%
12              Tackles                 17
7                Fouls                       4
3                Corners                  1
0                Yellow Cards       2

HALF TIME

45′ – Boateng releases Abate with a terrific header, the right back finds Niang who again takes his man on, beats him, delivers low and the effort is flicked wide of the near post. The referee blows for half time as we sit as we started, Milan nil Bologna nil.

43′ – Niang shows lovely feet to play in Flamini, who whips in a dangerous cross which is palmed away by the keeper. El Shaarawy collects, dribbles, and fires a low effort on goal which is smothered by Agliardi

41′ – Pazzini has been really disappointing, especially when you consider he bagged a hat trick in the reverse fixture. Has not been very involved

38′ – Diamanti tries again from distance, this time hitting the target, but it’s an easy catch for Abbiati

35′ – Pazzini puts in a cross that misses everyone and, bouncing in front of the keeper, forces a save and a corner. Corner dealt with by Bologna, goal kick

34′ – Diamanti tries his luck from 30m, the effort sails wide

31′ – Yellow card Michele Pazienza

31′ – Riverola shows good feet to make space for a shot from 22m. His left foot drive is low and accurate, forcing a save and corner. Ball is over everyone and Milan are out. Pazzini fouled on the break, yellow card for Pazienza.

30′ – Boateng commits a foul on Perez. Bologna can settle and build from the back

28′ – Milan have lost the ball a few times now, trying to reach the forwards from defense. Montolivo and Boateng will have to work harder to become available as Milan need better link up play through midfield

25′ – Boateng drives at Portonova, who makes a good tackle but concedes a corner. Taken by El Shaarawy who cannot find a teammate

24′ – Diamanti and Riverola threaten down Milan’s left hand side, but Mexes and El Shaarawy defend well and recover the ball for the Rossoneri. Mexes drives into Bologna’s half and finds El Shaarawy, switches to Abate, finds Pazzini who is taken down, no foul given

23′ – Niang has the beating of his man all day, driving in another low cross which just misses his Milan teammates

21′ – Yellow card Allesandro Diamanti

21′ – Constant puts in a great run against Diamanti, forcing Bologna’s danger man to pick up a yellow card for dragging the defender down. Free kick to Milan from a dangerous area. Montolivo delivers poorly, striking the first man. Bologna break but turn the ball over

18′ – Niang throws in to Abate, passes back to Montolivo, right back to Niang who fires in a dangerous low cross that finds no one. Niang rightly expecting a teammate to be crashing in on the 6 yard line

13′ – Boateng releases El Shaarawy down the left flank and il Faraone cuts in on his defender, fires from 14m and sees his shot saved by the keeper’s feet

10′ – El Shaarawy drives at his man and has a cross blocked. Looks like a corner but it’s a goal kick for Bologna

9′ – El Shaarawy takes the corner and finds Boateng, header blocked, Mexes turns and shoots, also blocked. Bologna try to break but Milan regain possession

8′ – Boateng finds Flamini over the top. The Frenchman dribbles to the endline and sees his cross blocked for a corner

5′ – A sloppy start, both teams trying to find their feet as the squads have been poor in possession

1′ – And we’re underway from the San Siro!

AC Milan Lineup (right to left)

Abbiati

Abate  Zapata   Mexes   Constant

Flamini  Montolivo  Boateng

Niang       Pazzini      El Shaarawy

Bologna Lineup

Agliardi

Garics    Portanova   Antonsson   Cherubin

Kone  Perez  Pazienza  Riverola

Diamanti

Gilardino

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