Serie A - Milan draw with Bologna

Sun, 11 Dec 16:02:00 2011

Milan passed up the opportunity to go top of Serie A after a thrilling 2-2 draw with Bologna at the Stadio Renato Dall'Ara.

Clarence Seedorf - 0

Marco Di Vaio opened the scoring for the hosts with a cool finish before Clarence Seedorf hit back with a fine strike.

Milan then took the lead through Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s penalty but Serie A strugglers Bologna were level within 60 seconds through Alessandro Diamanti to earn a deserved draw.

The visitors went into the game knowing victory would put them back on top of the league for a minimum of 24 hours ahead of Juventus' fixture against Roma on Monday.

Milan are the leading scorers in Serie A and Ibrahimovic sent his fierce free-kick crashing against the crossbar after just four minutes.

Bologna responded well, however, and Di Vaio signalled his intent with a 30-yard shot which drifted wide before the hosts took the lead.

Di Vaio was sent clear and latched onto a superb through-ball from Diamanti before chipping a first-time finish past the advancing Marco Amelia.

But Milan needed only five minutes to draw level in spectacular fashion when Kevin-Prince Boateng cut inside after a fine run and found Seedorf, who unleashed an unstoppable shot from 20 yards which whistled past Jean Francois Gillet.

Both sides had chances to take a lead into the break, with Milan’s Alberto Aquilani dragging his shot wide, while Bologna forward Gaston Ramirez forced Amelia into a smart save after an excellent run from midfield.

And Bologna should have had a penalty on the stroke of half-time when Seedorf handled in the box but the referee waved away the appeal, leaving the home side furious.

Di Vaio almost put Bologna back in front four minutes after the break with a curling shot which drifted just wide, while Diamanti missed the target soon after.

Milan then edged ahead when Ibrahimovic went down in the box under Andrea Raggi’s challenge, although there looked to be little contact, and the Swede dusted himself off to score the spot-kick.

But Bologna refused to lie down and were back level within a minute when Diamanti picked up the ball 30 yards from goal, beat a man and fired home from just outside the box.

Milan pushed for the winner and sub Robinho went close, cutting in from the right and shooting just wide of the far post, but the Rossoneri were forced to settle for a point to remain third, with Udinese the new leaders after beating Chievo 2-1.

George Scott / Eurosport

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